71 N Main St
Randolph, VT 05060
Vermont Pride Theater will present a staged reading of The Laramie Project. This is VPT’s eighth annual winter benefit, with the proceeds this year going to the Matthew Shepard Foundation, whose mission is to erase hate by replacing it with understanding, compassion, and acceptance.
On October 7, 1998, young Wyoming college student Matthew Shepard was brutally attacked, tied to a fence outside of Laramie, Wyoming, and left to die because he was gay. In the weeks following his death on October 12th, Moises Kaufman’s young NYC-based Tectonic Theatre Company traveled to Laramie to begin answering a central question raised by this tragedy: how would Laramie change as a result of Matthew’s death?
The company’s work on this project encompassed 18 months of interviews of over 200 residents of Laramie. From these interviews, 100 of the most compelling and diverse stories were chosen to weave together the script we now know The Laramie Project, a play in which 10 actors voice these 100 narratives.
The play has generated rave reviews wherever it has been produced. “A pioneering work of theatrical reportage and a powerful stage event.” Time Magazine. “There emerges a mosaic as moving and important as any you will see on the walls of the churches of the world…nothing short of stunning…you will be held in rapt attention.” New York Magazine.
Directed by Williamstown resident Cher Laston, the cast features Rowly Brucken (Northfield), Samantha Loesch (Waitsfield), Gina Logan (Braintree), Susan Loynd
(Fayston), Rae Merrell (Brookfield), Hilary Mullins (Bethel), Zoe Newmarco (Rochester), Ramsey Papp (Randolph), Kris Rowley (Brookfield), and Amy Elizabeth Shalvoy (Chelsea).
Sponsors of this reading are the Gay & Lesbian Fund of Vermont, the Samara Fund of the Vermont Community Foundation, and the Vermont Conference United Church of Christ. Media supporters are Vermont Public Radio, The Point, 105.7 The Beat, and WDEV.