Swetzoff Receives Lortel Award Nomination

Portions of Martha Swetzoff’s (Senior Critic, Film, Animation and Video) video design for the original production of The Laramie Project will appear in its re-staging, at The Brooklyn Academy of Music, Feb. 12-24. Swetzoff was nominated for a Lortel award (the Off-Broadway Tony) for her work on the original design.


On October 6th of 1998 Matthew Shepard was beaten and left to die tied to a fence in the outskirts of Laramie, Wyoming. He died 6 days later. His torture and murder became a watershed historical moment in America that highlighted many of the fault lines in our culture.

A month after the murder, the members of Tectonic Theater Project traveled to Laramie and conducted interviews with the people of the town. From these interviews they wrote the play The Laramie Project, which they later made into a film for HBO. The piece has been seen by more than 30 million people around the country. Ten years later, Moisés Kaufman and members of Tectonic Theater Project returned to Laramie to find out what has happened over the last 10 years.

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