2013 – 2014 Season
The Laramie Project
Auditions: October, 2013
About the show: Matthew Wayne Shepard (December 1, 1976 – October 12, 1998) was an American student at the University of Wyoming who was tortured and murdered near Laramie, Wyoming in October 1998. He was attacked on the night of October 6–7, and died a few days later at Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins, Colorado, on October 12 from severe head injuries.
During the trial it was widely reported that Shepard was targeted because he was gay. Shepard’s murder brought national and international attention to hate crime legislation at the state and federal levels.
In 2009, his mother Judy Shepard authored a book The Meaning of Matthew: My Son’s Murder in Laramie, and a World Transformed. In October 2009, the United States Congress passed the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act (Matthew Shepard Act for short), and on October 28, 2009, President Barack Obama signed the legislation into law.
The Laramie Project can be performed by 15 actors portraying 86 characters. They have been divided below into several natural groupings. They appear in order of speaking within each group.
Show Dates: November 21 - 22
|Ensemble||Elton Tanega (10), Courtney Otis (10), Payton Labadie (11)*, Jacob Marshall (11), Lois Shih (11), Lyndsey Stark (11), Bryce Baldwin (10)*, Matt Bires (10), Maegan Garcia (10)*, Michael Rossitto (12)*, Katie Carlton (12)*, Hannah Jernigan (11)*, Taylor Hill (11)*, Sean Garlock (10), Carrie Brewer (9), Acacia Wells (10), Austin Gamber (12)*, Helen Brewer (12)*, Shelley Czarnecki (11)*, Adrianna Boyack (11)*, Ashlee Baldwin (12)*, Delainey McGuigan (9), Courtney Reanier (9)|