Tectonic Theater Project



by Moisés Kaufman and the members of Tectonic Theater Project


On October 6th of 1998 Matthew Shepard was beaten and left to die tied to a fence in the outskirts of Laramie, Wyoming. He died 6 days later. His torture and murder became a watershed historical moment in America that highlighted many of the fault lines in our culture..


A month after the murder the members of Tectonic Theater Project traveled to Laramie and conducted interviews with the people of the town. From these interviews they wrote the play The Laramie Project. The piece has been seen by more than 30 million people around the country.



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In 2008, the members of Tectonic Theater Project returned to Laramie, Wyoming to explore how the town had changed since the murder of Matthew Shepard. What they found defied their expectations. The result was a new play about how we construct our own history. This is the continuing story of an American town.






Stephen Belber*100108Celebs14AR

Himself, Doc O’Connor, Matt Galloway, Anonymous Friend of Aaron McKinney, Bill McKinney, Andrew Gomez, Fred Phelps, Mormon Spiritual Advisor, Conrad Miller, Narrator, Ensemble

Amanda Gronich*Amanda_025

Herself, Eileen Engen (Act One), Marge Murray, Baptist Minister, Trish Steger, Shadow, Newsperson, Narrator, Ensemble

Mercedes Herrero*

Reggie Fluty, Rebecca Hilliker, Waitress, Newsperson, Narrator, Ensemble

John McAdams*

Moisés Kaufman, Philip Dubois (Act One), Stephen Mead Johnson, Murdock Cooper, Jon Peacock, Dennis Shepard, Harry Woods, Narrator, Ensemble

Andy Paris*andy_paris_headshot_final

Himself, Jedadiah Schultz, Doug Laws, Dr. Cantway, Matt Mickelson, Russell Henderson, Aaron McKinney, Philip Dubois (Act Two), Kerry Drake, Narrator, Ensemble

Greg Pierotti*

Himself, Sgt. Hing, Phil LaBrie, Father Roger Schmit, Rulon Stacey, Detective Sgt. Rob DeBree, Jonas Slonaker, Narrator, Ensemble

Barbara Pitts*

Herself, Catherine Connolly, April Silva, Zubaida Ula, Sherry Aanenson, Lucy Thompson, Eileen Engen Act Two), Narrator, Ensemble

Kelli Simpkins*

Leigh Fondakowski, Zackie Salmon, Alison Sears, Romaine Patterson, Aaron Kreifels, Tiffany Edwards, Narrator, Ensemble

Creative Team

MOISÉS KAUFMAN (Playwright & Director)
PETER GOLUB (Composer)
LEIGH FONDAKOWSKI* (Head Writer & Assistant Director)
STEPHEN BELBER* (Associate Writer)
GREG PIEROTTI* (Associate Writer)
STEPHEN WANGH (Associate Writer)
MOE SCHELL (Costume Design)
BETSY ADAMS (Lighting Design)
MARTHA SWETZOFF (Projection Design)
CHARLES MEANS (Production Stage Manager)
JOHN MCADAMS* (Dramaturg)
ANDY PARIS* (Dramaturg)
BARBARA PITTS* (Dramaturg)
KEVIN P. MCANARNEY (Press Representative)
KAI BROTHERS (Production Manager)

Cast: Ten Years Later

Kelli Simpkins*

Leigh Fondakowski, Zackie Salmon, Jan Lundhurst, Romaine Patterson, Clerk in Wyoming Legislature

Amanda Gronich*Amanda_025

Beth Loffreda,Marge Murray, Girl, 20/20 Narrator

Greg Pierotti*

Himself, Jonas Slonaker,Rob DeBree, University Official, Aaron McKinney

Stephen Belber*100108Celebs14AR

Himself, Cowboy, Dave O’Malley, Friend #1, George, Republican Man

Andy Paris*andy_paris_headshot_final

Himself, Matt Mickelson, Jedadiah Schultz, Jim Osborne, Jerry Parkinson, Gene Pratt, Boy, Jim, Russell Henderson, Peterson

Barbara Pitts-McAdams*

Catherine Connolly, Grandma, Lucy Thompson, Friend #2, Ben, Judy Shepard

Mercedes Herrero*

Rebecca Hilliker, Reggie Fluty, Deb Thomson, Susan Swapp, Desk Mate

John McAdams*

Moisés Kaufman, Jeffrey Lockwood, Rental Car Agent, Governor Freudenthal, Dennis Shepard, Father Roger, Glenn Silber, John Dorst, Chairman Childers

Creative Team: Ten Years Later

MOISÉS KAUFMAN (Playwright & Director)
PETER GOLUB (Composer)
GREG PIEROTTI* (Playwright)
ANDY PARIS* (Playwright)
STEPHEN BELBER* (Playwright)
MOE SCHELL (Costume Design)
BETSY ADAMS (Lighting Design)
JOHN NARUN (Projection Design)
JIMMY MAIZE* (Dramaturg)


* indicates member of our resident company



Tectonic Theater Project collaborated with HBO to make the film based on the play. It starred Peter Fonda, Laura Linney, Christina Ricci, and Steve Buscemi among others. It opened the 2002 Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for 4 Emmys.



“Astonishing. Not since Angels in America has a play attempted so much: nothing less than an examination of the American psyche at the end of the millennium.”

-Mike Kuchwara, AP

“A pioneering work and a powerful stage event.”

-Time Magazine

“Nothing short of stunning. Not to be missed.”

-John Simon, New York Magazine

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