Eight people stand on a stage and look out at the audience. Behind them a jumbled pile of television screens all show images from a candlelight vigil.
The cast of the Ford’s Theatre production of The Laramie Project, directed by Matthew Gardiner. Photo by Carol Rosegg.

The Laramie Project

date September 27, 2013 — October 27, 2013

The Laramie Project presents a deeply complex portrait of a community’s response to the 1998 murder of Matthew Shepard, a young gay man living in Laramie, Wyoming. In a series of poignant reflections, the residents of Laramie react to the hate crime and surrounding media storm with anger, bewilderment and sorrow. The play portrays the seismic and deeply personal impact Matthew’s death had on this small town while also demonstrating the power of the human spirit to triumph over bigotry and violence.

Fifteen years later, Matthew Shepard’s story still reverberates, urging us on with its clarion call to confront the destructive power of bullying and hate, in all forms.

The Laramie Project is the third offering in the multi-year Lincoln Legacy Project—an effort to generate dialogue around issues of tolerance, equality and acceptance.

Artistic Team

Written by Moisés Kaufman and Members of the Tectonic Theater Project
Director Matthew Gardiner
Scenic Design Beowulf Boritt
Costume Design Helen Huang
Lighting Design Rui Rita
Original Music and Sound Design John Gromada
Projection Design Clint Allen
Dialects Lynn Watson
Production Stage Manager Brandon Prendergast
Assistant Stage Manager Kate Kilbane


Headshot for Kimberly Gilbert.

Kimberly Gilbert

Headshot of Mitchell Hebert.

Mitchell Hébert

Headshot for Paul Scanlan

Paul Scanlan

Kimberly Schraf

Headshot of actor Chris Stezin

Chris Stezin

Headshot for Katherine Turner.

Katherine Renee Turner

Headshot for Holly Twyford.

Holly Twyford

Craig Wallace

Amy McWilliams


Headshot for Eric Messner.

Eric M. Messner


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