The Laramie Project at Clayton Community Theatre

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Clayton Community Theatre announces open auditions for The Laramie Project by Moisés Kaufman and the members of the Tectonic Theatre Project, directed by Jim Danek.

Auditions: Saturday July 28 at 10:00 a.m. and Wednesday August 1 at 7:00 p.m.

First rehearsal: Week of August 6.

Performances: October 11, 12, 13, 14, 18, 19, 20, and 21, 2018.

The auditions will consist of cold readings from the script (sides available on the web site and at the auditions) and will be held at the theatre: Washington University South Campus Theatre (the old CBC High School building), 6501 Clayton Rd, Clayton MO 63117. Auditioners are encouraged to download the audition form from and fill it out in advance.


This play dramatizes the reaction to the 1998 murder of gay University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard, one of the pivotal crimes in the history of LGBTQ awareness in the United States. On October 7, 1998 Matthew Shepard was discovered bound to a fence in the hills outside Laramie, Wyoming, savagely beaten and left to die. He passed away five days later on October 12, 1998 and for the next year and a half, members of the Tectonic Theatre Project interviewed citizens of Laramie, Wyoming to create this terrific piece of theatre.  CCT is proud to present this important work on the 20th anniversary of Matthew’s death.

Characters: Every actor will play a variety of characters. Here are some typical ones:

AARON KREIFELS – University student.  19 years old.

CATHERINE CONOLLY – Out lesbian professor at the university.  40’s.

DENNIS SHEPARD – Matthew Shepard’s father.  40’s.

DOC O’CONNOR – Limousine driver and local entrepreneur.  50’s.

DR. CANTWAY – Emergency room doctor at Ivinson Memorial Hospital in Laramie.  50’s.

JEDADIAH SCHULTZ – University student.  19 years old.

JEN – Friend of Aaron McKinney.  In her early 20’s.

JON PEACOCK – Matthew Shepard’s academic adviser.  Late 30’s.  Political science professor.

MURDOCK COOPER – Rancher.  50’s.  Resident of Centennial, a nearby town.

MATT GALLOWAY – Bartender at the Fireside Bar.  20’s.  Student at the University of Wyoming.

MATT MICKELSON – Owner of the Fireside.  30’s.

REBECCA HILLIKER – Head of the Theatre Department at the University of Wyoming.  40’s.  Midwestern accent.

ROMAINE PATTERSON – Lesbian.  21 years old.

RULON STACEY – CEO Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins, Colorado.  40’s.  Mormon.

SHADOW – DJ at the Fireside.  African American man.  30 years old.

SHANNON -Friend of Aaron McKinney. In his early 20’s.

SHERRY AANENSON – Russell Henderson’s landlord.  40’s.

STEPHEN BELBER – Member of the Tectonic Theater Project.


Visit our website to access the audition form and audition sides:

Bonus – everyone who auditions will receive a complimentary ticket to any CCT production this season!

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