Laramie Project Director to Visit TU

Saturday, April 01, 2006

Published on 4/1/06

Moisés Kaufman, Emmy and Tony award nominated playwright and director of The Laramie Project, will speak in the Chapman Theatre in Kendall Hall on the TU campus on Sunday, April 9th at 7:30 p.m., followed by a book-signing. He was originally scheduled in February but could not fly out of New York due to the blizzard which occurred that weekend.

Kaufman’s speech,“Theatre and Social Change: from Matthew Shepard into the New Millennium.” will cover a broad range of topics sure to appeal to those interested in contemporary theatre as well as key issues facing society.

Besides “The Laramie Project,” which was developed with his Tectonic Theatre Company, Kaufman is the author of “Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde.”

Kaufman also directed the HBO version of “The Laramie Project,” which was the opening night selection at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival and won a Special Mention for best first film at the Berlin Film Festival. Kaufman received two Emmy Award nominations for Best Director and Best Writer.

Recently, Mr. Kaufman directed the Pulitzer and Tony award-winning play, “I Am My Own Wife” by Doug Wright. Kaufman received an Obie award and Tony nomination for Best Direction.

Other honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship in Playwriting and the Joe A. Callaway Award for Direction given by the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers.

Ben Brantley of the “New York Times” wrote of Kaufman: “One of the people changing the cultural landscape of the country.” His speech will be a landmark event for TU and the Tulsa community.

For information and directions, contact Professor Michael Wright at (918) 631-3174, or e-mail: michael-wright@utulsa.edu.