The Laramie Project

Directed by Phillip Korth

More focused performance training for teen actors who want something extra. Teens work on putting together a dramatic reading of a show! Class is student led, with instructor supervision. Play will be read for the public in a final session. Focus is on actors using their voices and having fun taking on characters they might not traditionally be cast in. All students are guaranteed a role, but space is limited. There may be possibilities for learning basic Technical Theatre skills!

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. 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, 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.

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Cost: $249
Class Dates: 02/14/2021 - 03/21/2021
Day of Week: Sundays
Class Time: 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Class Size: 15 Students maximum