The Laramie Project / by Moisaes Kaufman and the Members of Tectonic Theater Project.Paperback Vintage Originals
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- Publisher: Vintage Books
- Format: Paperback | 110 pages
- Dimensions: 130mm x 198mm x 8mm | 118g
- Publication date: 11 September 2001
- Publication City/Country: New York
- ISBN 10: 0375727191
- ISBN 13: 9780375727191
- Sales rank: 46,075
On October 7, 1998, a young gay man was discovered bound to a fence in the hills outside Laramie, Wyoming, savagely beaten and left to die in an act of hate that shocked the nation. Matthew Shepard's death became a national symbol of intolerance, but for the people of Laramie the event was deeply personal, and it's they we hear in this stunningly effective theater piece, a deeply complex portrait of a community.
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Moises Kaufman is the founder and artistic director of Tectonic Theater Project, a theater company based in New York City. His 1997 play Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde was named one of the best plays of the year by "Time," "Newsday," "The New York Post," "The Advocate," and "The New York Times." With Tectonic he has directed works by Samuel Beckett, Tennessee Williams, Benjamin Britten, Sophie Treadwell, and Christohper Ashley, as well as new works by Peter Golub and Naomi Iizuka. He is the recipient of the 1997 Joe A. Callaway Award for excellence in the craft of stage direction given by the Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation for his work on "Gross Indecency." In his native Venezuela, Mr. Kaufman performed as an actor with the Thespis Theater Ensemble, one of the country's foremost experimental theater companies. He has lived in New York City since 1987.
"One of the ten best plays of the year." --"Time" "Deeply moving.... This play is Our Town with a question mark, as in 'Could this be our town?'" --"The New York Times" "An amazing piece of theater... Out of the Shepard tragedy is wrenched art." --"The New York Post" "Brilliant... bone-hard drama [that] dares to touch the hidden wound of the American West... Within these pages, a healing occurs." --Terry Tempest Williams, author of "Refuge"
For a year and a half following the murder of Matthew Shepard, Moises Kaufman and his Tectonic Theater Project-whose previous play, Gross Indecency, was hailed as a work of unsurpassed originality-conducted hundreds of interviews with the citizens of Laramie, Wyoming, to create this portrait of a town struggling with a horrific event. The savage killing of Shepard, a young gay man, has become a national symbol of the struggle against intolerance. But for the people of Laramie-both the friends of Matthew and those who hated him without knowing him-the tragedy was personal. In a chorus of voices that brings to mind Thornton Wilder's Our Town, The Laramie Project allows those most deeply affected to speak, and the result is a brilliantly moving theatrical creation.