By Kaitlyn Frame & Kendall Steiger
Editor-in-Chief & Staff Writer
The Laramie Project, Lynn Drama’s 2017 fall semester main stage production, is opening tonight in the Wold Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m.
The play focuses on a hate crime which took place in a small town and is told through the testimonies of locals who knew the victim.
“The Laramie Project is about the murder trial and aftermath of the beating of Matthew Shepard,” said Adam Simpson, director. “But really what it’s about is, it is a play about healing. It is a play about hope and love. The message that this play sends is ‘be kind to one another.’”
This play, based on true events, takes place in Laramie, WY during the late 1990’s. It focuses on the reactions of the citizens of Laramie to the murder of a University of Wyoming student, Matthew Shepard, who was gay.
“Everything has consequences,” said Nik Ramadan, freshman. “Being a part of the Laramie Project, I was able to see into some of the lives of who Matthew Shepard had impacted and that’s what made the experience worthwhile.”
The cast of The Laramie Project has been putting together the production since October and are excited to share it with the Lynn community as well as the Boca community. Students and faculty alike were given the opportunity to be a part of this production and have been hard at work for the past few months.
“Working with Adam and the casts and crew of Laramie has been an amazing experience,” said Morgan Hotchkiss, senior. “The show itself pushes so many barriers and getting to portray this story that affected so many lives is truly something special. Whether it’s love or acceptance, I think everyone can take a little something home after seeing this beautiful show.”
The show runs from Dec. 6-8 at 7:30 p.m. every night as well as a matinee production on Thursday the 7th. Students and faculty will receive two complimentary tickets with their Lynn ID.
Visit the box office in the Wold for tickets and more information about the Laramie Project and other upcoming Lynn Drama productions.