Nov. 12-14 — POULTNEY — Green Mountain College’s theater arts program presents its annual fall stage production “The Laramie Project” Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 12-14. Performances will be at 7 p.m. each evening in Ackley Theater on the GMC campus.
The play is directed by professor Paula Mann (theater) and is performed by 10 GMC students. Written by Moises Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theater Company in reaction to the murder of a gay student at the University of Wyoming in 1998, “The Laramie Project” chronicles the aftermath of the tragedy and its effect on the community of Laramie.
Actors from the Manhattan-based Tectonic Theater Project travelled to Laramie to meet with residents of the town, conducting over two hundred interviews in the span of eighteen months. While the play focuses on student Matthew Shepard’s murder, it mostly speaks about the effect of such an event in a town’s history and how every one of its residents was in some way affected. In the wake of Shepard’s death, reverberations were felt throughout the country bringing the issue of the treatment, perception, and rights of gay Americans to the public’s attention.
The play delves into the subtleties of human character and how society deals with discrimination. Admission is $10 for members of the public.