The Laramie Project (2003)

THE LARAMIE PROJECT

by Moisés Kaufman and members of 
the Tectonic Theater Project

February – March 2003
Artword Theatre

CANADIAN PREMIERE

In October 1998, openly gay University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard was kidnapped, beaten and left to die, tied to a fence on the outskirts of Laramie, Wyoming. Five weeks later, Moisés Kaufman and fellow members of the Tectonic Theater Project went to Laramie, and over the course of the next year conducted more than 200 interviews with people of the town. From these interviews they wrote The Laramie Project, a chronicle of the life of the town of Laramie in the year after the murder.

Laramie premiered in New York in 2000, playing to rave reviews and impassioned audiences. Time Magazine called it “one of the ten best plays of the year,” and it has since become one of the most performed plays in North America. Studio 180 was honoured to present its Canadian professional premiere at the Artword Theatre in 2003.

DIRECTED BY Joel Greenberg
FEATURING Lesley Dowey, Deborah Drakeford, Jonathan Goad, Marvin Hinz, Alison Lawrence, Mark McGrinder, Kimwun Perehinec & Dylan Roberts
STAGE MANAGER Michael Smalley
ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER Brad Goddard
SET DESIGN Michael Gianfrancesco
COSTUME DESIGN Kelsey Hart
LIGHTING DESIGN Michael Kruse
SOUND DESIGN Joey Morin
PRODUCTION MANAGER Melanie Klodt
PRODUCTION CONSULTANT David James
EDUCATION/FUNDRAISING Samara Nicholds
COMPANY MANAGER Anthony Lemke
CONSULTING PRODUCER Derrick Chua

WHAT CAME NEXT

Our inaugural production met with such success that we remounted Laramie in 2004 (in association with Buddies in Bad Times Theatre as part of their 25th Anniversary Season). And, on October 12, 2009, on the anniversary of Matthew Sheppard’s death, we participated in an extraordinary one-night event as we joined forces with theatres around the world to perform simultaneous readings of The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later, a fascinating epilogue to the original piece.

2003 end-of-year reviews

Listed among the Top 10 productions of the year

NOW Magazine


“This play never judges anybody… [Its] straightforwardness, the inevitable snatches of comedy that arise from the interviews and the great swathes of sorrow also apparent in Laramie make the project utterly compelling.”

★★★★ GLOBE AND MAIL


“A wonderful tapestry of compassion and hate woven together with invisible threads of homophobia and humanity… An excellent, moving piece of theatre.”

NNNN NOW MAGAZINE


“The play grips, and it won’t let you go”

NATIONAL POST


“This compelling play is a run don’t walk.”

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