'The Laramie Project' comes to the Devonshire Playhouse

(2.13.15) Skokie's Devonshire Playhouse will showcase The Laramie Project, a documenting of reactions to the 1998 murder of gay University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard. Six shows will run from Feb. 14 through March 1. 

The play draws on hundreds of interviews conducted with inhabitants of Laramie, Wyoming by New York's Tectonic Theater Project company members, the company members' own journal entries, and published news reports. It is divided into three acts, with eight actors portraying more than sixty characters in a series of short scenes. The play premiered at The Ricketson Theatre in Denver in 2000 and was then performed in the Union Square Theatre in New York City, before a November 2002 performance in Laramie, Wyoming. The show has since been performed by high schools, colleges, and community theaters across the country, as well as in professional playhouses worldwide.

Panel Discussion
After the final Skokie performance on March 1, audience members may participate in an anti-bullying panel discussion, featuring the cast, the director, and student members of Niles West and Niles North High School's Gay/Straight Alliance. A school social worker and a Skokie Park District staff member will moderate the discussion, themed "love, not hate." 

Tickets may be purchased online here for $10-12. 

Saturday, February 14 at 7 p.m.
Sunday, February 15 at 2 p.m.
Saturday, February 21 at 7 p.m.

Sunday, February 22 at 2 p.m.
Saturday, February 28 at 7 p.m.

Sunday, March 1 at 2 p.m.

The Devonshire Playhouse is located at 4400 Greenwood St., in Skokie. For more information call (847) 674-1500, ext. 2400.