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Forum staff reports, Published September 02 2013

MSUM Theatre Arts announces upcoming shows

MOORHEAD – The Minnesota State University Moorhead Theatre Arts Department has announced its 2013 fall and winter shows.

The department kicks off its offerings this fall with “The Laramie Project,” a play that examines the community’s reaction following the death of 21-year-old Matthew Shepard in 1998 after he was tied to a fence outside of Laramie, Wyo., beaten and left to die. During the trial of two men charged with the crime, prosecutors argued that the attack happened because Shepard was gay.

The play runs Oct. 2-5 in the Roland Dille Center for the Arts’ Gaede Stage. For tickets, visit or call the MSUM Box Office from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at (218) 477-2271, or purchase a ticket at the door.

Next up is “Swashbuckled! A Pirate Adventure,” a play written by Craig Ellingson, chairman of the Theatre Arts Department. Two productions of the play, which tells the story of three pirates searching for their missing king, are set for 1 and 4 p.m. Nov. 23 in the Roland Dille Center for the Arts’ Hansen Theatre.

The shows are free and open to the public; goodwill offerings will be accepted.

A free showcase of dance featuring the work of student dancers and choreographers will be held at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14 in Hansen Theatre.

For more information, visit www.mnstate.edu/theatre.