Yuma, Arizona - AWCTheatre presents “The Laramie Project” by Moises Kaufman and directed by Ann Wilkinson. The play opens on Thursday, October 20th at 7:30 pm. Additional performances are on October 21, 22 and 27-30. Thursday, Friday and Saturday performances are at 7:30 pm and the Sunday matinee is at 2:30 pm. The performances will be held in the AWC Theatre on the Yuma Campus.
On October 7, 1998, a young gay man was discovered bound to a fence the hills outside Laramie, Wyoming, savagely beaten and left to die in an act of hate that shocked the nation. Matthew Shepard’s death became a national symbol of intolerance, but for the people of Laramie the event was deeply personal, and it is their voices we hear in this deeply complex portrait of a community.
When the horrific events in Orlando unfolded in June, it became obvious that the country needs to engage in a conversation about tolerance and respect. The summer’s continued string of hate crimes, including those in Orlando, Baton Rouge, Dallas and St. Paul against gays, blacks, and police; as well as the intense anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant rhetoric generated in current politics further cemented the notion that we need to establish community dialogue in Yuma.