Black Box production opens this week
Sponsored by Creekside Family Dental and directed by Christoper Wagner, this year’s Black Box performance of Moises Kaufman and the Tectonic Theater Company’s The Laramie Project will open Thursday, January 20th at 7:00 p.m. and run through Saturday, January 22. Tickets are available starting today, Saturday, January 15th and will be $5/person.
In October 1998, a twenty-one-year-old student at the University of Wyoming was kidnapped, severely beaten, and left tied to a fence in the middle of the prairie outside Laramie, Wyoming. His bloody, bruised, and battered body was not discovered until the next day, and he died several days later in an area hospital. His name was Matthew Shepard, and he was the victim of this assault because he was gay. Moises Kaufman and fellow 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 beating 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. Some people interviewed were directly related to the case, while others were citizens of Laramie, and the breadth of the reactions to the crime is fascinating. Kaufman and Tectonic Theater members have constructed a deeply moving theatrical experience from these interviews and their own experiences in Laramie. The Laramie Project is a breathtaking collage that explores the depths to which humanity can sink and the heights of compassion of which we are capable.
PLEASE BE ADVISED:
This production includes adult language and descriptions of violence.
All cast, production staff, and audience members will be masked at all times during the production.
Due to increased COVID numbers, we have chosen to move the production from the Little Theatre to the Main Stage to allow for more responsible distancing.