Moisés Kaufman and members of New York's Tectonic Theater Project went to Laramie, Wyoming after the murder of Matthew Shepard. This is a film version of the play they wrote based on more than 200 interviews they conducted in Laramie. It follows and in some cases re-enacts the chronology of Shepard's visit to a local bar, his kidnap and beating, the discovery of him tied to a fence, the vigil at the hospital, his death and funeral, and the trial of his killers. It mixes real news reports with actors portraying friends, family, cops, killers, and other Laramie residents in their own words. It concludes with a Laramie staging of "Angels in America" a year after Shephard's death.
Everyone Carries a Piece of the Truth.
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Did You Know?
In one scene, Rebecca Hillicker (Camryn Manheim
) is directing a rehearsal of a play that Moisés Kaufman (Nestor Carbonell
) says he "never gets tired of" (and Hillicker responds, "Yeah, well, try directing it fifty times."). The play is "Our Town" by Thornton Wilder
, which won the 1938 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and has been a staple of community, college, and high school theaters ever since. Like "The Laramie Project", "Our Town" is a play about a typical American small town and the impact on that town's citizens of the death of a beloved young person. See more
[ready to make a statement with the hospital staff looking at the gathered crowd outside
Oh, my God... Anybody else wanna do this?
Moving Right Along
Written by Meg Christian
Performed by Meg Christian
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