'The Laramie Project Cycle,' Matthew Shepard Plays, To Play New York's BAM

The original cast of "The Laramie Project" will reunite in Brooklyn, N.Y. this winter for a stretch of special performances.

But the forthcoming Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) engagement is also significant for other reasons, too, offering New York audiences the first chance to see a fully staged production of the show's sequel "The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later," as well as a chance to see both productions as part of a repertory engagement.

In addition to the performances of "The Laramie Project Cycle" -- which depicts the aftermath of gay college student Matthew Shepard's death -- BAM will also present an artist talk featuring Tony-nominated playwright Moises Kaufman and Matthew's mother, Judy Shepard on Feb. 16.

"The Laramie Project Cycle" is based on court documents, media reportage and transcripts from over 200 interviews conducted by Kaufman during six trips to Laramie, Wyo. where Shepard was beaten and left to die in 1998. Since it was first produced in 2000, "The Laramie Project" has become one of the most performed pieces of theater in the U.S. and made into an acclaimed HBO movie.

"The Laramie Project Cycle" plays at BAM's Harvey Theater from Feb. 12 -- 24, 2012. For more information on the shows, click here.

Check out photos from "The Laramie Project Cycle," courtesy of BAM, below:



The Laramie Project Cycle