The Laramie Project (Paperback)
Vintage Books, 9780375727191, 128pp.
Publication Date: September 11, 2001
On October 7, 1998, a young gay man was discovered bound to a fence in the hills outside Laramie, Wyoming, savagely beaten and left to die in an act of hate that shocked the nation. Matthew Shepard’s death became a national symbol of intolerance, but for the people of Laramie the event was deeply personal, and it’s they we hear in this stunningly effective theater piece, a deeply complex portrait of a community.
About the Author
In his native Venezuela, Mr. Kaufman performed as an actor with the Thespis Theater Ensemble, one of the country's foremost experimental theater companies. He has lived in New York City since 1987.
Praise For The Laramie Project…
“One of the ten best plays of the year.”
“Deeply moving.... This play is Our Town with a question mark, as in ‘Could this be our town?’”
—The New York Times
"An amazing piece of theater... Out of the Shepard tragedy is wrenched art."
—The New York Post
"Brilliant... bone-hard drama [that] dares to touch the hidden wound of the American West... Within these pages, a healing occurs."
—Terry Tempest Williams, author of Refuge