Theater: Voices from Laramie

A troupe of actors became reporters to create a unique play about the killing of Matthew Shepard

A month after the murder of Matthew Shepard, the gay college student beaten and tied to a fence outside Laramie, Wyo., in October 1998, the orgy of media coverage and national soul searching over this horrific hate crime was beginning to die down. But just then the beleaguered town of 27,000 got another influx of visitors. They were actors from New York City who had cast themselves in new roles--as reporters. With tape recorders in hand (and working in pairs at first, in case there was any trouble), they fanned out across the community to interview people affected by the crime:...

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