Thursday, December 1, 2016

OUC Student Theater Organization brings together community, students for “The Laramie Project”

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The Ohio University – Chillicothe Student Theater Organization will be bringing to life the iconic play, “The Laramie Project” on Dec. 3, 2016 in Bennett Hall Auditorium.

“The Laramie Project,” a play by Moises Kaufman and the Tectonic Theater Project, details the life in the town of Laramie, Wyoming after the brutal murder of Matthew Shepard in 1998. Kaufman and the Tectonic Theater Project spent a year in Laramie interviewing more than 200 people and developed a performance that portrays the different views of townspeople, the media and the interviewers in short scenes.

OUC’s version of the play, directed by Sophomore Ernest Herman, joins together community members with theater program students to elicit conversations about being connected and understanding and celebrating differences.

 “I picked ‘The Laramie Project’ because I believe it is more than just a play, it’s cause for discussion which is hard to find in the world of contemporary drama these day,” said Herman, a Waverly native majoring in Early Childhood Education with a minor in Theater. “I think one thing that this play, and Matthew, can teach us is that we are all connected, we all have different views and beliefs. I hope this [play] is a chance for people to understand and embrace their differences instead of using them for hate.”

Cast members will take on the arduous task of playing 10 different roles throughout the entirety of the show, but Herman is confident in their ability to pull it off.

I think the best part of the process has been working with the cast which is made up of nine people - three community members and six OUC students. It’s been an absolute joy to work with these talented actors and see them bring this story to life.”

The play was originally slated to be a table read with the audience, offering a chance for exposure to the popular play but once Herman read the script, he knew it needed to be a full production.

Upon the conclusion of the show Saturday, a talk back session with the cast and director will be held to answer questions and discuss responses to the production.

The show will begin promptly at 7:30 p.m. and doors will open 45 minutes prior to show time. Admission is $5 for everyone with all proceeds going toward funding students attending the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival in Montclair, N.J.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Great show! Looking forward to it.