The tragic story of Matthew Shepard made national headlines in 1998. This 21-year-old gay college student was savagely beaten, tied to a fence and left to die in Laramie, Wyoming. Two men were arrested and charged with kidnapping, aggravated robbery and attempted first-degree murder for the hate crime. One month later, when emotions were still raw, director Moisés Kaufman and his team began conducting hundreds of interviews with the people of Laramie. From those interviews came The Laramie Project, a brutally honest and thought-provoking "live documentary" about an outraged nation and a stunned Wyoming town. One of the last decade's most performed American plays, and also adapted into a 2002 HBO movie, The Laramie Project's a heart-rending theatrical collage that explores the depths to which humanity can sink as well as the heights of compassion of which we are capable. The Theatre Company of Saugus and Tectonic Theater Project bring this story to life at Saugus High School's Black Box Theater.
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