On November 7, 1998, Matthew Shepard, a gay University of Wyoming student was discovered on a prairie at the edge of town, tied to a fence, brutally beaten, and close to death. Six days later he died at Poudre Valley Hospital in Ft. Collins, Colorado. On November 14th, 1998, ten members of Tectonic Theatre Project traveled to Laramie, Wyoming and conducted interviews with the people of the town. Over the next year, the company returned to Laramie 6 times and conducted over 200 interviews. These texts became the basis for the play The Laramie Project.
Ten years later on September 12th, 2008, 5 members of Tectonic returned to Laramie to try to understand the long-term effect of the murder. They found a town wrestling with its legacy and its place in history. In addition to revisiting the people interviewed for the original play, this time around, the company also spoke with the two murderers, McKinney and Henderson, as well as Matthew's mother, Judy Shepard.The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later is a bold new work, which asks the question, "How does society write its own history?"