The Laramie Project by Moises Kauffman and members of Tectonic Theater Project. Directed by John Naples-Campbell.
In October 1998 in the middle of the prairie outside Laramie, Wyoming, Matthew Shepard, a 21 year old student at the University of Wyoming, was tied to a fence post, severely beaten, robbed, tortured and left, alone, to die. His body -- battered, bloody, barely clinging to life -- was discovered eighteen hours later. He was rushed to the hospital and put on life support. He died five days later. The reason for this brutal crime? Matthew Shepard was gay. Five weeks later, Moisés Kaufman and fellow members of the Tectonic Theater Project went to Laramie, and over the course of the next year, conducted more than 200 interviews with people of the town. From these interviews they wrote the play The Laramie Project, a chronicle of the life of the town of Laramie in the year after the murder. In the 20th anniversary year of Matthew’s death the themes and issues of this play are now more than ever.
John Naples-Campbell, director and ambassador for the Matthew Shepard Foundation here in the UK, brings his award-winning production to Aberdeen with a local cast wanting to continue Matthew’s legacy of hope and erasing hate.