Arena Stage’s season expands to include the First Joint National Tour of The Laramie Project and The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later
Arena Stage will host the award-winning New York theater troupe Tectonic Theater Project with its national tour of The Laramie Project and The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later. The productions will feature many members of the original cast and creative team from The Laramie Project, including directors Moisés Kaufman and Leigh Fondakowski.
The Laramie Project is based upon the 1998 brutal murder of gay college student Matthew Shepard, widely considered a hate crime motivated by homophobia. Moisés Kaufman, Artistic Director of the Tectonic Theater Project, led a group to Laramie, Wyoming where they interviewed hundreds of local residents. The resulting play, in which a small cast portrays dozens of characters in short scenes, has won acclaim in numerous national and international productions and led to a film version sponsored by HBO in 2002.
Members of the Tectonic Theater Project returned to Laramie to create a new work depicting how these events still impact the town a decade afterwards. The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later debuted in staged readings in New York City and theatres across the country (including Arena Stage) on October 12, 2009, the eleventh anniversary of Shepard’s death.
Tectonic Theatre Project will present a total of five performances at Arena Stage’s newly renovated Mead Center for American Theater during the weekend of November 19-21, 2010. The Laramie Project will be performed on Friday evening and Saturday and Sunday matinees, while The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later will be performed on Saturday and Sunday evenings.