The Laramie Project by Moises Kaufman
AUDITIONS CANCELLED TONIGHT
DECEMBER 18th, 6:00-9:00pm
RESCHEDULED for THURS. JAN. 2nd
6:00pm to 9:00pm
Presbyterian Education Center
64 Oswego St. Baldwinsville, NY
Please prepare a 1-2 minute dramatic monologue.
Auditions are first come/first serve.
There will be no callbacks unless otherwise advertised.
Director Krystal Osborne is looking for 8-12 actors to play
multiple roles in Baldwinsville Theatre Guild's Spring Production of The Laramie Project. Seeking any races/ethnicities and genders. Seeking artists from 18 to 60 plus that are comfortable playing multiple roles. All roles are open.
In October 1998 in the middle of the prairie outside Laramie, Wyoming, Matthew Shepard, a 21 year old student at the University of Wyoming, was tied to a fence post, severely beaten, robbed, , tortured and left, alone, to die. His body -- battered, bloody, barely clinging to life -- was discovered eighteen hours later. He was rushed to the hospital and put on life support. He died five days later. The reason for this brutal crime? Matthew Shepard was gay.
The hate crime attracted vast attention worldwide, bringing sexual discrimination and violence to the forefront of public discourse. The Tectonic Theater Project, led by their founder Moisés Kaufman, traveled to Laramie in the aftermath of the murder with the intent of creating a theatrical portrait of a town coming to grips with horrible, hate-fueled violence. Over the course of a year and a half, the group interviewed over 200 subjects, some directly related to the case and some regular citizens of Laramie. Out of these interviews, journal entries, and found texts, The Laramie Project was born. Hailed as one of the most captivating and encompassing pieces of contemporary theatre, the play shocks, challenges, and moves all who watch it as it reveals the lowest depths of hatred and greatest heights of compassion that lies within all human beings in any seemingly average community.
AARON KREIFELS- University student. 19 years old. AARON MCKINNEY- One of the perpetrators. 21 years old. A roofer.
ALISON MEARS- Volunteer for a social service agency in town. 50s. Very good friend of Marge Murray.
AMANDA GRONICH- Member of Tectonic Theater Project.
ANDREW GOMEZ- Latino from Laramie. 20s. ANDY PARIS- Member of Tectonic Theater Project.
ANONYMOUS FRIEND OF AARON MCKINNEY'S- 20s. Works for the railroad.
APRIL SILVA- Bisexual university student. 19 years old.
BAILIFF BAPTIST MINISTER- Originally from Texas. 50s.
BARBARA PITTS- Member of Tectonic Theater Project.
BILL MCKINNEY- Father of Aaron McKinney. 40s. Truck driver.
CAL RERUCHA- Prosecuting attorney. 50s.
CATHERINE CONNOLLY- Out lesbian professor at the university. 40s.
CONRAD MILLER -Car mechanic. 30s.
DENNIS SHEPARD- Father of Matthew Shepard. 40s. Wyoming native.
DOC O'CONNOR - Limousine driver and local entrepreneur. 50s.
DR. CANTWAY- Emergency room doctor at lvinson Memorial Hospital in Laramie. 50s.
DOUG LAWS- Stake Ecclesiastical leader for the Mormon church in Laramie. 50s. A professor at the University of Wyoming.
EMAIL SENDER FATHER ROGER SCHMIT- Catholic Priest. 40s. Very outspoken.
GIL AND EILEEN ENGEN- Ranchers. He's in his 60s, she is in her 50s.
GOVERNOR JIM GERINGER- Republican Governor. 45 years old.
GREG PIEROTTI- Member of Tectonic Theater Project.
HARRY WOODS- Gay Laramie resident. 52 years old.
JEDADIAH SCHUL TZ- University student. 19 years old.
JEFFREY LOCKWOOD- Laramie resident. 40s.
JEN- Friend of Aaron McKinney. In her early 20s.
JON PEACOCK- Matthew Shepard's academic advisor. Late 30s. Political science professor
JONAS SLONAKER -Gay man. 40s.
JURORS AND FOREPERSON KERRY DRAKE- Reporter with the Caspar Star Tribune. 40s.
KRISTIN PRICE- Girlfriend of Aaron McKinney. 20s. Tennessee accent.
LEIGH FONDAKOWSKI- Member of Tectonic Theater Project.
LUCY THOMPSON- Grandmother of Russell Henderson. 60s. Working class woman who provided a popular day-care service for the town.
MARGE MURRAY- Reggie's mother. 70s. She has had emphysema for many years but continues to smoke.
MATT GALLOWAY- Bartender at The Fireside Bar. 20s. Student at the University of Wyoming.
MATT MICKELSON- Owner of The Fireside. 30s.
MEDIA/NEWSPAPER PEOPLE MERCEDES HERRERO- Member of Tectonic Theater Project.
MOISES KAUFMAN- Member of Tectonic Theater Project.
MORMON HOME TEACHER TO RUSSELL HENDERSON- 60s. MURDOCK COOPER- Rancher. 50s. Resident of Centennial, a nearby town.
PHIL LABRIE- A friend of Matthew Shepard. Late 20s. Eastern European accent.
PHILIP DUBOIS- President of the University of Wyoming. 40s.
PRIEST AT THE FUNERAL. REBECCA HILLIKER- Head of the theatre department at the University of Wyoming. 40s. Midwestern accent.
REGGIE FLUTY- The policewoman who responded to the 911 call and discovered Matthew Shepard at the fence. 40s.
REVEREND FRED PHELPS- Minister from Kansas. 60s.
ROB DEBREE- Detective Sgt. for the Albany County Sheriff's department. 40s. Chief investigator for the Matthew Shepard murder.
ROMAINE PATTERSON- Lesbian. 21 years old. RULON STACEY- CEO Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins, Colorado. 40s. Mormon.
RUSSELL HENDERSON- One of the perpetrators. 19 years old.
SGT. HING- Detective at.the Laramie police department. 40s.
SHADOW- OJ at the Fireside. African American man. 30 years old.
SHANNON - Friend of Aaron McKinney. Early 20s.
SHERRY AANENSON- Russell Henderson's landlord. 40s.
SHERRY JOHNSON -Administrative assistant at the University. 40s.
STEPHEN BELBER- Member of Tectonic Theater Project.
STEPHEN MEAD JOHNSON- Unitarian minister. 50s
TIFFANY EDWARDS- Local reporter. 20s.
TRISH STEGER- Romaine's sister. 40s.
TWO JUDGES WAITRESS- Looks like Debbie Reynolds.
ZACKIE SALMON- Administrator at the University of Wyoming. Lesbian. 40s. Texas accent.
ZUBAIDA ULA- Muslim Woman in Laramie. 20s.