The Laramie Project

The Laramie Project

Selah Theatre Project is performing the play The Laramie Project on Friday, September 20 and October 6 at 7 p.m., as well as Saturday, September 23 an

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Selah Theatre Project is performing the play The Laramie Project on Friday, September 20 and October 6 at 7 p.m., as well as Saturday, September 23 and October 2nd at 7 p.m.  Selah Theatre Project is a theatre in Front Royal and the founder of the theatre is La Tasha Do’zia Earley.

On November 14, 1998,members of Tectonic theatre project traveled to Laramie, Wyoming after the murder of Matthew Shepard, a gay university of Wyoming student. Matthew was taken on October 6, 1998 into the mountains where he was bound to a buck fence and beaten to death. He was left there for eighteen hours until he was found by a biker who lost his way.

This murder brought attention to the LGBT community, with both hate and love. In the wake of this, the community was brought together as a whole; this small town was being noticed by the world because of two young boys that wanted to “teach a gay a lesson.” It took a hate crime for people to speak up against hate, however, it took years for laws to pass to protect the LGBT community.  

After this happened, Judy and Dennis Shepard founded The Matthew Shepard Foundation, a nonprofit organization for the LGBT community. They lost their only son to an anti-gay hate crime and wanted to promote awareness, in hopes that others would speak up and take a stand.  

The play, The Laramie Project, shows all views on this situation. The show sometimes makes people change their views on certain situations. Judy Shepard once said, “I think a big part of Matt’s legacy is that there is whole generation of people who stepped forward who would not have if he hadn’t been killed.”  The members of the Selah Theatre Project hopes to see you there and hopes you are moved through this journey with purpose and come out of the play thinking.

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