The Laramie Project
by Moisés Kaufman and
the Members of Tectonic Theater Project
Directed by Will schmerge
Presented by special arrangement with
dramatists play service, INC.
Auditions will be in August: Sunday the 4th (5:00P-7:00P), Monday the 5th (7:00P-9:00P) and Tuesday the 6th (7:00P-9:00P).
Rehearsals times TBD.
Production Dates: The Laramie Project will have six performances, October 11th (Fri), 12th (Sat), 17th (Thur), 18th (Fri), and 19th (Sat) at 7:00P; and a 2:00P matinee on October 13th (Sun).
Auditions will be held on the second floor of Dalton Little Theatre. Though it isn’t necissary, actors are encouraged to attend all three days of auditions. Additionally, actors should plan on arriving a bit early and remaining for the full two hour audition period.
Actors should come dressed to move, bring water, and be prepared for both some improvisation and cold readings from the script.
Description: In October 1998, a twenty-one-year-old student at the University of Wyoming was kidnapped, severely beaten, and left tied to a fence in the middle of the prairie outside Laramie, Wyoming. His bloody, bruised, and battered body was not discovered until the next day, and he died several days later in an area hospital. His name was Matthew Shepard, and he was the victim of this assault because he was gay. Moisés Kaufman and fellow members of the Tectonic Theater Project made six trips to Laramie over the course of a year and a half, in the aftermath of the beating and during the trial of the two young men accused of killing Shepard. They conducted more than 200 interviews with the people of the town. Some people interviewed were directly connected to the case, while others were citizens of Laramie, and the breadth of the reactions to the crime is fascinating. Kaufman and Tectonic Theater members have constructed a deeply moving theatrical experience from these interviews and their own experiences in Laramie. THE LARAMIE PROJECT is a breathtaking collage that explores the depths to which humanity can sink and the heights of compassion of which we are capable. (dramatists.com)
The cast will be an ensemble, consisting of 4 men and 4 women of any ages or ethnicity. Each actor will play roughly 6 to 8 speaking characters and extensive stage time in a non-speaking capacity. Due to the nature of this subject matter, the Director is looking to cast adults, primarily. This production will be somewhat stylized, blending multiple media platforms to present the play and the performers will be asked to stretch physically and vocally to portray various members of the Laramie community.
Note: Due to the subject matter, this play necessarily contains both adult and graphic language; and some mature themes.