Queer Theory and Theatre: Exploration of their Intersection through Production of "The Laramie Project"

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Spring 2012


In 1998 a gay college student was kidnapped, beaten and left to die outside of Laramie, Wyoming. At that time, the world focused its attention on this act of hate and the members of Tectonic Theatre Project made the decision to travel to Laramie and interview people from the town. They made six trips to Laramie over the course of a year and a half and conducted over two-hundred interviews. The play “The Laramie Project” is a series of monologues and conversations edited from those interviews as well as journal entries from members of the company and other found texts. While the show itself is queer in subject, aspects of queer theory were used to influence decisions surrounding staging, location of the show and other performance considerations. For detailed explanation of decisions made and research done in the production of the show, please refer to the production book which is in the Olin Library.

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