On October 7, 1998, a young gay man was discovered bound to a fence in the hills outside Laramie, Wyoming, savagely beaten and left to die in an act of hate that shocked America. Matthew Shepard’s death became a national symbol of intolerance, but for the people of Laramie the event was deeply personal, and it’s they we hear in this stunningly effective theatre piece, a deeply complex portrait of a community.
Ten actors will play more than 70 characters.
The script is based on the principle of ‘verbatim theatre’. All the dialogue is created from transcripts from the 200+ interviews which were conducted by Tectonic Theatre Project in the city of Laramie beginning just 2 months after the ‘real life’ murder of Matthew Shepard.
Directed by Brant Eustice – winner of multiple awards for both acting and directing. Brant has directed, acted and written for companies including the State Theatre Company of South Australia, Sydney Theatre Company and Slingsby Theatre, Red Phoenix Theatre and the University of Adelaide Theatre Guild.
Red Phoenix Theatre is back!!
2020 was a horrid and tragic year but we’re fighting back and following our recent sellout seasons of our unique creation, A PROMENADE OF SHORTS, and supporting Verendus Theatrical with their critically acclaimed and sellout production of David Hare’s SKYLIGHT.
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