FERNDALE — In honor of Matthew Shepard, 20 years after his murder, The Ringwald presents a four-show engagement of “The Laramie Project,” a landmark play by Moises Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theater Project. Performances begin Friday, Sept. 14 and run through Monday, Sept. 17.
Matthew Shepard was brutally beaten and left to die on Oct. 6, 1998 in Laramie, Wyoming. He was 21. He was gay. He died six days later. Members of the Tectonic Theater Project made six trips to Laramie over the course of a year and a half, in the aftermath of the murder 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. This play is the result of those interviews.
“The Laramie Project” remains a significant and necessary work in the political climate of 2018, and stands as an inspiration for director and Ringwald co-founder Brandy Joe Plambeck.
“As a gay man who is also a Wyoming native, ‘The Laramie Project’ holds a significant place in my heart. Not only does it feature ‘characters’ of real-life friends of mine, but it also explores the cultural views of my home state. I find it heartbreaking, heartwarming and incredibly impactful.”
Directed by Plambeck and featuring Joe Bailey, Greg Eldridge, Taylor Johnson, Kelly Komlen, Sydeny Lepora, Joel Mitchell, Gretchen Schock and Mike Suchyta, “The Laramie Project” tells the story of Shepard’s life, death and legacy from more than 60 perspectives.
There will be a special talkback following the Saturday, Sept. 15 performance featuring the cast and director Plambeck, who will share his thoughts about growing up in Wyoming and his personal relationships with several of the real-life characters from the play.
Purchase tickets at TheRingwald.com or at the theatre, located at 22742 Woodward Ave., in downtown Ferndale. The Ringwald box office opens 45 minutes before performances and tickets can be purchased with cash or credit card. For more information, call 248-545-5545.