elisa_rolle (elisa_rolle) wrote,

Moises Kaufman (born November 21, 1963)

Moisés Kaufman (born November 21, 1963) is a playwright, director and founder of Tectonic Theater Project. He is best known for writing The Laramie Project with other members of Tectonic Theater Project. He is also the author of Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde and 33 Variations. He was born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela and moved to New York City in 1987.

Kaufman is of Romanian and Ukrainian Jewish descent. He described himself in an interview by saying "I am Venezuelan, I am Jewish, I am gay, I live in New York. I am the sum of all my cultures. I couldn’t write anything that didn’t incorporate all that I am."

Kaufman was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2002. He made his Broadway directing debut in the 2004 production of I Am My Own Wife by Doug Wright, for which he received a Tony Award nomination for Best Direction of a Play.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mois%C3%A9s_Kaufman

Further Readings:

The Laramie Project by Moises Kaufman
Paperback: 128 pages
Publisher: Vintage; 1st Vintage Books ed edition (September 11, 2001)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0375727191
ISBN-13: 978-0375727191
Amazon: The Laramie Project
Amazon Kindle: The Laramie Project

On October 7, 1998, a young gay man was discovered bound to a fence in the hills outside Laramie, Wyoming, savagely beaten and left to die in an act of hate that shocked the nation. Matthew Shepard’s death became a national symbol of intolerance, but for the people of Laramie the event was deeply personal, and it’s they we hear in this stunningly effective theater piece, a deeply complex portrait of a community.

More Spotlights at my website: http://www.elisarolle.com/, My Lists/Gay Novels

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