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Share your story about The Laramie Project

Hello all.

This year the Derek and Romaine (Patterson) show on Sirius Satellite Radio will be creating a 2 hour special of the Laramie project as a tribute for the 10th anniversary of Matthew Shepard’s death. This special will consist of a montage of interview clips with various people who have worked on the project. We are looking for enthusiastic people who have worked on a production of the Laramie Project. If you were ever a actor, stage hand, or director of TLP for a production in a high school, college, or community theater and have a story to tell about it you would be a great candidate. If interested please email Katie Castellano at



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My name is Claire, and I'm a third year drama student at the University of Toronto (Scarborough campus).

We're doing the Laramie Project this year... only really one month into rehearsal and already it's wowing me.
I love the play. I love it's message.

We've expanded it from a cast of 8 to a cast of 15, and it's a great group of people to work with.
My roles are Trish Steiger, Murdock Cooper, the Baptist Minister's Wife, and Russell Henderson's Mormon home teacher, along with several ensemble/narrator . I find two of the castings slightly ironic; Trish because Patricia is my middle name, and the Mormon home teacher because... well, I'm not Mormon, but I know a lot more about them than anyone else in my program.
Like others, my prof told us to look online to find information on our characters. And told me to name my unnamed ones. (She likes everything to have names... our stage unit is now called Earl!!!) I haven't been able to find much at all on any of mine, but what I have learned about the situation in general has been really interesting. And I'd love to learn more about it as I continue. (Or my characters!!! any tips would be greatly appreciated! ^^).

The information on our production, along with the poster is here.
The poster is made of pictures of my classmates in costume. (I'm not in any of them... and I think I've only seen one of my costume pieces so far...) I love how it turned out! ^^
Emerald and Amber

H. O. P. E.

My senior year in high school (2005-2006) we were supposed to do The Laramie Project. I, initially, knew nothing about it, but copies were left in the library for students intending to audition. After I finished reading it, I was touched and just knew in my heart that I needed to be a part of it. I was cast as the Narrator of the production but the day rehearsals were supposed to start we got some bad news. The play was canceled because 10 upset parents called in. I was so angry that it got canceled, but the cast pulled together and we ended up writing our own show about "tolerance".

Now, The Laramie Project is getting a second chance in Morris County.
It's so exciting to get a another chance with this play. I even get to be the Narrator in the opening 'Moment', which is so special since that is who I was supposed to play last time. I will also be playing Zackie Salmon. Our director told us to use the Internet to try and find out more about our characters. So, I Googled Zackie Salmon and actually came across her e-mail address on the University of Wyoming website. I figured it was a long shot, but I e-mailed her, asking her about herself.  You couldn;t imagine when I opened my inbox a few hours later to find a 2 page letter from Zackie Salmon, herself, telling me all about her life.  It was so special and inspiring.

presented by County College of Morris

Wednesday, May 2, 2007 at 7:30pm
Thursday, May 3, 2007 at 7:30pm
Friday, May 4, 2007 at 7:30pm
Saturday, May 5, 2007 at 7:30pm

County College of Morris
Student Community Center - Davidson Conference Rooms
214 Center Grove Road
Randolph, New Jersey 07869

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I am new to the group, I decided to find a group that dealt with The Laramie Project, concidering I was just in a production of it.

Please look at my two latest entries in my journal.
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We're performing it this week!

The Laramie Project will be performed by members of the Hinsdale Central Drama Group as well as faculty members of Hinsdale Central High School on November 16th and 18th at 7:30 and November 17th at 4:00 and at 7:30. There will be a special preview performance on the 15th at 7:30 with tickets at half price.
There is limited seating (only 130 seats a night), so reservations are recommended. To reserve tickets call (1-630) 570-8165.

Just in case any of ya'll wanted to come see the show, but Saturday's sold out.
Keep Smiling,


Today was the anniversary of the death of Matthew Shepard.  And as a tribute to him, I made black armbands with "H-O-P-E" written on them (the idea for "H-O-P-E" comes from Doc O'Connor's interview in the moment that ends Act II of The Laramie Project).  The whole cast, which includes myself, wore these armbands on the anniversary of his attack, October 6th, and today to spread the message of tolerance that this production displays.  Please mention Matthew and Laramie in your prayers tonight.
Keep Smiling,

The Whole World Was Watching

I just read Romaine Patterson's new book, The Whole World Was Watching-a must read for anyone, especially if you are or have been involved in a production of tLP. I was at a rehearsel with tears streaming down my cheeks backstage while i read it...
so yeah-pick it up at your library or just buy a copy.
i dont want to grow up

A couple of questions...

My drama program is doing a production of TLP and our director wants us to do some interviews, on the subject. I thought it would be an interest idea to see if I could get an interview or just a few questions answered by some one who lives in Laramie. If you do I would love it if you could answer this or send me an email at I might also be interest in interview someone who has been in a the produciton of TLP and how it affected them. If you could help in any ways that would be great. Thanks.


Those that are in the huge metropolitan areas which are privileged to caryy MTV Networks gay and lesbian channel LOGO, tune in tonight at 10pm for the second 1/2 half hour episode of US of ANT.

My thesis and I are featured in one of the three stories of MS gay men and women highlighted on this documentary of sorts.

Unfortunately I can't see it, yet...but hopefully soon.

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Laramie Update - Melbourne

Hi Laramites

You may remember me posting last year about the Melbourne, Australia premiere of TLP that I directed. Well thought I'd be a bit show-offy as our production won the Best Fringe/Independent Production award at the Green Room Association Awards on Sunday. This is Melbourne's premiere award ceremony celebrating the best of Melbourne's professional theatre. Of course we are rapt as we beat out 150-odd productions for 2005 to take out the top prize.

It stands to reason that the play itself is the real winner here. You'll be pleased to know that I thanked Matthew in my speech and reminded myself and everyone else how humbled we should be by his story.


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