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Southwestern Illinois College presenting ‘The Laramie Project’

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The Southwestern Illinois College (SWIC) Division of Arts and Sciences is presenting a production of “The Laramie Project” at the SWIC Belleville Main Complex Theatre on Nov. 5.

The Laramie Project is focuses on the community reaction surrounding the murder of gay college student Matthew Shepard in Laramie, Wyo., in 1998. The murder made international news and still reverberates in fights against anti-LGBTQ discrimination and hate crimes. The play was written by Moisés Kaufman and the members of Tectonic Theater Project in 2000. This production is co-directed by SWIC Communication Arts Professors Emily Kelly-Padden and Julie Willis

“The play shocks, challenges, and moves all who watch it as it reveals the lowest depths of hatred and greatest heights of compassion that lies within all human beings in any seemingly average community,” according to brownpapertickets.com.

Tickets are $5 with a student ID, $10 for general admission and can be purchased at the door, cash-only.

The play deals with themes of an adult nature and is intended for mature audiences.

The production is funded by the SWIC Division of Arts and Sciences, the SWIC Foundation and the Matthew Shepard Foundation.

According to the SWIC website, the production will run Friday, Nov. 5 and Saturday, Nov. 6 at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 7 at 2 p.m. in the SWIC Belleville Main Complex Theatre at 2500 Carlyle Ave.

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