"The Laramie Project" opens William and Mary theater season

Nearly 18 years have passed since Matthew Shepard's murder.

Robbed, beaten, tied to a fence and left for dead, Shepard, a gay college student, died of his injuries on Oct. 12, 1998.

This murder in Laramie, Wyo. sparked demand for increased hate-crime legislation and, in 2009, President Barack Obama signed The Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr., Hate Crimes Prevention Act into law.

Still, 18 years later, what more can be done?

It's a question cast and crew hope "The Laramie Project" plants. Running Sept. 22-25, the renowned documentary-drama opens the 2016-2017 season for The College of William and Mary's Department of Theatre, Speech and Dance....