Two Planks Theater Company
Please select a time slot to audition for The Laramie Project. Audition materials and show dates are available on our website at www.twoplankstheater.org. Actors ages 14-25 are welcome to join us. All who audition will be cast in one or more roles in this production.
Synopsis: In October 1998, a twenty-one-year-old student at the University of Wyoming was kidnapped, severely beaten and left to die 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 Matthew. They conducted more than 200 interviews with the people of the town. Some people interviewed were directly connected to the case, and others were citizens of Laramie. The breadth of their reactions to the crime is fascinating. Kaufman and the Tectonic Theater members have constructed a deeply moving theatrical experience from these interviews and their own experiences. The Laramie Project is a breathtaking theatrical collage that explores the depths to which people can sink and the heights of compassion to which humanity can rise.
The Laramie Project is a series of word-for-word real-life interviews conducted with the people in the town of Laramie, Wyoming. It is both a retelling of the events that transpired and a portrait of the residents and town in the year following Matthew’s murder.
The Laramie Project is an ensemble play; many actors will play multiple roles, and while some roles are larger than others, every actor in the play has an important part in the telling of the story.
|| Susan Halliwell