In October 1998 a twenty-one-year-old student at the University of Wyoming was kidnapped, severely beaten and left to die, tied to a fence in the middle of the prairie outside Laramie, Wyoming. His bloody, bruised and battered body was not discovered until the next day, and he died several days later in an area hospital. His name was Matthew Shepard, and he was the victim of this assault because he was gay. Moisés Kaufman and fellow 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 beating 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. Some people interviewed were directly connected to the case, and others were citizens of Laramie, and the breadth of their reactions to the crime is fascinating. Kaufman and Tectonic Theater members have constructed a deeply moving theatrical experience from these interviews and their own experiences. The Laramie Project is a breathtaking theatrical collage that explores the depths to which humanity can sink and the heights of compassion of which we are capable.
Show: The Laramie Project Production
Dates: June 5 - 14, 2015
Location: Theatreworks, 2085 Monroe Ave.
Times: Fridays & Saturdays at 8 pm, Sundays at 2 pm
Price: Tickets: $20.00 Adults, $15.00 Seniors & Students All tickets sold at the door.
Emerald Theatre Company History:
ETC founder, Den-Nickolas Smith always dreamed of creating a theatre company. He started with Lollipop Guild Productions. Once it was decided to start producing on a regular basis, the decision was made to change the name to conform to the image of a serious theatre company. He was offered the opportunity to become a resident company at THEATREWORKS in Memphis, Tennessee, and with that Emerald Theatre Company was launched. Early on the journey Den met Hal Harmon who quickly became Den’s best friend and joined ETC as Co-Artistic Director. As their friendship grew, so did their common goal for producing productions that gave a voice to the GLBT community. Over their years of residency at THEATREWORKS, Den & Hal have produced over 80 productions. Many of them have been Mid-South premieres. Now in their 18th year of residency they are no longer the "taboo" theater company and have established themselves as one of the longer running residency companies at THEATREWORKS.
Emerald Theatre Company mission statement:
The mission of the Emerald Theatre Company is to produce quality, cutting edge works dealing with controversial issues that would not ordinarily be produced by conventional theaters in the Memphis area. We produce professional and unpublished works. Play submissions always welcomed.