Starkville Community Theatre presents "The Laramie Project"

Starkville Community Theatre will present "The Laramie Project" beginning May 15 through May 19. (Photo by Mary Rumore, SDN)
Staff Writer

Starkville Community Theatre will present "The Laramie Project" May 15 through May 19 as the theatre's season extra.

The performances will be at 7:30 p.m. until 8:50 p.m. nightly at the Playhouse on Main.

"The Laramie Project", by Moises Kaufman and the members of the Tectonic Theater Project, is directed by Gabe Smith.

"We look forward to sharing this real-life story with you, about a shocking crime, a life cut short, and how a town not so different from many others in America comes to terms with its own identity and how it can understand and move on from the tragedy that happened there," Smith said.

According to SCT's website,"In October 1998, a 21-year-old student named Matthew Shepard was kidnapped, beaten and left to die, tied to a fence in the middle of the prairie outside Laramie, Wyoming. His bloody and battered body was not discovered until the next day, and he died less than a week later. This shattering drama was written from the text of more than 200 interviews conducted in the aftermath of a brutal hate crime that attracted worldwide attention and shined a public spotlight on issues of sexual discrimination and violence."

The productions features Beth Accordy, DeeDee Baldwin, Elizabeth Balzli, Aimee Bordelon, John Bateman, Ben Christmas, Joe Evans, Larry Graves, Jessica Jolly, Thomas La Foe, Daniel Nicholson, Trisha Pate and Sally Stafford.

General admission reservations will become available on May 10. Call (662) 323-6855 for more information or ticket reservations.

"The Laramie Project" contains strong and sometimes graphic language along with adult themes and content. It is intended for mature audiences.