For Immediate Release: Feb. 17, 2016
BLOOMSBURG — Forever marked by the murder of one young man, residents of the town of Laramie, Wyo., recounted the night Matthew Shepard was left on a fence to die because of his sexual orientation.
Their words, recorded by a group of actors, formed the “The Laramie Project” by Moisés Kaufman. The Bloomsburg University Players will present the play Wednesday through Saturday, Feb. 24 to 27, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 28, at 3 p.m. in Alvina Krause Theatre, 226 Center St., Bloomsburg.
On Oct. 8, 1998, 22-year-old Shepard was kidnapped, severely beaten, and left tied to a fence on the outskirts of Laramie. “The Laramie Project” is a chronicle depicting the life of the town a year after the murder.
Kaufman and fellow members of the Tectonic Theater Project made six trips to Laramie over the year and a half following the kidnapping and death of Matthew Shepard, who was the victim of a hate crime. They conducted more than 200 interviews with the people of Laramie along with recording their own responses to create the theatrical collage, “The Laramie Project.”
The BU Players production, directed by guest director and Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble member Jim Goode, will feature a student ensemble of 14 actors playing over 70 different characters. The cast includes Dreland Goar, Folcroft; Nate Stosius, Loysville; Josué Nieves, Philadelphia; Aiden Everly, Pottstown; Shelby Snyder, Bloomsburg; Laura Lanning, Shickshinny; Kendall Baird, Matamoras; Khadeidra Stuckey, East Stroudsburg; Sorcha Smith, Birdsboro; Charlotte Henrich, Havertown; Carly Carman, Brookhaven; Will Olsen, Royerford; Jon Schultz, Fleetwood; and Nicolai Kabana, Tamaqua.
Tickets are $6 for adults, $4 for other students and seniors, and free for BU students with ID. Advance tickets are available through the Performing Arts Box Office located in Haas Center for the Arts on weekdays from noon to 5 p.m. with extended hours on Wednesday until 7 p.m. or call 570-389-4409.
In conjunction with the performance, Judy Shepard, mother of Matthew, will discuss “The Legacy of Matthew Shepard” on Monday, Feb. 29, at Haas Center for the Arts, Mitrani Hall. This event, open to the public free of charge, is sponsored by the Multicultural Affairs Office and co-sponsored by Center for Leadership and Engagement, LGBTQA Resource Center and the LGBTQA Commission.
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