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The Laramie Project

To learn more about this play and the life of Matthew Shepard visit the Matthew Shepard Foundation.

Some performances include a Post-Show Perspectives question and answer session, moderated by Lesley Tye:

  • Friday, February 3: Dennis Shepard, father of Matthew Shephard, will speak and answer questions via Zoom.
  • Sunday, February 5: Nick Viox of Up North Pride, Traverse City’s LGBTQ+ advocacy group, will speak and answer questions.
  • Saturday, February 11: Cynthia Van Maanen, composer of the original music for the production, along with some of the featured musicians, will speak and answer questions.

Hate can happen anywhere.

In October 1998, 21-year-old Matthew Shepard, an openly gay college student, was brutally beaten and left to die on the plains outside Laramie, Wyoming. A play based on more than 200 interviews with the people of the town, The Laramie Project is a breathtaking collage that explores the depths to which humanity can sink and the heights of compassion of which we are capable. Note: Includes adult language and situations.


  • Tickets are $28 for adults, $15 for youth under 18, plus fees. For other prices such as Two-on-the-Town, Partial View, Service Dogs, & Groups of 8 or more, call the Box Office.

  • If sold out, we have a Waiting List.

  • No refunds; exchanges often possible for a fee.

Thank you to our show sponsor

  • Up North Pride Logo

To learn more about this play and the life of Matthew Shepard visit the Matthew Shepard Foundation.

Some performances include a Post-Show Perspectives question and answer session, moderated by Lesley Tye:

  • Friday, February 3: Dennis Shepard, father of Matthew Shephard, will speak and answer questions via Zoom.
  • Sunday, February 5: Nick Viox of Up North Pride, Traverse City’s LGBTQ+ advocacy group, will speak and answer questions.
  • Saturday, February 11: Cynthia Van Maanen, composer of the original music for the production, along with some of the featured musicians, will speak and answer questions.