MATTITUCK, NY – Live theater is back after a long pandemic hiatus, and the North Fork Community Theater presents work that is both moving and empowering.
‘The Laramie Project’, by Moisés Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theater Project, is a “flagship work of documentary theatre. Hailed as a captivating and encompassing piece of contemporary theatre, ‘The Laramie Project’ shocks, challenges and deeply moves audiences as it reveals the lowest depths of hate and the highest peaks of compassion that lie within members of this typical American community grappling with the horrific trauma of an unconscionable hate crime in their own backyards “said the NFCT.
According to a synopsis of the NFCT broadcast: “On October 6, 1998, in Laramie, Wyoming, a 21-year-old gay college student named Matt Shepard was kidnapped, badly beaten, tied to a fence, and left for dead. 18 hours later , barely breathing but alive, he was miraculously found by a child on a bicycle. On October 12, 1998, after five days in a coma, in a Colorado hospital, his family by his side, Matt Shepard died.
And, the synopsis continued: “A month later, Moisés Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theater Project in New York traveled to Laramie to interview a shocked community struggling to make sense of what had happened. They would return to Laramie six times during the course. Over 200 of these verbatim interviews were then edited and shaped into a stunning documentary theater piece, revealing the complicated impasse of a broken community torn between the debris of hate and the glimmers of hope.”
The cast includes Nicholas Auletti, Esmeralda Cabrera, Julia Cappiello, Tom Ciorciari, Michael Colt, Jennifer Eager, Raven Janoski, King Johnson, Charles E. Lehner, Christian Lepore, Mike Mraz, Laura J. Pearsall, Wendy Peterson, Suzette Delia Reiss, Stuart Whalen.
The production team includes director Huck Hirsch, producer Colin Palmer, assistant directors Justin Harris and Christian Lepore, production manager Peter Peterson, stage manager Thomas DeAngelo, set design by Stephen Ness, costumes by Diane Peterson, technical consultant Liz Liszanckie and playwright Wendy Peterson.
Remaining performances include Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m.; a discussion will take place on Friday. Tickets are $20 and are available here; tickets are also available by phone at 631-298-6328 and at the box office starting one hour before performances.