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Source: University of Regina

Play explores homophobia, xenophobia, tolerance and acceptance

October 26, 2006

The University of Regina Theatre Department will present Moisés Kaufman's The Laramie Project from Nov. 1 to Nov. 5 at the University Theatre, Riddell Centre. Directed by Kathryn Bracht, The Laramie Project is an examination of the citizens of Laramie, Wyoming in the aftermath of the brutal murder of gay student Matthew Shepard in 1998. It examines issues of homophobia, xenophobia, tolerance and acceptance in a small town thrust into the international spotlight following the murder.

"It is filled with rich characters and is a deeply moving testament to the best and worst that humanity has to offer," says Wes D. Pearce, head of the Theatre Department and outreach co-ordinator for the production.

The Laramie Project is central to a course currently being offered by the department: Theatre 454, Queer Theatre since Stonewall, taught by Pearce and open to students across campus. Talk back and discussion sessions are being held following the Friday, Saturday and Sunday performances. On Thursday, the production is being used to launch the UR Allies Positive Space Campaign, a program that promotes a safe, welcoming environment for members of the lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgendered community on campus.

Tickets for The Laramie Project performances are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and students and free for U of R students with valid I.D. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. (Nov. 1-4) and
2 p.m. (Nov. 5). For more information, phone 585-5571 and for tickets, phone 585-5500. Mature language is used in this production.




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