The Laramie Project

The Laramie Project

Rob Debree Character Analysis

Rob Debree is a detective at the local county's sheriff's department and the chief investigator on Matthew Shepard's murder case. It is Rob who solicits Aaron McKinney's confession, building an airtight case that ensures that Russell Henderson and Aaron are brought to justice. Rob Debree, who connects with LGBT people for the first time through this case, becomes an advocate of LGBT rights over the course of the play. Rob Debree's transition from apathy to LGBT advocacy through his conversations with Laramie's LGBT residents shows the importance of contact and discussion with actual LGBT people in fostering acceptance in a community.

Rob Debree Quotes in The Laramie Project

The The Laramie Project quotes below are all either spoken by Rob Debree or refer to Rob Debree. 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 3: Angels in America Quotes

Well, once we started working into the case, and actually speaking to the people that were gay and finding out what their underlying fears were, well, then it sort of hit home. This is America. You don’t have the right to feel that fear. And we’re still going to have people who hold with the old ideals…I’m not gonna put up with it, and I’m not going to listen to it…I already lost a couple of buddies. I don’t care. I feel more comfortable and I can sleep at night.

Related Characters: Rob Debree (speaker), Matthew Shepard
Page Number: 78
Explanation and Analysis:

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