On Stage: GWHS presents a sobering look at the price of hatred with "The Laramie Project"

The George Washington High School Theatre of the Nevertheless presents "The Laramie Project" (Courtesy: GWHS)

"The Laramie Project" is not your run-of-the-mill "feel good" school play.

Created in 2000, it draws upon news reports, personal observations and hundreds of interviews conducted with the residents of Laramie, Wyoming following the murder of Matthew Shepard. He was a gay University of Wyoming student who was the victim of a hate crime in 1998.

"He was taken by two men in a bar, and taken out to the middle of nowhere outside of Laramie, Wyoming," Savannah Reece (Director) said. "And beaten and left there to die."

"To hear it explained through the people who were involved in this and people who were interviewed about this, it shows their opinions, their side to it, why it felt so groundbreaking." Dewey Fletcher (Ensemble) said.

"The Laramie Project" is often used as a method to teach about prejudice and tolerance with stark lessons centering on hatred and homophobia. It's central theme is acceptance and the steep price of failing to protect the most vulnerable in our society.

"Because there's still hate, that's just what it comes down to," Madison McGhee (Ensemble) said. "Until we just learn to love each other we're still going to have cases like this. And we don't get to hear about a lot of them, so when you can you need to focus on them."

"This may show a lot of hate but it also shows a lot of love and compassion," Reece said. "And that's something that everyone needs to see no matter what side of this political climate you're on right now. Love is what's going to bring us back together. And so that's why I think this piece is so important to perform right now."

The George Washington High School Theatre of the Nevertheless presents "The Laramie Project"
George Washington High School Auditorium
Friday, December 9 at 7pm
Saturday, December 10 at 7pm
Sunday, December 11 at 1pm
Adults $10 Students $8

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