The Laramie Project
NOTES ABOUT THE TEXT:
All characters in The Laramie Project are based on real individuals. Only those who requested anonymity remain nameless; all other characters are portrayals of their real life, historical counterpart.
The play is composed of diary entries, texts, and interviews conducted by members of the Tectonic Theater Project. Unless moments are specified as reenacted scenes, the text should be performed as if the speaker is the subject of an interview. Characters do not enter and exit scenes as in more traditional texts. Instead, they step forward when it is their turn to speak and are introduced by the narrators.
The play is not composed with a traditional scenic structure. Instead of scenes, the text refers to “moments”. They are not presented linearly, but arranged to best tell the story. A note about the format of the script, as explained by its author, Moisés Kaufman:
"When writing this play, we used a technique I developed called “moment work.” It is a method to create and analyze theater from a structuralist (or “tectonic”) perspective. For that reason, there are no ‘scenes’ in this play, only “moments.” A “moment” does not mean a change of locale, or an entrance or exit of actors or characters. It is simply a unit of theatrical time, which is then juxtaposed with other units to convey meaning.”
MOMENT: A DEFINITION
A narrator steps forward to explain to the audience how The Laramie Project came to be:
"On November fourteenth, 1998, the members of Tectonic Theater Project traveled to Laramie, Wyoming and conducted interviews with the people of the town. During the next year, we would return to Laramie several times and conduct over two hundred interviews."
He or she continues to explain the creation process, stating: “The play you are about to see is edited from those interviews, as well as from journal entries by members of the company and other found texts.”
He or she steps aside to allow company member Greg Pierotti to