In October 1998, a 21-year-old student at the University of Wyoming was kidnapped, severely beaten and left tied to a fence in the prairie outside Laramie, Wyoming. His bloody, bruised and battered body was not discovered until the next day, and he died several days later in an area hospital. His name was Matthew Shepard and he was the victim of this assault because he was gay. THE LARAMIE PROJECT is a breathtaking collage that explores the depths to which humanity can sink and the heights of compassion of which we are capable.

Performances of THE LARAMIE PROJECT are April 1-3 at the James L. Meader Little Theater on Russell Sage College’s campus at 65 1st Street in Troy. The show is recommended for ages 14 and up.

  • Friday, April 1, 2022 at 10 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 2, 2022 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 3, 2022 at 2 p.m.

To purchase tickets, visit theatre.sage.edu. Ticket holders will be asked to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination and wear a mask. This production is sponsored by CDPHP, Cohoes Savings Foundation, The Rosenblum Companies and Acme Wood Flooring.

THE LARAMIE PROJECT, the fifth production of the Theatre Institute at Sage’s 2021-2022 season, is directed by Eileen Schuyler, a local actress seen on the stages of Capital Repertory Theatre, WAM and Stageworks/Hudson among others. She is artistic director of Theater Voices, now in its 31st season. She taught acting for nine years at the University of Albany and presently teaches at Russell Sage College.

Sage students performing in this production include Noah Dougherty, Kylee LaViolette, Elizabeth Broderick, Tyler Cardona, Zachary Ziperstein, Cameron Richardson, Regina Desrosiers, Amber Wheeler and Brandon Cataldo.

Sage students on the creative team include Katy Legasse, Maya Koennecke, Holley Kaiser and TIS intern Tabitha Howland.

Creative team designers include Vinny Pruchnick, sound designer; Kate Kern, stage manager; Alena Samoray, lighting designer; Tim Clow, set designer; and Lynne Roblin, costume designer.

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