The Laramie Project and The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later by Moisés Kaufman Tectonic Theater Project Leigh Fondakowski Greg Pierotti Andy Paris Online

The Laramie Project and The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later
Title : The Laramie Project and The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later
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ISBN : 9780804170390
Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 224

On October 7, 1998, a young gay man was discovered bound to a fence outside Laramie, Wyoming, savagely beaten and left to die in an act of brutality and hate that shocked the nation. Matthew Shepard’s death became a national symbol of intolerance, but for the people of the town, the event was deeply personal. In the aftermath, Moisés Kaufman and members of the Tectonic TheOn October 7, 1998, a young gay man was discovered bound to a fence outside Laramie, Wyoming, savagely beaten and left to die in an act of brutality and hate that shocked the nation. Matthew Shepard’s death became a national symbol of intolerance, but for the people of the town, the event was deeply personal. In the aftermath, Moisés Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theater Project went to Laramie and conducted more than 200 interviews with its people. From the transcripts, the playwrights constructed an extraordinary chronicle of life in the town after the murder. Since its premiere, The Laramie Project has become a modern classic and one of the most-performed theater pieces in America.         Now, in this expanded edition, The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later adds an essential sequel to the original work. Revisiting the town a decade after the tragedy, the troupe finds a community grappling with its legacy and its place in history. The two plays together comprise an epic and deeply moving theatrical cycle that explores the life of an American town over the course a decade.  


The Laramie Project and The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later Reviews

  • Rachel

    I was not emotionally ready. After rereading Laramie Project, then watching the Laramie film, I forgot my plan to read something light to make me feel better and instead read Ten Years Later. Now it's almost eighteen years later and most people, including me, wouldn't know anything about Matthew Shepard if it weren't for this play and I'm emotional and sad.

  • alana

    Wow, I would love to see these plays performed. The Laramie Project is a play created by the Tectonic Theater Project based on their interviews of over 200 Laramie citizens after the murder of Matthew Shepard in 1998. The play is performed by a small cast who use small props to help define their switch in characters. The stage design is meant to be a simple performance space. This minimalist design puts all the focus on the words being spoken which are all direct quotes taken from the interviews [...]

  • Jody

    I don't want to comment too much on this play, considering it is based on actual events and real interviews.I found this play moving and appalling at the same time. It was great to see that some people learned a lesson from such a tragic circumstance, yet the way the story has changed over the years and became more about a drug deal. Also, the people saying that Matthew pretty much deserved it because he hit on the guys. Some people just don't get it. So, while some of the quotes are hard to dig [...]

  • Emily

    I remember hearing parts of this play performed as a duo at speech competitions in high school, but it wasn't until now that I read the entirety of the two plays. Absolutely a powerful read. It will be fascinating to see how my first year college students react to this text. It's about so much more than a hate crime's about how communities identify themselves and how they react in conjunction with a tragedy. A very interesting portrait of an American community.

  • Emma Kay Krebs

    3.5, bumping it up to 4.

  • Abby

    This. THIS, FRIENDS. I am trying to morph my inarticulate book-waving into an expression of how much this means. As the exploration of a crime, of hate and justice, there is much to be said for these plays. But there is something else here, something unique about people living together and what it means to be a social species. I might even believe there is some some kind of roadmap here for how to write about truly communal trauma. The incidents that mean so much more than their facts, whose fac [...]

  • Lauren

    Moises Kaufman's The Laramie Project receives a spot on my top 10 list of plays about social justice alongside Lynn Nottage's Ruined and Luis Valdez's Zoot Suit. It is the play that sparked an international dialogue about hate crimes committed against the LGBTQ community, and it arguably contributed to the passing of 'The Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act.' It is also a play that has stayed with me since I first saw it performed 15 years ago. The haunting image of a [...]

  • LeslieGolden

    2 plays, 2 time-frames, 1 centerThere is no more serious subject than inhumanity in the human race, the subject of both plays. They differ in people's reaction to an occasion of inhumanity, depending on the proximity of the incident. Apart, they are both powerful commentary on the best and worst in people. Together, they suggest why bigotry is such a pernicious vice to eradicate and why humanity fails to learn from past mistakes.

  • Susie Schnall

    Such an interesting read.

  • Daeny Pineda

    A tentative exploration of justice, identity, acceptance, and complicity without resolution, because there's never truly been a resolution for Laramie. Eye-opening and relatable.

