Auditions

THE LARAMIE PROJECT

by Moisés Kaufman and the members of the Tectonic Theater Project
Directed by Ashton Botts

AUDITION DATES


Saturday, March 7, and Sunday, March 8, from 12pm – 4pm
at The Arts Asylum, 1000 E 9th St, Kansas City MO 64106

EXPECTATION AND PREPARATION

Prepare: Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. Sides will be posted prior to the auditions, and you are encouraged to prepare a side that reflects a role that most interest you. Because each actor will be a member of the ensemble and will play multiple roles, you may be asked to read additional sides during general auditions. Prior to auditions, please read and familiarize yourself with the play. Callbacks, if necessary, will be held on Monday, March 9, from 7pm – 10pm at The Arts Asylum.

Please bring a current resume and headshot (if available). Also bring all known conflicts from April 6 through May 24.

Rehearsals will begin Monday, April 6. A typical rehearsal schedule runs from Sunday through Thursday, with Sunday rehearsals from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and weeknight rehearsals from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Rehearsals may be longer during tech week, beginning May 10. A tentative rehearsal schedule will be provided at auditions.

Rehearsals will be held at the following locations:
• April 6-16 - Prairie Baptist Church (7416 Roe Ave, Prairie Village, KS 66208)
• April 19-30 – Arts Asylum in Harrison Hall
• May 3 onward – Arts Asylum stage

Cast members are required to assist with strike following the final performance on Sunday, May 24th. Cast members may also be asked to assist with costuming the show.

TO PREPARE * * * * * *

Please prepare one or two sides that reflect the role(s) of most interest to you or that best showcase your talent, regardless of age, gender, etc. Your sides do not need to be memorized; however, it is recommended that you be familiar and comfortable enough to perform, rather than read, your selection. You may also be asked to read additional sides in the room at the general audition and at callbacks.

The title of each side is listed below, along with the roles we would like to hear in that side. You are welcome to choose any of the roles listed, but please refrain from choosing a role not listed below, even if the character appears in the side. Many of the sides are monologues, but we will have someone available to read with you if the side you select includes dialogue (e.g. Aaron McKinney, Alison Mears, Marge Murray).

  • tlp01.pdf - “Aaron McKinney” – Aaron McKinney, Rob Debree
  • tlp02.pdf - “Angels in America” – Jedadiah Schultz
  • tlp03.pdf - “Dennis Shepard’s Statement” – Dennis Shepard
  • tlp04.pdf - “Easier Said than Done” – Catherine Connolly, Jonas Slonaker
  • tlp05.pdf - “Finding Matthew Shepard” – Aaron Kreifels, Officer Reggie Fluty, Dr. Cantway
  • tlp06.pdf - “It Happened Here” – Zubaida Ula
  • tlp07.pdf - “Matthew” – Doc O’Connor, Romaine Patterson, Jon Peacock
  • tlp08.pdf - “One of Ours” – Sherry Johnson
  • tlp09.pdf - “Rebecca Hilliker” – Rebecca Hilliker
  • tlp10.pdf - “Snow” – Romaine Patterson, Rev. Fred Phelps
  • tlp11.pdf - “That Night,” “Medical Update,” “Magnitude” – Rulon Stacey
  • tlp12.pdf - “The Fireside” – Matt Galloway, Shadow
  • tlp13.pdf - “The Word” – Baptist Minister
  • tlp14.pdf - “Who’s Getting What” – Doc O’Connor

PRODUCTION DATES:

May 14-24, 2020
Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm & Sundays at 2:00pm
All performances take place at The Arts Asylum, 1000 E. 9th in Kansas City, MO.

SYNOPSIS:

In October 1998, Matthew Shepard, age 21, was brutally beaten and left to die on the plains outside Laramie, Wyoming. Because he was gay. Over the next year, Moisés Kaufman and a team of writers and actors from the Tectonic Theater Project took six trips to Laramie, where they interviewed citizens of the town – some unconnected with the tragedy, and some intimately involved. Using short scenes called “moments,” the company created The Laramie Project, a stunning theatrical examination of the immediate reactions of Matt Shepard’s community to the murder and to the underlying bigotry and hatred that enabled it.

CAST BREAKDOWN:

The Laramie Project is a collection of interviews conducted by Moisés Kauffman and members of the Tectonic Theater Project, as well as members’ own journal entries and published news reports. Each actor will be a member of the ensemble and will likely play multiple roles, as there are over 60 characters in the piece.

We strongly encourage submissions from artists who self-identify as Black, White, Asian, Pacific Islander, Indigenous, Latino or multi-ethnic and we encourage actors to indicate interest in any roles that fit their gender identity at auditions.

Age ranges are approximate and not intended to exclude actors from consideration.

PLEASE NOTE: Every voice in The Laramie Project is integral to telling Matthew Shepard’s story, including voices that may contrast with your personal beliefs. We strive to create a safe and supportive space to explore and honestly tell those stories; however, if there is a role that you – for any reason – cannot accept, please indicate such roles on your audition sheet.

