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The Larame Project: a reading of the Matthew Shepard story

Remembering Matthew Shepard

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25th anniversary staged reading of the Matthew Shepard story

Special guest Dennis Shepard

Tuesday 14 May 2024 City Recital Hall, Sydney

Nicholas BrownCasey DonovanBenjamin LawZindzi OkenyoTony SheldonLyndon Watts.

Book at Ticketmaster or Tickets $39+bf students / $79-$99+bf full price.
Performance starts 7.30PM. Duration approx. 2.5 hours including interval.

For one night only, an all-star cast will bring Matthew Shepard’s story to life in a staged reading of The Laramie Project – one of the world’s most striking examples of verbatim theatre.

It was 25 years ago when Moisés Kaufman and members of New York’s Tectonic Theater Project began to create the now legendary play. The Laramie Project was crafted from interviews with the townspeople of Laramie, Wyoming in the aftermath of the shocking murder of 21-year-old gay man Matthew Shepard. The events would go on to propel momentous social change, inspiring The Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act 2009. The act expanded the US federal hate crime law to include crimes based on a victim’s sexual orientation, gender identity or disability.

The staged reading will be directed by Dean Bryant and includes an all-Australian cast led by Tony Sheldon, Casey Donovan and Lyndon Watts. To mark the anniversary, Matthew’s father Dennis Shepard will join the cast, delivering the powerful speech he made in the Wyoming courtroom.

The performance will be followed by an on-stage Q&A with Dennis Shepard and the project’s Creative Team, around the role of the arts within social justice movements.

Tickets are on sale now. All proceeds go to the Tectonic Theater Project Playwriting Scholarship for an Australian LGBTQIA+ playwright and the Matthew Shepard Foundation.

The Laramie Project is presented by American Australian Association, in partnership with the US State Department, Tectonic Theater Project and the Matthew Shepard Foundation. The production will take place in the week that includes the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia.