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GSC Theatre Opens Season With ‘The Laramie Project’

Posted on Monday, September 10, 2018

Gordon State College Theatre opens its 2018-19 Theater season with “The Laramie Project,” Monday, Sept. 24.

“The Laramie Project, ” created by Moises Kaufman and the Tectonic Theatre Project, is a documentary-style theater piece based on the 1998 murder of 21-year old Matthew Shepard of Laramie, Wyoming.

The performances run through Friday, Sept. 28.

Gordon students will be doing a staged reading of the piece. Proceeds from the show will go to the non-profit organization Lost & Found an Atlanta-based organization that assists  homeless LGBTQ youth.

“Doing this first gives us the opportunity to do an amazing piece without the pressure of high production – it’s a piece that is beautiful and also relatable,” says Lisa Cesnik-Ferguson, Assistant Professor of Theatre. “It is documentary style with lots and lots of characters, and focuses on how events like this can tear apart a community.”

The cast includes: Larry Stoermer, Zebulon, playing Stephen Belber; Nicole Vanderbush, Hiram, playing Amanda Gronich; Lilly Camp, Locust Grove, playing Mercedes Herreo; Brian Lewis, Williamson, playing John Macadams;  Skip Lazenby, Griffin, playing Andy Paris; Raphael Cotton, Hampton, playing Greg Pierotti; Danielle Willis, McDonough, playing Barbara Pitts; Sera Davidson, Griffin, playing Kelli Simpkins; Trez Anderson, Milledgeville, playing the narrator and ensemble for Act 1; Nate Rogers, Thomaston, playing the narrator and ensemble for Act 2; Hampton Calhoun, Hampton, playing the narrator and ensemble for Act 3.

Other GSC Theatre productions this season include “Twelfth Night” by William Shakespeare; November 7-11; “A Raisin in the Sun” by Lorraine Hansberry and its complimentary piece, “Clybourne Park” by Bruce Norris, March 27-31, 2019.

Performances begin at 7:30. Tickets for all productions are available at the door and are  $5 for youth, $10 adults and $7 for seniors.  

--Lauren Schrader, Gordon State College