The Lairame Project: September 2014



Plot:   In October 1998 a twenty-one-year-old student at the University of Wyoming was kidnapped, severely beaten and left to die, tied to a fence in the middle of the prairie outside Laramie, Wyoming. His bloody, bruised and battered body was not discovered until the next day, and he died several days later in an area hospital. His name was Matthew Shepard, and he was the victim of this assault because he was gay. Moisés Kaufman and fellow members of the Tectonic Theater Project made six trips to Laramie over the course of a year and a half in the aftermath of the beating and during the trial of the two young men accused of killing Shepard. They conducted more than 200 interviews with the people of the town. Some people interviewed were directly connected to the case, and others were citizens of Laramie, and the breadth of their reactions to the crime is fascinating. Kaufman and Tectonic Theater members have constructed a deeply moving theatrical experience from these interviews and their own experiences. THE LARAMIE PROJECT is a breathtaking theatrical collage that explores the depths to which humanity can sink and the heights of compassion of which we are capable.


Colleen Creeden Baldwin : Rebecca Hilliker, ensemble
Dusten Blake: Russell Henderson, Shannon, Andrew
Gomez, ensemble
Phil Brady: Father Roger Schmit, Murdock Cooper, Bill
McKinney, Kerry Drake, ensemble
Bre Courcy: Kristen Price, Tiffany Edwards, ensemble
Hinda Crewell: Alison Mears, Lucy Thompson,
Binaifer Dabu: Sherry Aanenson, Sherry Johnson,
Waitress, ensemble
Colleen Deitrich: Romaine Patterson, ensemble
Neil Gold: Stephen Belber, Gil Engen, Dr. Cantway,
Phil Dubois, Jon Peacock, ensemble
Mandy Hebblethwaite: April Silva, Jen, ensemble
Lesley Mikalauskas Heisler: Barbara Pitts, Trish
Steger, ensemble
Robert Edwards: Jedadiah Schultz, Anonymous
Friend, Email Writer, ensemble
John Krenrich: Harry Woods, Andy Paris, Baptist
Minister, Shadow, Priest at Funeral, ensemble
Emily Lawson: Zubaida Ula, ensemble
Bill Lee: Fred Phelps, Greg Pierotti, Sgt. Hing, Doug
Laws, ensemble
Jesse Navagh: Aaron McKinney, Aaron Kreifels, Phil
Labrie, ensemble
Dan Rowlands: Matt Galloway, Jonas Slonaker, Jeffrey
Lockwood, ensemble
Kimberly Alison Panek-Edwards: Amanda Gronich,
Zackie Salmon, ensemble
Beverly Cooney Poznoskii: Eileen Engen, Marge
Murray, ensemble
Sarah Anson Rauscher: Reggie Fluty, ensemble
Larry L Smith: Moises Kaufman, Rob Debree, Matt
Mickelson, Governor Jim Geringer, ensemble
Dave Spiro: Dennis Shepard, Doc O’Conner, Conrad
Miller, ensemble
Jim Uva: Roulon Stacy, Stephen Mead Johnson, Cal
Roucha, ensemble
Patricia Lee Walz: Leigh Fondakowski, Catherine
Connolley, ensemble


Director – Justin Polly
Stage Manager – Kasey McHale