College Group To Perform The Laramie Project

March 3, 2004

Mary Baldwin University’s Sisters Out Understanding and Loving Sisters will be presenting The Laramie Project March 9-10 at 8 p.m. in Francis Auditorium at the corner of Coalter and Frederick streets, Staunton.

Tickets are $3 per person and will go to a charity in honor of Matthew Shepard. The Laramie Project was written by Moises Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theater Project. SOULS– production will be directed by Senior Christina Sayer and feature many Mary Baldwin students.

The life of 21-year-old University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard became a national topic of discussion on October 7, 1998, when he was admitted to a hospital in Colorado for treatment of severe injuries. He died five days later of those injuries, which were inflicted by two Laramie, Wyoming, residents. The Laramie Project tells the story of the city of Laramie and the trials of the two young men who beat Shepard, apparently because he was gay, and left him to die. The actors take the stage to perform the roles of Laramie residents, friends and family of Matthew Shepard, and members of the Tectonic Theater Project.