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We are thrilled to have been granted the performance rights to present THE LARAMIE PROJECT in June 2014 - to coincide with New York's Gay Pride. The play, written by Moises Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theatre Project, is the true story of a town who learns to cope with a brutal hate crime that happens within its city limits. Matthew Shepard, a gay University of Wyoming student, was beaten, tortured and left to die, tied to a fence on the outskirts of Laramie, Wyoming in October 1998. Through a series of 200 interviews, this play deeply explores the people of the town whose lives were shaped by the events that happened there.

This story is of huge importance to us, as the realities of bullying and hate crimes are only intensifying in our current socio-political climate. We are passionate about creating a dialogue among New York audiences to see what we, as a society, can do to promote tolerance and love.

To help us extend the dialogue, we have partnered with the Matthew Shepard Foundation to make sure this story is told with authenticity and will make the impact that the play deserves.


Your Donation Will Make a HUGE Difference

If we reach our fundraising goal of $8500 (which will enable us to produce the play), we will donate $1 from each ticket sold for THE LARAMIE PROJECT to the Matthew Shepard Foundation during our run June 13-29, 2014. DONATE NOW.

Your donation will help enable us to bring in compelling speakers to engage our audiences in meaningful conversation about the theme of the play. Speakers include Tectonic Theater Project, who will talk about how they used "Moment Work" to create THE LARAMIE PROJECT, as well as LGBT activist Lesléa Newman, award-winning author of A Letter to Harvey Milk and Heather Has Two Mommies who will be signing copies of her book, October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard. (See below for full schedule.)

(BONUS: Donations of $150 or more will get you VIP tickets to any performance/talkback of your choice!)


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The Seeing Place Theater
165 East 87th St #3FW, New York, NY 10128

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Goal $8500 (by 6/29/14)

Raised $5293/62.3% (as of 6/29/14)


Schedule - Free Talkbacks and Readings

June 14, 2014- Talkback & Book Signing: OCTOBER MOURNING: A SONG FOR MATTHEW SHEPARD
Immediately follow show- Speaker: Lesléa Newman.

Lesléa Newman is the author of HEATHER HAS TWO MOMMIES and was the keynote speaker for Gay Awareness Week at the University of Wyoming in 1998, the year Matthew Shepard was murdered. She arrived on campus the day he died. In order to make a difference and carry on Matt's legacy, she wrote the teen novel-in-verse, OCTOBER MOURNING: A SONG FOR MATTHEW SHEPARD which has won many literary awards including an American Library Association Stonewall Honor. The book is a 2014 New York State Charlotte Award finalist. Ms. Newman works with the Matthew Shepard Foundation Speaker as a member of their speaker's bureau and has given her presentation, "He Continues to Make a Difference: The Story of Matthew Shepard" at high schools, colleges, libraries, conferences, churches, and community centers all across the country. Click here for a link to her book trailer.

7pm- The TSP ensemble reads this compelling epilogue, by Moises Kaufman and members of Tectonic Theater Project.

7pm- The TSP ensemble reads this docu-drama by Moises Kaufman.

June 18, 2014 - Talkback: "Creating Art in the Wake of Tragedy"
Immediately following show- Speaker: Ruth Rothbart-Mayer, LCSW

Ruth Rothbart-Mayer has been a multiple-degree-holding social worker and psychotherapist for more than 25 years. Among her specialties are support groups, individual and group therapy for individuals coping with LGBT issues, and healing following traumatic events. She will be leading discussion with The Seeing Place about healing and addressing community and individual issues in the wake of a tragedy by using and creating art.

June 19, 2014 - Talkback: "Creating Theater through 'Moment Work'
Immediately following show- Speaker: Matt Freeman, Education Director of Tectonic Theater Project

Tectonic Theater Project is an award-winning company whose plays have been performed around the world. The company is dedicated to developing innovative works that explore theatrical language and form, fostering an artistic dialogue with our audiences on the social, political and human issues that affect us all. In service to this goal, Tectonic supports readings, workshops, and full theatrical productions, as well as training for students around the country in our play-making techniques. Its groundbreaking plays, THE LARAMIE PROJECT, GROSS INDECENCY: THE THREE TRIALS OF OSCAR WILDE, and I AM MY OWN WIFE, have sparked national discourse about their subjects and have inspired artists and audiences worldwide.

June 23, 2014 - Reading: TBA
7pm- TBA

7pm- The TSP ensemble reads this compelling epilogue, by Moises Kaufman and members of Tectonic Theater Project.

June 25, 2014 - Talkback: TBA
10:30pm- Speaker: TBA

June 26, 2014 - Talkback: Actor-Driven Theater


Donation Levels

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Donations of $25 or more will get special mention in our programs and on our website.

Donate $150 or more and you'll also receive two (2) tickets to our next production plus a free glass of wine to enjoy at your seat (or other beverage of your choice.) You'll also receive a souvenir program signed by the cast, delivered on the night you attend the performance.

Donate $300 or more and you'll receive four (4) tickets to our next production, a signed souvenir program, and prior to that performance you'll get an Exclusive Backstage Tour & after-show Q&A with our ensemble! (For those not in NYC, we will donate any unused tickets to our local senior center.)

• And, of course, you'll be supporting a vital independent theater company, who critics have raved, "In these recession strapped times it’s the best deal you can get on or off Broadway." (see more press)


Check out all of the ways your donation of $25 or more can make an impact:
Liability Insurance (per month) - $25 Postcard Printing (full run) - $250
Toiletries (per month) - $50 Actor Salaries (per person) - $250
Office Supplies (per month) - $50 Lighting Design / Supplies - $300
Coffee Supplies (per month) - $50 Theater Rental (per day) - $400
Website Domain & Hosting (per year) - $100 Set Design / Supplies - $500
Play Licensing (1 performance) - $85

Program Printing (full run) - $750

Wine/Concessions (single week) - $100 Play Licensing (full run) - $1200
Program Printing (single week) - $150 Theater Rental (per week) - $2500
Costumes & Props Design / Supplies - $200 Theater Rental (full run) - $7500


Where will your donation go?

The Seeing Place is a self-funded, non-profit theater company, which means our ensemble members painstakingly fundraise for every penny spent. Your donation will allow us the operating funds to produce THE LARAMIE PROJECT with our characteristic visceral & intimate style of storytelling, using the craft-driven rehearsal and performance practices of The Group Theatre. It will also help us to subsidize the cost of tickets (to $12) so that any New Yorker can afford to come to the theater.

The Laramie Project stars Brian Stuart Boyd, Kathryn Browne, Erin Cronican, John D'Arcangelo, Elle Emerson, Jonathan Miles, Christine Pastor, and Brandon Walker. Christine Doidge understudies. Directed Erin Cronican and Brandon Walker. More info here.

If you have any questions about donating, please email Managing Director, Erin Cronican.


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