Out of these interviews, journal entries, and found texts, the laramie project was born. Police officer who found matthew shepard at the fence jonas slonaker. The laramie project was performed in laramie for five performances at the university of wyoming in november 2000. The laramie project isnt really about homosexuality or the matt shepard murder its bigger than that. The laramie project summary and study guide supersummary. The laramie project plays from february 520, 2016 at kensington arts theatre performing at the kensington town hall 3710 mitchell street, in kensington, md. The laramie project script transcript from the screenplay. Essay about the laramie project 1907 words bartleby. The laramie project is a docudrama, and kaufman wrote the play as if he were filming an actual documentary. Now, after matthew, i would say that laramie is a town defined by an accident, a crime. After the brutal murder of mathew sheppard in 1998. The laramie project is a documentarystyle play created by the venezuelan playwright moises kaufman and members of the tectonic theater project, an experimental company whose work has often touched on social themes. Over the next year, the company returned to laramie six times and conducted over 200 interviews. The laramie project summary from litcharts the creators of.
The three trials of oscar wilde and the laramie project which he cowrote with the members of. For one, and this is important, the movie kind of plays a different role than the book even though each tell the same story. On october 7, 1998, a young gay man was discovered bound to a fence in the hills outside laramie, wyoming, savagely beat. Its like the movie is actually attempting to lead its. The laramie project analyzes the death of matthew shepard, an openly gay college student who was brutally murdered in laramie, wyoming, in 1998 because of his sexual identity. These texts became the basis for the play the laramie project. The book version of the laramie project by moises kaufman from which all quotations below are taken is used as the script for the abrhs production. After the residents of laramie introduce their town, members of tectonic theater project describe how the theater companys leader, moises kaufman, asked them to join him in laramie, wyoming to research a play about the murder of matthew shepard, an openly gay university student in laramie. This script is a transcript that was painstakingly transcribed using the screenplay andor viewings of.
Using those interviews, tectonic theater project wrote a second play, entitled the laramie project. Moises kaufman born november 21, 1963 is a playwright, director and founder of tectonic theater project. Read this script and youll wonder why noone has taken it up yet. The laramie project study guide from litcharts the. Buy the laramie project acting edition for theater productions by moises kaufman isbn. He is best known for writing the laramie project with other members of tectonic theater project. Ten years after the premiere of the laramie project, the creators of the play returned to wyoming to do additional interviews with the residents of laramie.
In this expanded edition, it is joined by an essential and moving sequel to the original play. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading the laramie project. Professor, university of wyoming, author of the book losing. Ten years later on september 12th, 2008, five members of tectonic returned to laramie to try to understand the longterm effect of the murder. He gathered interviews, recorded reactions to the murder, and structured or formatted the play as if it was a reenactment not merely a. On november 14, 1998, the members of tectonic theater project traveled to laramie, wyoming, and conducted interviews with the people of the town. Jun 06, 2012 moises kaufman and members of new yorks tectonic theater project went to laramie, wyoming after the murder of matthew shepard. Oct 18, 20 after reading the laramie project and watching the movie i have noticed a few things that have stricken me as peculiar. Dps offers an extensive list of titles that includes many of the most significant plays of the past century.
The laramie project by tectonic theater project, moises kaufman and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available now at. Dec 08, 2014 the laramie project the provincetown theater oct. The play lays out viewpoints of different sorts of people in society in a way that is unbiased and yet encouraging of self reflection, and motivates change without actually calling for change. Kaufman and the other members of the theater group travelled to laramie, wyoming, which was the focal point of the matthew shepard tragedy, in order to interview the people of the town. The laramie project is the first of a twoplay cycle, which includes the laramie project. After the residents of laramie introduce their town, members of tectonic theater project describe how the theater companys leader, moises kaufman, asked them to join him in laramie, wyoming. A chorus of voices brings to life the thoughts and feelings of the people of laramie, wyoming, in the wake of the murder of matthew shepard, a young gay man. It is both a retelling of the events that transpired and a portrait of the residents and town of laramie in the year following matthews murder. Over the course of a year and a half, the group interviewed over 200 subjects, some directly related to the case and some regular citizens of laramie. The laramie project questions and answers discover the community of teachers, mentors and students just like you that can answer any question you might have on the laramie project. Although it was not written in a traditional way, the interview material has been selected and organized in a way that presents a creative narrative.
Matthew shepards death became a national symbol of intolerance, but for the people of laramie the event was deeply personal, and its they we hear in this stunningly effective theater piece, a deeply complex. Five weeks later, the members of tectonic theater project went to laramie and conducted interviews. The laramie project is a series of wordforword reallife interviews conducted with people in the town of wyoming. The laramie project begins as various members of the laramie community praise the town of laramie, wyoming, speaking glowingly about towns closeknit community and expounding on its natural beauty. The contrast between who the two murderers had become was striking, and the whole thing was one long lightbulb moment of oh, thats how my classmates all had such terrible opinions in 2006. Tectonic theater project traveled to laramie, wyoming and con ducted interviews with the people of the town. Notable awards for the laramie project include american library association glbt book award in literature 2002, humanitas prize 2002, outfest 2002 special programming award, city weekly 2001 best playwright, and 2002 glaad media award. Kaufman along with his theater troupe made six visits to laramie, wyoming, where the murder. On october 7, 1998, a young gay man was discovered bound to a fence outside.
