"Laramie Project" to open at Tyler Civic Theater

TYLER, TX (KSLA) – A theater production that sparked a community wide controversy in Tyler Texas will make it to the stage after all.

The production titled "Laramie Project" opens this weekend at the Tyler Civic Theater. The play is based on the beating death of Matthew Shepherd. Shepherd's death was considered a hate crime because he was gay.

Now the show is ready to open and the director says he hopes the audience understands the play's underlying message.