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Moises Kaufman

The Laramie Project

Fiction | Play | Adult | Published in 2001

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The Laramie Project

  • Genre: Nonfiction; docudrama
  • Originally Published: 2001
  • Reading Level/Interest: Grades 9-12; College/Adult
  • Structure/Length: 3 acts; approximately 110 pages; approximately 2 hours, 45 minutes of running time
  • Protagonist/Central Conflict: The play is set in the town of Laramie, Wyoming. It does not have a single protagonist, as it is a series of interviews with residents of Laramie. The conflict centers around the brutal murder of Matthew Shepard, a gay university student, and the community’s subsequent grappling with and reactions to the hate crime, as well as the intense national media attention it brought.
  • Potential Sensitivity Issues: Contains hate crime depiction; anti-gay bias; strong derogatory language and anti-gay slurs; intense emotional content

Moisés Kaufman, Author

  • Bio: Born 1963; grew up in Caracas, Venezuela; moved to New York City to study theater; co-founded the Tectonic Theatre Project; deals with social themes and incorporates elements of research and real-life events in his work; received the National Medal of Arts in 2016; known as an influential LGBTQ+ artist and activist
  • Other Works: Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde (1997); 33 Variations (2007); The Tallest Tree in the Forest (2014); Carmen: An Afro-Cuban Jazz Musical (2016)
  • Awards: Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Off-Broadway Play (2001); Matthew Shepard Foundation’s “Making a Difference” Award for The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later (2009)