In October 1998, a twenty-one-year-old openly gay student at the University of Wyoming was kidnapped, beaten, tortured, and left to die — tied to a fence in the middle of a prairie outside Laramie, Wyoming, simply for being gay. His name was Matthew Shepard. Matthew’s murder brought national and international attention to the lack of hate crime legislation across the nation and forced a small community to wrestle with its identity on both the local and national levels. In this groundbreaking docudrama, Moisés Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theater Project capture the human voice of Laramie.
With just 8 actors playing over 60 roles, The Laramie Project weaves together interviews, journal entries, and published news reports to create a breathtaking theatrical collage exploring the depths to which humanity can sink and the heights of compassion of which we are capable.
In coordination with the 20th Anniversary of Matthew Shepard’s death, Iron Crow Theatre will be hosting a series of special events and talkbacks, including welcoming the Tectonic Theater Project to Baltimore for the inaugural CrowLabs: Masterclass. Visit Iron Crow Theatre for more details.
Please note that The Laramie Project explores mature themes, contains adult language, and graphic retellings of violence. The Laramie Project may not be suitable for patrons under the age of 13.