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5/21 The Laramie Project


Next Tuesday, May 21st, we will be reading the acclaimed play based on real events, THE LARAMIE PROJECT.


On October 6, a gay college student named Matthew Shepard met two men at the Fireside Bar in Laramie, Wyoming. Eighteen hours later, a cyclist found Shepard unconscious, brutally beaten, tied up and left for dead on a fence off a rural road. Matthew Shepard never regained consciousness, and died five days later. Two Laramie residents, Russell Henderson, (aged 20), and Aaron McKinney, (aged 21), were apprehended for the crime, which became front-page news around the country. Henderson and McKinney were both convicted of felony murder and sentenced to two consecutive life sentences.

Moises Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theater Project arrived in Laramie from New York City to interview the residents of the town shortly after Matthew Shepard’s death and returned for more interviews six times over a period of 18 months. From these interviews Kaufman wrote The Laramie Project a play that explores the reactions of Laramie residents to the murder and the subsequent events surrounding it.

J.E.T. Studios, Hagen Studio
5126 Lankershim Blvd
North Hollywood

Tuesday, May 21st

There is metered parking on Lankershim and Magnolia, and after 6:00pm, the meters are FREE. There is a parking lot across from J.E.T. that costs $7, as well as valet parking at numerous restaurants and bars on Magnolia for $5 (Brickyard Pub, Bow & Truss both do valet). You can also find free residential parking on most of the side streets in NoHo. We are also a few blocks down the street from the Metro Red Line (at Lankershim & Chandler).

As always, admission for our weekly table readings is FREE, and there will be wine to purchase for a suggested donation.


TRAVIS JAMES RINER – Narrator/Stage Directions, Reverend Fred Phelps, E-mail Writer

LUCAS ALIFANO – Jedadiah Schultz, Rulon Stacey, Murdock, Cooper, Greg Pierotti, Dennis Shepard

JOHN ROSS CLARK – Baptist Minister, Dr. Cantway, Harry Woods, Judge, Mormon Home Teacher, Gil Engen

CARSON HIGGINS – Aaron Kreifels, Russell Henderson, Stephen Belber, Moises Kaufman

AJ JIMENEZ – Doc O’ Conner, Shannon, Juror 2, Rob Degree, Stephen Mead Johnson

ANDY KENARECKI – Jonas Slonaker, Baliff, Kerry Drake, Andy Paris, Matt Michkelson, Jeffrey Lockwood

JOSH MELTZER* – Shadow, Philip Dubois, Priest, Aaron McKinney, Phil LaBrie, Gov. Geringer

JIM NIEDZIALKOWSKI* – Anonymous, Andrew Gomez, Juror 1, Newsperson, Foreperson, Doug Laws

CODY CLARK – Matt Galloway, Cal Rerucha, Father Roger Schmit, Sergeant Hing, Jon Peacock, Bill McKinney

KATE PURNELL – Rebecca Hilliker, Reggie Fluty, April Silva, Sherry Aanenson

AMY BARTLETT – Romaine Patterson, Amanda Gronich, Narrarator (during Phelps Scene), Newsperson 1

MEGHAN ALLISON – Waitress, Kristin Price, Zackie Salmon, Barbara Pitts, Baptist Ministers Wife

MICHELLE TALLEY* – Catherine Connolly, Zubaida Ula, Sherry Johnson, Tiffany Edwards, Newsperson 4

PAT LENTZ – Marge Murray, Lucy Thompson, Trish Steger, Eileen Engen, Newsperson 2

DONNA NOELLE IBALE – Alison Mears, Jen, Leigh Fondakowski, Newsperson 3, Conrad Miller

*First Play Club West Reading

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