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CCC to present 'The Laramie Project'

Clackamas Community College will present Moises Kaufman’s powerful and moving play “The Laramie Project” as the Theatre Arts Department’s winter-term Mainstage production. The play opens Feb. 26 in the Osterman Theatre with performances Thursday through Sunday through March 8.

“The Laramie Project:” examines the death of 21-year-old Matthew Shepard, an openly gay college student, brutally murdered in 1998 for his sexual identity. Kaufman and fellow members of the Tectonic Theater Project made six trips to Laramie, Wyo., over the course of a year and a half in the aftermath of the beating and during the trial of the two young men accused of killing Shepard. They conducted more than 200 interviews with the people of the town.

The play premiered in Colorado in February 2000, followed by performances in New York and Laramie. The play has been performed by high schools, colleges and community theaters across the country and in several countries around the globe.

James Eikrem directs CCC’s performances of “The Laramie Project.” Performances take place at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and at 2:30 p.m. Sundays.

A special “pay what you can” performance will be offered at 10 a.m. March 6.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors (62 and older) and $5 for students.

Purchase online at www.clackamas.edu/theatre or call 503-594-3153.

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