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School of Theater presents 'The Laramie Project'

ATHENS, Ohio (Oct. 13, 2004) -- The Ohio University School of Theater is proud to open its 2004-2005 season, with "The Laramie Project."

In October 1998, Matthew Shepard, a 21-year-old student at the University of Wyoming was kidnapped, savagely beaten and left to die, tied to a fence outside Laramie,Wyo.

In November 1998, the Tectonic Theater Project of New York set out for Laramie. After conducting more than 200 interviews with the residents of Laramie; they created a breathtaking theatrical collage that explores the depths to which humanity can sink and the heights of compassion of which we are capable.

The play explodes past Laramie, Wyo., past rural states, past college towns and into the substance and circumstance of hate crime, and of a country trying to or refusing to grapple with its intolerance, bigotry and hatred of homosexuality.

"The Laramie Project" will be presented by Ohio University’s School of Theater October 13-16, 20 - 23, and 27 -30 in the Elizabeth Evans Baker Theater, located in Kantner Hall.

Regular admission for the production is $12 and $10 for students and seniors. For ticket information and reservations, call (740) 593-4800 or stop by the Fine Arts Ticket office in Kantner Hall 103, Monday through Friday, 12-5 p.m.

"The Laramie Project" is directed by School of Theater faculty member Shelley Delaney. Delaney was most recently nominated for a 2004 Joseph Jefferson award for her performance in "Free Man of Color," written by Charles Smith (also a School of Theater Faculty member). The Joseph Jefferson is a Chicago-based award honoring the best of the city’s professional theater.

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