This week the Laramie Project opens at Stage III in Casper, Wyo., just about a mile from the site of Matt's funeral, and in the town where he grew up. It'll be like no other production of the play. Matt Shepard performed in Stage III productions as a kid, and many of his friends and family members will certainly be there as it opens. Thursday night's show will be a benefit for the Matthew Shepard Foundation. And one of the characters in the play, Casper Star-Tribune reporter Kerry Drake, will be played by Kerry himself (despite his having open-heart surgery barely a couple of weeks ago). Like him, several members of the play were journalists here in Wyoming when the events depicted were unfolding and were closely involved in covering the story. It is a profound understatement to say that this will be an emotional run for the play. Here's a link to the story that ran in the Star-Tribune about it on Sunday. Cross-posted to The Laramie Project.