Streaming On-Demand Ticket Prices
July 23 – August 6
$18 – Individual
$25 – Household
Play Runtime: 2 hours, 35 minutes
Full Runtime, including opening and talkback: 3 hours
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By Moises Kaufman and the Members of Tectonic Theater Project
“The Laramie Project” is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.
We encourage you to purchase tickets prior to 4 p.m. on Friday, August 6. Streaming capabilities will end at midnight that evening.
In October 1998, the nation was gripped by the story of Matthew Shepard’s brutal murder in Laramie, Wyoming. A victim of a violent homophobic hate crime, members of the Tectonic Theater Project traveled to Wyoming wanting to learn more about Matthew, Laramie, and the reality of violence and prejudice, conducting over 200 interviews in the year that followed. They complied what they learned into a shocking, challenging, and moving play that explores the lowest depths of hatred and greatest heights of compassion.
The Racine Theatre Guild’s virtual production has united the community to share this story and create something positive during this time of isolation. With nearly 100 community and cast members involved, these performances were filmed in a way to keep everyone healthy and safe. The final virtual production is not quite a play, yet not a film either. It is a multimedia presentation that pays tribute to Matthew.
*Content notice: This production contains adult content and language
Included at the end of the stream is a talkback with Doug Instenes, RTG managing/artistic director, Barb Fararr, executive director for the LGBT Center of SE Wisconsin, and Jenn Palmer, a friend of Matthew Shepard. In addition, a portion of the proceeds from the production will go to support the LGBT Center.
LGBT Center of SE Wisconsin
Founded in 2009, The LGBT Center of SE Wisconsin’s mission is to create a safe and inclusive home for LGBTQ+ communities. We provide support groups, Safe Zone training, advocacy, community building events and crisis referrals. The Center located at 1456 Junction Avenue in the Uptown District in Racine will be re-opening soon to provide a place for the community to gather, use the wi-fi and rental computers and to seek referrals to local professionals if needed. We are a small but mighty Center who seeks to bring people together and to help make lives better. Learn more and donate now by visiting https://www.lgbtsewi.org/.
The Matthew Shepard Foundation
The Matthew Shepard Foundation was created to honor Matthew in a manner that was appropriate to his dreams, beliefs, and aspirations. The Foundation seeks to Replace Hate with Understanding, Compassion, & Acceptance through its varied educational, outreach and advocacy programs, and by continuing to tell Matthew’s story. Our mission is to encourage respect for human dignity and differences by raising awareness, opening dialogues, and promoting positive change.
The Laramie Project & The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later have a vital role in keeping Matthew’s story alive and promote the discussion of hate issues that continue to plague society.
The Board and staff of the Matthew Shepard Foundation thank you for seeing this production and hope it will move you to commit to Erasing hate in your own life, home and community.
You can help support a future without hate by visiting MatthewShepard.org to learn more about donor opportunities, our work, and our support for legacy artistic productions across the world. You can stay in contact with MSF and our work on Facebook & Twitter @MattShepardFDN.
Kara Ernst Schalk
Father Ricardo Martin
Anna Marie Smetana
Brian Van Schyndel
VIGIL & PARADE CAST
Bob Benson – Editor
Carter Benson – Editor
Jill Dickert – Props
Joycelyn Fish – Assistant Director
Douglas Instenes – Director
Kim Instenes – Costume Consultant
Norgie Metzinger – Media Research
Lori Russ – Props
Dave Smetana – Props
Anna Marie Smetana – Props
Michael Steinbach – Photography