U of L heads to Laramie [Theater]

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The University of Louisville department of theatre arts will examine the issue of hate crime in a small town with the opening of The Laramie Project on Wednesday. 

The Laramie Project will take place at The Playhouse, located on the University of Louisville campus at 1911 South Third Street.  The play will take place on April 14, 15, 16, and 18 at 3 p.m. each night.  Matinee performances, meanwhile, will take place on April 17 and 18 at 3 p.m. each day.

Tickets for The Laramie Project are $12 for general admission, $10 for U of L faculty and staff, and $8 for students and senior citizens.  Tickets can be obtained by calling 502-852-6814 or by going to the box office on the U of L campus.  More information about the play can be found by going to the theatre department website.

Free parking, meanwhile, will be available across 3rd Street from the Playhouse after 7:30 p.m. on weekdays and at all times on weekends.  

The Laramie Project takes place mostly in Laramie, WY, where Matthew Shepard, a gay student from the University of Wyoming, was killed by two local residents, Aaron McKinney and Russell Henderson.  The incident brought national attention to the city and the issues of gays and hate crimes.  It also forced local residents to reconsider their own feelings on the subjects.  

The Laramie Project was created by Moises Kaufman and The Tectonic Theater Project, who traveled to Laramie from New York City to document the incident and the aftermath.  

Russell Vandenbroucke, meanwhile, directed the U of L production, which will feature each actor and actress performing multiple roles.