The Laramie Project (2004)
THE LARAMIE PROJECT
by Moisés Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theater Project
February – March 2004
in association with Buddies in Bad Times Theatre
Developed after the murder of openly gay University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard in 1998, The Laramie Project gives voice to the real life testimony of more than 50 residents of Laramie, Wyoming, as they struggle to come to terms with the event and the questions raised in the wake of violence.
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, in the acclaimed production that launched our company. In response to this tremendous success, in 2004 we remounted Laramie in association with Buddies in Bad Times Theatre as part of their 25th anniversary season. Laramie 2004 garnered two Dora nominations (for Set and Lighting Design).
DIRECTED BY Joel Greenberg
FEATURING Lesley Dowey, Deborah Drakeford, Marvin Hinz, Alison Lawrence, Mark McGrinder, Jeff Miller, Kimwun Perehinec & Dylan Roberts
STAGE MANAGER Michael Haltrecht
ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER Brad Goddard
SET DESIGN Michael Gianfrancesco
COSTUME DESIGN Kelsey Hart
LIGHTING DESIGN Michael Kruse
SOUND DESIGN Joey Morin
ASSOCIATE PRODUCER Jessica Greenberg
PRODUCED BY Derrick Chua
WHAT CAME NEXT
On October 12, 2009, Studio 180 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. Written by Tectonic Theater Project members Moisés Kaufman, Leigh Fondakowski, Greg Pierotti, Andy Paris and Stephen Belber, The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later was performed in New York at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, in Toronto at Bread & Circus in Kensington Market, and in over 120 other theatres across the world. We linked in to a live webcast from Lincoln Center, where Glenn Close and Judy Shepard introduced the event, and re-joined the creators after the performance – again via Internet – for a powerful live Q&A session moderated by NPR’s Neda Ulaby.
“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”
“This compelling play is a run don’t walk.”