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The Laramie Project at Mineola HS

The Mineola High School Department of Fine and Performing Arts along with Thespian Troupe #276 are proud to present their fall drama production of The Laramie Project on Friday, Nov. 19 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 20 at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the door or through the Department of Fine and Performing Arts, located in the Main Office of Mineola High School.  A ticket order form can be found on the Fine and Performing Arts page of the district website (www.mineola.k12.ny.us)

The play is based on a series of interviews that playwright Moises Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theatre Project conducted  with residents of Laramie, WY about the murder of Matthew Shepard, a 21 year-old gay University of Wyoming student. All points of view are given in a non-judgmental format.  Though the subject is serious, and the characters exhibit the full range of human emotion, audiences will find that the play is thought-provoking rather than depressing.

The performers have been working with several high school groups, including Increase the Peace and the Gay-Straight Alliance, in spreading awareness of the show’s theme.  Because bullying, and specifically anti-gay bullying, has become so prevalent, spreading the message of the show is more important than ever.

In discussing how Laramie was selected as this fall’s drama production, Director Matt DeLuca said, “We like to rotate the shows between dramas like The Crucible, which we performed two years ago, and comedies like last year’s Rumors.  Also, we wanted to choose a production that had a big cast to give as many students who wanted to be in the play the opportunity.  In addition, this is a contemporary play with a timely message that is different than anything our thespians have done before because it consists of many monologues, allowing all of the students to be stars.”

“The students have really matured over the past few years and are ready to tackle this wonderful production,” said Supervisor of Fine and Performing Arts Peter Freeman.  “They are looking forward to giving performances that audiences will think and talk about for a long time.”