ShowsThe Laramie Project

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Unity Stage Company presents its Teen Theater production of THE LARAMIE PROJECT, Written by Moises Kaufman and the Members of the Tectonic Theater Project.

Saturday June 13, 2020 at 5:30pm
Sunday June 14, 2020 at 3pm

The Laramie Project is a play about the people of the town of Laramie, Wyoming, known as the “gem city of the plains,” and their reaction to the 1998 murder of twenty-one year old gay university student, Matthew Shepard.

“I keep wondering the same thing. What would he have become? How could he have changed his piece of the world to make it better?” ~ Dennis Shepard, Matthew’s father

Direction by M.J. Geier & Daniel Weiner
Video editing by Joey DiConcetto
Props by Daniel Weiner
Sound Effects Workshop & Vocal Coaching by Robbie Torres

The following ten actors play over 60 roles:

Naia Ballman, Aziza Bornstein-Brown, Nora Kohnhorst, Shannon May, Sophie Moreau, Vivvie Muir, Kate Mumford, Chloe Niz, Atticus Rooke-Ley, Marie Ryan, Niamh Smyth

Presented by permission of Dramatists Play Service
Not Suitable for all ages*

*The dialogue describes in graphic detail by medical professionals on the scene the condition Matthew Shepard was found in, plus swearing by several characters. (All dialogue is in the exact words spoken by the people of Laramie in interviews conducted by Tectonic Theater members.) Please use discretion in bringing children under 14 to the play.

PROJECT CREDITS

Written by Moises Kaufman
And the Members of Tectonic Theater Project

HEAD WRITER
Leigh Fondakowski

ASSOCIATE WRITERS
Stephen Belber, Greg Pierotti, Stephen Wangh

DRAMATURGS
Amanda Gronich, Sarah Lambert, John McAdams, Maude Mitchell, Andy Paris, Barbara Pitts, Kelly Simpkins

The US West World Premiere was produced by
The Denver Center Theater Company
Donovan Marley, Artistic Director
in association with
Tectonic Theater Project
Moises Kaufman, Artistic Director.

Originally produced in New York City at the Union Square Theatre
By Roy Gabay and Tectonic Theater Project
In association with Gayle Frncis and the Araca Group
Associate Producers: Mara Isaacs and Hart Sharp Entertainment.

The Laramie Project was developed in part with the support of
The Sundance Theatre Laboratory.

AUTHOR'S NOTE

The Laramie Project was written through a unique collaboration by Tectonic Theater Project. During the year-and-a-half development of the play, members of the company and I traveled to Laramie six times to conduct interviews with the people of the town. We transcribed and edited the interviews, then conducted several workshops in which the members of the company presented material and acted as dramaturgs in the creation of the play.

As the volume of material grew with each additional trip to Laramie, a small writers’ group from within the company began to work more closely to further organize, and edit the material, conduct additional research in Laramie, and collaborated in the writing of the play. This group was led by Leigh Fondakowski as Head Writer, with Stephen Belber and Greg Pierotti as Associate Writers.

As we got closer to the play’s first production in Denver, the actors, including Stephen Belber and Greg Pierotti turned their focus to performance, while Leigh Fondakowski continued to work with me on drafts of the play, as did Stephen Wangh, who by then had joined us  as an Associate Writer and “bench coach.”  — Moises Kaufman, Author

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