Sturgis Charter School's STAGE presents "The Laramie Project" March 15-17 in Hyannis

Eleven Sturgis students take on over one hundred characters

The STAGE players from Sturgis Charter Public School. Photo courtesy of Sturgis.Sturgis Charter Public School's STAGE will present "The Laramie Project" by Moisés Kaufman and the members of the Tectonic Theater Project  at  the Hyannis Harbor Arts Center at the Guyer Barn, 250 South Street in Hyannis, March 15 through 17.

On October 6, 1998, Matthew Shepard, a 21-year-old gay University of Wyoming student was found brutally beaten and tied unconscious to a fence on the outskirts of Laramie, Wyoming. Two days later, Russell Henderson and Aaron McKinney were arrested for kidnapping, aggravated robbery and attempted first-degree murder. Shepard died on October 12 and the charges against the two were amended to first-degree murder.

In November of that same year, Moisés Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theater Project traveled to Laramie, Wyoming to interview the townspeople about the murder of Matthew Shepard. The play, "The Laramie Project" was created from the over two-hundred interviews as well as the  journal entries of Tectonic members.

The Matthew Shepard Foundation, founded by Matthew's parents, Dennis and Judy, honored Kaufman as the recipient of the Making a Difference Award.

"The Laramie Project" has been produced thousands of times around the world since. "This play is not about being gay," said Judy Shepard, Matthew's mother. "It is about being hurt for being different, whatever that difference may be."

Eleven Sturgis students will take on over one hundred characters in "The Laramie Project", and give voice to the feelings and attitudes of the people of Laramie.  The show, which addresses the issues of hate crimes, tolerance, bigotry and self-awareness, contains mature themes and some profanity.

"The Laramie Project" runs Thursday, March 15 at 4pm, Friday, March 16 at 4pm & 7pm and Saturday, March 17 at 4pm & 7pm.

Tickets are $5 and may be reserved by emailing [email protected].

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