Onstage: Laramie Project: Ten Years Later

If you care about the issues surrounding Matthew Shepard's brutal murder in Laramie, Wyo., in 1998, you should make a reservation at Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati (ETC) for a one-evening of 'The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later.' New interviews where co

If you care about the issues surrounding Matthew Shepard's brutal murder in Laramie, Wyo., in 1998, you should make a reservation at Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati (ETC) for a one-evening of The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later.

In November 1998, 10 members of the Tectonic Theater Project, including playwright Moisés Kaufman, traveled to Laramie to interview residents about Shepard’s brutal murder a month earlier — he was savagely beaten, tied to a fence and left to die. (Although he was found alive, he died from his injuries on Oct. 12, 1998.) The resulting play, The Laramie Project, brought attention to issues of gay rights and hate crimes.

New interviews where conducted with Shepard’s mother Judy and one of the convicted murderers, Aaron McKinney. Many others whose comments appeared in the original piece were engaged in new conversations. These have been assembled into The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later, a 90-minute epilogue to the earlier work.

On Monday evening, the work will be presented in readings at more than 120 theaters across the nation. The most prominent local site will be ETC, which recently staged Kaufman’s powerful play, 33 Variations, to open its 2009-10 season. Kaufman’s Tectonic company will present its own reading at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall in New York City, an event that will be video-linked to other sites where readings are happening. The ETC reading is free and open to the public, but reservations (513-421-3555) are required for the general admission seating. Patrons will be invited to donate to The Matthew Shepard Foundation the evening of the performance.

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