The Laramie Project

The Laramie Project

Dr. Cantway is an emergency room doctor in Laramie who treats both Matthew Shepard and Aaron McKinney in the same day. Dr. Cantway recalls that Matthew’s injuries were the kind normally seen in severe car crash victims. Dr. Cantway expresses profound compassion for both Matthew and Aaron, modeling the generous compassion that the playwrights themselves seem to try to uphold in the making of their play.

Dr. Cantway Quotes in The Laramie Project

The The Laramie Project quotes below are all either spoken by Dr. Cantway or refer to Dr. Cantway. 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:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Dramatists Play Service edition of The Laramie Project published in 2001.
Act 1: Finding Matthew Shepard Quotes

They were both my patients and they were two kids. I took care of both of them…of both their bodies. And… for a brief moment I wondered if this is how God feels when he looks down at us. How we are all his kids…Our bodies…Our souls…And I felt a great deal of compassion…for both of them…

Related Characters: Dr. Cantway (speaker), Matthew Shepard, Aaron McKinney
Page Number: 46
Explanation and Analysis:

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Dr. Cantway Character Timeline in The Laramie Project

The timeline below shows where the character Dr. Cantway appears in The Laramie Project. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Act 1: Finding Matthew Shepard
Violence, Punishment, and Justice Theme Icon
Dr. Cantway , the emergency room doctor the night Matthew Shepard was brought in, describes how he... (full context)
Homophobia, Tolerance, and Acceptance Theme Icon
Violence, Punishment, and Justice Theme Icon
...shoes were missing. Reggie struggled to release Matthew from the fence without hurting him further. Doctor Cantway speaks again, talking about how he hoped it was not a Laramie resident that hurt... (full context)
Homophobia, Tolerance, and Acceptance Theme Icon
Violence, Punishment, and Justice Theme Icon
Religion, Morality, and Prejudice Theme Icon
Theater and Representation Theme Icon
Dr. Cantway notes that, strangely, Aaron McKinney came into the emergency room for an unrelated problem just... (full context)