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      December 18, 2020


      600 First St. Sw
      Mount Vernon, Iowa 52314

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      The Laramie Project

      CCTD presents THE LARAMIE PROJECT Streaming Free! Dec. 18, 19, 20 Register at: The Cornell College Department of Theatre and Dance, joined by artists from Eastern Iowa’s Cultural Corridor, proudly presents The Laramie Project, streaming the December 18th and 19th at 7:30 pm, and again on December 20th at 2:00. Written by Moises Kauffman and members of the Tectonic Theatre Project, this production brings together upwards of two dozen campus and community members, working under the direction of Cornell College Assistant Professor Caroline Price. For more information, and registration for this free streaming event, go to On October 6th 1998, 21 year old college student Matthew Shephard was beaten, tied to a fence and left in the remote Wyoming wilderness. Days later, Matthew died. Court proceedings revealed his murder to be a hate crime. Matthew Shephard was gay. Drawing from court documents, published news reports, and personal interviews, The Laramie Project is a breathtaking collage that explores the depths to which humanity can sink and the heights of compassion of which we are capable. The cast of this production brings together area actors and professors, teachers, parents, and Cornell College students. “It has been a gift to have such incredibly talented people involved in this project,” says Price. Following COVD-19 safety protocols, Price and the Department rehearsed this production entirely on Zoom, and filmed one actor at a time, with minimal crew, on Kimmel Stage. "When the pandemic hit it was a huge blow to the arts. We had to pivot as an industry and as a theater department,” continues Price. “Expect some familiar faces, incredible talent, and a story that still resonates today." This production is intended for mature audiences. Content Warning: Homophobia, reference to murder, assault and physical violence, coarse language, adult situations. Viewing is free, but registration is required for streaming. For registration information, go to


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