The Laramie Project by Moises Kaufman

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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 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’s they we hear in this stunningly effective theater piece, a deeply complex portrait of a community.

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About Moises Kaufman

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Moises Kaufman is the founder and artistic director of Tectonic Theater Project, a theater company based in New York City. His 1997 play Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde was named one of the best plays of the year by Time, Newsday, The New York Post, The Advocate, and The New York Times. With Tectonic he has directed works by Samuel Beckett, Tennessee Williams, Benjamin Britten, Sophie Treadwell, and Christohper Ashley, as well as new works by Peter Golub and Naomi Iizuka. He is the recipient of the 1997 Joe A. Callaway Award for excellence in the craft of stage direction given by the Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation for his work on Gross Indecency. In his native Venezuela, Mr. Kaufman performed as an actor with the Thespis Theater Ensemble, one of the country's foremost experimental theater companies. He has lived in New York City since 1987.
Published January 13, 2010 by Vintage. 130 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography, Gay & Lesbian, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Moises Kaufman and his Tectonic Theater Project have written a play documenting the aftermath of the savage killing of Matthew Shepard, including the perspectives of both friends and strangers: The Laramie Project.

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Entertainment Weekly

The Matthew Shepard Story, meanwhile, might just as well have been titled The Judy Shepard Story, since her agony, not Matthew's (played here by Shane Meier), and her choice to have her husband plead against sentencing her son's killers to death, comprise the movie's central drama.

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

In a sense, challenging each actor to play four to seven characters makes "The Laramie Project" a good case study in the art of stagecraft.

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The Seattle Times

The play tells a gripping crime story, while giving a diverse circle of Americans their say — even flaming bigots, like the railing anti-gay minister who disrupted Shepard's funeral.

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In October 1988, 22-year-old Matthew Shepard was brutally beaten and left to die in a field on the outskirts of Laramie, Wyoming.

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Time Out Chicago

While being interviewed for Tectonic Theater Project’s 2009 epilogue to The Laramie Project, Judy Shepard (Jan Ellen Graves) tells Tectonic founder Moisés Kaufman (Gene Cordon) that America has seen “ten years of change and no progress.” A decade after her son Matthew Shepard’s death, hate-crime ...

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Project MUSE

The eight actors, playing themselves, other members of the project, and people in the Laramie and Fort Collins communities, relate going to Laramie a month after Shepard's death to conduct initial interviews, and then returning several times for additional interviews and to observe the trials of ...

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Star Pulse

Summary:Laramie, WY, is a small town which became infamous overnight in the fall of 1998, when Matthew Shepard, a gay college student, was found tied to a fence after being brutally beaten and left to die, setting off a nationwide debate about hate crimes and homophobia.

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The Daily of the University of Washington

The stage is a constant flurry of costume changes, set changes, and accent changes, but the players keep a firm hold on the theme that unites the hectic dialogue.

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