Apr 12, 2016
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On April 21, the Drama Department at Contra Costa College will open its production of The Laramie Project, the play depicting life in Laramie, WY, one year after the brutal murder of gay student Matthew Shepard (pictured).

The show will run at 7 p.m. April 21-23 and April 28-30 at the John and Jean Knox Center for Performing Arts, located at the intersection of El Portal Drive and Castro Road on the CCC campus at 2600 Mission Bell Road in San Pablo. General admission is $15 and $10 for students and seniors.

The Laramie Project, by Moises Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theater Project, focuses on events in 1998, drawing upon hundreds of interviews with residents of the Wyoming town. Eleven actors portray more than 60 characters in short scenes that are divided into three acts. Themes discussed include homophobia, discrimination, religion and others as it related to the death of Shepard, a University of Wyoming student who was beaten, tortured and left to die. The case caused a national outcry regarding hate crimes in America.

“All these years later, we are still witnessing similar incidents across the country,” said Carlos-Manual Chavarria, chair of CCC’s drama department. “That’s why we wanted to bring the show and the dialogue it sparks to our campus. It is the tradition of theater to explore social issues and raise awareness of the struggle of communities like the LGBTQIA community.”


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Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.