Panelists for the League of Cincinnati Theatres (LCT) have recognized University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music’s The Laramie Project with an LCT nomination for Ensemble in a Play as well as distinguishing it as a recommended production.
The Laramie Project brings to life on stage the facts surrounding the death of Matthew Shepard, a gay college student whose brutal murder shocked the country in 1998. Kaufman and members of his theatre company traveled to Laramie, Wyoming, to conduct 200 interviews with the residents of the town. The result is a powerful dramatization of the murder, investigation and subsequent convictions – a sobering look into how hate is born and nurtured in the back streets of a friendly American town.
Panelists praised the ensemble cast which “meshed perfectly”: “the entire cast came together and worked together to produce a compelling piece of theatre.” The show itself was “moving” and “a powerful evening of theater”>
Final LCT awards will be determined at the end of the season and announced at the LCT gala in the spring.