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The Laramie Project at NBYT

June 1, 2018

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The first production of the NBYT 2018-19 season will be The Laramie Project by Moisés Kaufman and the Members of Tectonic Theater Project.

The Laramie Project is the most serious drama that NBYT will produce to date. It’s the story of 21-year-old Matthew Shepard, the two young men who targeted, viciously beat, and left him to die in a field in Laramie, Wyoming in October 1998, and the community that became suddenly synonymous with this hate crime. But it’s not a story about Matthew Shepard being gay. It’s about whether we let fear, hatred, and anger define us as a community. And it’s a story that needs to be told now more than ever. Due to language and content, the ages for this production will be 16-20. Younger actors may join with their parents full understanding and permission; older actors may join with permission of the director.

Preparation for The Laramie Project will begin with a script reading on Wednesday, June 20  from 6 – 9 PM.  Actors who may want to audition or anyone who may want to work on the production is welcome to attend. Parents are encouraged to attend as well. Those attending can join in the reading or are welcome to just listen. Following the reading, questions may be asked about auditions and rehearsals.

Auditions will be held on Monday and Wednesday, July 30 and August 1, at 6 PM or on other dates by appointment. Anyone who cannot attend on July 30 or August 1 should schedule an audition earlier in July. Actors auditioning should prepare a dramatic monologue of approximately one minute from a modern play (1920 to present). Actors auditioning should also be prepared to discuss the subject matter and their interest in this project. A company of 8 to 12 actors will be cast who will play over sixty roles in the script.

Rehearsals will begin on August 29 and are planned for Mondays and Wednesdays from 6-9 PM. (Auditions are being held early so actors may begin learning their lines in August.) As part of the rehearsal process, a workshop will be held with a member of Tectonic Theater Project who will travel to NBYT from New York. Performances will be on October 19, 20 and 21. Due to the short rehearsal period, some additional rehearsal time may be necessary.

To register for the script reading, schedule an audition, or ask any questions about this production, please email auditions@nbyt.org or contact NBYT Executive and Artistic Director Darren Farrington.

 

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