The brutal 1998 murder of Matthew Shepard, a gay University of Wyoming student, led to a profound reckoning of American values. As Moises Kaufman, author of The Laramie Project, has written, "In its immediate aftermath, the nation launched into a dialogue that brought to the surface how we think and talk about homosexuality, sexual politics, education, class, violence, privileges and rights, and the difference between tolerance and acceptance."
Eugene Lang College's spring theater production of The Laramie Project, playing through Sunday April 28th, is directed by Cecilia Rubino. She talks here about why the play remains powerful, relevant, and catalytic. “Our students felt that the current political climate is fragile, and that in these moments, we need to go back to seminal stories that remind us of why and how a moment can actually instigate a movement.”