Now Playing at Suffolk University's C. Walsh Theatre The Laramie Project

2/20/2004

BOSTON, MA - The Suffolk University Performing Arts Office is presenting The Laramie Project, a poignant and moving play that explores the 1998 brutal beating and murder of gay college student Matthew Shepard in Laramie, Wyoming. His murder has become an international symbol of intolerance.

The production will open on Wednesday, Feb. 25 and run through Friday, Feb. 27. Performances begin at 8 p.m. in Suffolk University's C. Walsh Theatre, located at 55 Temple Street, Boston. Tickets are free.

Moisés Kaufman and nine members of the Tectonic Theater Project traveled to Laramie, Wyoming a month after Shepard's murder and began interviewing the residents. The play is based on over 200 interviews and examines the effects of hate crime and media on this small town.

Written by Moisés Kaufman and directed by Chris Destefano of Suffolk's Performing Arts Office, The Laramie Project brings together a 32-member cast comprised of students, faculty and staff of the University community.

In association with the production, Judy Shepard, the mother of Matthew Shepard, will present, “The Legacy of Matthew Shepard,” on Tuesday, Feb. 24 at 1:00 pm. in the C. Walsh Theatre and will address what can be done to make schools and communities safer for everyone, regardless of their race, sex, religion or sexual orientation. She and her husband, Dennis Shepard, have established the Matthew Shepard Foundation to carry on Matthew's legacy by embracing the just causes he had championed. The lecture is free and open to the public.

For further information, please call Suffolk University's Performing Arts Office at 617-305-6307.

Suffolk University, located on Boston's Beacon Hill, with campuses in Madrid, Spain and Dakar, Senegal (West Africa) is a comprehensive, global institution distinguished by its teaching and the intellectual contributions of its faculty. Suffolk offers a wide range of undergraduate and graduate programs in more than 70 areas of study. Its mission is to provide quality education at an affordable cost for students of all ages and backgrounds, with strong emphasis on diversity. Suffolk has a combined enrollment of more than 7,500 full-time and part-time students at its Law School, College of Arts and Sciences and Sawyer School of Management.

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