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Moisés Kaufman

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The Laramie Project Overview

This play is about the response of the citizens of Laramie, Wyoming, to the beating and death of Matthew Shepard, a young gay man who was a student at the University of Wyoming, in 1998. This event attracted world-wide attention. Moisés Kaufman, the director of the Tectonic Theater Project, created a unique approach to help others understand the meaning of Matthew’s death and the response to it. He mobilized the members of his theater project, who traveled to Laramie several times and conducted more than 200 interviews over the course of a year and a half. Kaufman and the members of the theater company subsequently used these interviews, their own journals, and other pertinent materials as the basis for this play.

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