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The Laramie Project

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From Publishers Weekly
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Moises Kaufman and his Tectonic Theater Project have written a play documenting the aftermath of the savage
killing of Matthew Shepard, including the perspectives of both friends and strangers: The Laramie Project. This
innovative theatrical composition, structured not in scenes, but in "moments," addresses the various issues relating to
the tragedy of Shepard, a young gay man whose murder has since become a symbol for America's struggle against
intolerance. Kaufman's approach is actor-based, as opposed to text-based; a side-effect of this actor-based approach is
that in print form it seems as though something is missing. However, the play promises to move the reader with its
authentic portrayal of a small town facing a terrifying event.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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From School Library Journal
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Adult/High School-This remarkable play takes the form of a series of juxtaposed monologues, culled from
hundreds of interviews that the authors conducted with residents of Laramie, WY, after the fatal beating of Matthew
Shepard in 1998. Additional speeches are taken from journals the authors kept while they were involved in this project.
From these fragments, a powerful whole is created, giving readers and audiences a full and shimmering picture of a quiet
town suddenly thrust into the media spotlight and hastily branded as "backward." Shepard's friends are heard from, as
are the friends of his convicted killers. Masterfully woven together to breathtaking effect are statements from
Laramie's religious leaders-some of whom condemn the murder, others of whom condemn the victim. A thoughtful and moving
theatrical tour de force.

Emily Lloyd, Fairfax County Public Library, VA

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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