I attended Pink Dot this year and among the many flyers, postcards and stickers I saw was The Laramie Project. Someone passed me a black-and-white copy and I remember seeing the posters around on my Facebook feed so I felt an interest to catch it.
And well, all thanks to Campus Singapore, I got a pair of tickets to catch this production put up by The Young Co at the DBS Arts Centre just last Friday. I was more than happy to receive the tickets, I must say. After a long day of doing up assignments, future planning and worrying about one thousand things for absolutely no reason, catching a theatre production was probably one of the best ways to unwind.
Anyway, The Laramie Project is by Moises Kaufman and the members of the Tectonic Theatre Project. Focusing on the town Laramie and the people’s various reactions, perspectives and insights of the unfortunate murder of Matthew Shephard back in 1998.
Firstly, I must say that it is one of the most powerful scripts I have ever come across. With so many varying perspectives from the young and old, the words came across very strongly and clearly. Even until now, there are still certain phrases and sentences that stuck in my mind. I enjoyed the truthfulness and how real the words were, so thank you so much to Moises Kaufman and the members of the Tectonic Theatre Project for doing up this piece of work. It is definitely impactful and unforgettable.
For the production itself, even though the set seemed slightly too familiar, I liked how the ensemble had to set up the stage and clear it when the show ended. It was kept clean, simple and the stage is what it is – no unnecessary settings, props and whatever. They kept the honesty of the piece, so I really appreciated it.
There were a few moments that touched me and I will keep in my heart from the production, but my favourite will definitely be the moment when Rulon Stacey (played by Lauren Sim) lost her composure when making a press statement. For me, that moment was the most fragile and precious because of the internal conflict of the character and the emotions played out. Sure, it was a short moment and may be one of the shorter ones out of the whole play, but the layers of meaning and subtext really stayed with me.
All in all, it was a piece that left me with a lot of questions and that is a good thing.