March 23, 2011 / FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Marla Carpenter, 336-770-3337, firstname.lastname@example.org
UNCSA ODYSSEY ENSEMBLE TO PRESENT STAGED READING OF
THE LARAMIE PROJECT
2 p.m. Sunday, March 27
WINSTON-SALEM – The University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) Odyssey Ensemble will present a staged reading of The Laramie Project at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 27, in the Thrust Theatre, Performance Place on the campus at 1533 South Main St., Winston-Salem.
The staged reading will feature UNCSA faculty and students and other members of the Winston-Salem community.
Donations are suggested; they will go to the UNCSA High School Drama Program and the newly formed Gay-Straight Alliance.
This poignant play, by Moisés Kaufman and the Tectonic Theatre Project, is about how the town of Laramie, Wyoming, dealt with the aftermath of the brutal murder of Matthew Shepard in 1992.
According to the Odyssey Ensemble: “In working with the newly formed high school Gay-Straight Alliance, we wanted to find a way to bring citizens of Winston-Salem together with the students and faculty of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts to refresh a dialogue about acceptance and difference in the community we share. The Laramie Project is one of the best plays we found that could do this.
“In a two-hour show, we will hear the re-told interviews of over 100 citizens of Laramie, Wyoming, and hopefully come out of the performance with a new idea of what acceptance means in 21st-century Winston-Salem. We have no doubt that the City of Arts and Innovation is becoming a more open, fair and tolerant community, and we at UNCSA want to be a part of that process every step of the way.”
The University of North Carolina School
of the Arts is the first
state-supported, residential school of
its kind in the nation. Established as
the North Carolina School of the Arts by
the N.C. General Assembly in 1963, UNCSA
opened in Winston-Salem (“The City of
Arts and Innovation”) in 1965 and became
part of the University of North Carolina
system in 1972. More than 1,100 students
from high school through graduate school
train for careers in the arts in five
professional schools: Dance, Design and
Production (including a Visual Arts
Program), Drama, Filmmaking, and Music.
UNCSA is the state’s only public arts
conservatory, dedicated entirely to the
professional training of talented
students in the performing, visual and
moving image arts. UNCSA is located at
1533 S. Main St., Winston-Salem. For
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