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The Laramie Project

Laramie, Wyoming: population 26,687. Laramie, often referred to as the “gem city of the plains” was the site of the brutal murder of Matthew Shepard, a 21-year-old, gay University of Wyoming student.

On October 6, 1998, Matthew was found tied to a “buck” fence, beaten and unconscious.

On October 8, 1998, Russell Henderson and Aaron McKinney were arrested for the kidnapping, aggravated robbery and attempted first-degree murder of Matthew Shepard.

On October 12, 1998, Matthew Shepard died in Poudre Valley Health Center after 5 days in a coma. The charges against Henderson and McKinney were amended to include first-degree murder.

The Laramie Project is a play by Moises Kaufman and the members of the Tectonic Theatre Project.


“On November 14, 1998, members of Tectonic Theatre Project traveled to Laramie, Wyoming, and conducted interviews with the people of the town.” The Play is “edited from those interviews, as well as from journal entries by members of the company.” (The Laramie Project, "Introduction")


This Play is about the town of Laramie, its citizens, and their reaction to Matthew Shepard’s murder.

We invite you to check our Box Office link for available times and tickets. Full-price tickets for all shows will go on sale Sunday, October 6, 2019. Thursday pay-what-you-can no-charge reservations will be open for 24 hours only, from November 6th @ noon until November 7th @ noon.

PLEASE NOTE: This production contains strong language, hate speech and descriptive references to a murder/crime. No visual references to the murder/crime are depicted. It may not be suitable for all audiences. If you have any specific questions about the content, please email us at This play was made into a TV Movie that was rated TV-14.

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