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The laramie project

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Ellana Costa

on 20 April 2015

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Transcript of The laramie project

What is The Laramie Project?
The Laramie Project is a verbatim play that analyses the death of Matthew Shepard, an openly gay college student who was brutally murdered because of his sexual identity. The play was created by playwright/director Moises Kaufman and the members of the Tectonic Theatre Project.
Verbatim Theatre
What are 'Moments'?
Moments are short sequences of action, based on raw interview text, that have been isolated and developed in rehearsal to foreground theatrical imagery as complementary means of storytelling, on par with verbal content.

These are small scale performances that help to form an inquiry into a particular aspect of the text.
Moments cont.
Brecht's Influence
Everything Brecht did during his productions was to remind the audience they were watching a play. He used a bare or sparsely dressed stage, dealt with political themes, used daylight or harsh lighting, accompanying music as commentary, actors presenting themselves as the characters they are playing, and allowing the audience to smoke or drink during the production.

How can this influence be seen in the design of The Laramie Project's original production?
Laramie, Wyoming
The laramie project
by moises kaufman

Laramie, Wyoming
Verbatim theatre is a form of documentary theatre in which plays are constructed from the precise words spoken by people interviewed about a particular event or topic.
What are some features of Laramie, Wyoming?

How do you think the features of Laramie will effect the atmosphere of the play?
Political Theatre
Usually the term political theatre is used to define drama that counters prevailing political ideology by articulating alternative points of view.
If political theatre is not new, then how is The Laramie Project shifting the theatrical paradigm?
Moments are not only a structural unit for the text, they were also crucial to the collaborative development of the play. The defining characteristic of Moment work as a creative technique is that a group of collaborating artists use it to write performance rather than to write text.
How did Moment Work change the way in which theatre was created?
Think about what the significance of this new form of creating work would be. How would this have impacted the way theatre was made?
In a group, using the information from the text and your workbook, and Moment Work, create 'Moment: Welcome to Laramie.'
What is Moment Work?
From Tectonic Theatre Project
"All the chairs are facing sideways, and as the court officer reads aloud the details of the crime, you see the bodies of the people listening slowly implode as the horror of the scene sinks in. That's the kind of reaction that can only be done onstage." - Moises Kauffman describing a powerful Brechtian moment
Why is The Laramie Project still significant?
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