May 13, 2008


Oddfellows Playhouse Teen Repertory Company presents a mainstage production of /The Laramie Project/ by Moises Kaufman and the Tectonic Theater Company from May 1-10. Missy Waryas directs a cast of 19 talented teens from across central Connecticut in this powerful story of brutal murder and great revelations—about our nation, our ideas, and ourselves.

On October 7, 1998, Matthew Shepard, a 21-year-old, openly gay, University of Wyoming student was kidnapped, driven to a remote area, tied to a fence, brutally beaten, and left to die. For five days, he fought to hold onto life, but on October 12, just 50 days short of his 22nd birthday, Matthew Shepard died. Four weeks later, Moises Kaufman and the Tectonic Theater Project traveled to Laramie. The company subsequently visited the town six times and interviewed hundreds of people. /The Laramie Project/ presents the culmination of these interviews, and at its core, the play spreads a message of peace and illustrates how a town deals with and recovers from tragedy.

Support for Oddfellows Playhouse 2007-08 season comes from the CT State Department of Education, the CT Commission on Culture & Tourism, Middlesex United Way, the J. Walton Bissell Foundation, The Stare Fund, the Middletown Commission on the Arts, and the Middletown Foundation for the Arts.

/The Laramie Project/ previews at Oddfellows Playhouse at 128 Washington Street in Middletown on Thursday, May 1 at 7 pm, with a “can-can” performance (pay-what-you-can and bring a can for the Amazing Grace food pantry). Additional performances are on May 2, 3, 9, and 10 at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $10 adults and $7 students and seniors. For more information or to reserve tickets, call (860) 347-6143.