The Laramie Project

The Laramie Project

Rulon Stacey Character Analysis

Rulon Stacey is a Mormon man, the CEO of the Poudre Valley Hospital (where Matthew Shepard was treated), and the spokesperson for Matthew’s family. Throughout Matthew’s tenure at the hospital, Rulon communicates with the media to update the public on Matthew’s condition. Although Rulon objects to homosexuality for religious reasons, he expresses immense sympathy for Matthew’s family, and is moved to tears when he announces Matthew’s death. Rulon shows how, even for people who do not change their views on homosexuality, Matthew’s death inspires intense empathy and allows them to begin to understand the hatred that LGBT people regularly face.

Rulon Stacey Quotes in The Laramie Project

The The Laramie Project quotes below are all either spoken by Rulon Stacey or refer to Rulon Stacey. 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: Magnitude Quotes

And as I told you before, homosexuality is not a lifestyle with which I agree. Um, but having been thrown into this…I guess I didn’t understand the magnitude with which some people hate.

Related Characters: Rulon Stacey (speaker), Matthew Shepard
Page Number: 69-70
Explanation and Analysis:

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Rulon Stacey Character Timeline in The Laramie Project

The timeline below shows where the character Rulon Stacey appears in The Laramie Project. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Act 2: A Laramie Man
Violence, Punishment, and Justice Theme Icon
Media and Community Theme Icon
...the victim and had been at their establishment the night before. The narrator then introduces Rulon Stacey , the CEO of the hospital where Matthew was treated, who received a call from... (full context)
Act 2: Medical Update
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In this moment, Rulon Stacey , the hospital’s spokesperson, gives an update on Matthew Shepard’s condition. Rulon describes how Matthew... (full context)
Homophobia, Tolerance, and Acceptance Theme Icon
Hospital CEO Rulon Stacey gives another medical update, saying that Matthew Shepard is still in critical condition. Rulon asks... (full context)
Homophobia, Tolerance, and Acceptance Theme Icon
Media and Community Theme Icon
Rulon Stacey gives the statement that he prepared with Matthew Shepard’s family. He informs the public that... (full context)
Act 2: That Night
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Rulon Stacey states that, around eleven-thirty, Matthew Shepard’s temperature began to drop. Matthew died, and Rulon rushed... (full context)
Act 2: Magnitude
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Religion, Morality, and Prejudice Theme Icon
Rulon Stacey reflects on his role as the hospital’s spokesperson for Matthew Shepard, talking about how he... (full context)