‘Laramie Project’ Opens ITC’s Saturday Play Readings

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Park Forest, IL–(ENEWSPF)– The Illinois Theatre Center of Park Forest kicks off its “Script-in-Hand” series of staged play readings on Saturday, March 1, with the controversial docu-drama “The Laramie Project” and the Tectonic Theatre Project. There will be one performance only, at 2:30 PM.

“The Laramie Project” focuses on the aftermath of the 1998 murder of 21 year old college student Matthew Shepard in Laramie, Wyoming. Shepard was found severely beaten and tied to a fence on the side of the road. Two local men were accused of attacking Shepard because he was gay. During the year leading up to and including the trial, playwright Moises Kaufman and fellow members of the Tectonic Theatre Project visited Laramie several times, conducting interviews with nearly 200 local residents. Some were directly connected with the case while others were citizens of Laramie, and the breadth of their reactions is fascinating. “The Laramie Project” pastes together these interviews into a breathtaking theatrical collage. Ten performers play nearly a hundred roles.

ITC’s Script-in-Hand Series will continue on Saturday, April 5th with “Old Time Radio Day”, a re-creation of a 1940’s radio broadcast. The series ends Saturday, May 10 with Claire Booth Luce’s comedy, “The Women”. All performances are at 2:30 PM. Tickets are $10 each. The Illinois Theatre Center is located in Downtown Park Forest at 371 Artists Walk (off Indianwood Blvd., next to Village Hall). For more information, call (708) 481-3510.