In 1998 in Laramie, Wyoming, college student Matthew Shepard was savagely beaten, tied to a fence and left to die -- because he was gay. Two men were arrested and charged with kidnapping, aggravated robbery and attempted first-degree murder. One month later, while emotions were still raw, director Moisés Kaufman and members of his Tectonic Theatre Project conducted more than 200 interviews with the people of Laramie. From those interviews came The Laramie Project,
a brutally honest and thought-provoking play about an outraged nation and a stunned Wyoming town. One of the last decade's most performed American plays, and also adapted into a 2002 HBO movie, The Laramie Project
is a heartrending theatrical collage that explores the depths to which humanity can sink as well as the heights of compassion of which we are capable. Featuring a cast of eight actors portraying more than 60 characters, The Laramie Project
is presented by Camarillo Community Theatre.
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