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Isadoora Theatre Company To Perform "The Laramie Project"

BAILEYS HARBOR (May 1, 2005) Isadoora Theatre Company performs yet another play which will most likely generate letters to the editor and stimulate discussion in Door County. "The Laramie Project,” directed by Henry Timm, will be performed May 11-15 at Third Avenue Playhouse, Sturgeon Bay, and May 19-22 at the Ephraim Village Hall, Ephraim.

On October 7, 1998, a young gay man was discovered bound to a fence in the hills outside Laramie, Wyoming, savagely beaten and left to die in an act of brutality and hate that shocked the nation. Matthew Shepard’s death became a national symbol of intolerance, but for the people of Laramie the event became deeply personal, and it is their voices we hear in this stunningly effective theater piece.

Moises Kaufman and fellow members of the Tectonic Theater Project made six trips to Laramie over the course of a year and a half in the aftermath of the beating and conducted more than 200 interviews with people of the town. From these interviews as well as their own experiences, Kaufman and the ectonic Theater members have constructed a deeply moving theatrical experience. The Laramie Project chronicles the life of the town of Laramie in the year after the murder, using actors to embody more than sixty different people in their own words  from rural ranchers to university professors. The result is a complex portrayal that dispels the simplistic media stereotypes and explores the depths to which humanity can sink and the heights of compassion of which we are capable.

Starring in “The Laramie Project” are Richard Baker, Josh Blevins, Craig McClelland, Karen McClelland, David Clowers, Amy Ensign, Ed Huyck, Adrienne Kent, Jim Lautenbach, Renata Maniaci, Caitlin Oleson, David Rothrock, Vance Toivanen, and Kyra Valentine.

The New York Times said, “Deeply moving…This is Our Town with a question mark, as in ‘Could this be our town?’” And the Associated Press said, “Astonishing. Not since Angels in America has a play attempted so much: nothing less than an examination of the American psyche…”

The “Laramie Project” runs May 11-15 at 7:30 pm at Third Avenue Playhouse (TAP), Sturgeon Bay, and May 19-22 at 7:30 at the Ephraim Village Hall, Ephraim. Tickets are $12 adults, $10 seniors, $7 students. Tickets can be purchased at the door 45 minutes prior to show time or reserved by calling Third Avenue Playhouse (920-743-1760) for the TAP performance or Isadoora Theatre Company at 920-493-3667 for the performance in Ephraim.

Isadoora most recently performed “The Foreigner,” “Sexual Perversity in Chicago,” “Side by Side by Sondheim” and “English Zoo Flies.” A community-based theatre company, Isadoora performs during Door County’s fall, winter and spring seasons.

Isadoora Theatre Company celebrates theatre through its basic elements of movement, music, story and thought. Isadoora Theatre Company provides theatrical experiences of intellectual integrity fulfilled by open self-examination and artistic risk for the educational and cultural enrichment of our community.
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