On Oct. 6, 1998, Matthew Shepard, a young college student in Laramie, Wyo., was tied to a fence post, beaten into a coma and left to die by Aaron McKinney and Russell Henderson. Their only motivation was that Shepherd was gay.
The shocking crime made national headlines, not only for the scope of its brutality, but because Shepard's funeral was protested by the Westboro Baptist Church, a radical Christian group.
The 2000 play The Laramie Project, by Moises Kaufman, used hundreds of interviews, news reports and journal entries of Laramie residents to construct a pastiche of the community's reaction to the murder.
Ten years later, the members of the Tectonic Theater Project who first wrote and staged the play, returned and conducted follow-up interviews for a new play, The Laramie Project--Ten Years Later.
The play was produced at more than 150 theaters across America and now, thanks to the folks at Daisy's Madhouse, it will come to Boise.