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Laramie, Wyoming comes to Roy Irving Theatre

By Heather Downing
Class of 2011

Mackenzie Flint in her role as Romaine Patterson in Argus Eyes' production of The Laramie Project

Imagine a young man brutally beaten and left to die in the middle of nowhere, tied to a simple wooden fence–imagine the story of how he got there, what happened after, and the people around the world who were affected by it, and you have The Laramie Project.

On Friday night, Argus Eyes brought the colorful cast of The Laramie Project alive in a portrayal that moved audience members (and some cast members) to tears.

“We picked this show because even over a decade later, it still has a very strong message and it can still speak to audiences,” says the director of the show, Saint Peter’s College senior Jacob Hines.

Written by Moisés Kaufman, The Laramie Project is based off of hundreds of real life interviews conducted with the people of Laramie, Wyoming after the brutal 1998 murder of Matthew Shepard, a gay college student at the University of Wyoming.  The incident sparked new legislation about hate crimes across the nation.

“We’re portraying real people and not just characters,” says freshman Mackenzie Flint (pictured above), who played three of the more than 60 characters in The Laramie Project.  “It’s important for us to play them as they really were.”

“It was a long road, but at the end of the day, we had a great group of people that really pulled it together,” says Hines–and the hard work of the cast really shines through in their emotionally charged performance.

There is one more chance to see Argus Eyes’ performance of The Laramie Project on Saturday, February 26th at 7:00pm in Roy Irving Theatre, so grab some Kleenex.  You don’t want to miss this stellar production!

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One comment on “Laramie, Wyoming comes to Roy Irving Theatre

  1. Justin
    February 26, 2011

    It definitely wasn’t a bad play that’s for sure. I think everyone played their roles well.

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