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THE LARAMIE PROJECT

September 9 - 11, 2022

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Sponsors: PRIME Real Estate,

Trinity by the Sea Episcopal Church

In October 1998, a twenty-one-year-old student at the University of Wyoming was kidnapped, severely beaten, and left 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. Kaufman and Tectonic Theater members have constructed a deeply moving theatrical experience from these interviews and their own experiences in Laramie. The Laramie Project is a breathtaking collage that explores the depths to which humanity can sink and the heights of compassion of which we are capable.

Directed by: Ken Yarbrough

Cast

Clare Adams

Rick Adams

Jessica Albert

Chris Alexander

Kerri Alexander

Reverend J. James Derkits

Paul Klemm

Sandy Klemm

Heath Lausing

Susan Lausing

Debby Leal-Ramirez

Alysabeth Lipman

Glenda McCormick

Tre Minor

Emily Reiger

Ethan Sullivan

Raina Smith

Russ Walker

Jacob Williams

Kenneth Yarbrough

We asked our cast members to share their thoughts about The Laramie Project. Following is what they wrote: