The Laramie Project Epilogue

10.15.2009

By Noah Michelson

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Monday night marked the 11th anniversary of Matthew Shepard’s death. In anticipation of this milestone, the members of New York’s Tectonic Theater Project returned to Wyoming last year to re-interview the
people they first met in 1998 when creating The Laramie Project. This week, Moisés Kaufman and the Tectonic Theater Project unveiled an international, web-linked reading of The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later An Epilogue  at 150 theaters in 50 states and 14 countries (including Spain, England, and Israel). The New York City production, at Alice Tully Hall, was introduced by Glenn Close and Judy Shepard, and the performance was followed by a Q&A session with the company, moderated by NPR’s Neda Ulaby. When author/director Kaufman introduced the after-show, he confessed  that an internet-linked show was a leap for someone who had never “twittered.” Or “twitted.” Someone in the New York audience asked if the company planned to go back to Laramie again 10 years from now? “Can we just get through tonight?” Kaufman mock-pleaded. That much, the company definitely accomplished.

-- BRUCE SHENITZ

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