Pima Community College Theatre Arts will present “The Laramie Project” by Moises Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theatre Project, directed by Nancy Davis Booth, Nov. 14-24. In 1998 University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard, who was gay, was kidnapped, beaten and left to die tied to a fence on the outskirts of Laramie. He died six days later.
“The play,” says Booth, “is a complicated view of Laramie’s response to the murder of Matthew Shepard” and the ensuing media onslaught. “Through these deeply personal reflections, the impact on this small community reveals the human spirit’s triumph over bigotry and violence.”
A dialogue with the audience, cast and director will follow each performance.
In an interview for the online magazine Morphizm, Kaufman, who is of Romanian and Ukrainian Jewish descent, said, “I am Venezuelan, I am Jewish, I am gay, I live in New York. I am the sum of all my cultures. I couldn’t write anything that didn’t incorporate all that I am.”
Performances will be held at the PCC Center for the Arts Black Box Theater, 2202 W. Anklam Road. For tickets, go to www.pima.edu/cfa or call 206-6986.