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HHS Theatre Department Revisits and Explores Matthew Shepard and His Impact on the World

Laramie Project

Highlands High School Theatre Department Revisits and Explores
Matthew Shepard and His Impact on the World



The award-winning Highlands High School Theatre Department will begin its fantastic 2017-18 season with four performances of the intense drama, The Laramie Project, on November 2-6, 2017.


The Laramie Project is a play written by Moises Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theater Project.  Members of the company conducted interviews with the people of Laramie, Wyoming, after the 1998 murder of a gay University of Wyoming student, Matthew Shepard.  The murder was denounced later as a hate crime and sparked a national discussion about hate crimes in general, as well as about violence toward homosexuals, in particular.  The script features real interviews with the townspeople about their thoughts and opinions after the startling event.  


The Laramie Project premiered in February 2000.  The play often is used to teach about prejudice and tolerance in public and private schools.  As a result of the play’s success, HBO commissioned a 2002 film of The Laramie Project, also written and directed by Kaufman.


The original production used 8 actors to portray more than 60 characters in a series of short scenes.  The Highlands High School cast includes 10 student actors.


Following the final performance of The Laramie Project, a special audience "Talk Back" discussion will take place on the subject of hate crimes, the impact of the play, and to help those better process what they have just seen in ways that can be insightful and reflective.  Special guests, as well as the director, cast, and crew, will be a part of the “talk back” session.  The “talk back” is free and open to anyone who just viewed the performance, and is anticipated to be 20-30 minutes in length.



Open to the Public

The Laramie Project deals with sensitive subject matter and contains mature content, strong language and descriptions of violence; it is not suitable for children and parental discretion is strongly advised for young teens. This production is recommended for ages 13+.



Highlands High School

Performing Arts Center

2400 Memorial Parkway

Fort Thomas, KY 41075



Thursday, November 2, 7:30pm, Opening Night

Saturday, November 4, 7:30pm

Sunday, November 5, 2pm

Monday, November 6, 7:30pm - Final performance with special audience “Talk Back"




Tickets: Students - $8, Adults - $10


Tickets are RESERVED SEATING only.  Purchase tickets in advance at www.showtix4u.com. Any remaining unreserved tickets can be purchased at the door one hour prior to each show.


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