Hopkinton’s Enter Stage Left Theater to Perform “The Laramie Project” in October

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Enter Stage Left Theater is proud to present The Laramie Project, a 2000 play by Moisés Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theater Project about the reaction to the 1998 murder of gay University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard in Laramie, Wyoming.

Directed by Paul Champlin and featuring a cast of 16 from Hopkinton and surrounding towns, the three-act play focuses on the aftermath of Shepard’s brutal killing.

According to Champlin, “The Laramie Project, while confronting the complexities of gay rights and its detractors as its main theme, is ultimately a human story, one of inclusion and alienation, fear and yearning, violence and love. Our production will present as its focus, the people of Laramie, their unique stories and perspectives amidst these compelling circumstances.”

A talk back will be held after the performances on October 15th and 16th with Cathy Renna. Cathy is the communications director for the national LGBTQ task force and she played a central role while at GLAAD in shaping media coverage of the beating death of Matthew Shepard in 1998. She will be on hand to share her experience and help guide the conversation that is inevitably sparked by this powerful piece.

Four performances at the The Delbridge Family Performance Space, 98 Hayden Rowe Street, Hopkinton: October 15, 16, 22 & 23 at 7:30 PM. Tickets are $20 for students/seniors $25 for adults. Additionally, student "Rush" tickets will be available for any middle or high school students who would like to attend. A rush ticket is purchased after all previously ticketed patrons are seated; if there are seats still open, tickets are available to students for $10.

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Enter Stage Left Theater (ESL) is the resident theater company of the Hopkinton Center for the Arts. ESL brings community and theater together to inspire, connect, and transform. In addition to providing quality theater education for people of all ages, each season brings a wide array of theater options to local MetroWest audiences looking for an affordable theater experience. To learn more call (508) 435-9222 or visit www.hopartscenter.org.