The Laramie Project
By Moisés Kaufman and members of
the Tectonic Theater Project
Directed by Joel Greenberg
In association with Buddies in Bad Times Theatre
February 27 – March 28, 2004
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.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.
Dora Award Nominations: Outstanding Set Design & Outstanding Lighting Design.
Written by Moisés Kaufman and members of
the Tectonic Theater Project
Directed by Joel Greenberg
Featuring Lesley Dowey, Deborah Drakeford, Marvin Hinz, Alison Lawrence, Mark McGrinder, Jeff Miller, Kimwun Perehinec, and Dylan Roberts
Stage Management by Michael Haltrecht
Assistant Stage Managed by Brad Goddard
Set Designed by Michael Gianfrancesco
Costume Designed by Kelsey Hart
Lighting Designed by Michael Kruse
Sound Designed by Joey Morin
Associate Produced by Jessica Greenberg
Produced by Derrick Chua
Moisés Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theater Project
Tectonic Theater Project is a nonprofit theatre dedicated to exploring theatrical language and form and was established in 1991. Its first production, Women in Beckett, was the collection of all of Samuel Beckett’s short plays for women performed by a cast aged 65-80. Tectonic has produced works by emerging playwrights such as Naomi Iizuka (Coxinga and Marlowe’s Eye); stage classics such as Beckett’s Endgame and Sophie Treadwell’s Machinal; and a highly-acclaimed production of Franz Xaver Kroetz’ The Nest. With its hyper-real diorama of a set and its imaginative use of puppetry (brought to life by acclaimed puppeteer Basil Twist), The Nest was named one of the ten best productions of the 1994/95 season by The Village Voice. Tectonic dedicated two years to the development of Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde, a new play written and directed by Artistic Director Moises Kaufman. The play caused a popular and critical sensation when it began in New York in the end of February, 1997. Gross Indecency transferred to Off-Broadway and ran there for over 18 months. Tectonic’s production was mounted by Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles, enjoyed a six-month run at Theater on the Square in San Francisco, as well as successful productions in Toronto, Plymouth and the West End in London. The play has also been produced by over 40 regional theatres and internationally in Paris, Stockholm, Montreal, Mexico City, Budapest and Germany. Gross Indecency won the Lucille Lortel Award for Best Off-Broad- way Play, the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Play, the Garland Award for Best Play (Los Angeles), the Caldwell Award (Florida} and the GLAAD Media Award for New York Theater. Mr. Kaufman received the 1997 Joe A. Callaway Award for Excellence in Direction given by the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, as well as the Bay Area Critics Circle Award for directing. The Vintage publication of Gross Indecency won the Lambda Book Award. Tectonic Theater Project received an Outer Critics Circle Award as the original producers of the play. Tectonic Theater Project’s development of The Laramie Project was made possible in part by the generous support of the Rockefeller Foundation, the Sullivan Foundation, the Sundance Theatre Lab, New York Theatre Workshop, the Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, Leon Levy, Anne Milliken and Gayle Francis. Tectonic Theater Project also receives funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts and the New York City Development of Cultural Affairs.
For Studio 180: The Laramie Project (2003). A co-founder of Studio 180, Joel is a Chalmers and Dora award–winning playwright and director who has directed productions across Canada. Elsewhere: Ain’t Misbevain‘, What the Butler Saw, Taking Sides, Vanities, Bells Are Ringing, Second City (Toronto and Chicago), Dames at Sea (too many times), Tonight at 8:00…8:30 in Newfoundland (all three editions), The Foreigner, Alice, Drink the Mercury and The Nuclear Power Play. Joel taught at Humber College Theatre School from 1984 to 1989 and the Drama Department at the University of Waterloo from 1991 to 2014, also serving as the Chair of each department.
For Studio 180: The Laramie Project (2003). Lesley is thoroughly enjoying and is honoured to be a part of The Laramie Project. She was last seen in Portia Coughlan (University of Toronto Graduate Centre for the Study of Drama). Others credits include Run, and Lie With Me (Urban Spine), and Shakespeare’s Rugby Wars (Upstart Crow). Her film and television work include Odyssey 5 and Silent Song. She would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to the members of Studio 180 for this experience.
