Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Murdered for Being Gay is Subject of Serendipity's "The Laramie Project"

"THE LARAMIE PROJECT" written by Moises Kaufman and directed by Tony Broom opens next month at Serendipity Playhouse.  It will run July 26 - August 18 and our review by Dennis Sparks will run here July 27.

THE STORY: 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. "THE LARAMIE PROJECT" is a breathtaking theatrical collage that explores the depths to which humanity can sink and the heights of compassion of which we are capable.

We imagine that due to subject matter viewer discretion is advised.

"One of the ten best plays of the year. A pioneering work of theatrical reportage and a powerful stage event."—Time Magazine. "Astonishing. Not since Angels in America has a play attempted so much: nothing less than an examination of the American psyche at the end of the millennium." —Associated Press. "…nothing short of stunning…you will be held in rapt attention." —New York Magazine

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