WHAT: Theatre Performance: The Laramie Project
WHERE: Great Hall, Peterson Student Center
WHEN: Wednesday, April 30, at 8 p.m.
Saturday, May 3, at 8 p.m.
Sunday, May 4, at 2 p.m.
CONTACT: 984-6000 (St. John’s Switchboard)
DETAILS: This event is free and open to the public. Donations will be accepted for the Santa Fe Rape Crisis & Trauma Treatment Center.
In October 1998, University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard was beaten, left tied overnight to a fence outside of Laramie, Wyoming, and died five days later in a hospital. Matthew was gay. His death provoked a firestorm of media coverage, generally regarded as the beginning of a national push for hate-crime legislation due to the vicious and targeted nature of the crime. Five weeks after Matthew’s beating, members of the Tectonic Theater Project went to Laramie, conducting over two hundred interviews over the course of a year. Their work became the play The Laramie Project. It gives voice and weight to many viewpoints: priests and gays, law enforcement and judiciary officials, medical personnel, and the townspeople of Laramie.