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The Laramie Project

Directed by Raimondo Genna


@ The Arthur Wagner Theatre (GH 157)

November 19 - 22

About the Play

About the Author

Moisés Kaufman’s and The Tectonic Project’s reality-based, hate-crime docudrama of a young gay student’s brutal murder searches for answers about our nation’s responsibility and values.

In 1998, Matthew Shepard, a young gay student from the University of Wyoming was severely beaten and left to die, tied to a fence just outside the small town of Laramie Wyoming. Shepard’s brutal attack and consequential death because of his homosexuality led the national media to portray Laramie as a breeding ground for ignorance and intolerance. Moisés Kaufman and his Tectonic Theatre Project journeyed to Laramie to discover for themselves Laramie’s true identity. Through the voices of the townspeople, The Laramie Project deconstructs the monolithic, media-assembled image of Laramie, revealing a complicated and complex character, not just of the small Wyoming town, but also of America itself.


Moisés Kaufman first received international acclaim for his Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde. He subsequently wrote the deeply affecting play The Laramie Project about reaction to the brutal murder of gay university student Matthew Shepard, and directed Doug Wright's Pulitzer Prize-winning drama about East German transvestite Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, I Am My Own Wife, for which he received a Tony nomination for best director. He is also a playwright, director, and founder of Tectonic Theatre Project.


About the Director

Raimondo Genna is a PhD candidate who received his M.A. in Theatre at San Diego State University. Mr. Genna’s directorial credits include All My Sons (UCSD), N. Richard Nash’s Echoes and Ariel Dorfman’s Death and the Maiden (Stone Soup Theatre Company). Other directing credits include: (SDSU) Macbeth, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, Deep and One for the Road, and Associate Director on The Kentucky Cycle (Nick Reid, Director); Talk to Me Like the Rain, Let Me Listen, and A Thing of Beauty (Mesa College); and assistant director for The Weir with Joe Hardy (Old Globe Theatre).

The Cast

The Creative Team

Greg Pierotti and Others:
                                    Al Evangelista

Andy Paris and Others:
                                    Michael Kelly

Moises Kaufman and Others:
                                    Daniel Kim

Stephen Belber and Others:
                                    Steve McLure

Amanda Gronich and Others:
                                    Kendra Miller

Barbara Pitts and Others:
                                    Alyssa Schechter

Leigh Fondakowski and Others:
                                    Nina Sung

Reggie Fluty and Others:
                                    Shamira Turner

Director - Raimondo Genna
Movement Coach - Maiya Murphy
Production Stage Manager - Kevin Robert Fitzpatrick
Scenic Designer - Maximillian Lee
Costume Designer - Maggie Chan
Lighting Designer - Sarah Kranz
Sound Designer - Giovanni Valasco
Asst Stage Manager - Samantha M. Watson
Asst Scenic Designer - TBA
Asst Costume Designer - Jenny Lee
Asst Lighting Designer - Dan Shapiro
Production Asst - Tiffany Fontaine



Wed Nov 19 at 8:00 pm OPENING
Thur Nov 20 at 8:00 pm
Fri Nov 21 at 8:00 pm
Sat Nov 22 at 2:00 pm MATINEE
Sat Nov 22 at 8:00 pm
Sun Nov 23 at 2:00 pm CLOSING

Located at: The Arthur Wagner Theatre (GH 157)

Limited Seating and No Late Seating

Parking Passes Required: Monday through Friday. Weeknight passes are $2 per vehicle from the vending machines located in the UC San Diego Theatre District/La Jolla Playhouse parking lots and entry display case. Please remember your parking space number. You will need it to purchase your parking pass.

Note: Machines take all major credit cards except Discover and when paying with cash you must use exact change, NO CHANGE GIVEN.

Parking Passes Not Required: Saturdays and Sundays


Cars without permits are subject to ticketing by UCSD Campus Police. The Theatre & Dance Department does not have the authority to waive and cannot pay parking tickets.



Advance tickets for this production are available Monday-Friday, noon to 6 pm by calling the Box Office at 858.534.4574 or in person at the Theatre District’s Central Box Office at the Sheila & Hughes Potiker Theatre. 

At-the-Door tickets, if available, can be purchased one hour before show time at the performing theatre’s box office at The Arthur Wagner Theatre (GH 157)

Students: $4
All Others: $5

Reserve Tickets


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