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The Laramie Project
by Moisés Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theatre Project
Directed by Janette Eddisford

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The true-life re-enactment of a small American town reeling in the aftermath of the homophobic murder of Matthew Shepard.

On October 7th 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 brutality and hate that shocked the nation. Matthew Shepard's death provoked extreme reactions - from the GOD HATES FAGS preaching of Rev Fred Phelps to national outpouring of revulsion against hate - but for the people of Laramie the event was deeply personal and it's their voices we hear in this stunningly effective theatre piece.

Moises Kaufman and his New York Tectonic Theatre Project travelled to Laramie four weeks after the murder. Over the following eighteen months, they interviewed more than 200 people affected by the death, thus bearing witness to the massive impact on that all-American town and its search for truth and reconciliation, while all America and the whole world was watching.

ACT's revival of this astonishing piece comes 15 years after the original events.

Matthew Shepard would have celebrated his 37th Birthday on December 1st - this year's World AIDS day - so we are raising money for the Terrence Higgins Trust in his memory - watch out for our 'ANGEL ACTION' on the streets of Brighton and Hove on Sunday 1st December.

"We tried to tell the story of the town of Laramie. As opposed to telling the story of Matthew Shepard"
Moises Kaufman

Directed for the Academy of Creative Training by Janette Eddisford, this challenging piece, sensitively interpreted by the company, will be performed in the round at the Nightingale Theatre.

"Deeply moving.... this play is Our Town with a question mark, as in could this be our town?" New York Times

"You should not miss a theatrical and human event that deserves standing up for with applause, or better, silently, taking an important lesson profoundly to heart." New York Magazine
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