2010 – The Laramie Project



On October 7, 1998, a young gay man was discovered bound to a fence in the hills outside Laramie, Wyoming, savagely beaten and left to die in an act of brutality and hate that shocked the nation. Matthew Shepard’s death became a national symbol of intolerance, but for the people of Laramie the event was deeply personal, and it is their voices we hear in this stunningly effective theatre piece.

Moises Kaufman and fellow members of the Tectonic Theater Project made six trips to Laramie over the course of a year and a half in the aftermath of the beating and conducted more than 200 interviews with people of the town. From these interviews as well as their own experiences, Kaufman and the Tectonic Theater members have constructed a deeply moving theatrical experience. The Laramie Project chronicles the life of the town of Laramie in the year after the murder, using eight actors to embody more than sixty different people in their own words – from rural ranchers to university professors. The result is a complex portrayal that dispels the simplistic media stereotypes and explores the depths to which humanity can sink and the heights of compassion of which we are capable.

“Deeply moving…. This play is Our Town with
a question mark, as in
‘Could this be our town?'”
-New York Times

less is MORE Productions is dedicated in making opportunities for young performers in the North East with a priority commitment to help develop original theatre artists from our area.  Working to create both new undiscovered work as well as their own unique takes on previously performed work. less is MORE Productions, was set up in 2009 by Laura Lonsdale and David Tuffnell. Both Middlesbrough born and bred, they studied at ALRA and LAMDA, respectively, for 3 years.

After the success of last years sell-out production of ‘Beautiful Thing’ by Jonathan Harvey, less is MORE is once again combining professional actors with local raw talent and creating a piece of theatre that will challenge anyone’s thought’s and opinions and show how one incident can effect a whole town and bring everyone’s faults and strengths to the public eye.

The cast includes: –

  • Laura Lonsdale – (The Academy of Live and Recorded Arts – ALRA)
  • Phil Chamberlin – (East 15 Acting School)
  • Rachel Scott – (Stockton Riverside College, Oxford School of Drama)
  • Steven Langley – (Bretton Hall)
  • Marc Anthony – (Middlesbrough College, Teesside University)
  • Carlie Watson – (University of Sheffield)
  • Candice Melton – (Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts)
  • Jonathan Jones – (Stockton Sixth Form College)

Directed by David Tuffnell (London Academy Of Music and Dramatic Arts – LAMDA)

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