Loyola at a Glance
The Laramie Project sparks discussions on hate crimes
December 7, 2007
In November, the Loyola University New Orleans Department of Theatre Arts and Dance presented The Laramie Project by Moisés Kaufman and the members of the Tectonic Theater Project.
The response and reaction from The Laramie Project was exactly what director C. Patrick Gendusa had envisioned for the show. After the production, he received numerous letters and e-mails from individuals detailing how the show personally impacted them.
According to Gendusa, one of the major reasons for showcasing this production was to raise awareness of hate crimes in our community. Gendusa brings to the production an element of personal experience. About a year ago, he was restrained, savagely beaten, and left to die on a doorstep in downtown
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The Laramie Project also sparked a panel discussion on hate crimes by the Loyola University Community Action Program (LUCAP). LUCAP is a student organization composed of and directed by student volunteers, provides and directs volunteers in service-oriented activity within the community and the university, the second being to inform and promote involvement in the area of social justice, and aids in the volunteers’ social and spiritual growth through their involvement in service and care-giving activities.
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