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onStage at Connecticut College presents 'The Laramie Project: Ten Years After - An Epilogue' Oct. 12

NEW LONDON, Conn. - OnStage at Connecticut College is presenting the compelling and groundbreaking play, "The Laramie Project: Ten Years After - An Epilogue," on Oct. 12, the 11th anniversary of the murder of Matthew Shepard. Shepard, a gay Wyoming college student, was brutally murdered near the town of Laramie, Wyo.

Created by the Tectonic Theater Project, "The Laramie Project: Ten Years After - An Epilogue," is based on interviews with Shepard's mother, Judy; his killer, Aaron McKinney and the residents of the town. The play uses the interviews to explore the murder's long-term impact, and Leigh Fondakowski, the head writer, states that it shows how the people of Laramie are "still fighting to own their own history, their own identity, their own story, and part of that is shaped by how they understand what happened that night to Matthew."

The play will be performed as a reading by members of the Connecticut College community at 8 p.m. in John C. Evans Hall, Cummings Arts Center. Connecticut College is one of more than 150 theaters and arts organizations from around the country and in Canada, Great Britain, Spain, Hong Kong and Australia to present the play.

Tickets are $12 general admission, $10 for seniors and $6 for students. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit or call (860) 439-ARTS.

OnStage at Connecticut College is presented with support from Citizens Bank, Chubb Federal Insurance Company, The Day and Charter Oak Credit Union. "The Laramie Project: Ten Years After - An Epilogue" is presented in collaboration with the Connecticut College Department of Theater.

About Connecticut College

Situated on the coast of southern New England, Connecticut College is a highly selective private liberal arts college with 1900 students from all across the country and throughout the world. On the college's 750-acre arboretum campus overlooking Long Island Sound, students and faculty create a vibrant social, cultural and intellectual community enriched by diverse perspectives. The college, founded in 1911, is known for its unique combination of interdisciplinary studies, international programs, funded internships, student-faculty research and service learning.

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October 1, 2009