‘Laramie Project’ sequel to be staged by Staples Players
WESTPORT — “The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later,” an epilogue to a production that focused on the 1998 murder of gay college student Matthew Shepard in Laramie, Wyo., will be performed this week by the Staples Players.
The play will be performed from Thursday through Sunday in the school’s Black Box Theatre.
“The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later” portrays the “lasting effects of Matthew Shepard’s murder on the same American town, and the ideas and beliefs that shape our nation,” according to Staples Players’ publicity for the play. Like its predecessor play, “The Laramie Project,” the text for this production is taken from interviews. The play revisits some of the people interviewed in the original production, including new interviews with Shepard’s mother and his murderer, Aaron McKinney, now serving two consecutive life sentences without the possibility of parole.
After producing “The Laramie Project” last spring, the Staples Players will be one of a small number of high school theater companies to perform both shows in the cycle back-to-back. It will be presented by 17 actors who portray more than 50 characters.
“The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later” will be performed in the Staples Black Box Theatre, 70 North Ave., at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, May 19-21, and at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 22.
Tickets may be purchased online with a credit card at www.staplesplayers.com. Tickets also will be sold at the door 20 minutes prior to each performance, subject to availability, but seating in the Black Box Theatre is limited and advance online purchases are recommended. Tickets cost $15 for adults and $10 for students. Discounted tickets for senior citizens for $10 are available for the matinee only.