Streaming Free April 23–25
(Pittsfield, MA) Barrington Stage Company’s Youth Theatre is proud to present “The Laramie Project” to be streamed free April 23 -25. Available to stream on-demand from 12:00am ET Friday, April 23 through 11:59pm ET Sunday, April 25. To register or for more information: The Laramie Project – Barrington Stage Company
In October 1998, Matthew Shepard, age 21, was brutally beaten and left to die on the plains outside Laramie, Wyoming. Because he was gay. Playwright/Director Moisés Kaufman and fellow members of the Tectonic Theater Project conducted more than 200 interviews with the people of the town. These are their words.
The cast of “The Laramie Project” is comprised of local teenagers: Taibat Ahmed, 15, Pittsfield, Ty Aubin, 17, Adams, Madailein Demler, 18, Pittsfield, Deisy Escobar, 16, Great Barrington, Bee Gillespie, 14, Becket, Matthew Garrity, 17 Pittsfield, Eve McDougall, 16, Lee, Gabrielle Mott, 14, Lenox, Julianna Salinovici, 14, Pittsfield, Thalia Tassy, 17, New Lebanon, Brooke Tripicco, 14, Pittsfield, Sam Tucker-Smith, 16, Williamstown, Bei Jia Viggiano, 14, Pittsfield, Ruth Weaver, 17, Williamstown, and Steven Wood, 12, Pittsfield, take on this heavy and topical material as an ensemble representing over 75 people from the town.
Hailed by TIME Magazine as one of the Top Ten Plays of the Year 2000, “The Laramie Project” is a thought provoking, critically acclaimed and emotionally riveting theatre experience of a small town at the epicenter of an incomprehensible crime. It has been called an “Our Town” for the new millennium.
“The Laramie Project” is directed by Hannah Katz. Ian Gillis is Stage Manager. Videographer/Editor, Christopher Castanho, Videographer, Jon Hed.
ABOUT BARRINGTON STAGE COMPANY
Barrington Stage Company (BSC) is an award-winning theatre located in Pittsfield, MA, in the heart of the Berkshires. Co-founded in 1995 by Artistic Director Julianne Boyd, BSC’s mission is to present top-notch, compelling work; to develop new plays and musicals; and to find fresh, bold ways of bringing new audiences into the theatre.
BSC attracts over 60,000 patrons annually and has gained national recognition for its superior-quality productions and comprehensive educational programming, including the award-winning Playwright Mentoring Project, the Musical Theatre Conservatory, Youth Theatre, KidsAct! and other initiatives. The company has become integral to the economic revitalization of downtown Pittsfield.
BSC’s reputation for excellence began with a smash revival of Cabaret that moved to Boston in 1997 for an extended run. The theatre’s prominence grew with the world premiere of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee by William Finn and Rachel Sheinkin (BSC 2004; Broadway 2005-2008, winner of two Tony Awards). Other notable productions include the world premiere of Christopher Demos-Brown’s American Son (BSC 2016; Broadway 2018); Mark St. Germain’s Freud’s Last Session (BSC 2009; Off Broadway 2010-2012); Leonard Bernstein, Comden & Green’s On the Town (BSC 2013; Broadway 2014, four Tony Award nominations); Stephen Sondheim and George Furth’s Company, starring Aaron Tveit (BSC 2017); and West Side Story in honor of Leonard Bernstein and Jerome Robbins’ centenaries (BSC 2018).
BSC develops and commissions new work with two programs: PlayWorks, which supports the creation of new plays, and the Musical Theatre Lab, which develops new musicals. Since 1995, BSC has produced 36 new works, 19 of which have moved to New York and major US regional theatres.
Following the industry-wide shutdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, BSC was the first Equity theatre in the US to return to live performance with its critically acclaimed production of Harry Clarke, starring BSC Associate Artist Mark H. Dold and directed by Ms. Boyd. The season also included the acclaimed concerts, The Hills Are Alive with Rodgers & Hammerstein and Leslie Kritzer: Is It Over Yet?, the virtual benefit reading of Rob Ulin’s new play Judgment Day, a virtual staged reading of the new play Eleanor by BSC Associate Artist Mark St. Germain, a reading of Three Viewings by Jeffrey Hatcher, a reading of St. Germain’s , and BSC’s Holiday Getaway. This year, the company’s streaming productions also have included the critically acclaimed 10th anniversary 10×10 New Play Festival, and upcoming readings of the commissioned work Mother’s Day (April 9-11) by Bekah Brunstetter and Typhoid Marythe Barrington Stage Company’s Youth Theatre’s production of The Laramie Project (April 23-25).
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