Tectonic Theater Project

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The Tectonic Theater Project is a theatre company located in New York City. Its artistic director is Moisés Kaufman.[1]


Perhaps most widely known for The Laramie Project, a piece which examines the aftermath of the Matthew Shepard homophobic murder in Laramie, Wyoming by using actual interviews with townspeople to create the text of the play. In 2008, ten years after the murder of Matthew Shepard, the members of Tectonic Theater Project returned to Laramie to write an Epilogue to The Laramie Project, investigating what had or hadn't changed in the intervening ten years since the murder. "The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later" premiered in 150 theaters on the same night, October 12, 2009, and is scheduled for a National Tour in October-November 2010.

Other projects include 33 Variations and Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde, both written by Moisés Kaufman and I Am My Own Wife by Doug Wright, all of which were created from historical and living records of actual events.

"33 Variations" dramatizes the latter period of Ludwig van Beethoven's life, and his composition of the "Diabelli Variations. The play also follows a modern-day musicologist afflicted with Lou Gehrig's Disease -- Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) -- as she tries to unravel the mystery of Beethoven's obsession. "33 Variations" was nominated for five Tony Awards, including Best Play.

Gross Indecency deals with the period of playwright Oscar Wilde's life when he was put on trial for 'gross indecency' -- homosexual sodomy -- due to his relationship with the Lord Alfred Douglas.

I Am My Own Wife won the Tony Award for best play in 2004. It explores the life of Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, a transvestite who survived both the Nazi and Communist governments in twentieth-century Berlin and founded the Gründerzeit museum.


  1. ^ "Contact Us". Tectonic Theater Project. Click the 'Contact Us' button at the left of the web site to find the source for this reference. There is no direct URL. Retrieved June 17, 2012. 

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