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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

In Context: The Laramie Project Cycle

Photo: Julieta Cervantes
The Laramie Project Cycle plays at the BAM Harvey Theater until Sunday, February 24. Context is everything, so get even closer to the show with this curated selection of articles, videos, and original blog pieces related to the show. For those who've already seen it, help us keep the conversation going by telling us what you thought below.

From the Web

Tectonic Theater Project
Visit the homepage of The Laramie Project Cycle company.

Judy Shepard on Katie (
“We got a phone call in the middle of the night,” Matthew Shepard’s mother recalls.

"Anatomy of an Experiment" (American Theatre)
Moisés Kaufman offers a rich account of the Laramie phenomenon’s coming-to-be.

Excerpt from The Laramie Project (The New York Times)
"He was tied to the bottom end of the pole," recounts a Laramie resident. "I did the best I could."

"Laramie Killing Given Epilogue a Decade Later" (The New York Times)
“I don’t think we’re all grown up,” says a Laramie resident, “but I think people are trying.”

Room For Debate: Do Hate Crime Laws Protect? (The New York Times)
Activists and scholars debate the efficacy of hate crime legislation.

The Laramie Project Movie (YouTube)
Watch the HBO film adaptation of the play.

"Ten Years Later: The Matthew Shepard Story Retold" (NPR)
“Stories are malleable,” says Moisés Kaufman. “We have to be doubly vigilant when we listen to history.”

On the Blog

Moment Work: The Laramie Project
Read more about the "tectonic" Brechtian approach used by Moisés Kaufman and his troupe in The Laramie Project Cycle.

Worthwhile Words

"Do we measure change by the fact that Laramie now has an AIDS walk that marches right down Main Street every year and raises thousands of dollars for people with HIV? Do we measure change by the fact that the university has instituted a Shepard Symposium for Social Justice that occurs yearly and that attracts students from all over the state as well as important civil rights speakers? Or by the fact that people now know to be careful in their daily speech? Or do we measure change by the fact that not a single piece of hate crime legislation has passed at the state level? Or that the fence where Matthew Shepard was tied has been dismantled, and the bar where Shepard met his assailants has been sold and renamed?"

—Moisés Kaufman, director of The Laramie Project Cycle

Now Your Turn...

If you've already seen the show, what's your verdict? Keep the conversation going by commenting below.

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