“The Laramie Project” at CVU

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Laramie resident Matt Galloway, (played by Williston’s Rylee Masson, far right) describes the huge crowds of people who lined up in the rain outside Matthew Shepard’s funeral.

The CVU Theatre Program presents the play “The Laramie Project” on March 15-17.

In 1998, a 21-year-old student was kidnapped, beaten, tied to a fence and left for dead for being gay. His name was Matthew Shepard. The place was Laramie, Wyo.

Following this event, playwright Moisés Kaufman and the members of the Tectonic Theatre Project traveled to Laramie, and conducted interviews with the people of the town. Using the words of the residents of Laramie, “The Laramie Project” explores the aftermath of this event, and the depths to which humanity can sink and the compassionate heights to which we can climb.

This powerfully dramatic play deals with mature themes and is recommended for audiences of ages 13 and up.  Performances are Friday and Saturday March 15 and 16 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 17 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $7 for students and children and $9. for general admission.  Tickets are currently available on-line at Ticketsource.us/cvutheatre.

In performing this play, The CVU Theatre Program strives to take a step towards replacing hate with understanding, compassion and acceptance.

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