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Theatre Brookhaven Presents “The Laramie Project”

FARMERS BRANCH/DALLAS • Both a dramatic portrayal and documentary comment, Brookhaven College School of the Arts will present “The Laramie Project,” May 5-15 at the Arena Theatre.

Directed by Michael Robinson, the Theatre Brookhaven production examines the murder of Matthew Shepard, a gay college student, and its aftermath in Laramie, Wyo. Shepard was found beaten and tied to a fence outside Laramie, Oct. 7, 1998. Based on more than 200 interviews, Moisés Kaufman and members of New York’s Tectonic Theater Project, created “The Laramie Project” from the reactions of those in Laramie after the murder. The cast of 17 portrays more than 65 characters that lived in Laramie at the time of Shephard’s death or came to the town during his funeral and the subsequent trial of his killers. From local clergy, to rural farmers, to university professors, the play examines the full range of the community and their reactions to this complex story.

Brookhaven College administration is issuing the following special notice regarding the performances.

“The Laramie Project,” a play that deals with the 1998 murder of gay college student Matthew Shepard and its aftermath in Laramie, Wyo., contains strong language and adult subject matter, which may be offensive to and unsuitable for some audience members.

In preparing for the play, theatre students were given the assignment to gather research about Shepard’s death and the community and nation’s reaction to it.  As part of their experience, theater-goers will see the research the students gathered posted outside the theater.  The information reflects the many issues and questions about tolerance in the student research and in the play.

Shows are May 5-7 and May 12-14 at 8 p.m., and May 15 at 2:30 p.m. General admission is $6; student and senior adults are $4. Tickets are available at the School of the Arts Box Office at 972-860-4118.  Box Office hours are Monday through Thursday from 1 to 5 p.m. and Friday from 1 to 3 p.m.

Theatre Brookhaven is a performance component of the Brookhaven College School of the Arts.  The Brookhaven College School of the Arts is funded in part by a grant from the city of Carrollton.  For information about the School of the Arts, contact Rodger Bennett, executive dean, at 972-860-4730.

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