Saturday, September 30, 2023

Shedding Light on Laramie a Decade Later

History forgotten is history repeated—a lesson which underscores The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later, CoSA’s latest drama that follows its previous productions of The Laramie Project in 2021 and 2011 and features a cast of Coronado School of the Arts and Coronado High School students. The sequel follows up with the Laramie, Wyoming, community after the brutal murder of gay University of Wyoming student, Matthew Shepard, on October 7, 1998.

Moises Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theatre Company traveled to Laramie after the tragedy and conducted interviews with the people of the town. These interviews became the 1999 play, The Laramie Project. Ten years later, the company returned to Laramie to try to understand the long-term effect of the murder and found a town wrestling with its legacy and its place in history.

“Even though these events took place decades ago, the subject matter has lost none of its relevance and explores a new chapter of the story of Laramie, Wyoming,” according to director Kim Strassburger, of CoSA’s award-winning Musical Theatre & Drama conservatory, “It asks the fundamental question, ‘How does society write its own history?’”

Coronado Performing Arts Center Main Stage Theatre located at 650 D Avenue, is the venue for this haunting and eye-opening account with performances June 2-4 (7pm) and June 5 (2pm).Tickets can be purchased at the box office prior to performance or at

Coronado School of the Arts (CoSA) is a premier public school arts conservatory, home to 200 scholar artists grades 9 through 12, who attend the nationally ranked Coronado High School. CoSA provides an intense, pre-professional arts education to students from all over San Diego in six conservatories including dance, digital arts, music, musical theatre and drama, technical theatre and visual arts. For other upcoming CoSA events, visit


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Originally from upstate New York, Dani Schwartz has lived in Coronado since 1996. She is happy to call Coronado home and to have raised her children here. In her free time she enjoys reading, exercising, trying new restaurants, and just walking her dog around the "island." Have news to share? Send tips or story ideas to: [email protected]