The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later | Redtwist Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through April 7 2012
Price: $20-$30
This 2009 sequel to The Laramie Project chronicles the legacy of Matthew Shepard, a gay 21-year-old college student whose murder in 1998 galvanized national awareness of antigay violence. Returning to Laramie, Wyoming, a decade after Shepard's death, members of the New York theater collective responsible for the original docudrama find a town divided between those who want to bury the past—or even dismiss the killing as a "drug deal gone bad"—and those who want to stoke awareness of Shepard's martyrdom. Based on interviews, media accounts, and journal entries, Ten Years Later preaches to the choir as it celebrates the progress of LGBT rights, including passage of federal hate-crimes legislation. The most compelling scene in Greg Kolack's intimate, well-paced production re-creates a chilling jailhouse confession by Shepard's unapologetically homophobic killer, played by the excellent Matthew Klingler. —Albert Williams



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