by Donald Rees
I feel that Brave New Productions has now grown in a way that Laramie doesn't seem too ambitious anymore. Indeed, everything seemed in place except for the script itself. Like I already mentioned, it's a popular piece of theatre. A quick Google will show a handful of performances in Canada this year alone. If Brave New Productions was going to go forward with our first licensed show, doing one that had already been seen by so many people locally might not be the best choice. Still, the subject matter and style of Laramie wouldn't stop nibbling at the back of my thoughts.
At Brave New Productions we've devoted our entire portfolio to comedy and developing original scripts. At first glance, one might assume that deciding to do Laramie wasn't our natural next step but I feel the opposite is true. Over the years, I've met tremendously talented performers who've done well making audiences laugh but who've also been itching to show off another side of their skills. On a personal level, the idea of doing one project with more substance than the average comedy also seemed rather appealing. When Tectonic Theatre Project announced that they were releasing a sequel to The Laramie Project, I was very interested. How rare is it that any piece of theatre should get a sequel? It happens in movies but not on stage. The fact that a story I was so fond of had been given that treatment convinced me that we had to do the project.