Seeking 12 to 16 actors to play the roles of:

  • Aaron Kreifels – University student; 19 years old
  • Aaron McKinney – One of the perpetrators; a roofer; 21 years old
  • Alison Mears – Volunteer for a social service agency in town; very good friend of Marge Murray; 50s
  • Amanda Gronich – Member of the Tectonic Theater Project
  • Andrew Gomez – Latino homeboy from Laramie; 20s
  • Anonymous – Friend of Aaron McKinney’s; formerly into drugs but has turned his life around; works for the railroad; 20s
  • April Silva – Bisexual university student; 19 years old
  • Bailiff
  • Baptist Minister – Originally from Texas; 50s
  • Baptist Minister’s wife – Late 40s
  • Barbara Pitts – Member of the Tectonic Theater Project
  • Bill McKinney – Father of Aaron McKinney; truck driver; 40s
  • Cal Rerucha – Prosecuting attorney; has a slight stutter; 50s
  • Catherine Connolly – Out lesbian professor at the university; analytical; 40s
  • Conrad Miller – Car mechanic; 30s
  • Dennis Shepard – Father of Matthew Shepard; Wyoming native; 40s
  • Doc O’Connor – Limousine driver and local entrepreneur; 50s
  • Doug Laws – State Ecclesiastical leader for the Mormon Church in Laramie; a professor at the University of Wyoming; 50s
  • Dr. Cantway – Emergency room doctor at Ivinson Memorial Hospital in Laramie; 50s
  • Eileen Engen – Rancher; married to Gill; 50s
  • Email Sender
  • Father Roger Schmit – Catholic priest; very outspoken; wide vocal range and varied timbre; 40s
  • Gene Pratt – Russell Henderson’s Mormon home teacher
  • Gil Engen – Rancher; married to Eileen; 60s
  • Governor Jim Geringer – Republican governor; a public figure; 45 years old
  • Greg Pierotti – Member of the Tectonic Theater Project
  • Harry Woods – Gay university employee; 52 years old
  • Jedadiah Schultz – University student; 19 years old
  • Jeffrey Lockwood – Laramie resident, very involved in local politics; 40s
  • Jen – A friend of Aaron McKinney; 20s
  • Jon Peacock – Matthew’s academic advisor; political science professor; late 30s
  • Jonas Slonaker – Gay man; moved to Laramie from a larger city; 40s
  • Jurors and Foreperson
  • Kerry Drake – Reporter with the Caspar Star Tribune; 40s
  • Kristin Price – Girlfriend of Aaron McKinney; has a son with Aaron; 20s
  • Leigh Fondakowski – Member of the Tectonic Theater Project
  • Lucy Thompson – Grandmother of Russell Henderson; working-class woman who provided a popular daycare service for the town; 60s
  • Marge Murray – Reggie Fluty’s mother; she has emphysema from many years of smoking but continues to smoke; 70s
  • Matt Galloway – Bartender at the Fireside Bar; student at the University of Wyoming; bartending the night that Matthew Shepard was kidnapped at the Fireside; 20s
  • Matt Mickelson – Owner of the Fireside; 30s
  • Media/newspaper people
  • Moisés Kaufman – Member of the Tectonic Theater Project
  • Murdock Cooper – Rancher, resident of Centennial, a nearby town; 50s
  • Narrator
  • Officer Reggie Fluty – The policewoman who responded to the 911 call and discovered Matthew at the fence; 40s
  • Phil Labrie – A friend of Matthew Shepard; late 20s
  • Phillip Dubois – President of the University of Wyoming; 40s
  • Priest – Priest at Matthew Shepard’s funeral
  • Rebecca Hilliker – Head of the theater department at the University of Wyoming; 40s
  • Reverend Fred Phelps – Minister from Kansas; his website is godhatesfags.com; 60s
  • Rob DeBree – Detective Sergeant for the Albany County Sheriff’s department; chief investigator for Matthew Shepard’s murder; very deep voice; has become a national advocate for hate crime legislation as a result of his involvement with the case; 40s
  • Romaine Patterson – Lesbian; energetic and passionate; 21 years old
  • Rulon Stacey – CEO Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins, Colorado; Mormon; a gentle and compassionate family man; 40s
  • Russel Henderson – One of the perpetrators; 20s
  • Sergeant Hing – Detective at the Laramie Police Department; 40s
  • Shadow – DJ at the Fireside; male; 30
  • Shannon – Friend of Aaron McKinney; male; 20s
  • Sherry Aanenson – Russel Henderson’s landlord; educated at the University of Wyoming, but because of Laramie’s poor economy, she is working as a waitress; 40s
  • Sherry Johnson – Administrative assistant at the university; 40s
  • Stephen Belber – Member of the Tectonic Theatre Project
  • Stephen Mead Johnson – Unitarian minister; wry, ironical; 50s
  • Tiffany Edwards – Local reporter; just out of college; full of energy; 20s
  • Trish Steger – Romaine’s sister; owner of a shop in town; very active in local politics; opinionated; 40s
  • Judges
  • Waitress
  • Zackie Salmon – Administrator at the University of Wyoming; originally from Texas; her emotions are raw and always close to the surface; 40s
  • Zubaida Ula – Muslim woman in Laramie; an inquisitive mind; passionate; 20s

For more information, please contact Eric Magnus, Artistic Director of The Barn Players, at emagnitude@me.com.

The Barn Players welcomes and values all forms of diversity as we strive to better represent the performing arts community in Kansas City.

Non-traditional and equal-opportunity casting is encouraged.

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