The Laramie Project
The Laramie Project, written by Moisés Kaufman and the Members of Tectonic Theatre Project, is one of the most performed plays in the last decade with over 2,000 performances worldwide. On October 6, 1998, Matthew Shepard was a 21-year-old gay college student who was kidnapped, severely beaten, and tied to a fence in the middle of the prairie on the outskirts of Laramie, Wyoming. Left for dead, he was not discovered until the following day and died less than a week later. His torture and murder brought about a heightened awareness to homophobia and hate crimes, which culminated in the members of Tectonic Theatre Project traveling to Laramie and conducting more than 200 interviews with the people in the town. It was this research that provided the source material for their deeply moving play. The Laramie Project examines the societal dynamic of the town, both before and after the murder, and how the people within it reacted as a community. The play is set in Laramie, but it could be the story of any American town as it forces us to examine ourselves, both the good and the bad. The Laramie Project is a breathtaking theatrical collage that explores the depth to which humanity can sink as well as the heights of compassion from which we can rise.
The Wellington School is honored to welcome Susan Burk from the Matthew Shepard Foundation who will facilitate talk-back discussions immediately following the Friday evening and Saturday matinee performances.
RATED PG-13 Disclaimer: The Laramie Project is for mature audiences as it contains strong language and subject matter. The torture and murder of Matthew Shepard and subsequent trial brought national and international attention to U.S. hate crime legislation and led to The Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act. This play contains hate speech that may be inappropriate for children under 13.
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