Audience Guide: Part 2 - Miami University School of Fine Arts

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Audience Guide: Part 2 - Miami University School of Fine Arts

‘AN OUTDOOR TOWN WITH AN OUTLAW PAST’

MATTHEW TRUMP

“There’s so much space

between people and towns here,

so much time for

—REBECCA

reflection.” HILLIKER,

UNIVERSITY OF WYOMING PROFESSOR,

QUOTED IN THE LARAMIE PROJECT

The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later

WRITERS Moisés Kaufman,

Leigh Fondakowski,

Greg Pierotti, Andy Paris

and Stephen Belber

DRAMATURG Jimmy Maize

Audience Guide to The Laramie Project:

Ten Years Later

WRITERS Bennett Singer and

Ellen Gordon Reeves

DESIGN ShapiroDesign

Tectonic Theater Project

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR Moisés Kaufman

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Greg Reiner

Laramie, Wyoming—which calls

itself “An Outdoor Town with an

Outlaw Past”—is famous for its

rugged mountains, sprawling

prairies and Wild West traditions.

Situated in southeastern Wyoming,

130 miles north of Denver and

7,200 feet above sea level, the

town is home to some 27,000

residents and to the University

of Wyoming, the school Matthew

Shepard attended before his

murder in 1998.

Founded in the mid-1860s,

Laramie is named for Jacques

LaRamie, a trapper who was one

of the first Europeans to reach

the American West. In addition to

the city of Laramie, the trapper

also lends his name to a mountain

range, river, county and U.S.

Army fort.

In its early days, the town of

Laramie was “ungovernable,”

in the words of its first mayor,

M.C. Brown, who lasted just

three weeks on the job before

quitting in 1868. Brown was the

object of threats from three halfbrothers—“Big”

Steve Long,

Ace Moyer and Con Moyer—who

owned a saloon called Bucket of

Blood. The brothers took the law

into their own hands, forcing settlers

to turn over their property

deeds to them. Those who resisted

were shot; by October 1868,

Long had killed 13 men.

Albany County’s first sheriff,

N.K. Boswell, organized a vigilance

committee, and on October 28,

1868, led a group of armed

men into Bucket of Blood. After

overpowering the three brothers,

2 —AN EPILOGUE

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