March 2 - 4, 2012

In October 1998 a twenty-one-year-old student at the University of Wyoming was kidnapped, severely beaten and left to die, tied to a fence in the middle of the prairie outside Laramie, Wyoming. His bloody, bruised and battered body was not discovered until the next day, and he died several days later in an area hospital. His name was Matthew Shepard, and he was the victim of this assault because he was gay. Moisés Kaufman and fellow members of the Tectonic Theater Project made six trips to Laramie over the course of a year and a half in the aftermath of the beating and during the trial of the two young men accused of killing Shepard. They conducted more than 200 interviews with the people of the town. Some people interviewed were directly connected to the case, and others were citizens of Laramie, and the breadth of their reactions to the crime is fascinating. The Laramie Project is a breathtaking theatrical collage that explores the depths to which humanity can sink and the heights of compassion of which we are capable.

Directed by Rainee Angles

By Moisés Kaufman
and Members of Tectonic Theater Project

The Cast (in alphabetical order)

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    Jerry Bailey

    Ensemble

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    Kelly Devine

    Ensemble

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    Leslie Holmes

    Ensemble

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    Jenna Horick

    Ensemble

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    Bryan Kessinger

    Ensemble

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    Megan Marvin

    Ensemble

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    Quinn Pickering-Polstra

    Ensemble

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    Devin Rine

    Ensemble

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    Charlie Stevenson

    Ensemble

Role Breakdown

Jerry Bailey: Andy Paris, Jedadiah Shultz, Doug Laws, Andrew Gomez, Matt Mickelson, Russell Henderson, Aaron McKinney, Kerry Drake, Newsperson #2, Juror

Kelly Devine: Barbara Pitts, Catherine Connolly, April Silva, Zubaida Ula, Sherry Johnson, Jen, Juror, Newsperson #3, Cal Rerucah

Leslie Holmes: Amanda Gronich, Eileen Engen, Marge Murray, Sherry Aenonson, Harry Woods, Shadow, Email Sender, Governor Geringer, Lucy Thompson, Priest

Jenna Horick: Leigh Fondakowski, Reggie Fluty, Rebecca Hilliker, Trish Steger, Minister’s Wife, Kristen Price, Shannon, Newsperson #4, Juror

Bryan Kessinger: Moises Kaufman, Philip Dubois, Stephen Mead Johnson, Dr. Cantway, Murdock Cooper, Jon Peacock, Dennis Shepard, Anonymous, Gil Engen, Judge

Megan Marvin: Mercedes Herrero, Zackie Salmon, Alison Mears, Waitress, Romaine Patterson, Tiffany Edwards, Aaron Kreifels, Juror, Foreperson

Quinn Pickering-Polstra: Greg Pierotti, Sgt. Hing, Phil Labrie, Father Roger Schmidt, Rulon Stacey, Rob Debree, Jonas Slonaker, Juror, Newsperson #1

Deven Rine: Stephen Belber, Doc O’Connor, Matt Galloway, Baptist Minister, Jeffrey Lockwood, Bill McKinney, Fred Phelps, Morman Advisor, Conrad Miller

Charlie Stevenson: Narrator, Newsperson, Bailiff, Juror, and other extra voices

The Staff

Production Team

Director: Rainee Angles
Stage Manager: Kat Castle
Assistant Stage Manager: Micaela Countryman
Production Design: Rainee Angles and Abraham Martin
Costume Design: Laura Martin
Sound Design: Jon Davidson
Publicity Manager: Benjamin Gullett

The Crew

Master Carpenter: Brent Angles
Set Construction: Daniel Bragdon, Drake Cadwaller, Matt Cowdrey, Megan Marvin, Jenna Milstead, Seth Potts, Charlie Stevenson
Light Board Operator: Seth Potts
Sound Board Operator: Grant Rankin
Props / Run Crew: Melissa Griffith, Hannah Hengler
Wardrobe: Brittany Hensley, Heather Washburn
Publicity / House: Alicia Jones, Meghan Lewis
House Staff: Cody Pollard
Photographer: Sarah Jo Beyersdoerfer
Videographer: Kris Cross

Production Photos

Special Thanks

Armstrong Custom Signs & Graphics     Steve Bikowsky     Guy and Melanie Bailey     Dr. Kevin Boys     Susan Cunningham Burk, Laramie Project Specialist, The Matthew Shepard Foundation     Michael Domitor     The Highland County Press     Janie’s Closet     Mike Knauff     Chris Lengefeld, Highland County Sheriff’s Office     Dr. Ryan McCall     Bryan McComas     Richard & Rita Newman     SSCC Faculty, Staff & Administration     SSCC Student Government     The Times-Gazette