THE LARAMIE PROJECT
Written by Moisés Kaufman and Tectonic Theater Project
Directed by Elizabeth van den Berg
On October 7, 1998, Matthew Shepard, a young gay man, was discovered bound to a fence in the hills outside Laramie, Wyoming, savagely beaten and left to die in an act of hate that shocked the nation. Five weeks later, Moisés Kaufman and fellow members of the Tectonic Theater Project went to Laramie, and over the course of the next year, conducted more than 200 interviews with people of the town. From these interviews they wrote the play “The Laramie Project,” a chronicle of the life of the town of Laramie in the year after the murder.
Shepard’s death became a national symbol of intolerance, but for the people of Laramie the event was deeply personal, and it’s they we hear in this stunningly effective theatre piece, a deeply complex portrait of a community. The play’s powerful messages and continued relevance with today’s issues make it one of the most performed plays in America.
September 30 through October 3 at 7:30 p.m. in WMC Alumni Hall
Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for seniors, students, veterans, and the McDaniel College community.
SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS
Adapted and Directed by Ira Domser
McDaniel Theatre Arts professor Ira Domser adapted and directs this enchanting take on the romantic classic fairy tale of Princess Snow White, the Prince who loves her, the Stepmother who hates her, and the seven little gentlemen who save her. Presented in the opulent style of the British Holiday “Panto,” “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” promises music, laughter, a man wearing outrageous dresses, and madcap Vaudeville frivolity to ensure holiday magic for the entire family.
“’Panto’ is a unique British cultural phenomenon that combines the slapstick comedy of Commedia del'Arte with the clever humor of Benny Hill and ‘Monty Python’s Flying Circus,’” Domser says, “and has evolved into a hugely popular family entertainment lasting over 200 years. ‘Panto’ features a memorable fairy tale, a gorgeous set, and a huge cast in a hilarious musical comedy aimed at adults as well as the kids. From the very start, the audience participates in the entire show, cheering, laughing, booing, and shouting responses in a cleverly-crafted interplay between actors and audience.”
November 19 and 20 at 7:30 p.m.; November 21 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in WMC Alumni Hall
Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for seniors, students, and the McDaniel College community.