On October 7th 1998, a young gay man was discovered bound to a fence in the hills outside Laramie, Wyoming, savagely beaten and left to die in an act of brutality and hate that shocked the nation.
Matthew Shepard’s death provoked extreme reactions – from the GOD HATES FAGS preaching of Rev Fred Phelps to national outpouring of revulsion against hate – but for the people of Laramie the event was deeply personal and it’s their voices we hear in this stunningly effective theatre piece.
Moises Kaufman and his New York Tectonic Theatre Project travelled to Laramie four weeks after the murder. Over the following eighteen months, they interviewed more than 200 people affected by the death, thus bearing witness to the massive impact on that all-American town and its search for truth and reconciliation, while all America and the whole world was watching.
ACT’s revival of this astonishing piece comes 15 years after the original events.
Matthew Shepard would have celebrated his 37th Birthday on December 1st – this year’s World AIDS day – so we are raising money for the Terrence Higgins Trust in his memory – watch out for our ‘ANGEL ACTION’ on the streets of Brighton and Hove on Sunday 1st December.
Dates: 14th- 18th December 2013, nightly at 8pm
Where: Nightingale Theatre Brighton BN1 3PA
Buy online: www.actbrighton.org/whatson.php
Phone: 01273 818266