The Laramie Project Auditions

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Written by Moises Kaufman and the members of Tectonic Theater Project


June 12-14 and 19-21, 2020

Audition Dates:

Monday, March 23 at 7pm

Wednesday, March 25 at 7pm

Callbacks (if needed):

Monday, March 30


Auditions will be held at the Exit 7 Theater, located at 37 Chestnut Street in Ludlow, MA. Parking is available on Chestnut Street, or in the lot at the corner of Winsor and Chestnut Street.

All those wishing to audition must be 16 years or older at the time of the first rehearsal, Monday, April 6, 2020 due to the graphic nature of the show. Those between the ages of 16-18 must have parent/guardian consent to participate.

Those auditioning are asked to prepare a 1-2 minute dramatic monologue, this does not need to be memorized. Please NO monologues from The Laramie Project. Consider a monologue to PERFORM, it should allow for the actor to emote and be similar to the nature of this show. Cold readings will also be used.

Casting size: 8+ (will vary based on those auditioning, meaning 8 may be cast but more may be considered) - actors will be playing multiple roles of varying ages/races/genders/sexualities.

ALL ROLES are open and gender neutral casting will be in place. 


Complete list of characters:

  • Aaron Kreifels - university student, 19
  • Aaron McKinney - one of the perpetrators, roofer, 21
  • Alison Mears - volunteer for a social service agency, friend of Marge Murray, 50s
  • Amanda Gronich - member of Tectonic Theater Project
  • Andrew Gomez - Latino from Laramie, 20s
  • Andy Paris - member of Tectonic Theater Project
  • April Silva - bisexual university student, 19
  • Baptist minister - originally from Texas, 50s
  • Barbara Pitts - member of Tectonic Theater Project
  • Bill McKinney - father of Aaron, truck driver, 40s
  • Cal Rerucha - prosecuting attorney, 50s
  • Catherine Connolly - “out” lesbian professor at the university, 40s
  • Dennis Shepard - father of Matthew Shepard, Wyoming native, 40s
  • Doc O’Connor - limousine driver and entrepreneur, 50s
  • Dr. Cantway - emergency room doctor at Ivinson Memorial Hospital, 50s
  • Doug Laws - Stake Ecclesiastical leader from the Mormon church, 50s
  • Father Roger Schmit - Catholic Priest, very outspoken, 40s
  • Gil and Eileen Engen - ranchers, he is in his 60s, she’s in her 50s
  • Governor Jim Geringer - Republican Governor, 45
  • Greg Pierotti - member of Tectonic Theater Project
  • Harry Woods - gay Laramie resident, 52
  • Jedadiah Schultz - university student, 19
  • Jeffrey Lockwood - Laramie resident, 40s
  • Jen - friend of Aaron McKinney, early 20s
  • Jon Peacock - Matthew’s academic adviser, late 30s
  • Jonas Slonaker - gay man, 40s
  • Kerry Drake - reporter with the Caspar Star Tribune, 40s
  • Kristin Price - girlfriend of Aaron McKinney, 20s
  • Leigh Fondakowski - member of Tectonic Theater Project
  • Lucy Thompson - grandmother of Russell Henderson, day care provider, 60s
  • Marge Murray - Reggie’s mother, heavy smoke, has emphysema, 70s
  • Matt Galloway - bartender at The Fireside Bar, university student, 20s
  • Matt Mickelson - owner of The Fireside Bar, 30s
  • Mercedes Herrero - member of Tectonic Theater Project
  • Moises Kaufman - member of Tectonic Theater Project
  • Murdock Cooper - rancher, resident of Centennial, 50s
  • Phil Labrie - friend of Matthew, late 20s
  • Philip DuBois - President of the University of Wyoming, 40s
  • Rebecca Hilliker - head of the university theater department, 40s
  • Reggie Fluty - policewoman who responded and discovered Matthew, 40s
  • Reverend Fred Phelps - minister from Kansas, 60s
  • Rob Debree - Detective Sgt. and chief investigator for Matthew’s murder, 40s
  • Romaine Patterson - lesbian, friend of Matthew’s, 21
  • Rulon Stacey - CEO Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins, CO, Mormon, 40s
  • Russell Henderson - one of the perpetrators, 19
  • Sgt. Hing - detective at Laramie PD, 40s
  • Shadow - DJ at the Fireside Bar, African-American, 30 
  • Shannon - friend of Aaron McKinney, early 20s
  • Sherry Aanenson - Russell Henderson’s landlord, 40s
  • Sherry Johnson - Administrative assistant at the university, 40s
  • Stephen Belber - member of Tectonic Theater Project
  • Stephen Mead Johnson - Unitarian minister, 50s
  • Tiffany Edwards - local reporter, 20s
  • Trish Steger - Romaine’s sister, 40s
  • Zackie Salmon - Administrator at the university, lesbian, 40s
  • Zubaida Ula - Muslim woman in Laramie, 20s
  • Judges, jurors, bailiff, waitress, media/news personnel, priest are also listed


In October 1998 in the middle of the prairie outside Laramie, Wyoming, Matthew Shepard, a 21 year old student at the University of Wyoming, was tied to a fence post, severely beaten, robbed, tortured and left, alone, to die. His body -- battered, bloody, barely clinging to life -- was discovered eighteen hours later. He was rushed to the hospital and put on life support. He died five days later. The reason for this brutal crime? Matthew Shepard was gay. The hate crime attracted vast attention worldwide, bringing sexual discrimination and violence to the forefront of public discourse. The Tectonic Theater Project, led by their founder Moisés Kaufman, traveled to Laramie in the aftermath of the murder with the intent of creating a theatrical portrait of a town coming to grips with horrible, hate-fueled violence. Over the course of a year and a half, the group interviewed over 200 subjects, some directly related to the case and some regular citizens of Laramie. Out of these interviews, journal entries, and found texts, The Laramie Project was born. Hailed as one of the most captivating and encompassing pieces of contemporary theatre, the play shocks, challenges, and moves all who watch it as it reveals the lowest depths of hatred and greatest heights of compassion that lies within all human beings in any seemingly average community.


Director: Chris Climo

Producers: Megan Hoy and Jami Wilson

Stage Manager: Bruce Torrey

Assistant Producers: Leon Jerfita and Chris Torrey


Rehearsals will start April 6, and will be on Sundays (1-4pm), Mondays and Wednesdays (7-10pm) until the last performance. Tech week will be June 7-11, 2020 (Time TBD) and is mandatory.

This production will be performed to benefit the Matthew Shepard Foundation and the Ludlow High School GSA. All profits will be donated to these organizations.

If you should have any questions regarding the production or auditions, please contact the director Chris Climo at


Download: Laramie-Project-Audition-Form.pdf