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The Laramie Project

The Laramie Project

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  • Thu 21 Aug ’14, 8:00pm – 9:30pm
  • Fri 22 Aug ’14, 8:00pm – 9:30pm
  • Sat 23 Aug ’14, 8:00pm – 9:30pm
  • Thu 28 Aug ’14, 8:00pm – 9:30pm
  • Fri 29 Aug ’14, 8:00pm – 9:30pm
  • Sat 30 Aug ’14, 8:00pm – 9:30pm


The Dark Room, Cnr. Church and Pitt St, Palmerston North



Ticket Information:

  • Adult: $20.00
  • Student: $12.00


Skin Theatre

The Show:
The Laramie Project is a play by Moisés Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theater Project, about the reaction to the 1998 murder of University of Wyoming gay student, Matthew Shepard, in Laramie, Wyoming. The murder was denounced as a hate crime and brought attention to the lack of hate crimes laws in various states, including Wyoming.

The play draws on hundreds of interviews conducted by the theatre company with inhabitants of the town, company members' own journal entries, and published news reports. It is divided into three acts, and eleven actors portray more than sixty characters in a series of short scenes.

Laramie, Wyoming is a university city just like Palmerston North. Skin Theatre was particularly drawn to the similarities between the people of Laramie and the people in our community. We were also interested in the simplicity of the play’s staging and the challenging multiple roles for the actors. Even though this play is about a hate crime in America that divided a nation, it is also about how communities can come together in times of adversity. In this way, Laramie could be any town, any city, in any country around the world, including Palmerston North.

Warning: Contains some offensive language

The Project/Background:

Skin Theatre, who brought you Macbeth back in June 2013, Dark Deeds in January 2014 and Shakespeare and The City in April 2014 are excited to be bringing this show to Palmerston North.
Skin Theatre was formed because a group of artists in the Manawatu felt that there were not enough strong acting and leadership roles for women in theatre that either challenged or inspired them.


Maree Gibson
Hannah Pratt
Jessica McLean
Maddie Crofts
Helena Pawson
Annie Webster
Ethan Burmeister
Toby Lockhart
Phillip Mills
Mark Kilsby
Trent Pedley

For more information/questions please don’t hesitate to contact:

Tracey Sefton-Wiggins
Tel. (06 359 2724)

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