Moisés Kaufman

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  • Essay On The Laramie Project

    The Laramie Project is a verbatim film directed by Moisés Kaufman and was originally a play created by the same director. The play was first performed in February 2000 and then the film debuted in January 2002. “Moisés Kaufman and members of New York's Tectonic Theatre Project went to Laramie, Wyoming after the murder of Matthew Shepard. This is a film version of the play they wrote based on more than 200 interviews they conducted in Laramie. It follows and in some cases re-enacts the chronology of Shepard's visit to a local bar, his kidnap and beating, the discovery of him tied to a fence, the vigil at the hospital, his death and funeral, and the trial of his killers. It mixes real news reports with actors portraying friends, family, cops, killers, and other Laramie residents in their own words. It concludes with a Laramie staging of "Angels in America" a year after Shepherd’s death.” The directional concept that Moisés Kaufman motivated during the development of The Laramie Project was to embrace the deep emotional emotion that came from the audience’s response, as he took real life interviews and presented them in a way that is shocking and can possibly make some…

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  • Kaufman's Speech Analysis

    I don’t know where to begin. After watching Adaptation and reading Kaufman 's speech, I’m overwhelmed by ideas and thoughts. These ideas and thoughts are not only on creativity and screenwriting, which is what I expected them to be, but also about myself as an individual in the world. I don’t consider myself a writer, to be honest, I really don’t like to write, never have. The strange thing is, I’ve always considered myself a storyteller. Over the last few years at Humber, my creative drive has…

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  • Themes In The Laramie Project

    The play The Laramie Project by Moises Kaufman and the members of the Tectonic Theater Project describes the situation of twenty-one-year-old Matthew Shepard. Matthew was known to be homosexual and found himself in a life or death situation when he was attacked by Russell Henderson and Aaron McKinney. Matthew Shepard was brutally beaten and passed away after being comatose for five days. The perpetrators were arrested for a number of things including kidnapping and first degree murder.…

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  • Laramie Play Analysis

    Although the term "hate crime" doesn’t seem new anymore given the attention it has received in the past several years in America and other countries these types of offenses have been around for many decades. In this paper I’m going to disgust Laramie, WY, a small town which became infamous overnight in the fall of 1998, when Matthew Shepard, a gay college student, was found tied to a fence after being brutally beaten and left to die, setting off a nationwide debate about hate crimes and…

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  • Case Study: The Laramie Project

    The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) reported on December 8th, 2014, “60.6% [out of] 1,402 hate crimes . . . based on sexual orientation [are] classified as anti-gay (male) bias” (Latest Hate Crime Statistics Report Released). Crimes against homosexuals have been reported nationwide, but a hate crime in Laramie, Wyoming changed the gay community. On October 12, 1998, twenty-one-year old Matthew Shepard was brutally beaten and murdered by two young Laramie citizens because of Shepard’s…

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  • What Are Gender Roles In Moises Kaufman's Gross Indecency

    Written by Moises Kaufman, the play “Gross Indecency” is a biography of the life of Oscar Wilde, that focuses on court trials where Wilde is accused of being homosexual. Kaufman spent two years writing the play and completed it in 1997. The production contains several roles, but a single actor can play multiple characters, as the case in Kaufman’s production. The play consists of twenty four characters, including eight narrators; however, this is not including parts entitled “others”. Most…

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  • The Laramie Project Essay

    The Death of a boy and the Birth of a Hate Crime I. Thesis Statement In this 2017 celebration of The Laramie Project, the death of a gay man that is put in question was effectively presented with a minimalist slanted set, a set of a few chairs, and a projector which allowed the audience to be immersed in the performance and understand the emotions and intensity that exude from this production. II. Overview 1.) The name of the play is The Laramie Project 2.) The Two Playwrights are Moises…

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  • Summary Of The Laramie Project

    The Laramie Project, written by Moises Kaufman and the members of the Tectonic Theater Project, offers a commentary on homosexuality and living as a minority in the United States. As a gay man, Matthew Shepard represents a small minority in the overwhelmingly conservative town of Laramie, Wyoming. In Laramie, the population is largely straight and 89.39% Caucasian. These demographics represent one of the most reserved political views of rural republicanism. Rural republicans are largely…

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  • Personal Narrative: The Laramie Project

    one every so often). Though it’s fierce red tone may not match every silhouette or ensemble I wear, its message never goes out of style. In moments where I am overcome with frustrations or negativity, its script reminds me of the LGBTQ+ Heroes who have made the difference to allow me to live a free life. Harvey Milk, Bayard Rustin, Larry Kramer, Christine Jorgensen, and many more pioneers of the Gay Rights Movement have fought for our place in society today. With these victories, many are…

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  • Analysis Of The Laramie Project, Elemental Journey

    purpose of these pieces is to get people to notice the issues of the LGBTQ community. Pieces of literature can be very powerful especially when they have elements like symbols, settings, and points of views. This expository piece explored the difficulties faced in each piece, that were encountered when dealing with acceptance of sexuality, through the analysis of the works' contents, symbols, settings, and point of views. …

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