The Laramie Project

Written by Moisés Kaufman

In 1998 Matthew Shepard fought for life after being crucified on a fence in Laramie, Wyoming: the victim of a gay bashing, something others have come to call a ‘hate crime’. Months after the American media bore witness to this event, Moises Kaufman and the New York-based Tectonic Theatre Project travelled to Laramie to help piece together a story from this community and the mosaic of humanity all living under the one sky in a small American town.

Directed by Adam Cook

Curriculum Links
Drama Stage 6, Creative Arts Stage 6, English Stage 6
Dates & Times
Mon 22 May: 10am
Tues 23 May: 10am
Wed 24 May: 10am, 1.30pm
Thurs 25 May: 10am, 1.30pm
Fri 26 May: 10am
Duration
TBC
Price
$25 per Student (Teachers Free). Please enquire for group booking discounts of ten or more.

Adam is a graduate of the NIDA Directors Course. He has directed over120 productions across Australia, London, Canada and the United States. He was Artistic Director of the State Theatre Company of South Australia for the years 2005-2012, the longest tenure in the company’s40-year history. He is currently Head of Acting at Actors Centre Australia.

He has created works for the Sydney, Adelaide, Melbourne and Brisbane Festivals, Melbourne Theatre Company, Sydney Theatre Company, Belvoir, Ensemble, Sydney Opera House Trust, NIDA, Queensland Performing Arts Centre, La Boite, Q Theatre, Florida Grand Opera, Opera de Montreal, Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, Outhouse Theatre, Opera Australia, Griffin, Bell Shakespeare, Sport for Jove, OzOpera, Playbox, Festival of the Dreaming, WAAPA, QUT, Marian Street, Strange Duck, Windmill Performing Arts, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, City of London Festival, the Barbican International Theatre Event (BITE).

He also has a number of writing credits for the theatre to his name, including stage adaptations of Patrick White’s The Aunt’s Story for Belvoir/Melbourne Theatre Company/Melbourne International Festival and Brisbane Festival, Songs from the Yellow Bedroom, an adaptation of the letters of Vincent Van Gogh for the Adelaide Festival and Herman Melville’s Moby Dick for Sport for Jove. Most recently he has completed a new play about the William Dobell trial for the centenary of the Archibald Prize, called What’s Art Got to Do with It?

In 1998 Matthew Shepard fought for his life after being crucified on a fence in Laramie, Wyoming: the victim of a gay bashing, something others have come to call a ‘hate crime’. Months after the American media bore witness to this event, Moises Kaufman and the New York-based Tectonic Theatre Project travelled to Laramie to help piece together a story from this community and the mosaic of humanity all living under the one sky in a small American town.

Rather than being a dramatization of events, The Laramie Project is a very human story of choices, prejudice, hatred and the unpeeling of a town in all its confluences, conflicts and contradictions and all in the actual words of the people of Laramie. The personal narratives in The Laramie Project show that through the prism of a single, appalling crime not only can justice be found but also Matthew Shepard’s most enduring legacy – the redemptive power of love.

This play is a collage of oral testimony, a rich and varied collection of community voices that turns into the psychobiography of a nation not shown on any map. Its ultimate legacy has been that every year young people continue to perform the play, and they do with respect for the people who lived the story, with respect for Matthew Shepard, and with the realization that they can use the art form of theatre as a means of expressing themselves and making changes in their communities.”

– Adam Cook

Contact Info

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Leichhardt, NSW, 2040

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info@actorscentreaustralia.com.au

PO Box 361, Leichhardt NSW 2040

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