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Assistant Professor of Performance and Communication Arts Ann Marie Gardinier Halstead is directing a staged reading at the Pendragon Theatre in Saranac Lake that is part of a nation-wide event marking the anniversary of the death of Matthew Shepard. Two St. Lawrence students have been cast in the production, with theatre professionals.

Simultaneous events at the Pendragon and the Lake Placid Center for the Arts, in partnership with the North Country School, will be held on Monday, October 12, at 8 p.m. Staged readings of The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later, written by Moisés Kaufman, Leigh Fondakowski, Greg Pierotti, Andy Paris and Stephen Belber. Admission is free at both venues. The Pendragon event is directed by Halstead and the cast includes Craig Conroy '10, of Sharon, MA, and Whitney Hudson '10, of Tupper Lake.

The two organizations will be joining more than 130 theaters across the country and overseas that will have readings at the same time. The readings feature a new work, an 80-minute epilogue to The Laramie Project, the acclaimed play about the October 12, 1998, murder of a 21-year-old gay man, Matthew Shepard, in Laramie, Wyoming. Halstead directed a campus production of the play in 2007.

The authors returned to Laramie to re-interview those who had told their story 10 years prior, to determine whether there were long-lasting effects from the initial event, as well as the play. The results of those interviews are in this new epilogue.

Posted: September 24, 2009


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