On October 6, 1998, openly gay University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard was found tied to a fence, beaten and unconscious outside the town of Laramie, Wyoming.
After five days in a coma, Shepard died from his injuries. His murder was denounced as a hate crime – one that brought attention to the lack of hate crime laws in various states of America.
On November 14, 1998, members of Tectonic Theater Project travelled to Laramie and conducted over 400 interviews with more than 100 residents of the town. The Laramie Project is a portrait of that town: a seemingly average community, dealing with the aftermath of a hate-fuelled crime and questioning what it is that now defines them.
Ten years after after Shepard’s death, and eight years after The Laramie Project made its stage debut, Tectonic Theater Project returned to Laramie to find out how much the city and its residents had changed in the ensuing decade – both in attitude and the response to the worldwide attention now focused on its 28,000 residents.
Carly Fisher and Rosie Niven direct this new production of a landmark verbatim play and its sequel, The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later.