Pima Community College Theatre Arts presents "The Laramie Project," by Moisés Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theatre Project. The play is directed by Nancy Davis Booth. In 1998 University of Wyoming gay student Matthew Shepard was kidnapped, beaten and left to die tied to a fence in the outskirts of Laramie. He died six days later. The horrific event became a watershed moment in America challenging existing opinions and inspiring change. The play is a theatrical collage about the reaction of the townspeople, when in the spotlight of national media, rumors became myth in achingly soul-searching confusion.
"The Laramie Project" is part of PCC Theatre Arts continuing exploration of intolerance and injustice. In describing the production director Booth elaborates, “The play is a complicated view of Laramie’s response to the murder of Matthew Shepard. It is constructed in a series of moments in which Laramie residents remember and reflect on this hate crime and the media onslaught. Through these deeply personal reflections, the impact on this small community reveals the human spirit’s triumph over bigotry and violence.”
She continues, “The recent heckling of students at the University of Mississippi’s production of The Laramie Project emphasizes the ongoing validity of the themes of the playwrights. Fifteen years later, the story still resonates and compels us all to confront the issues of bullying and hatred.” An open dialogue with the audience, cast and director will follow every performance.
Pima’s production of "The Laramie Project" is made possible with support from Shirley Chann and Linda and Tracy Nuckolls.
- What: "The Laramie Project"
- Where: PCC Center for the Arts Black Box Theatre, West Campus, 2202 W. Anklam Road (just west of downtown)
- When: November 14-24, Thursdays-Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m., ASL interpreters available Nov. 21.
- Tickets: $15 with discounts available. Tickets can be purchased online or at the box office.
- Box office hours: Tuesdays-Fridays, noon-5 p.m. and one hour prior to each performance.
- Information: 520-206-6986, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.pima.edu/cfa