The Laramie Cycle, Two-Part Theatrical Documentary About Matthew Shepard, Begins BAM Run Feb. 12
By Adam Hetrick
The Tectonic Theater Project presents The Laramie Cycle — a theatrical marathon comprising the two-part stage docu-drama, The Laramie Project and The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later, about the murder of gay college student Matthew Shepard and the national response to his death — beginning Feb. 12 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
Moisés Kaufman and Leigh Fondakowski direct the production that reunites members of the original cast. It will run through Feb. 24. Weekend marathon performances, which will run five hours with three intermissions and a dinner break, will be offered Feb. 16-17 and 23-24.
The cast features Stephen Belber, Amanda Gronich, Mercedes Herrero, Libby King, Andy Paris, Greg Pierotti, Barbara Pitts and Michael Winther.
The Laramie Cycle has scenic design by Robert Brill, costume design by Moe Schell, lighting design by Betsy Adams, projection design by John Narun and sound design by Leon Rothenberg. Music is by composer Peter Golub.
According to BAM, "In 1998, 21-year-old Matthew Shepard, a gay college student, was beaten to death, the victim of a hate crime that left the small town of Laramie, Wyoming—and many national and international observers—in shock. In the aftermath of Shepard's death, acclaimed playwright and director Moisés Kaufman (Gross Indecency, I Am My Own Wife) and members of the Tectonic Theater Project made six trips to Laramie and conducted more than 200 interviews with its residents. Using these interview transcripts, court documents, and media reportage as source material, they created The Laramie Project.
"On October 12, 2009 (the 11th anniversary of Shepard's death) audiences in more than 130 cities in the United States and abroad attended the simultaneous premieres of The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later, which used many of the same techniques to document changes in the community since the hate crime; the new play was also in part a rebuttal to a false emerging narrative that characterized the murder as a drug deal gone wrong."
Matthew's mother, Judy Shepard, director Kaufman and others will gather for a special discussion on Feb. 16 at noon. Tickets are $15 for the special event, which will reflect on Matthew's legacy and a "shared dedication to social justice, diversity awareness, and education."
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