THE LARAMIE PROJECT: TEN YEARS LATER at New Yorks Lincoln Center



The creators of the highly acclaimed play The Laramie Project, which since 2000 has been one of the most performed plays in America, will premiere a compelling and groundbreaking epilogue to the original piece. Entitled THE LARAMIE PROJECT: 10 YEARS LATER, the play will be performed in New York at Lincoln Center,and in over 100 other theaters across the country on October 12, 2009. The writers of this play are Tectonic Theater Project members Moisés Kaufman, Leigh Fondakowski, Greg Pierotti, Andy Paris, and Stephen Belber.


The epilogue focuses on the long-term effects of the murder of Matthew Shepard on the town of Laramie. It explores how the town has changed and how the murder continues to reverberate in the community. The play also includes new interviews with Matthew’s mother Judy Shepard and Mathew’s murderer Aaron McKinney, who’s serving two consecutive life sentences. The writers also conducted many follow-up interviews Laramie residents from the original piece, including, Romaine Patterson, Reggie Fluty, Jedediah Shultz, Father Roger Schmidt, Jonas Slonaker, Beth Loffreda and others.


In tandem with the Premiere, an online interactive community will be launched where participants can blog, upload video and photos and share their stories about the play, experiences in preparing and presenting the Epilogue in their communities. The members of Tectonic Theater Project will be active participants in the online community, offering participants feedback and encouragement.


“The Tectonic Theater Project set out to find out how Laramie had
changed in the ten years since the murder of Matthew Shepard. When we
arrived, we were forced to confront the question, ‘How do you measure
change in a community?’ One of the things we found when we got there,
which greatly surprised us, was people in Laramie saying this was not
a hate crime,” said Moises Kaufman, Artistic Director of Tectonic
Theater Project.


“We found the people of Laramie still fighting to own their own
history, their own identity, their own story, and part of that is
shaped by how they understand what happened that night to Matthew,”
continued Leigh Fondakowski.


 “Creating the epilogue also gave us the opportunity to talk to Aaron
McKinney about his crime, what his thinking is about it now, and what his experience has been in prison over the past decade,,” said Greg Pierotti, the company member who interviewed Aaron.  “We were also able to speak with Matthew’s mother, Judy Shepard, whose striking transformation from privately grieving mother to civil rights activist has captured the nation’s attention,” concluded Andy Paris.

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