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The Laramie Project

a Southeastern Premiere
CATEGORY :
by Moises Kaufman & members of The Tectonic Theater Project

COMPANY : Actor's Express [WEBSITE]
VENUE : Actor's Express [WEBSITE]
ID# 274

SHOWING : September 06, 2001 - October 20, 2001

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

On November 14, 1998, a month after University of Wyoming student Shepard was murdered, Award-winning playwright Moisés Kaufman and members of his company traveled to Laramie and began a series of face-to-face interviews with the people of the town where the story unfolded. Over the next year, the company traveled six times to Wyoming and conducted over two hundred intensely personal documented interviews. This play is the result of those interviews -- theatrical journalism. A profile of a town: a town that had one sense of self-identity before the murder, and one that struggled mightily with itself to find another in the aftermath; a semi-conservative midwest town to be sure, not always enlightened, but a town of mostly decent citizens, forced to examine the extent of their own conscience and culpability. And coming to as many different determinations as there are citizens represented. Select citizens appear multiple times, creating a core of "regulars" to whom we return at intervals, which provides a progress report of the town’s evolving thoughts and feelings.


CAST & CREW LIST
Cast David Crowe
Cast Jeremy Cudd
Cast Hope Mirlis
Cast Alix Price
Cast Laurie Strickland
Cast Shontelle Thrash
Cast Justin Welborn
Cast Brit Whittle
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REVIEWS

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moving and well acted
by theaterreviewjimmyd
Friday, September 14, 2001
4.0
The set is spare and desolate, which is good. The acting is in general excellent. Each actor plays multiple characters, and in every case pulls it off well. The script is moving and sad, particularly since it's all based on truth. I got teary several times during the show. It's beautiful.

That said, it's not perfect. The script included what appeared to me to be irrelevant commentary from the play's authors, who really had nothing to do with what happened. Seemed a little self-indulgent. Also, out-of-character motion on stage was stylized to the point of being a little distracting. Finally, though the show is sad, it's kind of predictably sad. It's not particularly thought provoking, and there weren't lines or images that I think will stick with me.

Overall, see this show, it's very good. [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]


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