Friday, March 24, 2006

Duke Ellington school to stage play about Matthew Shepherd

The Theatre Department of the Duke Ellington School for the Arts will be performing "The Laramie Project," a play about the life and death of Matthew Shepherd, next month.
The Laramie Project is a play performed in high schools across the country highlighting the murder of Matthew Shepherd and its impact on the sleepy town of Laramie, Wyo., population 26,687 where Shepherd lived.
As the town’s police sergeant says, “It’s a good place to live. Good people—lots of space.” Laramie residents take pride in being called the “gem city of the plains,” and appear to believe in the motto “Live and Let Live.”
But what happens when something unexpected, unconscionable and unforgivable rips it apart? What happens to its people when they are thrust into the unrelenting glare of a national media spotlight? And what happens to a community when trust among its own people has been shattered?

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