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- Publisher: Bantam Books Inc
- Format: Paperback | 202 pages
- Dimensions: 130mm x 201mm x 20mm | 227g
- Publication date: 1 September 2014
- Publication City/Country: New York
- ISBN 10: 0804170398
- ISBN 13: 9780804170390
- Sales rank: 69,637
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.
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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.
"Extraordinary. . . . Deeply moving. . . . A defiant glimmer of hope." --"The New York Times" ""The Laramie Project "is a terrific piece of theater, history, and life. . . . There emerges a mosaic as moving and important as any you will see on the walls of the churches of the world. . . . Nothing short of stunning. . . . A theatrical and human event." --New York magazine "Few playwrights have cut to the heart of tragedy so unerringly." --"The Village Voice " "A riveting theatrical experience." --Variety "Deeply moving. . . . [Kaufman] has a remarkable gift for giving a compelling theatrical flow to journalistic and historical material. . . . This play is Our Town with a question mark, as in 'Could this be our town?'" --"The New York Times " "Astonishing. Not since Angels in America has a play attempted so much; nothing less than an examination of the American psyche at the end of the millennium." --Associated Press "Remarkable. . . . [A] probing and distinctive theater piece . . . assembled with care, compassion and dollops of comic relief. . . . The high-octane performances and unique staging make this a must see for any theatergoer." --"New York Daily News" "One of the ten best plays of the year." --"Time" "Brilliant . . . If I could, I would stand on every street corner in America and pass this play out as a handbill for a more civil society." --Terry Tempest Williams, author of "Leap" and "Refuge" "A bracing, wholly original and deeply affecting piece of theater. It radiates integrity, an aching collective need to understand incomprehensible events. . . . [It proves that] theater can serve as witness to our deeds." --"San Francisco Chronicle" "An amazing piece of theater. . . . Out of the Shepard tragedy is wrenched art." --"The New York Post" "A complex and ultimately optimistic portrait of a town that was challenged by the most catastrophic of events." --"USA Today" "Sad, sober and gripping. . . . Something nourishing has been excavated by Kaufman and his committed collaborators from the tragedy." --"Daily Variety" "A towering theatrical accomplishment. . . . ["The Laramie Project" is] "Our Town" for the new millennium, capturing from real life the same sense of humanity in the raw that Thornton Wilder did years ago with the fictional Grover's Corner. The play moves the theater in a new and different direction."--"San Francisco Times" "An invigorating theatrical adventure." --David Rothenberg Praise for "The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later" "Rekindles all the anger and heartbreak. . . . Illuminates with disturbing clarity how sharply attitudes toward the killing have changed in Laramie, how a revised history has gradually replaced the facts of the case, once undisputed." --"The New York Times" "Moving. . . . One feels one's sympathies shifting and deepening as the voices of those we met in the original piece--and some new ones--ruminate upon the meaning of Shepard's death." --"Chicago Tribune" "A powerful script." --"The Austin Chronicle "