In 1998, on the outskirts of Laramie, Wyoming, 21-year-old gay university student Matthew Shepherd was tied to a fence, savagely beaten, and left to die. In the attack’s aftermath, Laramie became the centre of a media storm.
New York’s Tectonic Theatre Company, under the direction of Moises Kaufman, conducted extensive interviews with residents of the town: those directly involved in the attack and those affecting by it. Recreating interviews, witness statements and the trial itself, this is drama in the vein of Angels in America and Gross Indecency(The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde).
The Laramie Project is a moving look at what happens when an unknown town suddenly becomes synonymous with the words ‘hate crime’.
Directed by Jarrad West and featuring Dave Evans, Duncan Ley, Micki Beckett, Duncan Driver, Steph Roberts, Tony Turner, Fiona Atkin and Jess Brent.
20 to 29 May at the Courtyard Studio, Canberra Theatre Centre.