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Lillian Boberg as the Sheriff who discovered Mathew Shepard

AUBURN, NY – The Auburn Players presents The Laramie Project, by Moisés Kaufman and Members of the Tectonic Theater Project directed by Elisa Carabajal Hunt, October 10-12, 2014 at Cayuga Community College in Auburn.

The Laramie Project presents a deeply complex portrait of a community’s response to the 1998 murder of Matthew Shepard, a young gay man living in Laramie, Wyoming. In a series of poignant reflections, the residents of Laramie react to the hate crime and surrounding media storm with anger, bewilderment and sorrow. The play portrays the seismic and deeply personal impact Matthew’s death had on this small town while also demonstrating the power of the human spirit to triumph over bigotry and violence.

Sixteen years later, Matthew Shepard’s story still reverberates, urging us on with its clarion call to confront the destructive power of bullying and hate, in all forms.

“The idea behind the creation of The Laramie Project was to shed light on a town’s diverse reaction to the killing of Matthew Shepard, and to do so in an objective way that does not preach for one side or the other, but profoundly illuminates the sociological implications of a hateful crime,” said director Elisa Carabajal Hunt. “I am excited to work with this strong cast to create a production.”
The Laramie Project takes the stage on Friday October 10th & Saturday, October 11th at 8:00 PM, with a Sunday matinee on October 12th at 2:00 PM.  A Public Discussion will take place immediately following the Sunday matinee.  All performances are at The Irene Bisgrove Theater at Cayuga Community College, 197 Franklin St, Auburn.

Ticket prices are $14 General Admission, $12 Senior Citizens, and $5 Students.  Tickets can be purchased online at www.showtix4u.com.  Group rates are available by calling The Auburn Players at 315-702-7832

 

 

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Meet the Cast

The Auburn Players presents The Laramie Project, by Moisés Kaufman and Members of the Tectonic Theater Project directed by Elisa Carabajal Hunt, October 10-12, 2014 at Cayuga Community College in Auburn.

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Lillian Boberg has been performing since she was 7 years old. Some of her favorite roles include: Aunt Eller in Oklahoma, Mrs. Potts in Beauty and the Beast, and The Narrator in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. She enjoys theatre and hopes to someday have a career in it. She is very passionate about this show and its message and is proud to be apart of it

 

Jim Brady and his wife Mickey Belosi retired and moved to Auburn in August 2014, in part because of the theater scene here.  Way back in High School Jim signed up for drama class to get out of regular English and has been appearing on stage ever since. In his previous home in Jefferson City, Missouri he appeared with The Little Theater, Capital City Players, and Scene One Black Box.  Some of his favorite roles include Big Julie in Guys and Dolls, Friar Lawrence in Romeo and Juliet, The Old Man in Fool for Love and John Leonard Smith in Caught in the Net.  When he’s not on stage Jim and Mickey enjoy skiing, gourmet foods, and using their passports.

 

Meghan Jo Clary has performed with numerous companies throughout Central New York over the past 13 years. Recent credits include: Pinocchio/Shrek the Musical (SST), Sheila/HAIR (Auburn Players), Janie McMichael/Not Now, Darling (CNY Playhouse), Munson/One October Midnight (The Ruling Thumb), Ensemble/Les Miserables (Skaneateles Summer Theatre), Helen/Cry Havoc (Appleseed Productions), Lenny/Crimes of the Heart (Auburn Players). Meg graduated from Hamilton College in 2011 with a BA in Latin and Ancient Greek.

 

John Exner is a senior at Auburn high school, and has been acting and singing for over 3 years now.   He has participated in the school drama club shows and musicals, and played Pharaoh in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat this past summer.   He studies vocal performance with Julie Howard and plans on perusing acting and singing in college.

 

Stephen Gamba is a graduate of SUNY Fredonia with a Bachelor’s of Music in Music Education, and Kennesaw State University in Atlanta, GA with a Masters of Education in Educational Leadership and Administration.  He has been an educator for 20 years.  In 1997 he moved to Atlanta, GA where he was a featured actor, guest conductor and soloist throughout the Southeast.  Most recently he was the director, music director, and conductor of their productions of Annie and Crimes of the Heart.  Some favorite roles include the title role in Leonard Bernstein’s Candide, Harold Hill (The Music Man), Cornelius Hakl (Hello Dolly!), Fred/Petrucchio (Kiss Me Kate), Danny (Baby), Cinderella’s Prince (Into the Woods), Melchoir (Amahl and the Night Visitors), Sky Masterson (Guys and Dolls), Jinx (Forever Plaid), The Baker (Into the Woods),  George (Same Time, Next Year).  Steve is also Artistic Director / Conductor of The Syracuse Gay and Lesbian Chorus.

 

Stephen Hodge is from Reykjavik, Iceland. He went to Lawndale High School and formerly worked at LardLadDonuts. He is pleased to be working with one of his favorite local directors, Elisa Carabajal Hunt, and he apologizes for not be here the week the bios were due.

 

Nancy Hunt has been a member of the Auburn Players since before she could possibly remember! Literally! Her first appearance on this stage was in utero! Nancy is maddeningly happy to be performing in The Laramie Project, as it is one of her favorite plays!

 

Mark Sidor is more than thrilled to be back onstage for the Laramie Project after a couple years hiatus to do more back stage work as stage manager for the Auburn Players productions of “Crimes of the Heart” and “The Kentucky Cycle” as well as taking on the role of Rehearsal Director for the Absolute Dance Company. While not onstage or behind the scenes he is the Audience Services Manager for the Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival and also teaches tap and musical theatre classes at the Absolute Dance Studio. A big thanks to the cast and crew and everyone involved, as this has been a wonderful process and learning experience. “And don’t get me wrong, I love the stage, I really do I love it.”