Supporting the Arts in Western Massachusetts and Beyond

November 22, 2013

The Laramie Project

Springfield Technical Community College, Springfield, MA
December 5 - 9, 2013

Springfield Technical Community College theatre workshop students are set to open their performance of “The Laramie Project,” a play that chronicles the reaction to the death of Matthew Shepard, a gay University of Wyoming student who was brutally murdered in 1998.

Shepard’s murder, denounced as a hate crime, became the rallying cry against hate and homophobia internationally. The play, by Moises Kaufman and the members of the Tectonic Theater Project, will be performed by students, along with appearances from STCC faculty and staff. Assistant Professor of English/Theater Greg Trochlil is the producer.

“The Laramie Project” production will conclude the theatre students’ semester-long involvement with the topic, which commemorates the 15-year anniversary of Shepard’s death.

Trochlil said he is encouraged by how many people in the STCC campus community have been involved with the project, but notes how discouraging it is that so many people are still affected by hate. "The attitudes that promote hate, bullying, and prejudice, unfortunately, still affect many of us, our friends and our families,” said Trochlil. “We would like to continue to bring awareness to attitudes and behaviors that promote acceptance of the diversity of the STCC and Springfield communities.”

Performances will be held in the Scibelli Hall (Building 2) theatre on December 5 at 11 am, December 6 and 7 at 7:30pm, December 8 at 2 pm, and December 9 at 12:15pm. There will be a special “talk back” session hosted by STCC Professor Phil O’Donoghue after the final performance. General admission tickets are $10; $5 for students.