South Eugene brings back The Laramie Project

South Eugene will be performing the Laramie Project.

Posted: Oct 17, 2017 1:13 PM
Updated: Oct 17, 2017 1:13 PM

EUGENE, Ore. - South Eugene will be bringing back the play, The Laramie Project in November. They performed the piece 10 years ago, so this time they'll also be adding The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later.

The show is about a young gay man named Matthew Shepard who was chained to a fence, brutally beaten, and murdered in 1999. This incident has been called a hate crime. 

The Techtonic Theater went to Laramie, Wyoming, interviewed the residents of the town, and created the project from those interviews.

The project has received some backlash in the past. Pat Avery, South Eugene's Theater Director, said Sheldon had a hard time with it when they performed a few years ago. 

Even though it's a hard project, he and his students believe it's important to help people remember this event. Avery says especially with the divided political climate America is currently in, incidents like these are not long gone. 

The show will open on November 2nd. The original show and the Ten Years Later piece will be performed on alternating nights.

You can find more information at southeugenetheater.org .

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