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‘The Laramie Project’ goes big at Colorado Theatre Festival

Chyrise Harris
Post Independent Staff
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“The Laramie Project” earned top honors at the Colorado Theatre Festival, with Wendy Moore receiving the All State Directing Award and Tom Cochran taking the award for best actor.

The production, sponsored by Aspen Stage and Colorado Mountain College, took first at the festival.

“We were so excited,” said director Wendy Moore. “Everyone was standing up and screaming; it was a big acknowledgment of the work we did.”

After hearing his name for best actor, Cochran said the shock jolted him back to his childhood.

“I don’t think I’ve been so surprised since I was about 10 years old when I got a new bike for Christmas,” he said. “To feel like my performance was singled out and noticed was just amazing because the quality of acting at the festival was just really great.”

Eleven theater companies competed in the 17th annual Colorado Theatre Festival, including the Main Street Players, of Littleton, and the Evergreen Players.

“For us to be successful in that kind of a field is a heck of a tribute for that kind of work,” Moore said.

After debuting the production at CMC in April, Moore said she thought the players should take the script to the festival. “The Laramie Project” details the transformation of a town thrust in a spotlight.

For Moore, performing Tectonic Theatre’s original production, which dissects Laramie, Wyo., following the beating and death of Matthew Shepard, brought about an eerie realization.

“It struck me from the beginning that this could happen anywhere, a crime that turns neighbors against neighbors and really brings the weight of the media scrutiny to the town,” Moore said. “I found that to be a horrifyingly intriguing subject because of that possibility.”

Playing a role in “The Laramie Project” ranked high in importance for Cochran as well.

“I just thought the message of tolerance and hope were important to put out there,” he said.

“It may sound trite and cliche,” Cochran said. “But I was really feeling like all of our cast did such an incredible job, and I felt we all should have been recognized.”

Contact Chyrise Harris: 945-8515, ext. 511

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