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The Coastal Carolina University Department of Theatre will be performing 'The Laramie Project' this Thursday, March 29, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. at the Wheelwright Auditorium.
The Laramie Project tells the story of a gay, 21 year-old Laramie, Wyoming man Matthew Sheppard who was kidnapped, brutally beaten, and tied to a fence and left for dead. Sheppard slipped into a coma and died due to his injuries.
Five weeks later, Moises Kaufman and fellow members of New York City’s Tectonic Theater Project went to Laramie, where they conducted more than 200 interviews with townspeople. From those interviews they wrote the play The Laramie Project, a chronicle of the life of the town in the year after the murder. A reviewer for the Associated Press calls The Laramie Project “astonishing. Not since Angels in America has a play attempted so much: nothing less than an examination of the American psyche at the end of the millennium.”
Since its first performance in the year 2000, the play has been preformed all across the country and in 2002 HBO Films turned it into a movie that starred many Hollywood celebrities including, Cristina Ricci, Laura Linney, Peter Fonda, and Steve Buscemi, just to name a few.
For ticket information, please call the Wheelwright Box Office at 843-349-2502.