Directed by Gabe Smith
May 15-May 19, 2018
(Five nights only)
(All shows nightly at 7:30 p.m.)
In October 1998, a 21 year-old student named Matthew Shepard was kidnapped, beaten and left to die, tied to a fence in the middle of the prairie outside Laramie, Wyoming. His bloody and battered body was not discovered until the next day, and he died less than a week later. This shattering drama was written from the text of more than 200 interviews conducted in the aftermath of a brutal hate crime that attracted worldwide attention and shined a public spotlight on issues of sexual discrimination and violence.
Starkville Community Theatre’s production of Paper Thin, written by our own T.K. Lee, won Best Production at the Southeastern Theatre Conference Festival in March, along with several other awards. The show advanced to SETC after winning Best Production at the 2018 Mississippi Theatre Association Festival in January.
Directed by Pattye Archer, the world premiere of Paper Thin featured Madeline Golden, Ben Lang and Paul Ruff. In addition to Best Production at SETC, cast members Ben Lang and Paul Ruff tied for Best Supporting Actor. The show was also recognized for Outstanding Achievement in Scenic Design, Outstanding Backstage Achievement, and Special Recognition for Outstanding New Work for T.K. Lee.
At MTA, Madeline Golden and Paul Ruff received Outstanding Achievement in Acting Awards, and the show won Best Scenic Design for the set. The set was design by Pattye Archer and Erika Morrison and built by Marty Haug with Paul Ruff, Ben Lang and several other volunteers.
This marks the second year in a row SCT has won Best Production at both MTA and SETC. Last year the theatre's production of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike advanced to AACTFest. This year there is no national competition as AACT happens every other year.
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