The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later Extends Los Angeles Premiere Through Nov. 24
By Carey Purcell
The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later, the stage sequel to The Laramie Project, has extended its Los Angeles premiere at the L.A. Gay and Lesbian Center through Nov. 24.
The production opened Sept. 14, following preview performances that began Sept. 11. It had originally been scheduled to run through Nov. 16.
The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later revisits the citizens of Laramie, WY, the town where gay college student Matthew Shepard was beaten to death in 1998. The original Laramie Project debuted in 2000 and was later adapted into an HBO movie of the same name, directed by Moises Kaufman.
Directed by Ken Sawyer, the Los Angeles cast features Paul Haitkin, Michael Hanson, Elizabeth Herron, Carl J. Johnson, Che Landon, Ed F. Martin, Ann Noble, Dylan Seaton, Christine Sloane and Paul Witten.
The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later debuted in 2009 and has been performed throughout the country. Written by Kaufman, Leigh Fondakowski, Greg Pierotti, Andy Paris and Stephen Belber, the show's script is derived from interviews conducted with residents of Laramie.
"In 2008, with the tenth anniversary of Matthew Shepard’s murder approaching, Moisés Kaufman [Tectonic Theater Project] started thinking about legacy, transformation and about what had come out of Matthew’s murder," press notes state. "How had Laramie ultimately been affected by the crime and the media frenzy that followed? Several members of the Tectonic Project returned to Laramie to ask many of their original interviewees how the town had changed, and also interviewed people they hadn’t talked to the first time, including the perpetrators of the murder as well as Matthew’s mother, Judy Shepard. The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later is the result of those interviews."
When the sequel premiered in 2009, theatre companies in all 50 states came together to produce staged readings of the play on the same day.
Tickets can be purchased by calling (323) 860-7300 or visiting lagaycenter.org/theatre.
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