Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Attn: Actors, Local College to Hold Auditions

South Texas College Theater is holding auditions for its Spring Main Stage Production at the Cooper Center. The dramatic play is “The Laramie Project” by Moises Kaufman and the Members of Tectonic Theater Project, and is directed by Jason Joel Rodriguez.

Auditions take place  from 7 to 9 p.m. on Dec. 14 and 15, with call backs on the 16, all taking place in the Black Box Theater at STC’s Pecan Campus Cooper Center for Communication Arts located at 3201 West Pecan Blvd. in McAllen. Anyone interested in auditioning needs prepare a two to three minute monologue for presentation and a provide a head shot. A passage from the script will also be given to those auditioning at the time of check-in for a cold read. People who audition do not have to show up for both days. A cast of four females and four males is needed for the piece.
About “The Laramie Project” - In October 1998, a 21-year-old student at The University of Wyoming was kidnapped, severely beaten and left to die, tied to a fence in the middle of the prairie outside Laramie, Wyoming. His bloody, bruised and battered body was not discovered until the next day, and he died several days later in an area hospital. His name was Matthew Shepard, and he was the victim of this assault because he was gay. Moises Kaufman, and fellow members of the Tectonic Theater Project, made six trips to Laramie over the course of a year and a half in the aftermath of the beating and during the trial of the two young men accused of killing Shepard. They conducted more than 200 interviews with the people of the town. Some people interviewed were directly connected to the case, and others were citizens of Laramie, and the breadth of their reactions to the crime is fascinating. Kaufman and Tectonic Theater members have constructed a deeply moving theatrical experience from these interviews and their own experiences. “The Laramie Project” is a breathtaking theatrical collage exploring the depths to which humanity can sink and the heights of compassion of which we are capable.

Contact Jason Joel Rodriguez at jrodriguez@southtexascollege.edu or Jason Lee Huerta at jlhuerta@southtexascollege.edu for more information.

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