The Laramie Project
Moises Kaufman &
Tectonic Theater Project
September 11 – October 18, 2001
Gut-busting, in-your-face comedy!
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 became deeply personal, and it is their voices we hear in this stunning effective theater 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 the people of the town. From theses 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 results is a complex portrayal that dispels the simplistic media stereotypes and explores the depth to which humanity can sink and the heights of compassion of which we are capable.
“ALL THE MORE POWERFUL FOR BEING SO FEARLESSLY UNPREDICTABLE.”
– Los Angeles TIMES
“SEARING AND SENSATIONALLY FUNNY!”
– New York Times
“EXPLOSIVE. INSANELY ENTERTAINING AND COMPLETELY ENGAGING.”
– New York Magazine
Cast & Creative Team
COREY J. FINLEY
TECTONIC THEATER PROJECT
SET / LIGHTING DESIGNER
PROPERTIES DESIGNER/ SET DECORATOR
Joan Foster McMarty
Joan Foster McMarty
SEAMUS M. BOURNE
D. CONNOR MCVEY
ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER
Two hours with one intermission
Audience Advisory: This production contains full nudity, strong adult language and descriptions and depictions of sensitive and intense issues and situations. For more detailed information about potential trigger warnings, please click HERE
There is open seating for this production.
May 12 & 13 at 8 pm
May 14 at 8 pm
May 14 – June 12, 2022
Wednesdays – Saturdays at 8 pm
Sundays at 2 pm