Critically Acclaimed Play THE LARAMIE PROJECT Examines Hate Crime in The CWP Black Box Theatre

By: Jan. 20, 2017
Imagine being tortured, left out to die in the freezing cold, tied to a fence post, and your only crime is your sexual orientation. In February, The CWP Black Box Theatre at Carrollwood Players presents a staged reading of THE LARAMIE PROJECT on February 19 and 26, 2017.

Now as relevant as ever, Moises Kaufman's THE LARAMIE PROJECT explores the impact that the brutal murder of Laramie, Wyoming openly gay college student Matthew Shephard had not only on the town, but also on the nation. The emotionally riveting production investigates the events surrounding the October 1998 death, based on official transcripts, company members' journal entries, found texts, and a collection of more than 200 interviews of Laramie residents conducted by The Tectonic Theater Project.

Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theater Project made six trips to Laramie, over a year and a half in the aftermath of the murder and trial of the two young men accused of killing Matthew.

Hailed by Time Magazine as one of the "Top Ten Plays of the Year 2000," THE LARAMIE PROJECT is a thought provoking, critically acclaimed three act play that examines how Laramie and the nation was changed by this incomprehensible hate crime, sparking national debate and bringing attention to the lack of hate crime laws in various states. It questions how something like this could happen and what we can do to change the future.

Director/Producer Jim Russell stated simply, "This play is personally important to me. Can you imagine being killed just because of who you are? If you can, come see this play. More importantly, if you can't, come see this play."

Carrollwood Players is located at 4333 Gunn Hwy. THE LARAMIE PROJECT runs Sunday, February 19 and 26 at 7pm. Tickets are $10 general admission. Tickets are available at or

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