The Laramie Project

by Moisés Kaufman and Members of the Tectonic Theatre Project
directed by Matthew Gardiner
Part of The Lincoln Legacy Project
September 27-October 27, 2013

The government shutdown has affected performances of The Laramie Project. Several performances have been relocated. Click here for more information.

“A pioneering and powerful stage event!”
-TIME magazine

The Laramie Project presents a deeply complex portrait of a community’s response to the 1998 murder of Matthew Shepard, a young gay man living in Laramie, Wyoming. In a series of poignant reflections, the residents of Laramie react to the hate crime and surrounding media storm with anger, bewilderment and sorrow. The play portrays the seismic and deeply personal impact Matthew’s death had on this small town while also demonstrating the power of the human spirit to triumph over bigotry and violence.

Fifteen years later, Matthew Shepard’s story still reverberates, urging us on with its clarion call to confront the destructive power of bullying and hate, in all forms.

The Laramie Project has been performed more than 2,000 times worldwide. The Associated Press called it, “Astonishing. Not since Angels in America has a play attempted so much; nothing less than an examination of the American psyche at the end of the millennium.”

The Laramie Project is the third offering in the multi-year Lincoln Legacy Project—an effort to generate dialogue around issues of tolerance, equality and acceptance.

Recommended for ages 13 and up. Mature themes, descriptions of violence and profanity.

The Lincoln Legacy Project Panel Discussions
September 30, October 7 and October 28; at 7 p.m.

Ford’s presents a series of free panel discussions further exploring the history behind the play, the activism engendered by Matthew’s murder, and the ongoing struggle against hate in all its forms. The series begins on September 30 with a discussion with Judy Shepard, Matthew’s mother, who carries on Matthew’s legacy through her activism and the Matthew Shepard Foundation.

Post-Performance Discussions
Ford’s Theatre will offer facilitated discussions to interested audience members immediately following each evening performance of The Laramie Project (except October 1 and 2). These 20-minute discussions give audiences an opportunity to engage in a dialogue on the themes and issues raised in the performance.

Student Group Tickets
For The Laramie Project, Ford’s is extending its Operation Discovery program to all student groups of 15 or more. Operation Discovery tickets are available for $12 to Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday performances through the Group Sales office at (202) 638-2367 or