THE LARAMIE PROJECT
by Moisés Kaufman and the Tectonic Theatre Project
Directed by Hallie Flower
Performs at New England Youth Theatre on
April 6 at 7pm
April 7 at 2pm and 7pm
April 8 at 2pm
April 13 at 7pm
April 14 at 2pm and 7pm
April 15 at 2 pm
Sponsored by The Latchis Theatre and The Putney School
THE LARAMIE CYCLE
On October 7, 1998, a young gay man was discovered bound to a fence outside Laramie, Wyoming, savagely beaten and left to die in an act of brutality and hate that shocked the nation. Matthew Shepard’s death became a national symbol of intolerance, but for the people of the town, the event was deeply personal.
In the aftermath, Moisés Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theater Project went to Laramie and conducted more than 200 interviews with its citizens. From the transcripts, the playwrights constructed an extraordinary chronicle of life in the town after the murder: The Laramie Project, a modern classic which has become one of the most-performed theater pieces in America.
In The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later, the troupe revisits the town a decade after the tragedy, finding a community grappling with its legacy and its place in history. The two plays together comprise an epic and deeply moving theatrical cycle that explores the life of an American town over the course of a decade.