The Laramie Project: A Reading and Conversation
directed by LEIGH FONDAKOWSKI
A free Happening
In response to the brutal murder of Matthew Shepard in 1998, a group of theater artists traveled to Laramie, Wyoming, and conducted hundreds of interviews about the hate crime. Drawing from their research, personal journal entries and news reports, they created The Laramie Project — an innovative, dialogue-driven theater piece that has been performed across the country and around the world since its 2002 debut. Directed by the play’s head writer Leigh Fondakowski and featuring staff, clients and community members of RECLAIM, this special evening of reading and conversation will look at how Shepard’s death and The Laramie Project have impacted queer culture and youth for the past two decades.
RECLAIM is a Twin Cities-based organization that increases access to mental health support so queer and trans youth ages 12–26 may reclaim their lives from oppression in all its forms. They provide therapy to over 65 youth each week, 80 percent of whom are trans or gender-nonconforming; develop practitioners with an emphasis on changing the landscape of access to care in our region through training people of color and Indigenous therapists in gender-competent care; and partner with the community through outreach, education and the intersection of gender and racial justice. Learn more at www.reclaim.care.
The Guthrie’s Level Nine Series is made possible by the generous support of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.