The Laramie Project

On October 7, 1998, a young gay man was discovered bound to a fence in the hills outside Laramie, Wyoming, savagely beaten and left to die in an act of brutality and hate that shocked the nation. Matthew Shepard’s death became a national symbol of intolerance, but for the people of Laramie the event was deeply personal, and it is their voices we hear in this stunningly effective theatre piece.
 
Moises Kaufman and fellow members of the Tectonic Theater Project made six trips to Laramie over the course of a year and a half in the aftermath of the beating and conducted more than 200 interviews with people of the town. From these interviews as well as their own experiences, Kaufman and the Tectonic Theater members have constructed a deeply moving theatrical experience. 
 
The Laramie Project chronicles the life of the town of Laramie in the year after the murder, using eight actors to embody more than sixty different people in their own words – from rural ranchers to university professors. The result is a complex portrayal that dispels the simplistic media stereotypes and explores the depths to which humanity can sink and the heights of compassion of which we are capable.
 
“Deeply moving…. This play is Our Town with
a question mark, as in
‘Could this be our town?'”
-New York Times
"The piece was utterly mesmerising from the start.
 
The use of the actors portraying multiple parts was a clever idea, but never detracting from the overaching story.
 
Theatre to take your breathe away"
 
Alex, audience member.

Cast:
 
Laura Lonsdale
Phil Chamberlin
Rachel Scott
Steven Langley
Marc Anthony
Carlie Watson
Candice Melton
Jonathan Jones

 

The Laramie Project:
 
Written By: Moises Kaufman
Directed By: David Tuffnell
Produced by: less is MORE

Hazel Pearson Theatre

September 1 & 2nd 2010

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