The Laramie Project at Bakersfield Community Theater

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On the anniversary of Matthew Shepard’s death, theater companies across the nation are performing a play in his memory.

The Bakersfield Community Theater is opening its newest season with the performance of “The Laramie Project.”

Matthew Shepard was openly gay and was beaten and left to die near Laramie, Wyoming on the night of October 6,1998.

The Laramie Project retells the interviews done by the Tectonic Theatre Project in New York. The project interviewed dozens of people after Shepard’s death, nd actors recreate their stories from the time after his body was found.

For 20 years, Shepard’s ashes have not been laid to rest for fear of desecration by protestors who attended the funeral.

On Friday, they will be interred at the Washington National Cathedral.

The final performances for the play are tomorrow and Saturday night. Curtain goes up at 8 p.m. at the BCT, on S. Chester Avenue. Tickets are $14, students seniors and military get in for $10.

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