Queens-based Unity Stage presents a Virtual Screening of
THE LARAMIE PROJECT
Written by Moisés Kaufman
and the Members of the Tectonic Theater Project
When the pandemic hit a year ago, Unity Stage’s Teen Theater was halfway through intense rehearsals for their production of The Laramie Project. The cast, many of whom had been working with co-directors M.J. Geier and Daniel Weiner for half their young lives, decided to keep the play going with virtual rehearsals. Ultimately, they performed the play “live,” from their homes, going straight through with intermissions just like an in-person performance. Post-production was handled by the gifted creative at Ticking Clock Productions. The twelve actors play almost seventy roles. Not suitable for children under 12.*
The Laramie Project is a play about the people of the town of Laramie, Wyoming, known as the “gem city of the plains,” and their reaction to the 1998 murder of twenty-one year old gay university student, Matthew Shepard. All dialogue is taken verbatim from in-person interviews with the residents of Laramie conducted by the Tectonic Theater Project.
“I keep wondering the same thing. What would he have become? How could he have changed his piece of the world to make it better?”~ Dennis Shepard, Matthew’s father, spoken at the sentencing of Matthew’s murderers.
Tickets for Saturday March 13’s Virtual Screening at 6:30pm are available at Eventbrite.
10% of proceeds will be donated to Peter Cicchino Youth Project. For over 20 years, PCYP has provided direct legal services and advocacy to New York City’s homeless youth, with a focus on the needs of LGBTQ+ youth.
Please direct all questions to Sofia Landon Geier, Unity Stage Founder & Producing Artistic Director at firstname.lastname@example.org or 917-548-1086
Runtime: 2 hours with two (5-minute) intermissions, including LIVE interaction with members of the cast. Audience members are welcome to comment via the Chat.
Direction by M.J. Geier & Daniel Weiner
Post-Production by Ticking Clock Productions
The following twelve actors play nearly 70 roles:
Naia Ballman, Aziza Bornstein-Brown, Nora Kohnhorst, Shannon May, Sophie Moreau, Vivvie Muir, Kate Mumford, Chloe Niz, Quinn Rooke-Ley, Sophia Rothman, Marie Ryan, Niamh Smyth
Presented by permission of Dramatists Play Service
*The dialogue describes in graphic detail by medical professionals on the scene the condition Matthew Shepard was found in, plus swearing by several characters. (All dialogue is in the exact words spoken by the people of Laramie in interviews conducted by Tectonic Theater members.) Please use discretion in allowing children under 12 to view the play.