Stepping Out

'Project' comes to a close Sunday in Palo Alto

Joyce Goldschmid/Special to the Town Crier
Josiah Frampton, from left, Jeff Clarke and Roneet Aliza Rahamim star in the Palo Alto Players production of “The Laramie Project.”

The Palo Alto Players production of “The Laramie Project” is set to close Sunday.

Written by Moises Kaufman and members of New York City’s Tectonic Theater Project, the play is based on a true story, demonstrating how the power of the human spirit can triumph over bigotry and violence.

“Laramie” follows the fallout from the 1998 murder of Matthew Shepard, a 21-year-old gay student attending the University of Wyoming.

Residents of the small town where it happened, Laramie, reacted to the anti-gay hate crime and surrounding media storm with anger, bewilderment and sorrow. Kaufman and Tectonic Theater Project members recorded their reactions and spun them into a play.

Lee Ann Payne directs “Laramie.” The cast includes Jeff Clarke, Josiah Frampton, Kelly Hudson, Judith Miller, Dana Cordelia Morgan, Roneet Aliza Rahamim, Brad Satterwhite and Todd Wright.

Performances are scheduled 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

For advance tickets and more information, call 329-0891 or visit

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