Tabor students present 'The Laramie Project'

Feb 27, 2017

Marion — On Tuesday, March 7 at 7 p.m., Tabor Academy students will perform “The Laramie Project” in the Fireman Center for the Performing Arts, 235 Front St.

The show is free and open to the public with open seating. Many of the same lead actors who performed the school’s performance of the musical “Grease.”

Set in Laramie, Wyoming, the show represents the true story of Matthew Shepard, who was murdered in 1998 because he was gay. The play is written by Moisés Kaufman and directed by Mark Howland and assistant director Duhita Das '17. It is made up of interviews of Shepard's friends, family and community and is meant to focus on how the murder impacted Laramie.

Howland shared that the story is told through a powerful script with strong performances, “If we do our job, the show will not be easy to watch, but it will be cathartic.”

Several days after this performance, the Tabor cast and crew will travel to England to perform “The Laramie Project” in venues around Dublin, Ireland and at Ellesmere College, an English boarding high school.

Later in April, students from Ellesmere will come to Tabor for a week long stay to share a show of their choosing and spend time at an American boarding school.

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