SALEM, Va.—Theatre Roanoke College presents its fall production, The Laramie Project, Wednesday-Saturday, November 15-18, in the Olin Theater at 8 p.m. Tickets are $7 for the general public and $5 for senior citizens and students. To purchase tickets or for further information, call the Olin Box Office Monday through Friday, 1-4 p.m. at (540) 375-2333. This production is suited for a mature audience due to language and content.
The Laramie Project, by Moisés Kaufman and the Members of the Tectonic Theater Project, tells of the assault of Matthew Shepard, a young man from Laramie, Wyo. Shepard attended the University of Wyoming and in October 1998, was kidnapped, brutally abused and tied to a fence to die because of his homosexuality. Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theater Project traveled to Laramie several times over the course of a year and a half during the trial. They interviewed over 200 of Laramie’s citizens. The Laramie Project documents the events in Laramie one year after Shepard’s attack. It is a moving play that is “a pioneering work of theatrical reportage and a powerful stage event,” says Time magazine.
The cast includes Chris Cain, a graduate psychology major from Roanoke; Joe Bauer, a sophomore biology major from Atlanta, Ga.; Samantha Clifford, a freshman from Rumson N.J.; Lindsey Anderson, a senior theatre major from Norfolk; Joe Beasley, a sophomore theatre major from Powhatan; Cory Lawson, a junior theatre major from Roanoke; Lisa-Sun Gresham, a sophomore theatre major from Wilton, Conn.; and Liên-Thành Kratzke, a senior biology major from Oak Hill.
The stage manager is Lindsey Bass, a senior theatre major from East Greenwich, R.I. The assistant stage manager is Haley Thomsen, a freshman from Tunbridge, Vt. Sound design is by Adam Croft, a junior theatre major from Greensboro, N.C. Lights are by Lindsey Moore, a sophomore theatre major from Salem.
The play is directed by Dr. Lisa C. Warren, associate professor of theatre, and the technical director is George N. Arthur, teaching associate. The costume designer is Jennie N. Ruhland, teaching associate.
Roanoke College, the country’s second oldest Lutheran-related college, is an independent, co-educational, four-year liberal arts college. Roanoke is one of just 270 colleges nationwide with a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious honor society. The Princeton Review names Roanoke as one of the “best in the Southeast.” Roanoke’s 1,970 students represent 41 states across the U.S. and 25 foreign countries.