The Laramie Project

The Laramie Project


Moisés Kaufman

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Doc O’Connor Character Analysis

Doc O’Connor is a limousine driver in Laramie who was a friend of Matthew Shepard’s. According to Doc, Matthew used to hire him for rides to gay bars in a town an hour away. Doc loves Laramie and believes that there are more gay people than there seem to be in the town. Doc hopes that Aaron McKinney and Russell Henderson will not receive the death penalty, believing that it would defeat everything Matthew stood for and would leave the community without hope for healing.

Doc O’Connor Quotes in The Laramie Project

The The Laramie Project quotes below are all either spoken by Doc O’Connor or refer to Doc O’Connor. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
Homophobia, Tolerance, and Acceptance Theme Icon
Act 3: Epilogue Quotes

And I remembered to myself the night he and I drove around together, he said to me, “Laramie sparkles, doesn’t it?” And where he was up there, if you sit exactly where he was, up there, Laramie sparkles from there…Matt was right there in that spot, and I can just picture in his eyes, I can just picture what he was seeing. The last thing he saw on this earth was the sparkling lights.

Related Characters: Doc O’Connor (speaker), Matthew Shepard
Related Symbols: The Fence
Page Number: 87
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Doc O’Connor Character Timeline in The Laramie Project

The timeline below shows where the character Doc O’Connor appears in The Laramie Project. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Act 1: A Definition
Media and Community Theme Icon
...talking about how important it is to care for the land in and around Laramie. Doc O’Connor , a limousine driver, talks about how he prefers Laramie to the East Coast because... (full context)
Act 1: Matthew
Homophobia, Tolerance, and Acceptance Theme Icon
Theater and Representation Theme Icon, and Andy comments that Trish was the first person he heard call Matthew “Matt.” Doc O’Connor then jumps in, describing how, one October night, he received a phone call from Matthew... (full context)
Act 1: Who’s getting what?
Homophobia, Tolerance, and Acceptance Theme Icon
In a monologue, Doc O’Connor says that there are more gay people in Wyoming than it might initially appear, though... (full context)
Act 2: The Gem City of the Plains
Media and Community Theme Icon
...describes how one journalist even followed the case’s judge into the bathroom to question him. Doc O’Connor talks about how, when he was interviewed by one publication, he recorded the interview himself... (full context)
Act 2: H-O-P-E
Violence, Punishment, and Justice Theme Icon
In this moment, Stephen Belber tells Doc O’Connor that the interview team will be back for Russell Henderson and Aaron McKinney’s criminal trials.... (full context)
Act 3: Epilogue
Homophobia, Tolerance, and Acceptance Theme Icon
Violence, Punishment, and Justice Theme Icon last time at the fence where Matthew Shepard was found to say their goodbyes. Doc O’Connor then talks about how beautiful that spot is, with a view of the sparkling lights... (full context)
Act 3: Departure
Theater and Representation Theme Icon
...that she loves him as she hangs up the phone. Stephen Belber talks about how Doc O’Connor asked them to write a book about Laramie, and Matt Galloway offered them a place... (full context)