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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2009

    Laramie Project opens hearts and minds

    The Tectonic Theater group did us all a favor when it decided to create an artistic record of what happened in Laramie, Wyoming with the murder of Matthew Shepard. Using the townspeople's own words, the troupe wove together every possible perspective and opinion about the difficult-to-discuss topics inherent in this crime, and synthesized the factual collision of hate and love in a memorable, remarkable production. Teaching this play via the HBO film created later is a highpoint of life in my high school sophomore classroom.
    As much as I like the film HBO produced, it's important to keep the script handy because of a few key omissions in dialogue; the written work is hard to study alone, but augments the film beautifully. Students respond powerfully to the commentary of the people of Laramie and I challenge them to identify for themselves, privately, who in the town articulates the students' own beliefs. Like the townspeople who lived through the trial of Aaron McKinney and Russell Henderson, my students grow and learn more about themselves and their beliefs through listening to the stories of ordinary people who meet with extraordinary tragedy.
    Whether the conversation turns toward hate crime legislation or religion, human sexual identity or American sociology, this work will touch its audience and stand not only as a record of a moment in our history, but as a template for holding difficult conversations about divisive issues in America.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2014

    Abattoir's Biography pt2

    Will be posted soon.

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  • Posted June 30, 2012

    CLASSIC OF MODERN GAY LITERATURE

    This is the riveting story of Matthew Shepard, the young University of Wyoming student who was brutally murdered by two disaffected young men. The drama is fascinating--a series of vignette interviews--with people in the town who give an overall feeling of the small town in which this horrible murder took place. There is open support but also hatred and homophobia disguised as "live and let live." A very important watershed in American literature. Matt's mother went on to become an activist and got federal hate crimes legislation passes. An archetypal American drama.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2012

    Life changing

    I read this book in drama and acted it out also, i cryed like a baby, every time i would think about this book i would get all choked up, this book showed me the arrogance this country holds and also showed me the humble, and open minded minds. Rest in peace Matt

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2006

    heart warming

    this book brought tears to my eyes as i read it in school and at home to my father.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 29, 2004

    Very moving, Teaches you a lot!

    I was cast to be in this play and it has truly changed my ways about how I think of hate. Moises and the tectonic theatre did a tremendous job on portraying this town after such a horrendous ordeal that happened.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2003

    Such A Great Read

    This play is beyond AMAZING. I read it...loved it...cried the whole way through. I carry a copy of this with me at all times, I buy it for my friends. Do not miss reading this brilliant work!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2003

    Truly Amazing

    Moises Kaufman and The Tectonic Theatre Project have created one of the best contemporary plays ever. The Laramie Project not only touches the most human of emotions but also educates us about hate and intolerance and how we are affected. The playwrites do this without taking sides or passing judgment. This play is a genuine work of art.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2003

    An outstanding novel

    I am 18 years old and a lifelong resident of Wyoming. I read this and felt the hurt that was happening just 100 miles away. It is a great novel and I believe that everyone should read this book. I even did an exerpt from it for speech and debate.

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