takes on The Laramie Project
State University, Sacramento's theatre and dance department launches
the first of 12 productions for the 2002 - 03 season with the powerful
drama The Laramie Project. The play runs Oct. 10 - 13 and
17 - 20 in the Playwrights' Theatre in Shasta Hall. Curtain times
are at 8 p.m., Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. matinees
The drama is based on the brutal murder of 21-year old Matthew Shepard
- whose killers said they targeted him because of his homosexuality
- in Laramie, Wyo. in 1998. Using excerpts from 200 in-depth interviews
with the people of the town obtained in the months following the
murders, Moises Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theatre Project
explore how Shepard's community dealt with the tragedy while confronting
its own moral beliefs.
"I took my company to Laramie," Kaufman said in an interview
with the Philadelphia Inquirer, "because I thought if
we listened to the people of Laramie speak at this moment, we would
not only find out about the town, but we would find something out
about our nation, of how we are thinking about things that affect
Under the direction of CSUS theatre professor Bob Smart, the production
includes a small group of actors portraying more than 70 characters.
The innovative production is structured in short scenes rather than
Tickets are $13 general and $8 for students, seniors and alumni.
Tickets are available at the CSUS Tickets Office at 278-4323 and
at Tickets.com at (916) 766-2277. For additional media assistance
contact CSUS public affairs at (916) 278-6156.