VCU's School of Social Work and Theatre IV to host community dialogue

VCU's school of social work and Theatre IV will present scenes from "The Laramie Project," a play that chronicles the reaction of western town Laramie, WY in response to the 1998 hate murder of college student Matthew Shepherd.

The Theatre IV cast will perform an excerpt from "The Laramie Project," which will address issues such as bigotry, hate, tolerance and hope. Following the performance will be a discussion of the Laramie community's response to the crime and the use of theater as a tool for addressing social issues.

"The Laramie Project" is the result of 10 New York writers and actors who set out in 1998 to explore Laramie and the crime that occurred there. It discusses reasons why the hate-crime occurred in Laramie and reveals the thoughts and feelings of Laramie residents.

The community dialogue will take place Feb. 19 from 4 - 6 p.m. in VCU's W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts, 922 Park Avenue.

For more information about the Laramie Project community dialogue at VCU, call Randi Buerlein at 828-0703.