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Theatre Where Lincoln was Assassinated Stages ’Laramie Project’

Friday Sep 6, 2013

The Ford Theatre in Washington, the very place where President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated, will produce the play "The Laramie Project" and offer programs about bullying and violence against LGBT people, reports the Associated Press.

"The idea behind the creation of 'The Laramie Project' was to shed light on a town's diverse reaction to the killing of Matthew Shepard, and to do so in an objective way that does not preach for one side or the other, but profoundly illuminates the sociological implications of a hateful crime," said director Matthew Gardiner to Broadway World.

Marking the anniversary of the abduction and killing of Matthew Shepard, a gay college student, in Laramie, Wyo., the Lincoln Legacy Project focuses on issues of diversity, equality and acceptance.

"When we began planning for The Lincoln Legacy Project three years ago, I knew that we must include this play as part of our exploration of intolerance and injustice in America," said Ford's Theatre Director Paul R. Tetreault.

"The Laramie Project" presents a community's response to the 1998 hate crime and the resulting media attention. The play runs from Sept. 27 to Oct. 27.

"I am excited to work with this strong Washington cast to create a production that feels as daring and provocative as the Ford's Theatre decision to do this piece," said Gardiner.

The theater also will feature special Monday night panel discussions, a world-premiere exhibition of letters received by the Shepard family in the wake of Matthew's death and other commemorative events throughout October, including a candlelight vigil on Oct. 11 and readings of the companion play, "The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later."

"It has been 15 years since Matthew died, but his story still reverberates," said Tetreault. "We hope that the Washington community will join us at Ford's Theatre this fall to better understand this story and continue discussions about how we can work toward erasing hate and promoting acceptance in our community."

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