“The Laramie Project”
March 8-16. Presented by Whitworth Theatre, developed by Moisés Kaufman and the members of the Tectonic Theater Project and directed by Diana Trotter. Shows March 8-9 and 15-16 at 7:30 p.m. and a matinee on March 10 at 2 p.m. In October 1998, a 20-year-old, gay, university student was tied to a fence, beaten, and left to die on the outskirts of Laramie, Wyoming, in an act of brutality that stunned the nation. Matthew Shepard’s murder became a symbol of intolerance against gays, but for the residents of Laramie the incident was deeply personal. Over the next 18 months, members of a New York theatre company made several visits to Laramie and conducted hundreds of interviews about the event and its impact on the community. The resulting play is a not only a compelling portrait of the people of Laramie and their struggle to come to terms with this vicious crime, it is also a timely exploration of the depths into which humans can sink and the heights of compassion to which we can soar.