Thursday, April 5, 2012

FLCC to stage ‘The Laramie Project’ April 13 and 14

FLCC students question fellow cast member Warren White, assistant professor of communications, in a scene from “The Laramie Project.”
Finger Lakes Community College will present three performances of “The Laramie Project,” a play that explores how the 1998 murder of Matthew Shepard affected the town of Laramie, Wyoming, on April 13 and 14.

Shows are Friday, April 13, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, April 14, at 2 and 7:30 p.m. in Stage 14 on the second floor of the Student Center, 3325 Marvin Sands Drive in Canandaigua.

Advance tickets are $3 and may be purchased in the Student Life Office on the second floor of the FLCC Student Center. Tickets will be $5 for students and seniors and $7 for general admission at the door.

Victor Gauvin of Pittsford is part of the cast.
“The Laramie Project,” created by Mois├ęs Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theatre Project, is based on interviews of more than 200 Laramie, Wyoming, community members following the death of Matthew Shepard in October 1998.

Multiple viewpoints and perspectives are voiced from the first responders, people in the courtroom, individuals intimately connected with the incident and the citizens of Laramie.

Father and daughter, Kellie Aitchison, an FLCC biology instructor, and Victor Gauvin, both of Pittsford, are members of the cast. Acting in the play together is just a continuation of their special relationship.

“We’ve always done things like this together,” says Aitchison. “Dad coached my high school speech and debate team. I acted in high school, and he read me my lines. Dad even got my prom dress. That’s just the kind of relationship we have.”

Gauvin has not acted before. “I now appreciate how much effort goes into plays, not just the performers but also the technical people,” he says.

Trevor Hubble of Honeoye
Student Trevor Hubble of Honeoye, who plays three characters, says he likes that there isn’t a big set and heavy costumes. “It’s raw. The set doesn’t distract. It focuses on the message, the words of the people, the experience,” he says.

When considering the play’s message, Hubble is thoughtful: “The Laramie Project gives you both sides of a hate crime, in this case homosexuality, but it could be anything that makes people think a person is different from them … Characters change their viewpoints throughout the play. In the end it’s left open for the audience to decide for themselves.”

The ensemble cast also includes the following FLCC students: Jessica Ames of Canaseraga, Jena Caramazza of Shortsville, Dylan DeGeorge of Honeoye, Jerrell Harrison of Bronx, Lashonda Holmes of Rochester, Trevor Hubble of Honeoye, Brad O’Konski of Geneva, Kristen Paparelli of Cato, Ian Remmers of Watkins Glen, Maria Romeo of Canandaigua, Ariel Stroud of York, Sam Zulauf of Newark. FLCC faculty member Warren White, assistant professor of communications, is also part of the cast.

The stage manager is Alyssa Reeb of Tonawanda. The production is directed by Beth Johnson, professor of theatre, with set design by Jim Perri, technical specialist.

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