The Laramie Project

The Laramie Project

Leigh Fondakowski Character Analysis

Leigh Fondakowski is the head writer of The Laramie Project and a member of the Tectonic Theater Project. Leigh actively participates in the trips to Laramie and conducts interviews (including with Father Roger Schmit, the local Catholic priest). Leigh makes a pilgrimage with Greg Pierotti to the fence were Matthew was found by Aaron Kreifels and finds the experience very moving. Along with Greg, Leigh seems to have made really lasting relationships within the Laramie community by the time the theater community leaves Laramie for the last time.

Leigh Fondakowski Quotes in The Laramie Project

The The Laramie Project quotes below are all either spoken by Leigh Fondakowski or refer to Leigh Fondakowski. 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 2: Two Queers and a Catholic Priest Quotes

I thought, “You know, should we…call the bishop and ask him permission to do the vigil?” And I was like, “Hell, no, I’m not going to do that.” His permission doesn’t make it correct, you realize that? And I’m not knocking bishops, but what is correct is correct.

Page Number: 65
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You think violence is what they did to Matthew—they did do violence to Matthew—but, you know, every time that you are called a fag, or you are called a…dyke…Do you realize that is violence? That is the seed of violence. And I would resent it immensely if you use anything I said…to somehow cultivate that kind of violence…Just deal with what is true. You know what is true. You need to do your best to say it correct.

Page Number: 65-66
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Act 3: Departure Quotes

To show it’s not the hellhole of the earth would be nice, but that is up to how you portray us. And that in turn is up to how Laramie behaves.

Related Characters: Marge Murray (speaker), Leigh Fondakowski
Page Number: 88
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Leigh Fondakowski Character Timeline in The Laramie Project

The timeline below shows where the character Leigh Fondakowski appears in The Laramie Project. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Act 1: Journal Entries
Media and Community Theme Icon
Theater and Representation Theme Icon
...and a sign that said “Wyoming—like no place on earth.” Another member of the company, Leigh Fondakowski , describes stopping to eat at a local inn and interacting with a peculiar waitress.... (full context)
Act 1: The Fence
Violence, Punishment, and Justice Theme Icon
Theater and Representation Theme Icon
...a strong connection to Matthew. Greg thinks no one saw him crying, but company member Leigh Fondakowski says he noticed and felt the same deep sadness. Leigh asks the other members of... (full context)
Act 2: Two Queers and a Catholic Priest
Homophobia, Tolerance, and Acceptance Theme Icon
Religion, Morality, and Prejudice Theme Icon
Leigh Fondakowski and Greg Pierotti, who both identify as gay, go to speak with Father Roger Schmit,... (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
Father Roger Schmit tells Leigh Fondakowski and Greg Pierotti that, if they do intend to write a play about the murder,... (full context)
Act 3: Departure
Theater and Representation Theme Icon
...said goodbye after six visits and two hundred interviews within the span of a year. Leigh Fondakowski asked Marge Murray how she would feel seeing the play, and Marge said she would... (full context)