Laramie Project: A Play

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In October 1998 a twenty-one-year-old student at the University of Wyoming was kidnapped, severely beaten and left to die, tied to a fence in the middle of the prairie outside Laramie, Wyoming. His bloody, bruised and battered body was not discovered until the next day, and he died several days later in an area hospital. His name was Matthew Shepard, and he was the victim of this assault because he was gay. Mois?s Kaufman and fellow members of the Tectonic Theater Project made six trips to Laramie over the course...
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In October 1998 a twenty-one-year-old student at the University of Wyoming was kidnapped, severely beaten and left to die, tied to a fence in the middle of the prairie outside Laramie, Wyoming. His bloody, bruised and battered body was not discovered until the next day, and he died several days later in an area hospital. His name was Matthew Shepard, and he was the victim of this assault because he was gay. Mois├ęs 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 during the trial of the two young men accused of killing Shepard. They conducted more than 200 interviews with the people of the town. Some people interviewed were directly connected to the case, and others were citizens of Laramie, and the breadth of their reactions to the crime is fascinating. Kaufman and Tectonic Theater members have constructed a deeply moving theatrical experience from these interviews and their own experiences. is a breathtaking theatrical collage that explores the depths to which humanity can sink and the heights of compassion of which we are capable.
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The act was a savage emblem of hatred: On October 12, 1998, 21-year-old Matthew Shepard was murdered in Laramie, Wyoming, simply because he was gay. Within a month, award-winning playwright Moises Kaufman and nine members of his theater company traveled to Laramie. Their intent was to explore a crime and a town. In the next 18 months, they conducted more than 200 interviews with the people of Laramie. The drama that they created from these encounters is neither accusation nor apology: The 60 Laramie citizens portrayed in the play come alive as individuals residing in a highly charged aftermath.
A.P.
Astonishing. Not since Angels in America has a play attempted so much: nothing less than an examination of the American psyche at the end of the millennium.
New York Magazine
There emerges a mosaic as moving and important as any you will see on the walls of the churches of the world...nothing short of stunning...you will be held in rapt attention.
Time
One of the ten best plays of the year. A pioneering work of theatrical reportage and a powerful stage event.
Publishers Weekly
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. This innovative theatrical composition, structured not in scenes, but in "moments," addresses the various issues relating to the tragedy of Shepard, a young gay man whose murder has since become a symbol for America's struggle against intolerance. Kaufman's approach is actor-based, as opposed to text-based; a side-effect of this actor-based approach is that in print form it seems as though something is missing. However, the play promises to move the reader with its authentic portrayal of a small town facing a terrifying event. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal
The savage murder of gay college student Matthew Shepard in October 1998 left deep wounds in the psyche of Laramie, WY, and in that of our entire nation. Soon after Matthew's death, Kaufman and members of his Tectonic Theater Project (also responsible for the highly acclaimed Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde) made a series of visits to Laramie over an 18-month period, conducting hundreds of face-to-face interviews with the town's citizens in order to create this piece. The words and voices of these people, including the college student who first discovered Matthew's broken body, Matthew's friends, teachers, the two young men responsible for his death, and Matthew's father, make this a deeply moving and brutally realistic dramatic experience. This true story of hate, fear, hope, and courage touched and changed many lives and will do so for everyone who reads or watches a performance of this theatrical masterpiece. Highly recommended for all collections. Howard Miller, St. Louis Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal
Adult/High School-This remarkable play takes the form of a series of juxtaposed monologues, culled from hundreds of interviews that the authors conducted with residents of Laramie, WY, after the fatal beating of Matthew Shepard in 1998. Additional speeches are taken from journals the authors kept while they were involved in this project. From these fragments, a powerful whole is created, giving readers and audiences a full and shimmering picture of a quiet town suddenly thrust into the media spotlight and hastily branded as "backward." Shepard's friends are heard from, as are the friends of his convicted killers. Masterfully woven together to breathtaking effect are statements from Laramie's religious leaders-some of whom condemn the murder, others of whom condemn the victim. A thoughtful and moving theatrical tour de force.-Emily Lloyd, Fairfax County Public Library, VA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822217800
  • Publisher: Dramatists Play Service, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/1/2001
  • Pages: 88
  • Sales rank: 633,426
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.20 (d)

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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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  • 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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