The Steel River Playhouse is presenting “The Laramie Project” from March 10th through March 26th, reports John Daggett for Berks-Mont Entertainment.
The Laramie Project is based on the aftermath of the 1998 murder of a young gay man named Matthew Shepard. Through various monologs based on real interviews with townspeople of Laramie, Wyoming, it documents a town forced to confront the deadly homophobia that pervades it.
The cast and crew of the Steel River Playhouse production had the fortune of being able to meet Jason Marsden, the Executive Director of the Matthew Shepard Foundation. Jason was a close personal friend of Matthew’s, and since his death has dedicated himself to fighting laws that reinforce homophobic attitudes. It was described as “an incredibly moving experience and discussion.”
Leena Devlin, managing artistic director for Steel River Playhouse, was proud to note that “The Laramie Project” was the first show selected by the theater for its 2016-17 season. “It was a non-negotiable for us,” Devlin said. “We built our season around this powerful piece. Unfortunately, hate crimes against LGBT have not been declining at rates that anyone would want.”
“The Laramie Project” opened Friday, March 10, and runs through Sunday, March 26, with 11 performances, including four matinees
. Showtime is 8 p.m. (Thursday/Friday/Saturday) and 2 p.m. (Saturday/Sunday). Tickets are $29 for Adult, $24 for Senior (65+) and $17 for Student. Tickets can be ordered
online at http://www.steelriver-playhouse.org/
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