The Laramie Project

The Laramie Project

Marge Murray Character Analysis

Marge Murray is the mother of Reggie Fluty, a good friend of Alison Mears, a former bartender, and a lifelong Laramie resident. Marge offers the interviewers context on the culture of Laramie and its attitude towards gay people. Marge also discusses Reggie’s HIV exposure after responding to Aaron Kreifels’ 911 call for Matthew. Marge and Reggie have a jocular, loving mother-daughter relationship. Marge, who becomes close with some of the Laramie interviewers and even tells them she loves them when they leave, helps to show that not only did The Laramie Project change Laramie, but people like Marge affected the lives of members of the Tectonic Theater Company.

Marge Murray Quotes in The Laramie Project

The The Laramie Project quotes below are all either spoken by Marge Murray or refer to Marge Murray. 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: Alison and Marge Quotes

As far as the gay issue, I don’t give a damn one way or the other as long as they don’t bother me. And even if they did, I’d just say no thank you. And that’s the attitude of most of the Laramie population. They might poke one, if they were in a bar situation you know, they had been drinking, they might actually smack one in the mouth, but then they’d just walk away…Laramie is live and let live.

Related Characters: Marge Murray (speaker), Matthew Shepard, Greg Pierotti
Page Number: 29-30
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Act 2: Seeing Matthew Quotes

And quite frankly I wanted to lash out at somebody. Not at Matthew, please understand that, not one of us was mad at Matthew. But we maybe wanted to squeeze McKinney’s head off. And I think about Henderson. And, you know, two absolutely human beings cause so much grief for so many people.

Related Characters: Marge Murray (speaker), Matthew Shepard, Aaron McKinney, Russell Henderson, Reggie Fluty
Page Number: 56
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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
Explanation and Analysis:

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Marge Murray Character Timeline in The Laramie Project

The timeline below shows where the character Marge Murray appears in The Laramie Project. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Act 1: Alison and Marge
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...consists of an interview that Greg Pierotti conducts with local social workers Alison Mears and Marge Murray . Alison describes how Laramie used to be more rural when Marge was growing up.... (full context)
Homophobia, Tolerance, and Acceptance Theme Icon
Marge Murray describes what she sees as a class divide in Laramie, noting that well-educated people look... (full context)
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Violence, Punishment, and Justice Theme Icon
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Greg Pierotti then asks what Marge Murray and Alison Mears’ responses were to Matthew Shepard’s murder. Marge explains that she was fairly... (full context)
Act 2: Seeing Matthew
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...as they helped Matthew Shepard, but the gloves kept breaking and they eventually ran out. Marge Murray then reveals that Reggie is actually her daughter. Reggie goes on to explain how, a... (full context)
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As Reggie Fluty started the intense treatment, Marge Murray felt extremely angry. She clarifies that she was not angry at Matthew Shepard, but at... (full context)
Act 3: Angels in America
Homophobia, Tolerance, and Acceptance Theme Icon
...said she got tested regularly until the she was finally declared officially negative for HIV. Marge Murray , Reggie’s mother, talks about how happy they both were. Reggie says the first thing... (full context)
Act 3: A Death Penalty Case
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...a death penalty case. Various Laramie residents then give their opinions on the death penalty. Marge Murray says that she partially hopes that Aaron gets the death penalty, but she feels conflicted.... (full context)
Act 3: Departure
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...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 enjoy it, but... (full context)