PORTLAND — Waynflete School stages a production of the drama “The Laramie Project” at 7:30 p.m. tonight, Friday and Saturday in Franklin Theater on the school’s West End campus. Doors open at 7 p.m.

The play is intended for mature audiences only. Admission is free, but reservations are required.

“The Laramie Project” is based on true events, and focuses on reaction to the 1998 murder of Matthew Shepard, a gay student at the University of Wyoming in Laramie, Wyo.

The private school will host a community event before Saturday’s performance, from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m. The program, “This Is a Safe Place,” will celebrate diversity as a source of community strength and remember those in the gay community and others who have suffered bigotry and hatred.

The event will also highlight the importance of making the community safe for everyone.

The community event has been planned in response to potential picketing of the play by the Westboro Baptist Church, a Kansas-based group known for anti-gay demonstrations. People attending the community event will be asked to support the purpose of the event and not confront picketers.

For information about the play or the community event, or to make reservations for the performance, visit www.waynflete.org or call Carrie Branson at 774-5721, Ext. 201.