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    Auditions for Governors State University’s Theatre and Performance Studies 2019-20 Season: THE LARAMIE PROJECT and PICNIC

    In October 1998, a twenty-one-year-old University of Wyoming student was kidnapped, brutally beaten, and left tied to a fence in the middle of the prairie outside Laramie, Wyoming. His bloody and battered body would not be discovered until the next day, and he would die several days later in the hospital. His name was Matthew Shepard, and he was the victim of this brutal assault because he was gay.

    Following the aftermath of the crime, Moisés Kaufman and fellow members of Tectonic Theater Project made six trips to Laramie over the next year and half. After conducting over 200 interviews with the residents of Laramie, Kaufman and the Tectonic members constructed a theatrical experience based on their interviews and their experiences in Laramie.

    Seeking an inclusive, dynamic ensemble of 8-20 actors ages 18-75.

    Rehearsals for The Laramie Project will begin the week of September 9.
    Rehearsal will be 3-4 days a week, with an increased time commitment closer to the performance, at Governors State University, based on the availability of the cast.

    Tech week runs October 26-31.

    Performances are November 1-3.

    Actors auditioning for The Laramie Project will also have the opportunity to audition for, and be considered for, our Spring Production of Picnic by William Inge. Additional auditions and callbacks for Picnic will take place in November.

    On a sweltering Labor Day morning, the women of a small Kansas town are preparing for their annual picnic. Flo Owens has hopes that her beautiful daughter Madge will get a proposal from Alan, the local millionaire’s son. Madge’s younger sister Millie, the “smart one”, yearns to leave her small town behind. Good-natured Mrs. Potts is happy to get a break from taking care of her aged mother. And spinster schoolteacher Rosemary Sydney cheerfully keeps her boyfriend Howard at arms’ length. This seemingly peaceful, matriarchal environment is disrupted when Hal Carter – a muscular and charming young drifter – hops off the freight train, and straight into Mrs. Potts’ hospitable home. Hearts are broken and lives are changed in the following twenty-four hours as Hal’s lively, dangerous, masculine energy wakes up the sleepy community. Set in the 1950s this Pulizer-Prize-winning drama explores themes of sexuality, repression, rites of passage, and disappointment.

    Seeking 7 female-identified actors and 4 male-identified actors ages 14-50. Some roles require dancing and fighting under the direction of fight and dance choreographers.

    Rehearsals begin January 2020

    Tech week runs March 21-26

    Performances are March 27-29, 2020

    Auditions will be held at
    Governors State University’s Center for Performing Arts
    1 University Pkwy
    University Park, IL 60484

    You will be seen individually during your audition time; please arrive 10 minutes before your audition slot to ensure that we stay on schedule.

    For your audition, prepare two contrasting monologues, no longer than 90 seconds each. These monologues should showcase your versatility and ability to transform into two distinct characters.

    Both productions are non-paying.

    Callbacks for The Laramie Project are scheduled for Monday, September 9 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. and will consist of cold readings from the script and devised theatre exercises. If you are unavailable for the callback, please note this on your audition form; this will not be counted against you.

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    If all auditions slots are full, if you are unavailable for audition dates, or have any questions, please contact The Laramie Project director Jane Cox at jcox1@govst.edu

    If you are interested working backstage, please contact production manager Michelle Medvin at mmedvin@govst.edu

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