JSU Drama Department to present ‘The Laramie Project’ as part of LGBT History Month

Jacksonville State University began selling tickets today for its production of “The Laramie Project,” a play detailing the reaction to the murder of University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard back in 1998. (Courtesy of the Matthew Shepard Foundation)Jacksonville State University began selling tickets today for its production of “The Laramie Project,” a play detailing the reaction to the murder of University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard back in 1998. (Courtesy of the Matthew Shepard Foundation)

Breanna Hill, Features Editor 

The Jacksonville State University Department of Drama began selling tickets today for its production of “The Laramie Project,” beginning Oct. 30.

“It’s a story that should not be forgotten and is a story that is still relevant today,” said Freddy Clements, a JSU drama professor.

Clements is working as wardrobe and makeup designer for the upcoming production and believes that the audience can take away a crucial life lesson from the play. 

“Viewers can witness a community forced to face a dark element within the community,” said Clements. 

“The Laramie Project” follows the story of the reaction to the murder of University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard back in 1998. Shepard was gay and the victim of a hate crime that caused his death.

Following his death, members from New York City’s very own Tectonic Theater Project traveled to Wyoming to interview members of the community about Matthew and observe how the town reacted and was affected by his death. 

Out of the notes produced by the Tectonic Theater Project came the masterpiece of “The Laramie Project” which discusses Matthew’s murder and the town’s reaction to the unbelievable news.

Shephard’s murder is one of the most notable and unforgettable hate crimes that happened in the nation. “The Laramie Project” is a play that continues to be presented all around the nation in hopes of sharing an important message about how these kinds of crimes do exist, and they should never happen. 

Due to COVID-19 guidelines, “The Laramie Project” will be streaming online. Tickets are $10. To purchase tickets, visit www.jsudrama.com or call 256-782-5648.

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