Twenty years ago, the eyes of the nation were drawn to Laramie, Wyoming, after the hate-crime murder of Matthew Shepard. In the following weeks, the Matthew Shepard Foundation was founded and members of Tectonic Theater Project traveled from New York to Laramie to conduct interviews with the people of the town. These interviews formed the basis of The Laramie Project, which has become one of the most performed contemporary plays in the world. On September 24, 2018, the Matthew Shepard Foundation and Tectonic Theater Project present Laramie: A Legacy, a benefit reading of The Laramie Project to honor the progress made over the last two decades to erase hate.
Performers for the evening include Emmy and Tony Award winner Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother); Tony, Emmy, and Golden Globe Award winner Mary Louise Parker (Weeds); Tony winner Billy Porter (Kinky Boots); and Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon. They join the original company of The Laramie Project: Stephen Belber, Amanda Gronich, Mercedes Herrero, Andy Paris, Greg Pierotti, Barbara Pitts McAdams, and Kelli Simpkins. Tectonic Theater Project founder and artistic director Moisés Kaufman directs; Emmy and Peabody Award-winning journalist Anderson Cooper hosts.