CoSA MTD presents: The Laramie Project, On Demand!
Feb 20 2021 Share by email Share on Facebook Share on Twitter
by Moises Kaufman and Members of The Tectonic Theatre Company
Directed by Kim Strassburger
In October 1998, in the middle of the prairie outside Laramie, Wyoming, Matthew Shepard, a 21 year old student at the University of Wyoming, was tied to a fence post, severely beaten, robbed, ,and left alone to die. Matthew was discovered eighteen hours later. He was rushed to the hospital and put on life support. He died five days later. The reason for this brutal crime? Matthew Shepard was gay.
The hate crime attracted vast attention worldwide, bringing sexual discrimination and violence to the forefront of public discourse. The Tectonic Theater Company, led by their founder Moisés Kaufman, traveled to Laramie in the aftermath of the murder with the intent of creating a theatrical portrait of a town coming to grips with horrible, hate-fueled violence. Over the course of a year and a half, the group interviewed over 200 subjects, some directly related to the case and some regular citizens of Laramie. Out of these interviews, journal entries, and found texts, The Laramie Project was born. Hailed as one of the most captivating and encompassing pieces of contemporary theatre, the play moves all who watch it as it reveals the hatred and heights of compassion that lies within all human beings in any seemingly average community.
This revival production will mark the 10-year anniversary of the CoSA production in 2011. Due to adult language and subject matter, this show is recommended for ages 13 and older.