The Laramie Project is a unique piece of drama that chronicles the story of Matthew Shepard (1976-1998), an openly gay University of Wyoming student. In 1998, Shepard was brutally beaten and left tied to a fence on the outskirts of Laramie, Wyoming. The attack subsequently led to both his death and an uproar in national media over the lack of hate-crime legislation in the US.
In the year following the attack, members of the Tectonic Theater Project conducted over 200 interviews with Laramie residents and others closely connected to Matthew Shepard, exploring every imaginable perspective on politics, religion, family, homosexuality, hatred, hope, and everything in between. Compiled from those interviews, the play offers a human portrait of a town struggling with what it means to “live and let live”.
Directed by Kara Wernick ’15, Assistant-Directed by Coz Deicke ’15, and Stage-Managed by Victoria McGee ’15, the show runs April 19th-21st.