Audition Notice for THE LARAMIE PROJECT

by Moisés Kaufman

Directed by Lee Beger

Sunday March 11 at 11:00 AM

112 East Adams Street
Jacksonville, Fla 32202
904.637.5100

-Registration begins at 10:30 AM

-Please be prepared to cold read from the script

– Please familiarize yourself with the script. If you need a copy of the script or have any questions please email our managing director at: LeeH@The5andDime.org

– Performance Dates: June 15, 16, 18, 22, 23, 24, 29, 30, July 1

– Rehearsals begin in mid April

Synopsis:
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.

– ALL ROLES AVAILABLE –

Casting 11 actors of all shapes, sizes, ages, races, genders and types to play the following roles (All actors will play multiple roles):

Matthew Shepard – (Male, 21)
Sherry Aanenson – (Female, 40s) Russell Henderson’s landlord
Anonymous – (Male, 20s) Friend of Aaron McKinney, works for a railroad.
Bailiff
Baptist Minister – (Male, 50s) Originally from Texas
Baptist Minister’s Wife – (Female, 40s)
Stephen Belber – Member of the Tectonic Theater Project
Dr. Cantway – (Male, 50s) Emergency room doctor at Ivinson Memorial Hospital in Laramie
Catherine Connolly – (Female, 40s) Out lesbian professor at the University
Murdock Cooper – (Male, 50s) Resident of Centennial, a nearby town
Rob Debree – (Male, 40s) Detective sergeant for the Albany County Sheriff’s Dept. Chief investigator in Matthew’s murder
Kerry Drake – (Male, 40s) Reporter with the Casper Star-tribune
Philip Dubois – (Male, 40s) President of the University of Wyoming
Tiffany Edwards – (Female, 20s) Local reporter
E-mail Writer
Gil Engen – (Male, 60s) Rancher
Eileen Engen – (Female, 50s) Rancher
Reggie Fluty – (Female, 30s) Policewomen who responded to the 911 call & discovered Matthew at the fence.
Leigh Fondakowski – Member of the Tectonic Theater Company
Matt Galloway – (Male, 20s) Bartender at the Fireside, student at the University of Wyoming
Governor Jim Geringer – (Male, 45) Republican Governor of Wyoming
Andrew Gomez – (Male, 20s) Latino from Laramie
Amanda Gronich – (Female) Member of the Tectonic Theater Project
Russell Henderson – (Male, 21) One of the perpetrators
Rebecca Hilliker – (Female, 40s) Head of the Theatre Dept at the University of Wyoming
Sergeant Hing – (Male, 40s) Detective at the Laramie Police Department
Jen – (Female, 20s) Friend of Aaron McKinney
Sherry Johnson – (Female, 40s) Administrative assistant at the university
Stephen Mead Johnson – (Male, 50s) Unitarian Minister
Two Judges
Jurors & Foreperson
Moises Kaufman – (Male) Member of the Tectonic Theater Project
Aaron Kreifels – (Male, 19) University student
Phil Labrie – (Male, 20s) Friend of Matthew Shepard, eastern European accent
Doug Laws – (Male, 50s) Stake Ecclesiastical leader for the Mormon Church in Laramie
Jeffrey Lockwood – (Male, 50s) Laramie resident
Aaron McKinney – (Male, 21) One of the perpetrators
Bill McKinney – (Male, 40s) Father of Aaron McKinney. Truck Driver.
Alison Mears – (Female, 50s) Volunteer for a social service agency in town, very good friend of Marge Murray.
Media/Newspaper people
Matt Mickelson – (Male, 30s) Owner of the Fireside
Conrad Miller – (Male, 30s) Car mechanic
Mormon home teacher to Russell Henderson – (Male, 60s)
Marge Murray – (Female, 70s) Reggie Fluty’s mother, has emphysema but continues to smoke
Doc O’Connor – (Male, 50s) Limousine driver & local entrepreneur
Andy Paris – (Male) Member of the Tectonic Theater Project
Romaine Patterson – (Female, 21) Lesbian, friend of Matthew Shepard
Jon Peacock – (Male, 30s) Matthew Shepard’s academic adviser; Political science professor
Reverend Fred Phelps – (Male, 60s) Minister from Kansas
Greg Pierotti – (Male) Member of the Tectonic Theater Project
Barbara Pitts – (Female) Member of the Tectonic Theater Project
Kristin Price – (Female, 20s) Girlfriend of Aaron McKinney, has a son with Aaron; Tennessee accent.
Priest at funeral
Cal Rerucha – (Male, 50s) Prosecuting attorney
Zackie Salmon – (Female, 40s) Administrator at the University of Wyoming, lesbian; Texas accent
Father Rodger Schmit – (Male, 40s) Catholic priest, very outspoken.
Jedadiah Schultz – (Male, 19) University Student
Shadow – (Male, 30s) DJ at the Fireside, African American.
Shannon – (Female, 20s) A friend of Aaron McKinney
Dennis Shepard – (Male, 40s) Father of Matthew Shepard, Wyoming native.
April Silva – (Female, 19) Bisexual university student
Jonas Slonaker – (Male, 40s) Gay man
Rulon Stacey – (Male, 40s) CEO Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins, CO; a Mormon
Trish Steger – (Female, 40s) Romaine Patterson’s sister; owner of a shop in town
Lucy Thompson – (Female, 60s) Grandmother of Russell Henderson; working class woman who provided a popular daycare service for the town.
Zubaida Ula – (Female, 20s) Muslim woman
Waitress
Harry Woods – (Male, 52) Gay Laramie resident

*The 5 & Dime is committed to casting considerations which reflect the diversity of the people of Jacksonville, while recognizing that a specific gender, ethnicity and age is often a crucial aspect of a particular role or of the piece as a whole. We will include gender, ethnicity and age in the breakdown, where needed, and encourage all actors to audition where none is stated.

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