Young People’s Theatre Newcastle

THE LARAMIE PROJECT

2024 Production // 16 FEBRUARY – 2 MARCH

Lindsay Street Players Presents: The Laramie Project 

In October 1998, a twenty-one-year-old student at the University of Wyoming was kidnapped, severely beaten, and left 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. 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, while others were citizens of Laramie, and the breadth of the reactions to the crime is fascinating. Tectonic Theatre has constructed a deeply moving theatrical experience from these interviews and their own experiences in Laramie. The Laramie Project is a breathtaking collage that explores the depths to which humanity can sink and the heights of compassion of which we are capable.

Content Warning: This production explores the following themes which may be triggering for some audience members including: 
Homophobia, hate speech and hate crime, prejudice and intolerance, death, violence, kidnapping, torture and murder. 

Approx. Run Time 180 minutes including two intervals 

Performance dates: 

  • Friday 16 February 2024 – 7PM (Supper Night – Tickets are $30 and include refreshments)
  • Saturday 17 February 2024 – 2PM & 7PM
  • Saturday 24 February 2024 – 2PM & 7PM
  • Friday 1 March 2024 – 7PM
  • Saturday 2 March 2024 – 2PM & 7PM

Creative Team: 

Director – Jo Roberts and Samuel Jenkins
Assistant Director – Zippie Tiffenright

TICKETS ON SALE NOW!

All standard tickets are $25 – adults at children’s prices. – Children 2 years and over must be counted and are also charged at $25 per person. Thank you for your understanding.