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FGCU's Theatre Lab Opens "The Laramie Project"

FORT MYERS, Fla. - The Theatre Lab at Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) invites the public to the opening of "The Laramie Project," written by Moises Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theatre Project. The show takes place Feb. 14-16 and Feb. 21-23 in the Theatre Lab located in the Arts Complex.

Performances will be Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $7. Seating will be limited for this production, so advanced reservations are strongly recommended. Purchase tickets at

On October 6, 1998, Matthew Shepard was beaten and left to die tied to a fence in the outskirts of Laramie, Wyo. His torture and murder became a watershed historical moment in America that highlighted many of the fault lines in our culture. A month after the murder, members of Tectonic Theatre Production traveled to Laramie and conducted interviews with people from that town. From these interviews they wrote the play "The Laramie Project."

The production is directed by Associate Professor Michelle Hayford, Theatre Program Leader at FGCU. "The Laramie Project is a play I've long wished to direct because of the way it uses interview narratives to convey the sentiments of a small town caught up in a national debate, and although it's about the circumstances of Shepard's tragic death in 1998, the need for dialogue around LGBT rights is still relevant."

For more information, contact Dr. Hayford at or (239) 590-7541.

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