ningerbil (ningerbil) wrote in 50bookchallenge,

Book 14- The Laramie Project, and The Laramie Project 10 Years Later

The Laramie Project, and The Laramie Project 10 Years Later, by Moisés Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theater Project. I've had the pleasure of seeing The Laramie Project twice, but it was still nice to have an opportunity to read the script. Wow, what an incredible piece. After the murder of Matthew Shepard in Laramie, Wyoming, Kaufman and a group of others from the Tectonic Theater project trekked to the community to interview the residents there about the case, which garnered international attention. The play is a result of those interviews, and the cover the spectrum of voices. It's a moving theatrical piece, handled with sensitivity, on issues that raise controversy and even ire today.

I was not aware that Kaufman and several members of the theater group went back to Laramie during the 10th year anniversary of the murder to do followup interviews, which include interviews with Aaron McKinney and Russell Henderson, who are both serving two consecutive life sentences for the murder. This play concentrates on the changes within the 10-year span- both in Laramie and in the progress of passing hate crime legislation. Again, an excellent play.

Currently reading: The Diary of Anne Frank
Tags: contemporary, non-fiction, play

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