DUBLIN -- In October 1998, in Laramie, Wyoming the brutal and senseless killing of an openly gay law student named Matthew Shepard created vast repercussions across America. It led to a series of hate crime laws to protect gay, lesbian, bisexual and trangender individuals.

It also led to the writing and staging of the very powerful play, "The Laramie Project," which was first performed some 14 years ago.

Starting Thursday, April 24 and running through Sunday, April 27 the drama department at Dublin High will perform "The Laramie Project" in what is both a first and a last for the school.

We originally wanted to do this four years ago, but the (school) district wasn't comfortable at the time," said the school's drama director, Bryant Hoex. "It's a testament to how far we've come in a short period of time that we're able to stage this now."

In fact, this represents the first truly contemporary play for the school which will stage this as the final production in their old "Little Theater."

A new, state-of-the-art theater has recently been completed at the school and will host both high school and some community productions beginning later this year.

Tickets for "The Laramie Project" are $10, $7 for students, and are available at the door. Performances are nightly at 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and 2 p.m. on the Sunday. The school is at 8151 Village Parkway.