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The Laramie Project (Vintage Originals)

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ISBN13: 9780375727191
ISBN10: 0375727191
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For a year and a half following the murder of Matthew Shepard, Moises Kaufman and his Tectonic Theater Project-whose previous play, Gross Indecency, was hailed as a work of unsurpassed originality-conducted hundreds of interviews with the citizens of Laramie, Wyoming, to create this portrait of a town struggling with a horrific event. <BR>The savage killing of Shepard, a young gay man, has become a national symbol of the struggle against intolerance. But for the people of Laramie-both the friends of Matthew and those who hated him without knowing him-the tragedy was personal. In a chorus of voices that brings to mind Thornton Wilder's Our Town, The Laramie Project allows those most deeply affected to speak, and the result is a brilliantly moving theatrical creation.

Synopsis:

On October 7, 1998, a young gay man was discovered bound to a fence in the hills outside Laramie, Wyoming, savagely beaten and left to die in an act of hate that shocked the nation. Matthew Shepards death became a national symbol of intolerance, but for the people of Laramie the event was deeply personal, and its they we hear in this stunningly effective theater piece, a deeply complex portrait of a community.

About the Author

Moises Kaufman is the founder and artistic director of Tectonic Theater Project, a theater company based in New York City. His 1997 play Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde was named one of the best plays of the year by Time, Newsday, The New York Post, The Advocate, and The New York Times. With Tectonic he has directed works by Samuel Beckett, Tennessee Williams, Benjamin Britten, Sophie Treadwell, and Christohper Ashley, as well as new works by Peter Golub and Naomi Iizuka. He is the recipient of the 1997 Joe A. Callaway Award for excellence in the craft of stage direction given by the Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation for his work on Gross Indecency.

In his native Venezuela, Mr. Kaufman performed as an actor with the Thespis Theater Ensemble, one of the country's foremost experimental theater companies. He has lived in New York City since 1987.

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Abe, March 13, 2015 (view all comments by Abe)
Laramie, Wyoming is more than a place. It’s a closet, a coming out story, a murder, and a political movement. If you’ve never heard of Matthew Shepard, read. this. book. Whether you know everything about gay rights or condemn LGBT-anything as a sin, you will learn a lot more about yourself by reading it. The reason being that it strictly tells the truth and only the truth. Even the Catholic priest Roger Schmit says, “Just deal with what is true. You know what is true. You need to do your best to say it correct” (Kaufman 65).
Moisés Kaufman surely didn’t disappoint. He followed through on that request by creating a play entirely out of real interviews with the people of Laramie and the surrounding towns. Nothing in this play is false, made-up, or fictionalized. In doing this, Kaufman completely leaves it up to the reader to make his or her own opinions about the murder of Matthew Shepard.
Say the gay part is throwing you off. That doesn’t make the story any less heartbreaking. Someone’s son was beaten to death, tied up, and left to freeze for 18 hours with no one but his own thoughts and fading breath. The descriptions from the people are absolutely heart wrenching, and it makes one’s skin crawl just to think that a human is capable of that. All that hatred in one person, it must be unbearable.
These people in Wyoming are honest, you have to give them that. Not a single word is said that they don’t 100% believe in. However, most of the residents are just indifferent to gays. Laramie’s Marge Murray says, “As far as the gay issue, I don’t give a damn one way or the other as long as they don’t bother me. And even if they did, I’d just so no thank you” (16). The town as a whole just took a very passive mentality to the community until Matt was killed. I mean, they may just be scared too, as Doc O’Connor always says, “Don’t fuck with a Wyoming queer, ‘cause they will kick you in your fucking ass” (20). Just keep that in mind the next time you try to slug a drag queen.
In the end, Kaufman presents, and beautifully so, the extremely difficult story of an entire town and one kid. He does so in small “moments”, or separate interviews with hundreds of community members, and even the theatre company. They provide an unbiased, unabridged, and unrestricted story for readers to interpret.
On the drive in to Laramie, there’s a sign hanging on one of the small inns in town. On it hangs a sign that touts, “HATE IS NOT A LARAMIE VALUE”. Well, is it?
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780375727191
Author:
Kaufman, Moises
Author:
Tectonic Theater Project
Author:
Moises Kaufman and the Members of Tectonic Theater Project
Publisher:
Vintage Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
American
Subject:
Trials
Subject:
Gay men
Subject:
Homicide
Subject:
Homophobia
Subject:
Laramie
Subject:
Trials (Murder)
Subject:
General Drama
Subject:
Drama-American Anthology
Subject:
drama;play;plays;homophobia;gay;theatre;glbt;script;homosexuality;murder;queer;matthew shepard;wyoming;fiction;non-fiction;hate crimes;crime
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage Originals
Series Volume:
00-6
Publication Date:
20010931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
128
Dimensions:
8.10x5.26x.34 in. .31 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , On October 7, 1998, a young gay man was discovered bound to a fence in the hills outside Laramie, Wyoming, savagely beaten and left to die in an act of hate that shocked the nation. Matthew Shepards death became a national symbol of intolerance, but for the people of Laramie the event was deeply personal, and its they we hear in this stunningly effective theater piece, a deeply complex portrait of a community.
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