Fri 8 – Sun 10 Nov | The Laramie Project
Friday 8 November at 7.30pm
Saturday 9 November at 2pm
Saturday 9 November at 7.30pm
Sunday 10 November at 2pm
As part of the 2019 OUTintheOPEN Festival.
In October 1998 a twenty-one-year-old student at the University of Wyoming was 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 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 New York based 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.