Story last updated at 10/8/2009 - 12:10 pm
JUNEAU - On the 11th anniversary of the murder of Matthew Shepard, theaters across the country will look again at Shepard's hometown of Laramie, Wyo. in "The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later - An Epilogue."
In the aftermath of Shepard's murder in October, 1998, members of the Tectonic Theatre Project traveled to Laramie to conducted interviews with people from the town. The resulting play, "The Laramie Project," has been widely performed across the country. It was produced in Juneau by Perseverance Theatre in 2006.
The Tectonic Theatre Project recently returned to Laramie to look at what had happened in the decade since Shepard's death. The resulting "Epilogue" will be premiered this week in each of the 50 states and in more than 100 theaters across the country
In Juneau, the reader's theater style production will be a partnership between Theatre in the Rough and Perseverance Theatre.
"It's really going to be powerful and beautiful," said Theatre in the Rough founder Aaron Elmore.
Half of the current Theatre in the Rough board was involved in the previous production, and they are trying to get as many of the original cast members to participate in this production, Elmore said. At least six from the original cast have agreed to participate.
"Sometimes you walk out of a play and feel ready to chance the world," said actor Ed Christian about "The Laramie Project." He was involved in the original production and will be part of the "Epilogue" as well.
The play explicitly asks questions about Laramie, Wyo., but "if you ask those questions about a specific place, you ask them about every place," Elmore said.
The Juneau production of "The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later - An Epilogue" will take place Monday, Oct. 12 at 7:30 p.m. in the Alaska Territorial Hall (The Old Elks, 117 S. Franklin St.). The performance is free to the public.