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LGBTQ+ History on Stage

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Matthew Shepard was beaten and left to die 24 years ago this month, targeted for being a gay man. October is LGBTQ+ History Month, and the Department of Theatre and Dance is honoring this with their production ofThe Laramie Project, a play devised by Moisés Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theatre Project to honor Shepard and all of the members of the LGBTQ+ persecuted and killed. The play opens up discussion around homophobia and hate crimes and provides space to challenge these issues in our society. Nearly a quarter of a century on, we recognize the need to do this just as much as in 1998. Please, join us for this powerful theatre event and be part of the necessary conversation.

The Laramie Project, directed by Sarah Ripper and performed by the second-year BFA acting students will be presented in the Arena Theatre in Clayes Performing Arts Center this week on Thursday-Saturday nights at 8 p.m., and next week on Wednesday-Saturday nights at 8 p.m. On October 27, the performance will be followed by a talkback led by Heather Denyer, and the November 3 performance will include ASL interpretation.

Content Warning: This play explores themes and content such as adult language, hate crime violence (verbal and physical), religious viewpoints, and homophobia.

Tickets are just $5 for the Titan Community and can be purchased in advance or immediately before the performance at the Clayes Performing Arts Center Box Office. For questions, email or call (657) 278-3371.

Heather Denyer