Bucks County Herald

No time for hate when Town and Country presents “The Laramie Project”



Ten actors play more than 70 roles in “The Laramie Project” at Town and Country Players theater in Buckingham.

In a time when hate crimes are happening all around us, Town and Country Players in Buckingham presents the powerful drama, “The Laramie Project.”

“This play is more than just the aftermath of a hate crime,” said Director Rob Rosiello. “It’s about the colorful residents of a small town now struggling to be more than a headline, to be more than a name like Waco, Columbine or Sandy Hook.”

“The Laramie Project” was written following the 1998 brutal murder of Matthew Shepard in Laramie, Wyo. Shepard was a young college student, a gay man, who was tied to a fence, beaten and left for dead. He died six days later.

The play was drawn from more than 200 interviews with residents of Laramie, conducted by the members of the Tectonic Theater Project. It chronicles the year following the murder and what happened in and around the town.

Ten actors play over 70 roles based on real-life people and how they dealt with this horrific event.

“The writing is unique, and the stories are woven together in such a way it creates a vivid tapestry of a small town, any small town,” said Rosiello. “It’s like a post modern ‘Our Town’ meets ‘In Cold Blood.’”

The show is recommended for high school students struggling with bullying, identity and “fitting in.” The show is for audiences who are looking for a hopeful and enlightening message.

Shows are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Oct. 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28; and 2 p.m. Sundays, Oct. 15 and 22. Talk backs with the cast, director and audiences follow both Sunday matinees.

Tickets are $17, or $10 for students with ID, at townandcountryplayers.org or 800-838-3006.

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