For Studio 180: The Laramie Project (2003). Recent credits include: A Christmas Carol (Soulpepper Theatre Company, 2002 and 2001); Zaidie’s Shoes (Mirvish Productions); Sibs (Marquis Entertainment), Antigone (Red Red Rose). Other selected credits: Doubt (Theatre Columbus/Factory Theatre); The Importance of Being Earnest, Great Expectations, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, A Christmas Carol (The Grand Theatre, London); The Secret Garden (Theatre New Brunswick); Mirror Game (Young People’s Theatre) plus two seasons at the Blyth Festival and a season at Stratford. Television and film work include several movies of the week and various episodics. Deb also provides voice work for TVO’s Polka Dot Shorts.
For Studio 180: The Laramie Project (2003). Marvin is a graduate of the University of Waterloo (BA) and also holds an MFA in Theatre from York University. He has worked in theatre and television over the past fifteen years, most recently in: DWARF (Equity Showcase, David Rotenberg); Joey in The Old Neighborhood (ARTWORD, East-West Theatre); Alden in Sparta (Summerworks 2001, Sarah Martyn); and Ted in The Foursome (Upper Canada Playhouse, Peter McGuire). Marvin adapted and performed the Toronto Fringe success Game, which was short-listed for the 1999 US Comedy Arts Festival. Recent film and television credits include: Street Time, Nero Wolfe, Witchblade and Brian’s Song, as well as several commercials.
For Studio 180: The Laramie Project (2003). Alison is a graduate of George Brown College. Most recently Alison performed in: the biggest Toronto Fringe hit ever, Top Gun! The Musical; and starred in the Grand Theatre London’s production of Nurse Jane Goes To Hawaii. She also performed her own play Going for Groceries at both the Summerworks Festival and the Between Stages Series. Alison just left the cast of bittergirl, for which she was both co-writer and co-star. It has played two sold-out runs at the Tim Sims Playhouse and has toured to London England and New York City. Alison will return to bittergirl, playing at the Stealth Lounge upstairs at the Pilot Tavern.
For Studio 180: The Laramie Project (2003). Mark is a Co-Founder of Studio 180 and co-ordinates the Studio 180 IN DEVELOPMENT program. He also adapted and directed Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish for the company and has assistant directed productions of Blackbird, God of Carnage and The Laramie Project 10th Anniversary reading. Mark was a member of the Shaw Festival’s acting ensemble for 5 seasons and performed in several reviews with The Second City’s National Touring Company. Film and television credits include; Spotlight, Remedy, Murdoch Mysteries and Mayday.
For Studio 180: debut. For Studio 180: Cock, The Normal Heart, The Arab-Israeli Cookbook, The Laramie Project . Other theatre includes Hana’s Suitcase, To Kill a Mockingbird, Reading the Signs, Liars (Young People’s Theatre); Same Time Next Year, Half-Life, Rabbit Hole, Leading Ladies (Sudbury Theatre Centre); Steven Gallagherʼs Craplicker (Toronto Fringe 2010); Mike McPhadenʼs Poochwater, Sean Reycraftʼs One Good Marriage (Theatre Passe Muraille); King Lear (Walking Shadow Theatre); Stones in His Pockets, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Rumors, The Petrified Forest, Moon Over Buffalo (Nipissing Stage); Communicating Doors (Magnus Theatre); The Othello Project (Florida Shakespeare Theater); Love! Valour! Compassion!, Twilight of the Golds (Boston Speakeasy Theater); and The Lisbon Traviata (Boston Triangle Theater). TV credits include roles on Good Witch, The Strain, Man Seeking Woman and Queer as Folk.
