THE LARAMIE PROJECT: TEN YEARS LATER At The Players Club Of Swarthmore
The Players Club of Swarthmore presents The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later, by Moisés Kaufmann, Leigh Fondakowski, Greg Pierotti, Andy Paris, and Stephen Belber, directed by Tim Oskin of Swarthmore. Performances are Friday through Sunday November 9-11 and Thursday through Saturday November 15-17.
In 1998 and 1999. members of the Tectonic Theatre Project descended on Laramie, Wyoming to interview townspeople about the recent murder of gay college student Matthew Shepard. They then crafted a play from those interviews, using the townspeople's own words. This became The Laramie Project, much performed nationally since its debut in 2000, which introduced audiences to a host of Laramie residents--decent, thoughtful, and articulate--and their reflections on the cruel hate crime perpetrated by two young men whom some of them knew personally.
The same troupe revisited Laramie ten years after the event and spoke to many of the same people, and to some new ones including the murderers. The result is The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later. Those who saw the original production won't mind catching up with some memorable and interesting folks; if you missed it the first time, you'll want to meet them and hear how their memories are being transmuted into a chapter in the history of their town and their time.
Curtain times are 7:30 Thursday, 8 pm Friday and Saturday, 2 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $10, available at the door or in advance at www.pcstheater.org or 866-811-4111. The Players Club is located at 614 Fairview Road in Swarthmore. The Laramie Project: Ten Year Later is presented on the Raymond W. Smith stage which is not handicapped-accessible.