The Laramie Project and The Laramie Project - Ten Years Later
On October 7, 1998, a young gay man was discovered bound to a fence outside Laramie, Wyoming, savagely beaten and left to die in an act of brutality and hate that shocked the nation. Matthew Shepard's death became a national symbol of intolerance, but for the people of the town, the event was deeply personal. In the aftermath, Moises Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theater Project went to Laramie and conducted more than 200 interviews with its citizens. From the transcripts, the playwrights constructed an extraordinary chronicle of life in the town after the murder. Since its premiere, "The Laramie Project" has become a modern classic and one of the most-performed theater pieces in America. Now, in this expanded edition, "The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later" adds an essential sequel to the original work. Revisiting the town a decade after the tragedy, the troupe finds a community grappling with its legacy and its place in history. The two plays together comprise an epic and deeply moving theatrical cycle that explores the life of an American town over the course a decade.
Moises Kaufman is a Tony and Emmy-nominated director and award-winning playwright. He is also the Co-founder and Artistic Director of Tectonic Theater Project. Mr. Kaufman's plays "Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde" and "The Laramie Project" (which he co-wrote with the members of Tectonic Theater) have been among the most performed plays in America over the last decade. He is also the author of the Tony Nominated play "33 Variations"; "One Arm" (his adaptation of the Tennessee Williams screenplay of the same name); and the short play "London Mosquitoes." He has directed numerous plays on Broadway including "The Heiress" starring Jessica Chastain; 33 Variations starring Jane Fonda; the Pulitzer-nominated play "Bengal Tiger" at the Baghdad Zoo by Rajiv Joseph, with Robin Williams; and the Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning "I Am My Own Wife" by Doug Wright which earned Mr. Kaufman an Obie Award for direction as well as Tony, Outer Critics, Lucille Lortell, Drama Desk Awards nominations. Mr. Kaufman also directed the film adaptation of "The Laramie Project," which aired on HBO and was the opening night selection at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival. The film won a Special Mention at the Berlin Film Festival and he received two Emmy Award nominations for Best Director and Best Writer. Mr. Kaufman is a Guggenheim Fellow.