For Studio 180: The Laramie Project (2003). Kimwun is a co-founder, artist educator and member of the Core Artistic Team for Studio 180. Other selected credits include Frankenstein’s Boy, Madhouse Variations, Sideshow of the Damned (Eldritch Theatre); Chasing Margaret Flatwood (Theatre Awakening); Like Wolves (GCTC); Wrecked (Roseneath Theatre); This Is About the Push (Seventh Stage); Mourning Dove (Ark Collective); Vanities (Theatre in Port); Spain (Absit Omen); Phae (Collective Architecture); High-Gravel-Blind, Shadows, Walk Right Up (Stratford Festival). Film and TV credits include recurring roles on the TMN series The Line and the web series B.J. Fletcher: Private Eye; and Puppets Who Kill, Nikita and Thieves. Kimwun has been nominated for two Dora Mavor Moore Awards (Ensemble) and is a graduate of the actor training program at George Brown College.
For Studio 180: The Laramie Project (2003). Dylan’s recent credits include: Caliban in Shakespeare’s The Tempest (Resurgence Theatre); Srgt. Pissani in Accidental Death of an Anarchist (The Globe Theatre); and Teddy in Science Fiction (Factory Studio Theatre). Dylan is very excited to be joining the ranks of Video Caberet for their next production. Thanks as always to wife Shari, who makes him laugh so.
For Studio 180: debut. Michael’s recent theatre credits include Offensive Shadows (Summerworks/O7), Welcome to Eden: Population 2 (Toronto Fringe/06, SM); Hair (CanStageCanadian Stage Company, Apprentice SM); Storm Warning (Out of the Norm, SM); Gypsy, Journey’s End, and Pasque Flower (Shaw Festival, Apprentice SM); The Laramie Project (Studio 180, SM); Unbecoming (SummerWorks, SM); La Fille du Regiment, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, and Otello (Opera Ontario, Apprentice SM). Michael has worked for the Toronto, Dubai, Sundance, and HotDocs Film Festivals and develops Stage Management computer software. He is a graduate of the University of Waterloo Michael (Psychology and Drama).
Assistant Stage Manager
For Studio 180: The Laramie Project (2003). Michael’s set & costume design credits for theatre, opera and dance include A Few Good Men (Citadel/MTC); Trouble in Tahiti, In Good King Charles’s Golden Days (costumes), One Touch of Venus (costumes) (Shaw Festival); Caroline or Change (set, Acting Up Stage/Obsidian); Jack and the Giant Beanstalk, The Wizard of Oz, Seussical (set) (YPT); Romeo and Juliet, The 39 Steps, White Christmas (set), Fiddler on the Roof (costumes) (MTC); The Drowsy Chaperone (set, MTC/Theatre Calgary); Rodin/Claudel, Kaleidoscope (set) (Les Grands Ballets Canadiens); Svadba, Beauty Dissolves in a Brief Hour, The Midnight Court – presented at the Linbury Theatre, Royal Opera House at Covent Garden (Queen of Puddings Music Theatre); In Colour (National Ballet of Canada); A View from the Bridge (set, Segal Theatre); Rock ‘n’ Roll, It’s a Wonderful Life, Little Shop of Horrors (set) (Canadian Stage). Michael has spent nine seasons at the Stratford Festival and most recently designed the scenery for You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. He was the 2008 recipient of the Virginia and Myrtle Cooper Award in Costume Design from the Ontario Arts Foundation, and received the Brian Jackson Award from the Stratford Festival.
For Studio 180: The Laramie Project (2003). Since graduating from CalArts Kelsey has been designing and assisting on a variety of productions. Kelsey’s most recent credits include: The Crypt Club, Two Words, Year of the Lion and Twist.
