The Laramie Project
Presented by SRT's The Young Co.
25 - 26 Jul 2014
DBS Arts Centre - Home of SRT
A play that confronts the destructive power of bullying and hate, in all forms.
In October 1998, Matthew Shepard was kidnapped, severely beaten and left to die, tied to a fence on the outskirts of Laramie, Wyoming. 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. The Laramie Project is one of the most performed plays in America today.
For the young students of SRT's The Young Co., the play challenges them on so many levels; the use of multiple roles, clear storytelling, naturalistic dialogue and character representation, the responsibility of portraying real people, as well as working on an extremely emotive subject matter with sensitivity and care. Although originally written in 1998, sixteen years later, Matthew Shepard’s story still reverberates, urging us on to confront the destructive power of bullying and hate, in all forms.
“Theatre should matter, and The Laramie Project reminds us, exhilaratingly and compellingly, why it's so necessary for us to come together, as an audience to share stories that help us understand who we are and demonstrate the power of the human spirit to triumph over bigotry and violence,” Daniel Jenkins, Director and Associate Director of SRT on why he chose this play as The Young Co.’s graduation show.
Devised by Moisés Kaufman and the members of the Tectonic Project
Director: Daniel Jenkins
Co-Director: Natalie Wong
Sound Designer: Guo Ningru
Lighting Designer: Kimberly Kwa
Advisory 16 (Mature Content)