NBYT has announced upcoming auditions for its Teen Company presentation of The Laramie Project, the highly acclaimed play by Moisés Kaufman and the Members of Tectonic Theater Project.
Darren Farrington, Executive and Artistic Director of the No Boundaries Youth Theater (NBYT), formerly called the New Britain Youth Theater, said that, “The Laramie Project is the most serious drama that NBYT will produce to date.”
“It’s the story of 21-year-old Matthew Shepard,” said Farrington, “the two young men who targeted, viciously beat, and left him to die in a field in Laramie, Wyoming in October 1998, and the community that became suddenly synonymous with this hate crime.”
Farrington says that, “it’s not a story about Matthew Shepard being gay. It’s about whether we let fear, hatred, and anger define us as a community. And it’s a story that needs to be told now more than ever.”
Auditions for The Laramie Project, which will be the NBYT’s first play of its 2018-19 season, will be held on July 30st and August 1st, 2018. Both auditions will held at 6:00pm at the New Britain-Berlin YMCA at 362 Main Street in Berlin. The Theater says that, “Anyone who cannot attend on July 30 or August 1 may schedule an audition earlier in July.”
Auditions can be scheduled by emailing NBYT at email@example.com or Farrington at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NBYT says that, “Actors auditioning should prepare a dramatic monologue of approximately one minute from a modern play (1920 to present). Actors auditioning should also be prepared to discuss the subject matter and their interest in this project.”
The Theater says that there will be eight to twelve actors cast for the play. The selected actors will play the parts of the more than sixty roles in the play’s script.
The NBYT adds that, “Due to language and content, the ages for this production will be 16-20. Younger actors may join with their parents full understanding and permission; older actors may join with permission of the director.”
“Those cast will be asked to pay a participation fee of $150,” says that Theater, “but partial financial waivers and payment scheduling are available.”
Rehearsals for the play will be on Mondays and Wednesdays, from 6:00pm to 9:00pm, beginning on August 29th.
The Theater says that, “As part of the rehearsal process, a workshop will be held with a member of Tectonic Theater Project who will travel to NBYT from New York, and discussions are planned with local LGBTQ advocacy groups.”
The play is to be performed on October 19th, 20th and 20th.