The Laramie Project Short Essay - Answer Key

Moisés Kaufman
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1. How did the research begin on The Laramie Project? What role did the members of the theater company play?

Members of Kaufman's theatrical group, Tectonic Theater Project, volunteered to travel with their director from New York City to the wide-open ranges of the West in order to gather in-person interviews from Laramie's populace.

2. What did Moisés Kaufman hope to capture from the residents in Laramie, Wyoming?

The idea was to capture the emotions, reflections, and reactions of the people who were most closely related to the crime—the brutal beating and subsequent death of a young college student.

3. What was Moisés Kaufman’s objective in exploring themes in The Laramie Project?

Kaufman's objective was to explore the issues of homosexuality, religion, class, economics, education, and non-traditional lifestyles through the residents' raw responses to the incident. How did this crime define the culture, not just of this Western town, but of the entire United States?

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