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Laramie Project

A Candle to Light the Darkness, a Voice of Hope for Progress

Garrison Gibbons | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Garrison Gibbons

The Laramie Project is a play that I just had the opportunity to not only perform in at my school, the University of Mississippi, but see performed by a cast from Ford's Theatre in D.C. this past Friday. The performance was followed by a vigil. Matthew's father, Dennis Shepard, was there.

DISGRACEFUL: College Football Players Shout Hate Speech During Gay Rights Play

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

"The Laramie Project" got a less-than-enthusiastic reception from student audiences at the University of Mississippi. As the The Daily Mississippi...

Being Judy Shepard: An Actor’s 13-Year Journey To A Character

Barbara Pitts | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Barbara Pitts

As Tectonic Theater Project workshopped and constructed The Laramie Project, one of the characters I surrendered was that of Judy Shepard, Matthew's mother. But for The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later, Judy sat for a formal interview with Moisés Kaufman, and I was asked to portray her.

Baseball And The Power Of 'The Laramie Project'

Andy Paris | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Andy Paris

Upon learning of Matthew Shepard's death, I don't know that my first reaction was, "How could this happen?" There was something eerily and uncomfortably familiar with what I was reading about in the paper that day. It brought back a memory that I had all but buried years before.

In the Company of History: How Being Part of 'The Laramie Project' Changed My Life

Mercedes Herrero | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Mercedes Herrero

As an actor, you don't always feel that your work is relevant. Sometimes you'd like to be in the trenches of life, truly helping people in a more direct way. But with this play I never felt that. And I remember how I started making subtle shifts in my habits.

Learning From Laramie

Moisés Kaufman | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Moisés Kaufman

There are moments in history that cast a sudden bright light on an entire culture. And if what happens in that moment can be recorded, we can seize the moment for change. The murder of Matthew Shepard was just such a moment.

Confessions Of An Ex-Priest: Matthew Shepard And Laramie -- Their Meaning Then And Now

Tom Rastrelli | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Tom Rastrelli

I must have said or felt something, but I don't recall my reaction. Matthew Shepard isn't mentioned in my journal. It's like someone tampered with my memories, dubbing over my emotions with white noise. Most likely, I shut out everything. Feeling anything would have risked too much.

Too Gay For Catholic School?

Bill Augustin | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Bill Augustin

I woke up one morning last week to an invitation to a Facebook group alerting me that Notre Dame High School, my alma mater, had just cancelled a planned production of The Laramie Project after some parents complained that the play "promotes homosexual beliefs."