The Laramie Project tells the true story of the brutal attack of Matthew Shephard in 1998. Matthew was a gay student from the University of Wyoming, who was savagely beaten and left tied to a fence to die.
One year later Moises Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theatre Company visited Laramie six times and spoke to more than 200 people. The result is an engrossing docu-drama that testifies to the seismic impact of a hate crime on a small town to the whole of America. Nearly 20 years later it is still powerfully resonant and relevant to modern society as we know it.
The play shows Americans at their sentimental best and their god-fearing worst. The Laramie Project is told through a mix of real testimony and live music. The play serves as a catalyst for discussion and has a redemptive quality that will fill you with hope.
“This piece of verbatim theatre demands pace, invention and versatility - fortunately this production has all three in spades. Compelling, engrossing and very moving”.
“It is not often that I am lost for words but for me this was a totally unique theatrical experience and my absolute congratulations go to AHTC for not only being brave enough to tackle this extra-ordinary production but for keeping the entire audience absolutely involved throughout the entire piece”.
Christine Hunter-Hughes NODA
Might be unsuitable for children under 13