For Studio 180: The Laramie Project (2003). Michael’s most recent credits include: Alphonse for Theatre Direct Canada; Flamenco Picasso for the Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company; and William and James for Theatre Passe Murraille. Past design credits include: The Gwednolyn Poems for the Factory Theatre; The Millionairess, A Woman of No Importance and Waterloo for the Shaw Festival; the Buncha’ Festival in 2001 and 2002 for Theatre Direct Canada; The Awakening and The Pains of Youth for which he received a Dora Nomination, for Theatre Voce, Peep Show and Henry and Pierre for Buddies in Bad Times Theatre; The Orphan Muses for the Great Canadian Theatre Company; Wit for the Globe Theatre; The Melville Boys and When the Reaper Calls for the Blyth Festival; and Jason Sherman’s Patience for the Tarragon Theatre. Michael is currently under contract with the Cast Group in Toronto and is a member of the Associated Designers of Canada. Michael has a strong commitment to mentoring and has done a number of seminars for both high school and university students.
For Studio 180: The Laramie Project (2003). Recent design credits include: Spring Awakening (Randolf Academy, 2002), Life Out Loud (Adrenaline Productions, 2001), Cinema Inferno (ICASTICO, 2000), The Recurring Dream (Hard Time [T.O. Fringe], 2000) and Doris Does Damage (Toronto Fringe, 1999). Other credits include Sound Recordist on This Beggar’s Description (Tetrault Productions, 2002) and Doris Does Damage [Live at Second City] (…and you’re not that pretty productions, 2001). Joey is also a photographer, computer consultant and technician both in theatre and other areas. Although not seen in a while, he hopes to appear on stage again soon. He is thrilled to be involved with such a densely talented group of people.
For Studio 180: The Laramie Project (2003). Jessica (she/her) is Studio 180’s Director of Youth and Community Engagement, a co-creator of the IN CLASS program, and a core member of the company since 2004. She is a Dora-nominated actor and a leader in drama education with a passion for promoting youth empowerment and building community through theatre. As an actor she has performed on stages across Canada and the US, including Studio 180, Canadian Stage, Crow’s Theatre, Mirvish Productions, Project: Humanity, Magnus Theatre, YPT, The Citadel, MTYP, Passe Muraille, Thousand Islands Playhouse, Theatre New Brunswick, Willow Cabin Theatre and Theatreworks/USA. She has appeared on The Handmaid’s Tale, Murdoch Mysteries and Being Erica as well as the animated series Fish ‘n Chips. At Studio 180 Jessica oversees all education and Beyond the Stage programming including the creation of study guide resources and the curation of lobby exhibits, chats, panels, talkbacks and other special events. She worked as Education Coordinator for ARCfest: Toronto’s Human Rights Arts Festival, and is the Director of Child Engagement for the Child-ish Collective. She holds an Honours BA in political science and women’s studies from McGill University and completed her classical acting training at Circle in the Square Theatre School in New York and as an apprentice at the Actors Theatre of Louisville in Kentucky.
For Studio 180: The Laramie Project (2003). A co-founder of Studio 180, Derrick is an entertainment lawyer and award-winning theatre producer. Recent productions include I’m Doing This For You (Edinburgh, Amsterdam, London, Tampere, Piotrowice Nyskie, Halifax, Toronto), Counting Sheep (Edinburgh), Confessions and Adventures of a Redheaded Coffeeshop Girl (Edinburgh, Brighton), Dance Animal (Toronto Fringe), Obeah Opera (PANAMANIA), The God That Comes & When It Rains (Edinburgh Fringe), Oh My Irma (International Tour: Edinburgh Fringe, Berlin, London, Kosovo, Ulaanbaatar, Brighton, Amsterdam, Kiel, New York, Victoria), Fortune and Men’s Eyes (Dancemakers), Gruesome Playground Injuries (The Theatre Centre). Derrick is past-President of the Toronto Fringe Festival, and sits on the boards of The AFC, Theatre Museum Canada, fu-Gen Asian Canadian Theatre Company and Groundling Theatre. He is the recipient of a Dora Award, a Harold Award, a NOW Magazine Award as Toronto’s Best Indie Producer, and a Canadian Actors’ Equity Association Honorary Membership for Outstanding Contribution to the Performing Arts.
View photos from our 2003 production of The Laramie Project here.
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.NOW Magazine NNNN
The play grips, and it won’t let you goNational Post
This compelling play is a run don’t walk.Classical 96.3 FM