The Laramie Project

by Moises Kaufman and members of Tectonic Theatre Project

Synopsis: In October 1998 a twenty-one-year-old student at the University of Wyoming was kidnapped, severely beaten and left to die, 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. Moisés 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 connected to the case, and others were citizens of Laramie, and the breadth of their 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. The Laramie Project is a breathtaking theatrical collage that explores the depths to which humanity can sink and the heights of compassion of which we are capable.


Jen, Rebecca Hilliker, Waitress, Reggie Flutty, Newsperson, Judge

Caroline Atkinson

Reporter, Amanda Gronich, Marge Murray, Newsperson 1, Juror,

Baptist Minister, Sherry Aanenson, Eileen Engen

Toni Bonaccorso

John McAdams, Phillip Dubois (Act One), Moises Kaufman,

Jon Peacock, Stephen Mead Johnson, Gil Engen, Murdock Cooper,

Juror, Cal Rerucha, Dennis Shepard

Chris Frazier

Andy Paris, Jedediah Schultz, Doug Laws, Matt Mickelson,

Dr. Cantway, Newsperson, Kerry Drake, Phillip Dubois (Act Two),

Governor Jim Geringer, Russell Henderson, Aaron McKinney

Kyle Golden

Zackie Salmon, Leigh Fondakowski, Allison Meals,

Romaine Patterson, Aaron Kreifels, Juror

Nikki Hartung

Narrator, Trish Steger, Shadow, E-mail Writer, Tiffany Edwards,

Shannon, Juror, Baliff, Foreperson

Tekiria Kelly

Stephen Belber, Doc O'Connor, Matt Galloway, Anonymous,

Jeffrey Lockwood, Bill McKinney, Andrew Gomez, Reverend Fred Phelps,

Conrad Miller, Juror, Mormon Home Teacher

Will Patrick

Barbara Pitts, April Silva, Lucy Thompson, Catherine Connolly,

Zubaida Ula, Kristin Price, Sherry Johnson

Savannah Simmerly

Greg Perotti, Sergeant Hing, Jonas Slonaker, Father Scmitt, Phil LaBree,

Rulon Stacey, Rob Debree, Priest, Juror

Josh Taylor

Production Staff

Director Sam Osheroff
Scenic Design Kimb Williamson
Costume Design Chelsea Sorensen
Lighting Design Kelley Finn
Sound Design Mark Duggar
Technical Director Phillip Brulotte
Projections Coordinator Nathan Smith
Assistant Scenic Design Jenna Luchkiw
Stage Manager Ashleigh-Dawn Kriegh-Fleming
Assistant Stage Managers Robin Weinlauf
  Christian Williams
Assistant Technical Director Zach Kuhl
Scenic Charge Artist Jenna Luchkiw
Stage Run Crew Ashley Sileo
  Julie Sites
  Alex Squires
Fly Operator Melissa Moore
Light Board Operator Sam Yelverton
Sound Board Operator Sydney True
Props Master Heather Edelman
Props Run Crew Natalie Hunt
Wardrobe Supervisor Kate Bollone
Dressers Nicole Campbell
  Rachel Lewis
Laundry Chris Frazier
Sound/Video Deck Amanda Cook
  Victor Fontaine
Scene Shop Crew Malik Ali
  Nicholas Banos
  Justin Carter
  Lewis Carter
  Thompson Chestnutt
  Aileen Cleaver
  Katelynn Cutshall
  Victor Fontaine
  Jared Gibson
  Emily Haggerty
  Chris Holoway
  Storm Hooten
  Natalie Hunt
  Lauren Johns
  Victoria Lush
  Emily Merritt
  Melissa Moore
  Will Patrick
  Sean Taylor
  Sam Yelverton
Paint Crew Thompson Chestnutt
  Haley Chouinard
  Alex Cihanowic
  Amy Fenicle
  Larissa Gonzalez
  Robin Lawshe
  Savannah Simmerly
  Julie Sites
  Alex Squires
  Kristen Taylor
  Sydney True
  Robin Weinlauf
Costume Shop Crew Jessica Abney
  Taryn Bagdasarian
  Linda Barnhart
  Kate Bollone
  Toni Bonaccorso
  Nicole Campbell
  Annie Godwin
  Chris Holoway
  Brandy Hooper
  Josh Kolapo
  Rachel Lewis
  Christopher McCormack
  Rebecca Moeller
  Michael Solomon
  Josh Taylor
  Alexa Teebo
Lighting Crew Ashlee Ballew
  Justin Carter
  Alex Csaszar
  Ruben Diaz
  Nadeem Moukaddam
  John J. Rawlings, Jr.
  Ryan Shepard
Scene Shop Staff Jessica Abney
  Zach Kuhl
  Robin Lawshe
  Jenna Luchkiw
  Nadeem Moukaddam
  John J. Rawlings, Jr.
  Joshua Taylor
Costume Shop Staff Jac Corday
  Lisa Eash
  Emily Haggerty
  Jordan Irvine
  Marquez Linder
  Rachel Shepherd
  Stacey Strickland
  Kristen Taylor
Staff Electricians Kelley Finn
  Aileen Cleaver
House Manager Jonathan Maisel
Box Office Staff Matt Dailey
  Ashleigh Dawn Kriegh-Fleming
  Jennifer Krumel
  Michael McCoy
  Nathan Smith