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Mira Costa to Present 'The Laramie Project'

Oct 30, 2018 02:36PM ● By Jeanne Fratello
The Mira Costa High School Drama/Tech Department is taking on an emotionally riveting drama for its fall production with the critically acclaimed play The Laramie Project.

The play, by Moisés Kaufman and the Techtonic Theatre Company, centers on the death of gay college student Matthew Shepard and how his murder affected his community and sent ripple effects across the nation.

The play will be performed November 2 through 10 at the Mira Costa High School New Theater. Showtimes are as follows: 

Friday, November 2 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, November 3 at 7:30 pm
Wednesday, November 7 at 4:00 pm*
Thursday, November 8 at 6:30 pm
Friday, November 9 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, November 10 at 7:30 pm

*This special student show offers discounted $5 tickets for students from any school. The $5 tickets are only available at the door on a first-come, first-served basis. Adult tickets will be available at the regular price.

Due to limited seating in the theater, tickets are being sold for specific dates and times. Discounted pre-sale pricing is available for those who buy a ticket before 3:00 p.m. on opening day. Pre-sale tickets cost $12 for adults, $10 for students and seniors ($1 additional for online orders). Visit for online orders. Tickets at the box office can be purchased for $15 for adults and $12 for students and senior.

In 1998, the story of Matthew Shepard’s death broke headlines when he was kidnapped and
beaten by two men, tied to a fence, and left to die on the outskirts of Laramie, Wyoming. The Laramie Project is based on more than 200 interviews with Laramie residents conducted during the year immediately following the crime. Actors portray the residents as they are being interviewed and bring to life their thoughts and reactions in the aftermath of the murder. In doing so, they create a theatrical portrait of a town coming to grips with horrible, hate-fueled violence.

The production, which has been called one of the most captivating and encompassing pieces of contemporary theater, aims to portray the lowest depths of hatred and greatest heights of compassion that lie within all human beings in any seemingly average community. It was named by Time Magazine as one of the Top Ten Plays of the Year 2000; and New York Magazine described the play as “nothing short of stunning.”

The play has taken on a new significance as Matthew Shepard was laid to rest last week at the National Cathedral in Washington D.C. - twenty years after his death - in a nationally televised ceremony.

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