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The Laramie Project

The Weird and Wonderful Golem of South Beach

Myra Chanin | Posted 02.09.2017 | Weird News
Myra Chanin

I have always avoided spending more than seven consecutive days in balmy Boca Raton. Why? Because there ain't much culture there. Actually the major ...

Matthew Shepard: His Legacy Continues

Cathy Renna | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Cathy Renna

Even after 16 years, the name and story of Matthew Shepard, whose murder, carved into American history, represented a watershed moment that forever changed the conversation about the LGBT experience, not only still resonate but continue to have an impact.

For Matthew Shepard and His Family

Enrique Torre Molina | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Enrique Torre Molina

At the end of my first year in college, just when I began to come out to my family and friends, I read about a young man in the United States, Matthew Shepard, who had been brutally murdered for being gay. This shocked me for many reasons -- first, because I identified with a few of Matthew's traits.

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.

Can The Bigoted Plays of Ole Miss Football Be Rewritten?

Howard Sherman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Howard Sherman

If you've not yet heard the story, the basic facts are these. Earlier this week, members of the football team at the University of Mississippi (aka "O...

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...

Who Is High School Theatre For?

Howard Sherman | Posted 09.22.2013 | Arts
Howard Sherman

What is the purpose of putting on shows in high school? Is it educational? Recreational? Is it community relations? Is it a family activity? I've alw...

Matthew Shepard Play Deemed 'Too Adult' For Iowa High School Drama Club

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Based on the 1998 murder of gay student Matthew Shepard, Moisés Kaufman's "The Laramie Project" has played to great acclaim around the world. But the...

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.

First Nighter: Much Ado About Nothing, Parsifal, The Laramie Project, Powder Her Face All on Tap If Not All Tip-Top

David Finkle | Posted 04.20.2013 | Arts
David Finkle

It's hard to think that anyone simply listening to the Metropolitan Opera's new production as conducted by Daniele Gatti wouldn't be transported the instant the composer's moody prelude begins.

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.

Matthew Shepard Play Cycle To Hit NYC

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

The original cast of "The Laramie Project" will reunite in Brooklyn, N.Y. this winter for a stretch of special performances. But the forthcoming B...

14 Years Ago Today

Jamie McGonnigal | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Jamie McGonnigal

Aaron Kreifels was riding his bike through a field in Wyoming. He wasn't expecting that day to be different from any other beautiful sunny afternoon in the vast plains surrounding Laramie, but that day would change many lives.

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."

Redtwist Theatre's Must-see The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later Finds the Hope in the Horror

Robert Bullen | Posted 05.06.2012 | Chicago
Robert Bullen

See this production. It's why we go to the theatre, folks. It slaps us awake and forces us to examine how we can support change not only as individuals, but as a community.

Anti-Gay Church To Protest High School Play

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

One of America's leading agents of virulent homophobia might be dropping into the Chicago suburbs this weekend. Westboro Baptist Church has picketed ...

The Laramie Project: When Art and Life Intersect

Alicia Anstead | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Alicia Anstead

For The Laramie Project actor and writer, Greg Perotti, the news of Clementi's death added another pall over a show that, each night, retraces the journey of Matthew Shepard's death.

WorldNetDaily Teams Up With Hate Group to Bash Kevin Jennings

Terry Krepel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Terry Krepel

Most organizations of any stripe would think twice about partnering with another organization that has been designated a hate group by people knowledg...

Lessons of Hate in the Bible Belt

Reproductive Justice | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Reproductive Justice

Any gay student at Grandfield High School has been taught a dubious lesson. They have learned they better keep quiet until they are old enough to leave town.

Oklahoma Teacher Fired After Showing Movie About Anti-Gay Hate Crime

Towleroad.com | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

After showing her class the 2002 film adaptation of The Laramie Project, about the hate crime killing of Matthew Shepard, Debra Taylor's high school c...

Fred Phelps, Daughter Barred From Entering UK

Kansas City Star | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The British government has banned Fred Phelps and his daughter Shirley Phelps-Roper from entering the United Kingdom. The Phelpses, whose protests at...