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Laramie Project: A Play
     

Laramie Project: A Play

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by Moises Kaufman
 

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ISBN-10: 0822217805

ISBN-13: 9780822217800

Pub. Date: 09/01/2001

Publisher: Dramatists Play Service, Incorporated

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

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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. Moisés 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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ISBN-13:
9780822217800
Publisher:
Dramatists Play Service, Incorporated
Publication date:
09/01/2001
Pages:
88
Sales rank:
127,115
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.20(d)

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The Laramie Project 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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CEB34 More than 1 year ago
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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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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Guest More than 1 year ago
this book brought tears to my eyes as i read it in school and at home to my father.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.