Tectonic Theater Project returned to Wyoming to focus on the long-term effects of the murder of Matthew Shepard on the town of Laramie. It explores how the town has changed and how the murder continues to reverberate in the community. The play also includes new interviews with Matthew's mother Judy Shepard and Mathew's murderer Aaron McKinney, who's serving two consecutive life sentences. The writers also conducted many follow-up interviews Laramie residents from the original piece. The highly acclaimed original text of The Laramie Project has been one of the most performed plays in America since 2000 and made into a movie by HBO.
Entitled The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later, the Epilogue will be performed in a simultaneous world premiere reading led by Tectonic Theater Project, the original creators of The Laramie Project in New York at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall, and over 100 other theaters in all fifty states, including About Face Theatre. The writers of this play are Tectonic Theater Project members Moisés Kaufman, Leigh Fondakowski, Greg Pierotti, Andy Paris, and Stephen Belber.
All proceeds from the one-night only event will benefit About Face's Youth Theatre, which was created in response to Matthew Shepard's murder eleven years ago to provide a safe space for LGBTQ youth and their allies to become artists and advocates. About Face Youth Theatre is currently collecting stories about violence from youth all over Chicago, while also actively ushering in a new world filled with peace. Contributions from the Epilogue reading will support the creation of this new show on peace and violence called Queertopia which will perform in July, 2010.
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