The Laramie Project
by Moisés Kaufman and Members of the Tectonic Theater Project
directed by Matthew Gardiner
Part of The Lincoln Legacy Project
“A pioneering and powerful stage event!”
The Laramie Project presents a deeply complex portrait of a community’s response to the 1998 murder of Matthew Shepard, a young gay man living in Laramie, Wyoming. In a series of poignant reflections, the residents of Laramie react to the hate crime and surrounding media storm with anger, bewilderment and sorrow. The play portrays the seismic and deeply personal impact Matthew’s death had on this small town while also demonstrating the power of the human spirit to triumph over bigotry and violence.
Fifteen years later, Matthew Shepard’s story still reverberates, urging us on with its clarion call to confront the destructive power of bullying and hate, in all forms.
The Laramie Project has been performed more than 2,000 times worldwide. The Associated Press called it, “Astonishing. Not since Angels in America has a play attempted so much; nothing less than an examination of the American psyche at the end of the millennium.”
The Laramie Project is the third offering in the multi-year Lincoln Legacy Project—an effort to generate dialogue around issues of tolerance, equality and acceptance.
This performance will run 2 hours and 30 minutes (including two intermissions). Recommended for ages 13 and up. Mature themes, descriptions of violence and profanity.
The Lincoln Legacy Project Panel Discussions
September 30, October 7 and October 28; at 7 p.m.
Ford’s presents a series of free panel discussions further exploring the history behind the play, the activism engendered by Matthew’s murder, and the ongoing struggle against hate in all its forms. The series begins on September 30 with Cokie Roberts hosting a discussion with Judy Shepard, Matthew’s mother, who carries on Matthew’s legacy through her activism and the Matthew Shepard Foundation.
Special Exhibition - Not Alone: The Power of Response
September 10, 2013–December 8, 2013
Following Matthew’s attack, complete strangers from all over the world, moved by the horrific circumstances of Matthew’s death, reached out to Judy and Dennis Shepard to share their condolences, outrage, grief, love and support. Not Alone: The Power of Response uses artist Jeff Sheng’s Where Matthew Lay Dying, a hauntingly beautiful composite photograph of the fence outside Laramie—taken from Matthew’s perspective—and pairs it with a selection of the letters sent to the Shepard family in order to explore the themes of empathy, community response, and personal responsibility.
Matthew Shepard Foundation Night and Candlelight Vigil
Matthew Shepard died on October 12, 1998. Fifteen years later, we honor his legacy with a fundraiser for the Matthew Shepard Foundation. Ford’s Theatre will donate all proceeds from the October 11 performance of The Laramie Project to the Foundation. Tickets will be available online on September 16. Following the performance, Ford’s will host a candlelight vigil outside of the theatre in honor of Matthew’s legacy and National Coming Out Day. The vigil is free and open to the public.
Ford’s Theatre will offer facilitated discussions to interested audience members immediately following each evening performance of The Laramie Project (except October 2). These 20-minute discussions give audiences an opportunity to engage in a dialogue on the themes and issues raised in the performance.
October 10, 2013, at 7:30 p.m.
Following the performance on October 10, Dean Gary Hall from the National Cathedral will be part of our post-show discussion. The discussion will focus on issues raised by the play and how the faith community can promote tolerance and inclusion. Discounts are available through the Group Sales office at (202) 638-2367 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Student Group Tickets
For The Laramie Project, Ford’s is extending its Operation Discovery program to all student groups of 15 or more. Operation Discovery tickets are available for $12 to Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday performances through the Group Sales office at (202) 638-2367 or email@example.com.
Please note: The October 2 and 11 performances at 7:30 p.m. are private performances.
Dates and actors subject to change.
Lead Sponsor: Lockheed Martin Corporation
Sponsors: Oshkosh Corporation, Siemens Corporation, Qualcomm
Official Media Partner: The Washington Post
Photo of "The Laramie Project" cast by Scott Suchman.
- Friday, September 27, 2013 - 7:30pm
- Saturday, September 28, 2013 - 7:30pm
- Sunday, September 29, 2013 - 7:30pm
- Tuesday, October 1, 2013 - 7:30pm
- Friday, October 4, 2013 - 7:30pm
- Tuesday, October 8, 2013 - 7:30pm
- Wednesday, October 9, 2013 - 7:30pm
- Thursday, October 10, 2013 - 7:30pm
- Friday, October 11, 2013 - 7:30pm
- Saturday, October 12, 2013 - 2:00pm
- Saturday, October 12, 2013 - 7:30pm
- Tuesday, October 15, 2013 - 7:30pm
- Wednesday, October 16, 2013 - 7:30pm
- Thursday, October 17, 2013 - 7:30pm
- Friday, October 18, 2013 - 7:30pm
- Saturday, October 19, 2013 - 2:00pm
- Saturday, October 19, 2013 - 7:30pm
- Sunday, October 20, 2013 - 2:00pm
- Tuesday, October 22, 2013 - 7:30pm
- Wednesday, October 23, 2013 - 7:30pm
- Thursday, October 24, 2013 - 7:30pm
- Friday, October 25, 2013 - 7:30pm
- Saturday, October 26, 2013 - 2:00pm
- Saturday, October 26, 2013 - 7:30pm
- Sunday, October 27, 2013 - 2:00pm