In 1998, a student at the University of Wyoming was tortured and left to die on a fence post because he was gay. Matthew Shepard never regained consciousness and died five days later, with the world watching. It was one of the first times "hate crime" entered the nation's vocabulary. In the 15 years since the murder of Matthew Shepard, the national consciousness toward the gay community has changed considerably, but it's still a taboo topic in many small towns.
Weeks after the murder, members of The Tectonic Theater Group traveled to Laramie, Wyoming to interview residents affected by the murder. Their resulting play, "The Laramie Project" features reaction from the citizens in their own words.
This weekend, Proud Theater Wausau will present a new production of "The Laramie Project." Sunrise 7's Sean Caldwell spoke with cast members Isaac Briquelet Miller, Connor Erickson and Ali Peterson about the challenges of portraying an entire town.
Proud Theater Wausau is a youth theater group open to LGBTQ teens in the area.
"The Laramie Project" runs Friday, February 7th and Saturday, February 8th at 7:00 p.m. Performances will be held at the Universalist Unitarian Church, 504 Grant St in Wausau. There is a suggested donation of $10 at the door.
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