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It could never happen here . . .

In October 1998, 21-year-old Matthew Sheppard, a student at the University of Wyoming, was kidnapped, severely beaten, tied to a fence and left to die, in the middle of the prairie outside Laramie, Wyoming. Sheppard was the victim of this assault because he was gay.

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, Moises Kaufman and fellow members of the Tectonic Theater Project made six trips to Laramie, conducting more than 200 interviews with the people there -- some directly connected to the case, and others uninvolved citizens of Laramie -- with fascinating results. Kaufman and Tectonic Theater members have constructed a deeply moving theatrical collage that explores the depths to which humanity can sink, and the heights of compassion we are also capable of.

by Moises Kaufman
Directed by Michael Smith

Feb. 27 and March 6 at 7 p.m.
Feb. 28, March 1, 7 and 8 at 8 p.m.
One public matinee March 2 at 2 p.m.

General admission $10 Senior Citizens $9 Students $8

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