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Cast Presents 'Larmie Project'

Plays thorugh weekends through May 23

Columbia Center for the Arts and CAST Theater present the thought provoking, moving play "The Laramie Project" in May.

Opening night will be Thursday, May 13, at 7:30 p.m. The show continues on Friday, May 14, and Saturday, May 15, evenings. Performances will continue the following weekend with shows on Thursday, May 20; Friday, May 21; and Saturday, May 22; at 7:30 pm. and closing with a matinee on Sunday, May 23, at 2 p.m.

"The Laramie Project" created by Moises Kaufman and The Tectonic Theater Project asks us to look within ourselves, what kinds of bias do we carry inside us? Where does irrational fear reside in our minds? When do we let those aspects control our behavior and whom does it impact?

In this play we get the opportunity to look at historical moments when a particular event brings various ideologies and beliefs to the collective surface.

In October 1998 a 21-yr-old student at the University of Wyoming was kidnapped, severely beaten and left to die, tied to a fence in the middle of the prairie outside Laramie, Wyo. His bloody, bruised and battered body was not discovered until the next day, and he died several days later in an area hospital. His name was Matthew Shepard, and he was the victim of this assault because he was gay.

After hearing of this event, Kaufman and members of The Tectonic Theater Project traveled to Laramie six times over the course of a year and a half to conduct interviews with the people of Laramie. Some were directly connected with the case and others were citizens of Laramie. It is the diversity of their reactions to the crime that is so fascinating and created this work.

Kaufman and Tectonic Theater members have constructed a deeply moving theatrical experience from those interviews and their own experiences.

CAST's production of "The Laramie Project" is a breathtaking theatrical collage that explores the depths to which humanity can sink and the heights of compassion of which we are capable.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for students and seniors (group rates are available for 10 or more) and are available at Columbia Arts and Waucoma Bookstore in Hood River, Collage of the Gorge in White Salmon and online at www.columbiaarts.org.

For more information visit www.columbiaarts.org or call 541-387-8877.

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