The Laramie Project

The Laramie Project is set in the aftermath of the 1998 slaying of Matthew Shepherd in Laramie, Wyoming. Moises Kaufman and The Tectonic Theatre Project conducted over 200 interviews with residents of the town, which form the basis of the play. Sparked by the possibility that Matthew was brutally murdered for his sexuality, The Laramie Project is a mediation on how a small town deals with being defined by a hate crime in the national limelight. Exploring whether hate was a Laramie – or world – value, both the audience and ensemble were challenged to consider their personal beliefs. Our biggest show to date, Laramie Project had a profound impact on Heads Up and the direction of the company.

The Ensemble

Tyler Hodges
Alex Funk
Greg Grimes
Anthony Satterwhite
TJ Jozsa
Caorl Eutsey
April Turner
Heather Beyer
Angel Foster
Nici Romo

Director: India Burton
Assistant Director: Heather Beyer
Stage Manager: Kendra Strickland
Assistant Stage Manager: Jacob Burrell
Lighting: Nathan Emerine
Sound: Kevin Klemm
Scenery: Colin Teeling
Costume/Props: Kimmy and Kendra Strickland

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Photos by PeaSea Photography

A Review of The Laramie Project

Originally, Mike & Ike were going to handle this review. They haven’t been on here for awhile and I knew it would annoy some people, but they are busy working on the next episode of their UK radio series (True) so I guess it’s up to me.

I’ve neither done nor seen a play in quite some time. Part of the reason is that I’ve been working on my own projects, but a large part of it is simply most of the shows done in this area I’d already either seen to death or been in and most of the new stuff I’d tried came across as pretentious crap.

In my opinion.

I’ve seen The Laramie Project. I’ve done The Laramie Project. I remember when Matthew Sheppard died. I don’t need to re-experience this. However, I’ve worked with the director of this new production, India Burton, and I love her to death so last night I went to the First Grace United Church of Christ in Akron and got a little of my love of theatre back.
Everyone knows what the play is about, so I’m going to focus on the acting. Miss Burton has brought together an AMAZING cast, most of whom I’ve never seen before.  10 people playing multiple roles, oftentimes changing characters onstage. I’ve had to do this before, and it is a major pain, and these guys pulled it off phenomenally. You believe every single one of these characters.

Everyone in the show is stellar, but I have to give a shout out to Greg Grimes, who is much better than a high school senior should be, and TJ Jozsa who has two moments, one where he doesn’t say a word, that blew me away.

This is only India’s third production as director, the first that I’ve seen, and it’s obvious she knows what she’s doing. If you haven’t seen The Laramie Project before, this is a show that needs to be seen, and if you have, again, this is a show that needs to be seen.
It runs the 19th through the 21st.

And it almost makes me want to do a show again.

-Jeff Holland
July 2010

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