The PNC Players of Purdue University North Central, will present four performances of "The Laramie Project" on Friday, Nov. 9 at 7 p.m.; Sunday, Nov. 11 at 3 p.m.; Thursday, Nov. 15 at 5:30 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 17 at 7 p.m. in the Library-Student-Faculty Building Assembly Hall, Room 02 on campus. Admission is $5. All students regardless of school will be admitted free with a student ID. The Nov. 15 performance is free to all in attendance.
"The Laramie Project" was written by Moises Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theatre Project. In 1998, the vicious beating and murder of gay college student Matthew Shepard rocked the small town of Laramie, Wyoming. In the wake of this event, members of the Tectonic Theatre Project conducted more than 200 interviews with Laramie residents which resulted in "The Laramie Project." The play explores the effects of the tragedy on the community as it tries to find its way back to normalcy - and hope.
The dialogue does contain some strong language and parental discretion is advised.
The play is directed by Dr. Bethany Lee, PNC continuing lecturer of English, with assistant director PNC student Lindsey Patty, of Michigan City.
The cast includes student-actors Aram Arden, LaPorte; Suzie Bartholomew, Michigan City, Benton Bauer--Union Pier, Mich.; Aaron Collings, LaPorte; Drew Holt, Michigan City; Cortney McIntosh, LaPorte; Amber Mayes, Michigan City; Alyssa Moskwa, Valparaiso; Lindsey Patty, Michigan City; Justin Sech, Kouts and Teresa West, LaPorte. There are appearances by faculty members Christine Hunter, Crown Point; Dr. David Pratt, Valparaiso and Scott Bayer, Chesterton; along with community members Grant Fitch, of Crown Point and Amanda Monson, Michigan City.