“The Laramie Project” opened last weekend and will also be presented this weekend Nov. 11 – 13 at 7:30 p.m. at the Black Box Theater in the Geneva Community Center. Pat Collins, professor of education, directs this powerful docudrama that is based on hundreds of hours of interviews conducted by director Moises Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theater Project.
The play depicts these candid interviews with the residents of rural Laramie, Wyoming, in the aftermath of the 1998 murder of Matthew Shepard, a young gay student at the University of Wyoming. Through the voices of more than 70 people, with varying perspectives on gay rights and human rights, the audience is asked to cast a critical eye on their own town and consider: “How would we respond to a hate crime or an act of violence in the name of bigotry?”
The production, done in collaboration with the Geneva Theater Guild, has a cast of eight students and nine members of the Geneva Community. Although there are only 17 cast members, the ensemble will play more than 70 roles during the course of the show.
Tickets may be purchased at the College Store, Area Records and Music, the UPS Store, and online at GTGlive.org. General admission is $12, seniors/students $10, HWS students may pick up a free voucher at the Student Concierge Desk in the Scandling Campus Center. Tickets will also be available at the door.
Free shuttle service from the Medbery parking lot to the Community Center will be provided beginning an hour before the show with return service following the show. Seating is limited and latecomers cannot be seated.
This play contains adult language and content and is recommended for mature audiences.
In the photo above, community member Dan Chacchia, who is playing the role of the Wyoming Governor, is interviewed by a group of reporters played by Jordan Youngmann’10, Eric Hambury’13, Amy Gallop’13 and community member Pam Rapoza.