July 29, 2001 |
Moises Kaufman could not turn off the television. He could not put down the newspaper. Like much of America, he was mesmerized by the news of the horrific beating, robbery and eventual death in 1998 of Matthew Shepard, a gay university student attacked and left for dead by two young men near Laramie, Wyo. "For the five days until he died, you couldn't turn on a television or a radio and not hear about it," says the 37-year-old playwright and director. "Matthew Shepard put a face on hate crimes.
June 15, 2004 |
Stage director Moises Kaufman didn't do too badly with his last foray into Germanic subject matter: He directed Doug Wright's "I Am My Own Wife," which won this year's Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award for best play with its depiction of the life and times of Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, who managed to survive both the Nazis and the East German communists while living in Berlin as a cross-dressing, openly gay man.
October 14, 2009 |
The soft whistle of a passing breeze echoed through the performance space. On stage, a group of men swayed against a backdrop of Wyoming's hills, as though they were at the mercy of the wind. They moved faintly side to side, side to side. The image resonated throughout the Monday night performance of "The Laramie Project, Ten Years Later . . . an Epilogue" at the Eli and Edythe Broad Stage. The Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles, which presented the production with Speak Theater Arts and the Broad Stage, opened the show with this rhythmic motion, symbolic of a deeper struggle.
August 7, 2001 |
The word "honorable" doesn't hold much adjectival currency these days. Even when it isn't used dismissively ("honorable failure," "honorable bore"), it connotes noble aims and good manners, a good-for-you experience without much vitality. But in a smart, bracing way, "The Laramie Project" restores honor to that word "honorable."
April 16, 2008 |
LA JOLLA -- There's a reason why there are so few memorable works about the births of artistic masterpieces: The creative process is boring. Writers, painters and musicians dawdle interminably over details and decisions that common mortals simply don't have the patience, not to say masochism, for. Playwright and director Moises Kaufman ("The Laramie Project" and "Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde"), however, is always up for a challenge.
January 30, 2011 |
As Jane Fonda strides across the marble entranceway of the 1940s hillside home she shares with her boyfriend, music producer Richard Perry, she's already explaining her most recent break with convention: their living situation. "I have an apartment over there," she says pointing out the window to a building in the distance, rising up from the neon blur of city lights below. "But I've never slept there. I never thought this is where I'd be at this point in my life ? 73, shacked up with somebody in the music business," she laughs.