The Laramie Project is a play that attempts to examine the aftermath in Laramie, Wyoming, of murdered college student, Matthew Shephard.
I basically bought this to use as a case study for an upcoming college exam in moral Theology. The play covers many of the issues I intend to focus on ie. Murder, Human Rights, The Death Penalty and the HIV/AIDs problem.
The beautiful thing about this play is that it is authentic. The words within it are real, spoken by real people of the town of Laramie. Moreover, the people themselves come from all walks of life - whether they be ranchers, ministers, college students or bartenders - everybody has a story to tell!
Overall, the play is an extraordinary, heartfelt read and I say this because you can 'feel' the words impact on your mind as they are read. The speakers are real, so you get the sense of grieving with the residents and trying to come to terms with such a horrible crime.
Buy it. Money well spent.
Also, do check out the HBO produced film, The Laramie Project... it is almost word-for-word like this play.