Olean Community Theatre, Inc.
presents a very special event


written by Moises Kaufmann
and the members of the
Tectonic Theater Project

directed by Paul A. Nelson

SEPTEMBER  28 - 29 - 30

Allegany-Limestone High School Auditorium


The Laramie Project is a play written by Moises Kaufmann and the members of the Tectonic Theater Project about the reaction to the 1998 murder of Matthew Shepard in Laramie, Wyoming.

Mr. Shepard’s murder was widely considered to be a hate crime motivated by homophobia. The play draws on over 200 interviews conducted by the theatre company with inhabitants of the town, company members own journal entries, and published news reports.  While the play is divided into three acts, actors portray more than sixty characters in what have been described as scripted “moments,” rather than traditional scenes.

The play premiered at the Ricketson Theatre by the Denver Center Theatre Company in February 2000 and was then performed in the Union Square Theater in New York City before a 2002 performance in Laramie itself.  The Laramie Project is one of the most performed plays in America today.  It has inspired a grassroots effort to educate and inform and is being used to teach about prejudice and tolerance in schools throughout the United States.


Linda Manross - Producer
Paul Nelson - Director
Minna Badanes - Stage Manager
Fior Zinzi - Costume Design
Judy Chiariello - Prelude Presenter
Anna Eskenazi Bush - Running Crew
Hope Kraus - Running Crew
Richard Kraus - Running Crew
Jerry Mottern - Running Crew


Cathie Leary
Chris Leary
Corinne M. Potter
Eric L. Van Druff
Fiona F. Kraus
Gustave Napoleon
Jeri Lynn Clark
Jody Harrell
John Zinzi
Kathy Malick
Mary R. Rolick
Meaghan C. Bryant
Michael Schott
Moses Mark Howden
Nathan H. Bell
Nathan Malick
Nicholas Lopez
Patricia Howden
Rebekah D. Blair
Sadie Jay-Edwards
Sarah Martin
Sheila Peace-Rambacher
Sheryl Kridler
Stephen Riley
Timothy Hunter
William J. Steffen