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March 12, 2004


UW-RF Sets Lecture on 'The Laramie Project'

UW-River Falls will present a lecture on "The Laramie Project," examining the tragic events surrounding the murder of Matthew Shepard, a gay college student at the University of Wyoming in 1998.The lecture will take place on Tuesday, March 30, in the lower level of the River Falls Public Library at 7 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public.

The lecture is in conjunction with the Laramie Project play being presented at UW-RF this spring. It has been described as a breathtaking theatrical collage that explores the depths to which humanity can sink, and the heights of compassion it is also capable of expressing.

The lecture will explore the historic events, the issues raised by the play, the techniques of docu-drama used to structure and dramatize the material, and the choices UW-RF made in preparing the piece for presentation in River Falls.

UW-RF speech, theatre and communication arts professors Robin Murray, costume designer, and Kenneth Stofferahn, set and lightening designer, and guest director Suzy Messerole will present the lecture. Messerole is a co-artistic director for the Outward Spiral Theatre Company in Minneapolis.

The Laramie Project will be presented by the UW-RF Theater Department April 22-24, 29-30 and May 1.

For more information contact the Outreach and Graduate Studies office at 715/425-3256.

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