Release date: March 28, 2007
Kennesaw State will stage "The Laramie Project"
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KENNESAW, Ga.—The College of the Arts at Kennesaw State University will stage the acclaimed production, “The Laramie Project,” in Howard Logan Stillwell Theater April 17-22. This the final production of the Department of Theatre & Performance Studies’ tenth anniversary season.
“The Laramie Project” tells the true story of a small Wyoming town that struggles with the impact of the murder of Matthew Shepard, a young gay man who was brutally beaten to death in 1998. Written by Moisés Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theater Project, this play was hailed by Time Magazine as one of the “Top Ten Plays of 2000” and by the New York Times as a “provocative fusion of reality and emotional punch.”
“ ‘The Laramie Project’ is a play about the need for enduring tolerance,” says Assistant Professor Harrison Long, who is directing the production. “Varying points of view are expressed as the characters make an honest and open attempt at dialogue.”
Kennesaw State will continue that dialogue with post-show talks following each performance led by university or campus organizations. The Department of Theatre & Performance Studies often offers post-show talks to allow students and audience members an opportunity to respond to the performance to further explore the context of the play.
The cast of eight student actors will portray more than 60 characters in the three-act production. Harrison describes the play as a “collage” of scenes drawn from published news reports and hundreds of interviews conducted by Kaufman and the Tectonic Theater Project.
Performances are at 8 p.m. April 17-21 and 3 p.m. April 22. Tickets for “The Laramie Project” are $15. They may be ordered by calling the box office at 770-423-6650 or online by clicking “Box Office” at www.kennesaw.edu/arts.
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A member of the 35-unit University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State University is a comprehensive‚ residential institution with a growing student population approaching 20‚000 from 132 countries. The third largest state university in Georgia‚ Kennesaw State offers more than 60 graduate and undergraduate degrees‚ including a new Doctorate of Education in Leadership.
The KSU College of the Arts is one of only four Georgia institutions to have achieved full national accreditation for all of its arts programs.