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Judy Shepard to
Host Reading of The Laramie Project

Judy Shepard to
Host Reading of The Laramie Project

In observance of the 10th anniversary of Matthew Shepard's death, his mother will host a reading of The Laramie Project -- a stage production on the repercussions of his homophobia-fueled murder -- in Napa, Calif.

In observance of the 10th anniversary of Matthew Shepard's death, his mother will host a reading of The Laramie Project -- a stage production on the repercussions of his homophobia-fueled murder -- in Napa, Calif.

Judy Shepard, Matthew's mother and the executive director of the nonprofit Matthew Shepard Foundation, will be a guest speaker at the event, which will be held at the Napa Valley Opera House October 19. All proceeds of the production will benefit the Matthew Shepard Foundation as well as the Napa Valley College Drama Department.

The Laramie Project was first presented in 2000 and has since been staged more than 5,000 times. Drawing on thousands of interviews with people in Laramie, Wyo. -- the town where the 21-year-old Shepard was brutally tortured on October 7, 1998, leading to his death five days later -- the play was a critical smash. A 2002 film aired to acclaim on HBO.

The Laramie Project first premiered in Napa in 2002 and was directed by Jennifer King, who will also direct this year's version. (Neal Broverman, The Advocate)

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