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January 25, 2006

In October 1998, a twenty-one year old student at the University of Wyoming was kidnapped, severely beaten and left to die, tied to a fence outside of Laramie, Wyoming. His bloody, bruised and battered boy was not discovered until the next day, and he died several days later.

His name was Matthew Shepard, and he was the victim of this assault because he was gay. Moises Kaufman and fellow members of the Tectonic Theater Project made six trips to Laramie over the course of a year and a half and conducted more than 200 interviews with the people of the town. The Laramie Project chronicles the life of the town of Laramie in the year after the murder.

The re:ACT xperimental theatre troupe of Back Stage Theatre Co. at Farmingdale State University of New York is proud to present this work. It is being directed by Russell C. Patterson (Farmingdale) and stars Jim Connors (Islip Terrace), Don Hopper (North Babylon), Larry Katz (East Northport), Marcia Littenberg (Aquebogue), Jeff Livingston (West Islip), Sandy Lory-Snyder (Hauppauge), Suzy Novak (Smithtown), Scott Palma (Farmingdale), Madalena Resca (Bellmore), and Mel Silverman (Massapequa).

All performances are at 8:00 p.m. on February 9-11 and 16-18 in the Little Theatre in Roosevelt Hall on the Farmingdale State campus. Tickets are $10.00/general admission and $5.00/students and seniors. Please be aware that this deals with mature subject matter and may not be suitable for children.

For more information and group sales, please contact the Student Activities Office at 631-420-2103.

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