In honor of Matthew Shepard, 20 years after his murder, The Ringwald presents a four-show engagement of The Laramie Project, a landmark play by Moises Kaufman and Members of the Tectonic Theater Project.
Matthew Shepard was brutally beaten and left to die on October 6, 1998 in Laramie, Wyoming. He was 21. He was gay. He died six days later. 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 murder 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. This stunning and celebrated play is the result of those interviews.
The Laramie Project remains a significant and necessary work in the political climate of 2018, and stands as an inspiration for director and Ringwald co-founder Brandy Joe Plambeck. “As a gay man who is also a Wyoming native, The Laramie Project holds a significant place in my heart. Not only does it feature ‘characters’ of real-life friends of mine, but it also explores the cultural views of my home state. I find it heartbreaking, heartwarming, and incredibly impactful.”
The Laramie Project tells the story of Shepard’s life, death, and legacy from more than sixty perspectives.
Brandy Joe Plambeck