Special to The Herald
NEW BRITAIN - No Boundaries Youth Theater (NBYT) has announced auditions and performance dates for their production of The Laramie Project.
Starting this fall, the NBYT Teen Company will begin the 2018-19 season at the theater with The Laramie Project by Moisés Kaufman and the Members of the Tectonic Theater Project.
“The Laramie Project is the most serious drama that NBYT will produce to date,” NBYT Executive and Artistic Director Darren Farrington said. “It’s the story of 21-year-old Matthew Shepard, 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 added 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 production will be held on Monday and Wednesday, July 30, at 6 p.m., and on Aug. 1, 6 p.m., at the theater’s Studio Theater space at the New Britain-Berlin YMCA at 362 Main Street in Berlin.
Anyone who cannot attend on July 30 or August 1 can schedule an audition in early July.
Auditioning actors should prepare a dramatic monologue-about a minute long-from a modern play (1920 to present).
Actors should also be prepared to discuss the subject matter and their interest in the production.
A company of 8 to 12 actors will be cast, each playing over sixty roles in the script.
Due to some explicit language and content, there will be an age requirement of 16-20 for the production.
Younger actors may join with their parents’ full understanding and consent; older actors may join by simply landing the role.
Rehearsals for the production will begin on August 29 and are fixed for Mondays and Wednesdays from 6 to 9 pm.
Auditions are being held early so actors will have the opportunity to begin learning their lines once August rolls around.
A key feature of the rehearsal process is a workshop which will be held with a member of the Tectonic Theater Project. TPP will travel to NBYT from New York, and discussions are planned with local LGBTQ advocacy groups.
Performances will be on Oct. 19, 20, and 21.
Due to the brief rehearsal period, some additional rehearsal time may be necessary.
In order to schedule an audition, or for any general questions about this production, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pre-scheduled auditions are preferred, but walk-ins are welcome.
Those actors cast will be asked to pay a participation fee of $150, but partial financial waivers and payment scheduling are available.
To learn more about No Boundaries Youth Theater, visit their website at http://www.nbyt.org.