For Immediate Release
Feb. 9, 2009
Contact: Pam Joseph (419) 995-8284 or Lesley King Fry (419) 995-8671
The Laramie Project raises awareness of tolerance on stage at Ohio State Lima
Guest Director Kim Barrett returns to Ohio State Lima
Ohio State Lima and Lima Senior High alum Kim Barrett returns to Lima to direct the emotionally-charged play, The Laramie Project, that is based on actual interviews from people connected to the 1998 murder of Wyoming college student Matthew Shepard. The Laramie Project will be presented in an arena style, where the audience sits inches away from the actors on all four sides of the stage.
“The audience can expect an intimate play because of the arena style seating,” Barrett says. “The content runs the gamut of viewpoints about the topics of homosexuality, violence, hate, tolerance, forgiveness and love – extreme left to extreme right and all the views in between. The play gives a voice for everyone to discuss how they feel about these topics.”
Barrett graduated from The Ohio State University at Lima in 2001 with a major in English and a minor in Theatre. She lives in Los Angeles where she works as an actress, director and teacher and is a member of the Screen Actors Guild and the Actors’ Equity Association. She will talk about The Laramie Project at a Performing Arts and Lecture Series event at 12:30 p.m., Mon., Feb. 16, 2009, in Reed Hall 160. The PALS event is free and open to the public.
The Ohio State University at Lima Department of Theatre presents The Laramie Project at 8 p.m., Thurs.-Sat., Feb. 26-28, and 2 p.m., Sun., Mar. 1, 2009, in the Martha W. Farmer Theatre for the Performing Arts. Tickets are $6 for adults, $5 for students, and $4 for seniors and children. The play contains explicit language and subject matter. For tickets or information, call the Box Office at (419) 995-8382. Seating is on the stage and is very limited for each production. No late seating will be made.
One month after the brutal murder of gay University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard, members of the Tectonic Theater Project traveled to Laramie, Wyo., where the murder occurred, to conduct interviews with the people of the town. The Laramie Project is the result of this work, and is performed by professional theatres in the U.S.
The following nine actors will be playing the roles of 67 characters. All are Ohio State Lima students.
Adams of Lima
Logan Bardall of Leipsic
Samantha Buroker of Kenton
Laura Edwards of Wapakoneta
Kris Magill of Piqua
Dean McCombs of Harrod
Derryck Menard of Kenton
Matt Stevens of Troy
Christine Strawn of Wapakoneta
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Editors’ Note: Dress rehearsals for The Laramie Project are at 8 p.m., Feb. 23-25, 2009. Please let us know if you are coming.