The Laramie Project

by Moisés Kaufman and the Members of Tectonic Theater Project
Directed by J. Damon Barnett, Jr.

Production Kickoff: November 14, 2021

Audition: November 21, 2021

Performance Dates

Feb. 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, & 19, 2022 at 8:00PM
Feb. 6, 13 & 20, 2022 at 2:00PM

Unless specifically noted, all roles are open to all regardless of race or ethnicity.

We will be casting for 8 actors: 4 male, 4 female
All actors must be 18+ years of age.

  • Actor 1 – Characters: Stephen Belber, Doc O’Connor, Matt Galloway, Anonymous Friend of Aaron McKinney, Bill McKinney, Andrew Gomez, Fred Phelps, Mormon Spiritual Advisor, Conrad Miller, Ensemble.
  • Actor 2 – Characters: John McAdams, Moises Kaufman, Philip Dubois (ACT ONE), Stephen Mead Johnson, Murdock Cooper, Jon Peacock, Dennis Shepard, Harry Woods, Ensemble.
  • Actor 3 – Characters: Andy Paris, Jedadiah Schultz, Doug Laws, Dr. Cantway, Matt Mickelson, Russell Henderson, Aaron McKinney, Philip Dubois (ACT TWO), Kerry Drake, Ensemble.
  • Actor 4 – Characters: Greg Pierotti, Sgt. Hing, Phil LaBrie, Father Roger Schmit, Rulon Stacey, Detective Sgt. Rob DeBree, Jonas Slonaker, Ensemble.
  • Actress 1 – Characters: Amanda Gronich, Eileen Engen (ACT ONE), Marge Murray, Baptist Minister, Trish Steger, Shadow, Newsperson, Ensemble.
  • Actress 2 – Characters: Mercedes Herrero, Reggie Fluty, Rebecca Hilliker, Waitress, Newsperson, Ensemble.
  • Actress 3 – Characters: Barbara Pitts, Catherine Connolly, April Silva, Zubaida Ula, Sherry Aenonson, Lucy Thompson, Eileen Engen (ACT TWO), Ensemble.
  • Actress 4 – Characters: Leigh Fondakowski, Zackie Salmon, Alison Mears, Romaine Patterson, Aaron Kreifels, Tiffany Edwards, Ensemble.

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.

Director Damon Barnett has been directing in Columbus, Ohio for about three years. This is his second time directing with Curtain Players. His first show with them, The Spoon River Project, was unfortunately cancelled due to Covid-19 in 2020. He is looking very forward to working with Curtain Players again and bringing The Laramie Project to the Curtain Players stage.

When

Where

Script review, auditions, and performances take place at:
Curtain Players Theatre
5691 Harlem Road, Galena, OH 43021

Curtain Players offers a information session for each of its productions as a help for actors seeking roles, but attendance is not required to audition. The event is an opportunity for actors to become acquainted with the community theatre organization, to discuss the play with the director, and to ask questions about the audition process, rehearsal period, and production plans. Those interested in working behind the scenes are also invited to attend.

Curtain Players conducts open auditions for its productions. Roles are not cast in advance, and, unless specified otherwise in the role's description, are open to all without regard to race or ethnicity. Casting decisions are made by the director and a casting committee comprised of a member of the theatre board, a general member of the organization, and individuals of the director's choosing.

At the audition, cast hopefuls will be given cold readings from the script and may be asked a few questions by the director. There may be some individuals asked to read multiple times and some may not. Everyone will read at least twice at auditions. If you only read twice, that doesn't mean you are not being considered for other roles, it just means the director and casting committee have seen all they need to see at the time of auditions. If you come to the production kick-off meeting, you will be given early access to the sides chosen for auditions. There will not be a callback audition for this production. Calls will be made to the actors cast as soon as casting decisions have been made (within a week of auditions). If you do not receive a phone call, you have not been cast.

Some helpful tips from the director:

  • I'm looking for very versatile actors, you will play many roles that vary in emotional range.
  • This show is actor-driven, you will need to help move things on stage, helping with prop or costume changes. The cast will be on stage nearly the entire show or at least constantly moving. There is not much down-time, please be prepared for that.
  • Casting will be open to all genders, races/ethnicities, and sexual orientations for every role. POC actors are highly encouraged to audition.
  • This is an emotionally demanding show and all of the roles are based on interviews of real-life individuals, please prepare for that.
  • These interviews are not traditionally scripted segments of theatre but instead are very conversational and I suggest that you approach the reads at auditions in the same way.
  • Have fun!


Requests for an early audition for The Laramie Project must be made no later than November 07, 2021.

Questions related to the audition process may be directed to production@curtainplayers.org.

Rehearsals for our productions begin in an offsite location, to be determined for each production. Approximately one month before opening night, rehearsals move into the Harlem Road playhouse.

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