The Laramie Project by Moisés Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theater Project
A Staged Reading
In 1998 a young gay man was discovered bound to a fence in Laramie, Wyoming, savagely beaten and left to die in an act of brutality and hate. Matthew Shepard’s death became a national symbol of intolerance, but for the people of Laramie the event was deeply personal. The Tectonic Theatre Project made several trips to Laramie and conducted more than 200 interviews with people of the town. The Laramie Project is a deeply moving piece of theatre that chronicles the life of a town in the year after the murder, using eight actors to embody more than sixty different characters. The result is a complex portrayal that dispels the simplistic media stereotypes and explores the depths to which humanity can sink and the heights of compassion of which we are capable.
Theatre Language Studio isn’t able to fully produce all the many exciting plays in the world, so with our staged reading series, we offer audiences and actors a glimpse into the world of new and interesting work, hopefully without losing any of the pleasure of a full production. We invite our audience to stay after the reading for a talk-back discussion of the piece with the actors and directors.
For more information on what a staged reading is, or on the other plays we will perform in this series, please go to our Stage Reading Series page.