The Laramie Project, Presented by Theatre Black Dog (Snoqualmie, WA), Directed by Rich Wiltshire
The Laramie Project by Moisés Kaufman and Members of Tectonic Theater Project
Director: Rich Wiltshire
When: March 28th, 2014 - April 12th, 2014
March 28th, 29th, and April 4th, 5th, 11th and 12th: 8:00 PM
March 30th and April 6th: 3:00 PM matinee
For evening shows, doors open for non-dinner guests at 7:30 PM.
Where: The Black Dog Arts Café, 8062 Railroad Ave SE, Snoqualmie, WA 98065
Pre-Show Dinner: Reservations are required.
Reservations: Please call (425) 831-3647 for dinner reservations all nights. Dinner is not included in the price of show tickets.
About the play:
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.
"The Laramie Project is a terrific piece of theater, history, and life.... There emerges a mosaic as moving and important as any you will see on the walls of the churches of the world.... Nothing short of stunning.... You should not miss a theatrical and human event that deserves standing up for, with applause, or better yet, silently, taking an important lesson profoundly to heart." - New York magazine
"A riveting theatrical experience." - Variety
"Deeply moving ... [Kaufman] has a remarkable gift for giving a compelling theatrical flow to journalistic and historical material.... [The Laramie Project] is determined to find the light in an event of harrowing darkness." - The New York Times
"Remarkable ... [a] probing and distinctive theater piece ... assembled with care, compassion and dollops of comic relief.... The high-octane performances and unique staging make this a must see for any theatergoer." - Daily News
"Few playwrights have cut to the heart of tragedy so unerringly." - The Village Voice
"Brilliant... bone-hard drama [that] dares to touch the hidden wound of the American West.... Within these pages, a healing occurs.... If I could, I would stand on every street corner in America and pass this play out as a handbill for a more civil society." - Terry Tempest Williams, author of Leap and Refuge
"A bracing, wholly original and deeply affecting piece of theater. It radiates integrity, an aching collective need to understand incomprehensible events. It portrays an American town with grace, truth, theatrical economy, compassion, wit, despair and love. [It proves that] theater can serve as witness to our deeds. It's we who must answer one by one, for what we all create and what we destroy together." - San Francisco Chronicle
"An amazing piece of theater.... Out of the Shepard tragedy is wrenched art." - The New York Post
"A complex and ultimately optimistic portrait of a town that was challenged by the most catastrophic of events." - USA Today
"Sad, sober and gripping.... Something nourishing has been excavated by Kaufman and his committed collaborators from the tragedy." - Daily Variety
"A towering theatrical accomplishment.... [The Laramie Project is] Our Town for the new millennium, capturing from real life the same sense of humanity in the raw that Thornton Wilder did years ago with the fictional Grover's Corner. The play moves the theater in a new and different direction." - San Francisco Times
"An invigorating theatrical adventure." - David Rothenberg
The Black Dog Arts Café (View)
8062 Railroad Ave SE
Snoqualmie, WA 98065
|Minimum Age: 14|
|Kid Friendly: No|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|