The sequel was developed by the Tectonic Theater Project. This article made possible by Patch Membership Support local journalism in Fairfield by becoming a Patch member and receive some great perks along the way. There was not a theatre department when I was on the campus as a commuter student, nor were there any dorms. I am proud to say that I attended this university where this theatre department is thriving and I am honored that the production team allows this alum to attend their always impressive productions for my review. These were ordinary people who faced extraordinary circumstances.

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By Patrick Healy Sept. Shepard was tied to a fence by two Laramie men, pistol-whipped and left to die in the frigid Wyoming night. And Ms. Fluty is among those whom the theater company is re-interviewing this week to explore whether Mr. Shepard has a legacy here on the high plains, 10 years later. Kaufman and his colleagues, returning to Laramie, a town of 25, near the Colorado border, is far from a theatrical exercise.

They plan to use the new interviews to write an epilogue to the play before the 10th anniversary of Mr. On a personal level, too, the artists arrived here with a palpable yearning to find change in Laramie, its people and its attitudes toward gay people.

The troupe allowed a reporter to sit in on the interviews. Image Matthew Shepard, the University of Wyoming student murdered in There are hundreds of hate crimes each year, but Matthew is the one that resonated nationally. But what if nothing has really changed?

Kaufman does not hide his feelings easily. Kaufman shook with anger that Mr. Hanson was not doing anything to commemorate the anniversary. He and others also said that some in Laramie were no longer speaking of Mr. Kaufman over the weekend. Hilliker nodded, sitting by windows in her home on a breathtaking open plain. The city council passed a bias crimes ordinance that tracks such crimes, though it does not include penalties for them.

Several residents say they came out publicly as gay, in their churches or on campus, in part to honor Mr. The university hosts a four-day Shepard Symposium for Social Justice each spring, and there is talk of creating a degree minor in gay and lesbian studies.

And yet, to the bewilderment of some people here, there is no memorial to Mr. Shepard in Laramie. The log fence has been torn down where he lay dying for 18 hours on Oct. There is no marker. Wild grass blows in the wind. Without the Fireside, there is no longer a bar in town where gays, jocks, foreign students and cowboys mix together. Mickelson, wearing a weathered white cowboy hat and a university sweater sporting a large W, said he lost almost everything because of the infamy of the Shepard murder.

He ended up moving from the place he loved to look for work elsewhere. Mickelson said over beers at a dance hall here, the Saloon. They gave our whole state a black eye. They gave the university a black eye.

It was hate crime, hate crime, hate crime. Even some of the most politically active gay people in Laramie told the Tectonic actors that, however sad they were with the pace of change, they were also philosophical about it. Kaufman affectionately sparred in the kitchen about his frustration that this town had not become a place transformed.

Connolly said, referring to ongoing hate crimes and the lack of a gay marriage law in New York.


The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later

The shows will play a strictly limited run from November 28th — December 8th at the Seymour Centre, Sydney. In October of , openly gay University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard was found tied to a fence, beaten and unconscious. After 5 days in a coma, Shepard succumbed to his injuries and his murder was denounced and tried as a hate crime. Members of the Tectonic Theater Project travelled to Laramie to conduct over interviews with more than residents of the town. The Laramie Project is a portrait of this town: an average community redefined by a heinous crime. It forces us to question how we deal with the uncomfortable or unflattering and which side of change we want to be on.


The Laramie Project and The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later

The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later admin tectonictheaterproject. The depth of what they encountered warranted a full-length play in itself. Ten years later, we find people who have moved on with their lives in spite of the murder, people whose lives have taken different directions because of the murder, and an insidious level of historical revision based on a toxic mixture of denial, resentment and media misinformation about the cause of the murder. The widespread — mercifully not universal — willingness to forget what they knew in , to discard factual evidence and accept a new narrative that exonerates their societal guilt and blames the victim, is a chilling, but essential lesson for America today. There is an emerging trend in theaters to produce both plays in repertory, which reflects a powerful response to a world where facts are plastic, where acceptance is despised. To witness Laramie in the rawness of its shaken self-confidence and the desperation of its historical reconstruction, is to be warned. Hate did happen there.


Laramie Killing Given Epilogue a Decade Later

Who could have committed such a barbaric act and why? Ten years after their initial visits, Kaufman and the Tectonics returned to Laramie to find out how much the city and its residents had changed in the ensuing decade, the result of which is The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later. Chance Theater company members Jocelyn A. Brown, Erika C. Miller, and Karen Webster do some of the finest work in their years, including a number of gender-bending turns, and more recent company arrival David McCormick matches his Chance colleagues of longer standing in excellence.

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