  • Yanira

    I hope to see this book in every school curriculum. It is important, heart wrenching and devastating. But, also a lesson on empathy. This one will stay with me forever.

  • Lindsay

    Another one off my popsugar list, Yay!!!I saw a high school production of The Laramie Project last month. I used to live in Wyoming and it was strange to see a production of this play since I'd some how managed to miss it till now. Me being curious googled to try to find out what happened to the people in the play following it's release. That is how I found out about The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later. Since I need to read a play for my popsugar reading challenge I picked up this set. I'm glad [...]

  • April Helms

    I've had the pleasure of seeing The Laramie Project twice, but it was still nice to have an opportunity to read the script. Wow, what an incredible piece. After the murder of Matthew Shepard in Laramie, Wyoming, Kaufman and a group of others from the Tectonic Theater project trekked to the community to interview the residents there about the case, which garnered international attention. The play is a result of those interviews, and the cover the spectrum of voices. It's a moving theatrical piece [...]

  • Millie Muroi

    I really enjoyed reading this book and found it very engaging. After reading some older classic plays which I didn't like so much, this story was a pleasant surprise. I love the unique way it is presented (in moments and interviews), and found the continuation of the Laramie Project really interesting. I think part of the reason it captured me, as a contemporary reader, was the fact that it deals with some issues that still resonate in our modern society: namely those about homosexuality and acc [...]

  • Cheryl

    Heartbreaking, fascinating way to read about a real life tragedy, written as a play with the actual words from people who live and lived in Laramie. I couldn't put it down. The town in this play is like any small town in America and there are heroes all through it as well as the ignorant who judge others solely on whom they love. How that can translate into rage and murder is so so hard to understand as a human being. The murderers are spectacularly disgusting and show no remorse 10 years later. [...]

  • Lianna Bessette

    The original play is, of course, a vital and powerful piece of American theater. The second play in the cycle was worth reading, and I liked the way the writers organized the play around discussions of legacy and storytelling. What does it mean to define ourselves, and how does the way we discuss the past affect that act of definition? How do we, as individuals and as a society, face (or avoid facing) shame? The second play doesn't seem to function as well as a story or journey, but I did find t [...]

  • Beatrice

    I would highly recommend reading these plays. During my years on the speech team, I heard excerpts from these plays many times. However, these plays are much more powerful in their entirety. The perspectives from the community members, family and friends of Matthew Shepard, and the two perpetrators are absolutely fascinating. One of the main questions centering the plays is, "How does a community write its own history?" Who is responsible? Who comprises a community? Education and conversation ar [...]

  • Jonathan

    This play is a very good example of what drama teachers are talking about when they say plays are written to be seen and not read. The play is disjointed somewhat in its reading because of the many voices in the play running into and interrupting each other. The play is well written, but it's message did not come across until I saw it in performance. The performance was moving and thought provoking. We're this a play review and not a book review it would get all 5 stars, but for the confusion it [...]

  • Margret Flodeen

    I think the best thing I way I can summarize the impact of these plays and the need for more plays like it is by saying that before reading them, I had never heard of Laramie or Matthew Sheppard. After finishing these plays, I understand why I had never heard about it. We as a nation tend to forget events/situations that put us in a bad light. Our guilt/shame creates a selective memory, which creates gaps in future generations' knowledge. These plays demonstrates that, and I would highly recomme [...]

  • Noelle

    I really enjoyed reading this play. The only reason I didn't give it five stars was because of the format. It was somewhat difficult to adjust to, and the large number of characters sometimes made it confusing. A character might only have a line or two before jumping to another character. I think the Tectonic Theater Project did a great job in presenting an unbiased view of the community. And it was amazing to see how viewpoints had changed after ten years. I would love to see this performed.

  • Ricky

    I've never seen, performed, or read a play quite like this. At first, I was surprised by the usual "moment theater" that replaces scenes in The Laramie Project, as well as the choice to include interviews with Laramie as interviews rather than a work of fact-based-fiction. But I think that this play is an excellent way to discuss the many facets of the fallout of the infamous murder of Matthew Shepard.

  • KWinks

    I had to read a play for a reading challenge, and of course I ended up finding a bunch to read. This one was powerful and amazing, but I can't help but feel I'm missing a whole level of emotion by reading a play instead of viewing it. I remember this story, and was filled with raw emotion while reading it.

  • Brenna

    Such an emotional read. Very powerful example of how a community makes sense of a tragedy in the immediate aftermath and ten years down the road. Heartbreaking with some shining moments of hope and growth.