The Laramie Project Comes to TU Theatre

Thursday, February 02, 2006

 Published on 2/2/06

On October 7, 1998, 21-year-old Matthew Shepard was found tied to a fence in a deserted area outside Laramie, Wyoming. Shepard, who was gay, had been beaten so severely that he did not appear human. By October 13th, he died, and his brutal murder shocked the nation. Two local men, both 21 at the time, were arrested, tried and convicted.

In the aftermath of the crime, Laramie became the focal point of national media and examination. Moisés Kaufman and fellow members of New York’s Tectonic Theater Project traveled to Laramie over the course of 18 months. They conducted more than 200 interviews with people of the town in an attempt to discover why the crime took place there. “The Laramie Project,” is a docudrama based on their interviews. The play chronicles life in Laramie following the murder, exploring the origins of the kind of hate that fueled Matt Shepard’s savage murder.

Directed by Professor Lisa Wilson, “The Laramie Project,” will be presented by the University of Tulsa Department of Theatre over two weekends: February 10, 11, and 16 to 18 at 8 p.m.; and February 12 and 19 at 2:00 p.m. The play is rated is PG-13 due to the subject matter and some language.

Ticket price: $7 adult; TU students, faculty and staff, $2; other students and seniors, $5.

For more information about the play or to interview the director, please contact Prof. Lisa Wilson, (918) 631-2850, or by e-mail: lisa-wilson@utulsa.edu.