An Interview with Andy Paris

In 2011, I was honored to sit down with Andy Paris, one of the collaborators on The Laramie Project, a play written by the Tectonic Theater Project. For those unfamiliar with The Laramie Project, you might have heard of the horrendous tragedy of Mathew Shepard. In 1998, Mathew Shepard was a college student at the University of Wyoming. After meeting two guys at the Fireside Lounge in Laramie, Wyoming, the two men offered Mathew a ride home. Mathew Shepard was then robbed, beaten, tied to a fence and left to die. The crime was called a hate crime and in 2009 The Mathew Shepard Act was signed by President Barack Obama. This act expanded the hate crime act written in 1969 to include crimes motivated by gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability.
The-Laramie-Project-MAIN-VISUAL-600x400The Tectonic Theater Project’s The Laramie Project premiere performance was in February 2000. Here is the interview I had with Andy Paris:

My name appears as Jason Schuck. My first name is Jason, but I usually go by my middle name Nicola or just Nic for short. This interview was during grad school and I just went with Jason since that was what my professors were calling me. This was the first interview I had with a professional artist.

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