In October 1998 a twenty-one-year-old student at the University of Wyoming was kidnapped, severely beaten and left to die, tied to a fence in the middle of the prairie outside Laramie, Wyoming. His bloody, bruised and battered body was not discovered until the next day, and he died several days later in an area hospital. His name was Matthew Shepard, and he was the victim of this assault because he was gay.
Moisés Kaufman and fellow members of the Tectonic Theater Project made six trips to Laramie over the course of a year and a half in the aftermath of the beating and during the trial of the two young men accused of killing Shepard. They conducted more than 200 interviews with the people of the town and the breadth of reaction to the crime is fascinating. Kaufman and Tectonic Theater members have constructed a deeply moving theatrical event from these interviews and their own experiences.
Moisés Kaufman (Playwright)
The Laramie Project opened at The Denver Theater Center in March 2000 and moved to New York in May 2000. It was nominated for the Drama Desk Award for Unique Theatrical Experience and remains one of the most performed plays in America today. Mr Kaufman also directed the film adaptation of The Laramie Project which aired on HBO. The film’s cast included Peter Fonda, Laura Linney, Christina Ricci and Steve Buscemi among others. Mr Kaufman received two Emmy Award nominations for Best Director and Best Writer.
For Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde, Mr Kaufman won the Lucille Lortell Award for Best Play, the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Off-Broadway Play, the Garland Award (Los Angeles) for Best Play, the Carbonell Award (Florida) for Best Play, the Bay Area Theater Critics Circle Award for Direction, the GLAAD Media Award for New York Theater, and the prestigious Joe A. Callaway Award for direction given by his peers in the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers.
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