A hate crime forces questions among a small town as it also deals with the national spotlight in The Laramie Project, which Hardin County Playhouse will present this weekend only.
The Laramie Project will take place on Sept. 14 and 15 at 7 p.m., and Sept. 16 at 3 p.m. All performances are to happen in the Plum Alley Theater at the Historic State Theater complex, located at 209 West Dixie Avenue in Elizabethtown, KY.
Tickets are $15 for adults, $13 for seniors 55 and over, students, and military members. Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling 270-351-0577 or going to the Hardin County Playhouse website. Tickets can also be purchased at the door with cash and check only.
Keep in mind, the show contains adult language and depictions of violence. The show is not recommended for children.
The Laramie Project focuses on Laramie, WY, and Matthew Shepard, a gay young man who was beaten and left to die alone at a fence. The ensuing arrest and trials of two suspects took the national spotlight, forcing everyone in the otherwise quiet town to question how they feel about the trial, hate, and those different from themselves.
Members of the New York City-based Tectonic Theater Project, including its leader Moises Kaufman, created the production while observing the city and trials in the year after Shepard's murder. Instead of scenes, their observations became known as "moments" in the production.
For Hardin County Playhouse, the ensemble includes Ron Blair, Andy Frueh, Josh French, Jay Hemphill, Kerrie Lewis, Josh Logsdon, Jaycee Padilla, Carrie Rhea, Sarah Ryan, and Jenny Simmons. Bo Cecil directed the production, which includes cast members performing multiple roles.
Following The Laramie Project, Hardin County Playhouse will return with Arsenic and Old Lace. That production will run in October.
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