Thursday, August 27, 2009

Auditions for Laramie Project on Saturday in Pittsfield

August 29, 2009

We can't say too much at this point, but be sure to block out Columbus Day Weekend. It's going to be a very special one for the LGBTQ community in the Berkshires. Many details are still being worked out for a first ever "Out in the Berkshires" weekend, (shhhh...more info later!) but one thing is for sure, Barrington Stage Company, under the leadership of Artistic Director Julianne Boyd and Producing Director Richard M. Parison Jr., will be presenting The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later (An Epilogue) on Monday, October 12 at 3 and 7 PM.

Towards that event, open auditions will be held (all ages, types) for those interested in taking part in the semi-staged reading. They will be held concurrently with the local auditions for its Fall 2009 season productions of The Fantasticks on Saturday, August 29 from noon-6pm at Barrington Stage, 30 Union Street, Pittsfield, MA. An audition monitor will be present.

Matthew Shephard

The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later (An Epilogue) will be directed by BSC Producing Director Richard M. Parison, Jr. The creators of the highly acclaimed play The Laramie Project, which since 2000 has been one of the most performed plays in America, will premiere a compelling and groundbreaking epilogue to the original piece. The epilogue focuses on the long-term effect of the murder of Matthew Shepard on the town of Laramie. It explores how the town has changed and how the murder continues to reverberate in the community.

Auditionees for The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later (An Epilogue) should be prepared to read a portion of text provided at the audition. Auditions will be held by appointment only by calling BSC Administrative Office at 413-997-6105.

The fence, once a horrific reminder to the Wyoming community has been torn down since the tragedy.

The staged reading of this updated work will be performed in New York at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall, Barrington Stage Company, and over 100 other theaters across the country on October 12, 2009.

You may also audition for another show, The Fantasticks which will be directed by Andrew Volkoff (BSC's Underneath the Lintel, I Am My Own Wife, Fully Committed) and choreographed by Janet Watson (choreographer of current NY production). The world's longest-running musical, The Fantasticks is a captivating romantic comedy about a boy, a girl, and two fathers. Featuring memorable songs that include "Soon It's Gonna Rain," "They Were You" and the beloved hit "Try to Remember." Auditionees for The Fantasticks should prepare two contrasting songs (ballad and uptempo) and may be asked to read from the script.

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