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The Laramie Project

A story that began on the western plains and focused the attention of the world on Laramie, Wyoming will be told on stage in Denver. The Denver Center Theatre Company in association with Moises Kaufman's Tectonic Theatre Project will produce the World Premiere of The Laramie Project - a new play written by award winning Moises Kaufman with members of the Tectonic Theatre Project company. Mr. Kaufman will also direct the production.

The production was jointly announced at a Denver press conference by DCTC Artistic Director Donovan Marley and Moises Kaufman on November 10th, 1999.

On Novermber 14, 1998, a month after University of Wyoming student Matthew Shephard was murdered, Playwright 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 several more times to Wyoming and conducted over two hundred intensely personal documented interviews. The writers / actors who conducted the interviews will develop and perform the play in Denver.

Moises Kaufman's staging of his play Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde ran for over 600 performances in New York and went on to Los Angeles (Mark Taper Forum), San Francisco (Theater on the Square), Toronto (Canadian Stage) and London's West End (Gielgud Theatre). The play has been produced in over 40 cities in the U.S., including Denver and in dozens of cities abroad.

The Laramie Project will premiere at The Ricketson Theatre on February 26, 2000 (previews begin on February 19) and run through April 1 prior to a planned opening in New York.

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