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Theatre UNI to open new season with 'The Laramie Project,' beginning Oct. 10<br>

September 25, 2002

Jascenna Haislet-Carlson, marketing director and theatre publicist, Theatre UNI, (319) 273-6387
Vicki Grimes, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Theatre UNI will begin its 2002-2003 season with 'The Laramie Project,' on Thursday, Oct. 10, for a two-week run in the Strayer-Wood Theatre on the University of Northern Iowa campus.

Directed by Cynthia Goatley, UNI professor of theatre, and written by Moises Kaufman and the members of Tectonic Theater Project, 'The Laramie Project' is a compilation of more than 200 interviews with the people of Laramie, Wyo., exploring their reactions to the 1998 murder of Matthew Shepard, a gay college student from their community.

Performances will be at 7:30 p.m., Oct. 10-12 and Oct. 16-19, and at 2 p.m., Oct. 12, 13 and 20. The Oct. 13 and 18 performances will include post-performance discussions about the play and the community. In addition, the Oct. 18 discussion will be attended by Rebecca Hilliker, head of the theatre department at the University of Wyoming and a featured character in the play.

Portraying more than 60 characters, the ensemble cast includes theatre students Ben Layne of Cedar Falls, Sarah Noll of Dubuque, Karle J. Meyers of Malcolm, Nathan V. Maly Manson, Michael D. Frieden of Muscatine, Gretchen Carter of Sioux City and Ben Powell of Virginia Beach, Va.

Richard Glockner, UNI associate professor of theatre, will play the role of Dennis Shepard, Matthew's father, and Michele Francis, a guest performer from Cedar Rapids, will play the role of Rebecca Hilliker.

Theatre UNI's production of 'The Laramie Project' features scenic design by Leonard Curtis, UNI associate professor of theatre; costume design by Carol Colburn, UNI professor of theatre; and lighting design by Mark A. Parrott, staff designer.

Admission is $10 for the general public, $8 for senior citizens, and $5 for UNI students and youth. Tickets are available by calling the Strayer-Wood Theatre box office at (319) 273-6381 or online at