In October 1998, on the outskirts of Laramie, Wyoming, a 21-year-old gay college student named Matthew Shepard was savagely beaten, tied to a fence and left to die in the freezing night. The murder became a watershed historical moment in civil rights in America.
In the aftermath of Matthew’s death, members of New York’s Tectonic Theater Project travelled to Laramie and, over the course of 18 months, conducted more than 200 interviews with residents of the town. Using interview transcripts, court documents and media reportage as source material, they created The Laramie Project, a play that chronicles how the community grappled with the hate crime.
Directed by Nicky Neville–Jones, The Laramie Project is presented by BottledSnail Productions, a not-for-profit production company run by and for legal professionals. Established in 2013, the company has produced more than 27 creative projects with over 350 legal professionals, ranging from full scale theatre productions to lunchtime concerts. They have helped raise over $45,000 for charity, including the Tristan Jepson Memorial Foundation.
Dates: 21 February to 2 March 2019
Time: 7pm on 21 Feb and 7.30pm for all other performances (two hours and 30 minutes plus interval)
Venue: Chapel Off Chapel, 12 Little Chapel Street, Prahran
Cost: Full $35 / Concession $27
Tickets: via chapeloffchapel.com.au/show/
Contains: The performance contains coarse language and adult themes and as such, is recommended for those aged 15+.