On the 20th anniversary of the original production of “The Laramie Project” by the Tectonic Theatre Project, Music Mountain Theatre in Lambertville, N.J., opens its production on Friday, Feb. 14.
The play, an example of documentary theater, draws on hundreds of interviews with the citizens of Wyoming, the playwrights’ own journal entries, and published news reports about the murder of Matthew Shepard in 1998 in Laramie, Wyo. The viciousness of the crime brought national and international attention to hate-crime legislation at the state and federal levels.
A cast of 10 actors plays nearly 60 characters in the production, which tackles complicated subject matter aimed at promoting thoughtful discussion of human rights and social injustices.
The show runs through Feb. 23, with performances on Friday and Saturday nights at 8 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays at 3 p.m. There will be a talkback with the cast after the 3 p.m. matinee Sunday, Feb. 16.
For information, or to purchase tickets, call 609-397-3337 or go to musicmountaintheatre.org. The production contains adult language and content.