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Judy Shepard to headline day of events to support GLBT students and allies at Saint Paul College

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The Legacy of Matthew Shepard
Judy Shepard will present The Legacy of Matthew Shepard at Saint Paul College on March 27, 2015, at 3:00pm in the College Theatre. Shepard will headline a day of events, including a production of The Laramie Project produced by the Saint Paul College Theatre and Drama department.

Shepard’s son, Matthew, was an openly gay student who was tortured and murdered in Laramie, Wyoming in October 1998, because of his sexual orientation. Earlier this year, Shepard was featured in the new documentary Matt Shepard Is a Friend of Mine. The film, released in February, was produced by Matthew’s close friend Michele Josue.

1:00pm - GLBTQA Resource Fair
The PRISM Campus Alliance, a Saint Paul College student association, will host a resource fair at 1:00pm in the College’s Learning Commons. Students will have a chance to engage with community groups and nonprofits working on GLBT issues in the Twin Cities.

3:00pm - The Legacy of Matthew Shepard, Theatre
Judy Shepard will speak in the Theatre on Matthew’s legacy.

5:30pm  - Reception for The Laramie Project, with Judy Shepard in attendance.

7:30pm - The Laramie Project, College Theatre

Spring 2015 Play: ​The Laramie Project

 

The Saint Paul College Drama and Theatre Department is proud to announce their upcoming production of The Laramie Project, by Moisés Kaufman and the members of the Tectonic Theater Project.

Performances will be Friday, March 27, 2015, and Saturday, March 28, 2015, at 7:30pm.

Synopsis:

The Story: In October 1998, a twenty-one-year-old student at the University of Wyoming was kidnapped, severely beaten and left to die, tied to a fence in the middle of the prairie outside Laramie, Wyoming. His bloody, bruised and battered body was not discovered until the next day, and he died several days later in an area hospital. His name was Matthew Shepard, and he was the victim of this assault because he was gay.

Moisés Kaufman and fellow members of the Tectonic Theater Project made six trips to Laramie over the course of a year and a half in the aftermath of the beating and during the trial of the two young men accused of killing Shepard. They conducted more than 200 interviews with the people of the town. Some people interviewed were directly connected to the case, and others were citizens of Laramie, and the breadth of their reactions to the crime is fascinating.

Kaufman and Tectonic Theater members have constructed a deeply moving theatrical experience from these interviews and their own experiences. The Laramie Project is a breathtaking theatrical collage that explores the depths to which humanity can sink and the heights of compassion of which we are capable.

The play has been called:

"One of the ten best plays of the year. A pioneering work of theatrical reportage and a powerful stage event." —Time Magazine.

"Astonishing. Not since Angels in America has a play attempted so much: nothing less than an examination of the American psyche at the end of the millennium." —Associated Press. " 

"There emerges a mosaic as moving and important as any you will see on the walls of the churches of the world…nothing short of stunning…you will be held in rapt attention." —New York Magazine.

Contact the show’s director, Jimmy LeDuc at 651.846.1630 ext. 5707 or at james.leduc@saintpaul.edu with any questions.​​​