WATCH: 'Katie' to Explore Impact of Matthew Shepard's Death

Matthew's mother, Judy Shepard, and the theater artists behind The Laramie Project will be among Katie Couric's guests Tuesday.

BY Trudy Ring

January 22 2013 7:01 AM ET

Katie Couric (center) hosts Judy Shepard (left of Couric) and others Tuesday.

Judy Shepard, mother of slain gay college student Matthew Shepard, and two theater artists involved in plays that dealt with the aftermath of his death will appear on Katie Couric’s syndicated talk show Tuesday.

On the episode, titled “Moving Forward After The Unthinkable,” Shepard will discuss her son’s murder in Laramie, Wyo., in 1998, and the work she has carried on since then to combat hate crimes and advance LGBT rights. Also on the show will Moisés Kaufman and Leigh Fondakowski, codirectors of the plays The Laramie Project and The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later, which explore the community’s response to the crime. They will talk about the cultural impact of the plays, which will run in repertory February 12-24 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Check local listings for Katie, and watch a preview below.

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