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Sunday, December 07, 2008

Laramie: 10 Years Later

"Ten years on, some things have changed for the better, and certain attitudes seem frozen in time"

Mike Diamond writes:
In 1998 in rural Wyoming, Matthew Shepard was tied to a fence by two local men, brutally beaten, and left to die. Ten years after Shepard's murder, the company behind The Laramie Project returned to Laramie to find out, in the words of creator Mois├ęs Kaufman, “what had or had not changed” about the town since the hate crime. The result is Laramie: 10 Years Later.

For its premiere at the New York Theater Workshop in downtown Manhattan, Laramie: 10 Years Later was read by the actors who originally performed The Laramie Project... Each of the eight performers onstage for this one-night-only preview of the material read multiple roles, once again inhabiting the personas of actual Laramie residents as they discussed the impact of the Shepard murder. Ten years on, some things have changed for the better, and certain attitudes seem frozen in time. READ MORE

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