SPOKANE, Wash. – Gonzaga University theatre arts will present the acclaimed play “The Laramie Project” as the third installment of the 2011-2012 Second Stage Readers Theatre Series. The play will be staged at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 23-25 in the Harry and Colleen Magnuson Theatre at Gonzaga.
The play is based on the true story of Matthew Shepard, a gay University of Wyoming college student who died as a result of hate-crime violence perpetrated against him in 1998. The dramatic re-telling of the story focuses on the community’s reaction to his death and the attention that it brought to hate crimes nationwide.
The Second Stage Readers Theatre Series is a collection of shows directed and produced by students and alumni of the Gonzaga theatre arts program. Michael Barfield, who has been closely involved in theatre arts since his freshman year, directs “The Laramie Project.” Barfield, a junior, is excited to work with the cast in his directorial debut.
“Having the opportunity to bring this story to Gonzaga has been an amazing privilege,” Barfield said. “I’m deeply grateful for all of many talented individuals who have helped to bring it to life.”
The Magnuson Theatre is located on the main floor, east end of Gonzaga’s College Hall, formerly known as the Administration Building. A $2 donation at the door is encouraged to help support the arts at Gonzaga; there will be no advanced ticket sales for this production.
For more information please contact Summer Berry, marketing coordinator of the theatre arts and dance programs, at (509) 313-3606 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.