MCC Presents Southwest Florida Premiere of The Laramie Project

Bradenton, Fla., March 23, 2005) - Manatee Community College (MCC) Studio 84 Productions will present the Southwest Florida premiere of The Laramie Project, the second most-produced play in the country. The play explores the causes and aftermath of the brutal murder of a gay university student that put the small town of Laramie, Wyoming, in the national media spotlight. It opens at 8 p.m., Saturday, April 16, in the John W. James Studio Theatre, located off 26th Street at 60th Avenue West, MCC Bradenton. Other performances are 8 p.m., April 20 through 23, and 2 p.m., Sunday, April 17.

Named one of the 10 best plays of 2000, The Laramie Project has been called a modern-day Our Town. Playwright Moisés Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theatre Project spent two years interviewing citizens, friends and relatives of the 21-year-old victim and his two killers.  Their words present a powerful portrait of how the "Gem City of the Plains" became known as the "Hate Crime Capital of America."

Fifteen actors give voice to 60 Laramie citizens in the Studio 84 production. MCC veteran cast members are Ryan Dowd Urch, Kali Blankenship, Ben Adams, Paul Bigley, Jennifer Woll, Molly Healy, Hunter Kallenbach, Philip Troyer, K.S. Klos, Allison Taylor, Moira Carroll and Megan Sisk. Newcomers to the MCC stage are Joshua Fishbein and Mathew DeSear. Director James Thaggard also appears in a cameo role.

General admission is $8 for reserved seats. Tickets are $4 for MCC students and staff. Tickets go on sale April 6 in the college's Neel Performing Arts Center box office. For more information, call the box office at (941) 752-5252.


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