Canadian actress, director, playwright and University of British Columbia (UBC) Theatre alumna, Nicola Cavendish will direct a production of The Laramie Project November 18th through 28th at the Frederic Wood Theatre at UBC.
The Laramie Project examines the story of a gay University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard. In October 1998 Shepard was kidnapped, severely beaten and left to die, tied to a fence on the outskirts of Laramie Wyoming. Five weeks later, Moses Kaufman and fellow members of New York City’s Tectonic Theatre Project went to Laramie and over the course of a year conducted over 200 interviews with it’s inhabitants. The resulting play chronicles the life of the town in the year after the murder. It has since become a lightning rod for gay rights and the establishment of hate-crime laws.
Returning to her alma mater, the award winning Cavendish will direct a cast of fifteen UBC Bachelor of Fine Arts acting candidates in this production.
The Laramie Project
Frederic Wood Theatre, 6354 Crescent Road, UBC
18 – 29 November 2009 at 7:30pm