The Laramie Project

13 - 19 April

NASDA's 2nd year class present a play by Moisés Kaufman.

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.

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 body was not discovered until the next day. He died several days later in an area hospital. His name was Matthew Shepard, 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 over 200 interviews with the people of the town. Some people interviewed were directly connected to the case, and others were citizens of Laramie. The breadth of their reactions to the crime was fascinating.

Kaufman and Tectonic Theater members constructed a deeply moving theatrical experience from these interviews and their own experiences.

(By arrangement with Hal Leonard Australia Pty Ltd. On behalf of Dramatists Play Service, Inc New York.)