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Owens' Center for Fine and Performing Arts Features "The Laramie Project", Feb. 20- 28
The heart wrenching story of a brutal murder and its aftermath will take center stage as Owens Community College's Center for Fine and Performing Arts presents "The Laramie Project" from February 20-28. The first production of this critically acclaimed play will occur at 8 p.m. on Friday, February 20.
Written by award winning playwright Moisés Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theatre Project, "The Laramie Project" is about a 21-year-old University of Wyoming student that was kidnapped, severely beaten and then left to die in a prairie on the outskirts of Laramie, Wyoming.
The dialogue for the play comes from interviews conducted in Laramie by Kaufman's Tectonic Theatre Project over the course of two years. The candid interviews with the townspeople and others involved in the case build a complex narrative of Matthew Shepard's murder and a stunning perspective on hate crimes in this country. Kaufman's work was recognized nationally as the "The Laramie Project" earned "Time Magazine's" praise as one of the Top 10 Plays of the Year in 2000.
"'The Laramie Project' is a moving and outstanding piece of theatrical accomplishment," said Dr. Brian Bethune, Owens Chair for Fine and Performing Arts. "The play does more than just entertain, it takes a journey into the psyche of humankind and society as a whole. 'The Laramie Project' is an experience."
The production of "The Laramie Project" will include eight individuals, consisting of Owens students and community members, and is directed by Merri Bame. Each performer will be taking on 6-10 roles. The play itself will be presented in the round - seats on all sides of the stage - meaning that no audience member will be more than three rows away from the action.
The show is scheduled to appear Thursday, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. in the College's Music Hall and Studio Theatre. A matinee performance will occur at 2 p.m. on Sunday, February 22. For more information regarding tickets to "The Laramie Project", contact the Center for Fine and Performing Arts at 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. ARTS or (567) 661-2787.
Owens Community College is the fastest-growing higher educational institution in Ohio with 27 consecutive semesters of enrollment increases. On the Toledo-area and Findlay-area Campuses, Owens serves more than 44,000 credit and non-credit students making it the number one choice for Northwest Ohio college students. Owens is committed to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability. Owens Community College offers over 130 program areas in Agriculture, Business, Fine and Performing Arts, Health, Public Service, Skilled Trades, Industrial and Engineering Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor's degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university.