The Laramie Project

by Moises Kaufman & The Tectonic Theater

Madison Repertory Theater

February-March, 2003

A powerhouse cast was assembled for the emotionally complex theatricalization of the murder of Matthew Shepard. Eight actors played 70 roles in a production that was wildly embraced by the Madison community.

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“The Rep’s show is a theatrical miracle. Despite the show’s complexity, not one of the performers misses a beat. Rep veterans Jeff Christian, C. Michael Wright and Jim Devita all strike solid, sustainable chords in their various roles.”   The Capitol Times

“A bit of humor to this production is needed — to dwell solely on the reality of this crime would be a lot for anyone to handle. But this humor is subtle, never mocking the crime itself or those involved. The audience has to laugh at the hick bartender, Matt Galloway (Jeff Christian), on duty the night of the beating. He seems to be like someone anyone would know, the guy on duty who hates himself for looking down instead of up while doing his dishes, as Shepard and his murderers left his bar.”    Badger Herald

The Rep’s production features an exceptionally strong cast…There are moments of pure horror, portraits of bigotry ranging from actively evil to quietly dumb, but there are also hopeful flashes of spiritual insight.” Wisconsin State Journal