On the last Monday of every month, people meet to read a play they may have heard of but not necessarily have read. Writers come to see how the greats wrote, actors come to play multiple parts and theatre lovers come because it keeps them in touch with the art form. It is open to all and everyone takes turns in playing characters from the play. Discussions ensue after over squash and biscuits.
It’s time for a new season of plays (Nov 14-March 15)!
We are reading LGBTQ plays this season and to start off we have The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later.
The Tectonic Theatre Group of Andy Paris, Moisés Kaufman, Stephen Belber, Leigh Fondakowski, Greg Pierotti have written this epilogue to their famous, The Laramie Project. It is a reaction to the 1998 murder of University of Wyoming student, Matthew Shepard in Oct 1998.
Ten years after Shepard’s murder, members of Tectonic Theater Project returned to Laramie to conduct follow-up interviews with residents featured in the play. Those interviews were turned into a companion piece, entitled The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later. The play debuted as a reading at nearly 150 theatres across the US and internationally on October 12, 2009 – the 11th anniversary of Matthew Shepard’s death, most whose opening was linked by webcam to New York City where Judy Shepard and the play’s producers and writers gave an opening speech, followed by an address by Glenn Close.