The Laramie Project
Date(s): 10/3/2013, 10/4/2013, 10/5/2013 Date(s): 10/10/2013, 10/11/2013, 10/12/2013 Date(s): 10/17/2013, 10/18/2013, 10/19/2013
Stage Center in Bryan, Texas
Laramie, Wyoming is a small town which became infamous overnight in the fall of 1998, when Matthew Shepard, a gay college student, was found tied to a fence after being brutally beaten and left to die, setting off a nationwide debate about hate crimes and homophobia. A month after the crime, Moises Kaufman, a writer and director with the New York City theater troupe the Tectonic Theater Project, traveled to Laramie with a handful of actors to interview people who lived in and around Laramie in preparation for an upcoming production; Kaufman's goal was to create a play that focused not on the assault on Matthew Shepard, but on the community where such an attack could happen.