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Storm Lake students cast in hard-hitting drama based on Matthew Shepherd tragedy

Tuesday, October 19, 2004

Three Storm Lake students have been cast in the Buena Vista University fall theater production, The Laramie Project, written by Moises Kaufman and the Members of the Tectonic Theater Project. The fall production will be performed Wednesday through Saturday, November 3-6 at 8 p.m. in Anderson Auditorium, Harold Walter Siebens Forum on the BVU Campus.

Cast in the play are Kayleen Grage, daughter of Dave and Jan Grage, a senior, majoring in psychology at BVU; Tyler Kirkholm, son of Mark and Nelda Kirkholm, a freshman; and Adam Thompson, son of Douglas and Jennifer Thompson, a junior, majoring in business education.

The play is directed by Dr. Michael Whitlatch, professor of speech and drama at BVU, and technical direction is by David Grant Walker, assistant professor of communication and performance arts at BVU.

The Laramie Project chronicles the life of the town of Laramie, Wyoming, in the year after the murder of 21-year-old student Matthew Shepherd, who was severely beaten because he was gay. Moises Kaufman and fellow members of the Tectonic Theatre Project made several trips to Laramie over the course of a year and a half to conduct interviews in the aftermath of the beating

and during the trial of the two young men accused of killing Shepherd.

The Laramie Project is a breathtaking theatrical collage

that explores the depths to which humanity can sink and the heights of compassion of which we are capable.

The production is open to the public, with tickets at $3 for adults and $2 for students and senior citizens. Tickets are available at the door. For more information on the BVU theater production, contact Dr. Michael Whitlatch at 749-2670.