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Jest and Gesture Advocates with Upcoming Performance

Jest and Gesture will be performing The Laramie Project on November 17, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. in the Rotwitt Theater of the McShain Performing Arts Center. The event is free and open to the public, but concessions will be sold/donations accepted.

The Laramie Project is about the town of Laramie, Wyoming after the 1998 murder of Shepard. Shepard was a gay college student who died in as a result of a hate crime. The play focuses on the town’s life after the murder as well as the high volume media coverage that occurred following his death.

By performing The Laramie Project, Jest and Gesture hopes to share Shepard’s story. Inspired by Rosemont's mission statement, our goal is to promote "reverence for the dignity of each person."

“The story of Laramie, Wyoming teaches us that hate is not only perpetuated by fences, but by those surrounding them as well,” Jest and Gesture President, Hope Smalley ’19, said.

“We wish to share this message with the student body, greater campus community, and anyone willing to listen.”

All proceeds made from concessions and donations will be sent to the Matthew Shepard Foundation, a nonprofit organization started in Matthew’s memory that advocates for tolerance and legislation that elevates the punishment of hate crimes.