The Ottumwa Courier


August 10, 2013

'Laramie Project' pushes forward



"It doesn't matter what you think or your beliefs of people being gay, it's a matter of no one should be treated this way, no matter who they are. You could change this story and insert a Jewish person or, in our area, a Hispanic person ... it does not matter who the person is, it's what happened and why."

In terms of "adult content," Saunders and Dommer already went through the script and removed foul language.

During the fallout from the play's ban, Saunders and Dommer formed a production company, Theatre Adventures.

"We started this on our own so we could make sure we were operating the way we want the show to go, and we're the producers," Saunders said. "If people have issues with a show, they can talk to us. I've still never had anyone come to me and say, 'We didn't want you to do this show at all.'"

Dommer hopes Theatre Adventures will continue to push Ottumwans to think about topics normally shied away from.

"I would like [Eidahl] to say, 'Yeah, we made a mistake here,'" Dommer said.

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Audition information:

Auditions for the Laramie Project will be held from 7-9 p.m. Aug. 22-23 at Bridge View Center. Teenagers and adults are encouraged to try out. The audition will consist of cold reads from the script.

For more information on auditions, call Natalie Saunders at 641-799-2152 or Dale Dommer at 641-777-1090.

The play will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 10-12 at Bridge View Center with a 2 p.m. matinee performance on Oct. 12.

Tickets are available at

To help fund the play's efforts, go to

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