One Book, One RichmondThe 2013-14 One Book, One Richmond book selection is The Laramie Project by Moisés Kaufman.
On Oct. 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 theater piece.
The Laramie Project chronicles the life of the town of Laramie in the year after the murder, using actors to embody the 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.