An easy and quick read, it helped me identify the characters later on the dvd, and though in stage format, doesn. Together these plays attempt to promote dialogue about equality and justice, and examine how. The laramie project script dialogue transcript voila. Download it once and read it on your kindle device, pc, phones or tablets. The laramie project at actonboxborough regional high school abrhs fall 2007. Aug 11, 2014 having carefully compared the text of the laramie project against the book of matt, i found the most striking discrepancy to be the plays portrayal of doc oconnor. The laramie project, by moises kaufman and the members of the tectonic theater project, attempts to find meaning in the murder and its aftermath. Although the movie follows the play, i noticed some differences between the two from the beginning.
Editor of the daily laramie boomerang, local laramie newspaper governor freudenthal. The laramie project is a 2000 play by moises kaufman and members of the tectonic theater project specifically, leigh fondakowski, writerdirector. The laramie project, since it consists of documentary material from existing sources, is an example of a found text, or documentary theater. Having carefully compared the text of the laramie project against the book of matt, i found the most striking discrepancy to be the plays portrayal of doc oconnor. This script is a transcript that was painstakingly transcribed using the screenplay andor viewings of the laramie project. The laramie project by moises kaufman and the members of. The laramie project by moises kaufman overdrive rakuten. During the next year, we would return to laramie several times and. The laramie project, one of the mostperformed theater pieces in america, has become a modern classic.
Read the laramie project by moises kaufman available from rakuten kobo. Ten years after was new to me, and i enjoyed it almost as much as the original. The laramie project kindle edition by kaufman, moises. Reviews of the the laramie project until now with regards to the book we have now the laramie project feedback end users are yet to. Matthew shepards death became a national symbol of intolerance. On october 7, 1998, a young gay man was discovered bound to a fence in. He attended a business school for a while but soon grew bored with that subject and joined a local dramatic group, thespis. It also explores how people construct stories and history, both on an individual level and on a societal level. The laramie project summary from litcharts the creators. During the next year, we would return to laramie several times and conduct over two hundred interviews. For a year and a half following the murder of matthew shepard. These were shaped into the laramie project, a drama that debuted in 2000 and which has since shocked, impressed, and deeply moved audiences from coast to coast.
There is an emerging trend in theaters to produce both plays in repertory, which reflects a powerful response to a world where facts are plastic, where acceptance is despised. Although far from perfect, this is a well acted and directed docu drama that tells a remarkable true story. Apply for the rights to perform the laramie project through dramatists play service. Hailed as one of the most captivating and encompassing pieces of contemporary theatre, the play shocks. Finally, the the laramie project script is here for all you quotes spouting fans of the matthew shepard movie based on the play and truelife events. The laramie project acting edition for theater productions. He is also the cofounder and artistic director of tectonic theater project. The laramie project ebook by moises kaufman rakuten kobo. This is a film version of the play they wrote based on more than. However, i found one scene to be strikingly different. On a cold night in october, he was robbed, tied to a. The book cover calls shepards murder a national symbol of intolerance.
Matthew shepard was a twentyoneyearold student at the university of wyoming. Although when originally reading the laramie project, this idea did not come to mind, i agree with tigners criticism. After reading the laramie project and watching the movie i have noticed a few things that have stricken me as peculiar. During the next year, we would return to laramie several times and conduct over. The laramie project is the movie to watch on the matthew shepard ordeal. The laramie project study guide from litcharts the creators. Shoppers at a strip mall in laramie rental car agent in laramie stephen belber. The laramie project is a critical play that addresses the brutal murder of openly gay teenager matthew shepard in the small town of laramie, wyoming, an incident that sparked national debate back in 1998.
Stephen belber, greg pierotti, barbara pitts, stephen wangh, amanda gronich, sara lambert, john mcadams, maude mitchell, andy paris, and kelli simpkins about the reaction to the 1998 murder of gay university of wyoming student matthew shepard in. If you would have asked me before, i would have told you, laramie is a beautiful town, secluded enough that you can have your own identity a town with a strong sense of community. Dramatists play service, one of the premier playlicensing and theatrical publishing agencies in the world, was formed in 1936 to foster national opportunities for playwrights by publishing affordable editions of their plays and handling the performance rights to these works. An easy and quick read, it helped me identify the characters later on the dvd, and though in stage.1273 761 1354 1539 1434 976 167 429 1324 1111 1348 675 1573 1548 550 421 540 505 1441 195 1488 546 698 663 997 255 1504 1431 497 1566 1418 526 558 825 1464 1021 833 575 981 1163 1222 1367 142 40 628