ABOUT THE SHOW
The Laramie Project is a play written by Moises Kaufmann and the members of the Tectonic Theater Project about the reaction to the 1998 murder of Matthew Shepard in Laramie, Wyoming.
Mr. Shepard’s murder was widely considered to be a hate crime motivated by homophobia. The play draws on over 200 interviews conducted by the theatre company with inhabitants of the town, company members own journal entries, and published news reports. While the play is divided into three acts, actors portray more than sixty characters in what have been described as scripted “moments,” rather than traditional scenes.
The play premiered at the Ricketson Theatre by the Denver Center Theatre Company in February 2000 and was then performed in the Union Square Theater in New York City before a 2002 performance in Laramie itself. The Laramie Project is one of the most performed plays in America today. It has inspired a grassroots effort to educate and inform and is being used to teach about prejudice and tolerance in schools throughout the United States.