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pp. 1629 – 1654 The Laramie Project (by Moises Kaufman and the members of the Tectonic Theatre Project, 2000) The film was made for HBO in 2002. b The theatre company’s name, “Tectonic”, refers to deformations in the earth’s crust that set up movements of faults within the earth, resulting in earthquakes. The company is interested in using that image as a metaphor for similar hidden or underground “deformities” that exist among humans – like prejudice, hate, bigotry, etc . -- and lead to catastrophic eruptions of violence or other effects in individuals, communities, and nations. They are interested in using documentary theatre (docudrama) as a means for engaging people in dialogue about those “deformities” that exist underneath the surface in our communities, that we maybe don’t like to talk about, but need to. b The play is based upon interviews that the company members conducted with the people of the town over the year and a half which followed Matthew Shepard’s death (including the trials of the two perpetrators). b
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