A decade sounds like a long time. Yet, when considered in context, it’s only been 10 years since Matthew Shepard was beaten terribly, tied to a fence post and left for dead on some country road outside Laramie, Wyo.
Regardless, it’s a horrendous contemporary moment not to be lost and forgotten. Luckily, within a mere month of Shepard’s brutal death, Tectonic Theatre Project traveled to Laramie and interviewed people around town who were intimate with and/or complicit in this nowmonumental prejudicial act of hate-violence.
From those interviews came the play The Laramie Project.
Now, a decade after the fact, those involved with the original production return to the scene of the crime with The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later, Epilogue. Consisting of new interviews with both Matthew Shepard’s mother Judy and his killers, Russell Henderson and Aaron McKinney, this revisiting explores the long-term effects of this hate crime on both the small town where it was committed and the larger society that was complicit in it.