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Community invited to audition for MC production

01/17/2012
The Monmouth College theatre department will hold open auditions for its upcoming production of “The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later.” Actors 18 years of age or older are invited to take part.

A month after the 1998 murder of Matthew Shepard, the members of The Tectonic Theatre Project traveled to Laramie, Wyo., and conducted interviews with the residents of the town. From these discussions, “The Laramie Project” was conceived and became one of the most performed plays in the last decade.

The updated production focuses on the long-term effects that Shepard’s murder has had on Laramie. It explores how the town has changed and how the murder continues to reverberate, in surprising ways, throughout the community.

Director Abigail Davis is looking for a cast of 15 to 20 men and women of a variety of ages and backgrounds for the show, which will be staged March 1-4.

Auditions will be held Jan. 25 and Jan. 26 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. in the WIT Studio Theatre in the basement of MC’s Haldeman-Thiessen Science Center. Actors are encouraged to attend the entirety of only one of those four blocks of time and bring with them a clear idea of their schedule for the months of January and February. Actors are invited, but not required, to perform one or two prepared monologues of no more than two minutes each, and to bring a résumé. The audition will consist of cold readings and improvisation, and no prior experience is necessary.

Rehearsals will generally be held on campus Sundays through Thursdays. They will begin in late January and will increase in number through the opening of the production.

More information is available from assistant professor of theatre Janeve West at jwest@monm.edu.