Open auditions for The Laramie Project set Jan. 27 & 28

Northeast State Community College Department of Theater announces open auditions next week for its spring production of The Laramie Project.

Actors are invited to two open auditions scheduled Jan. 27 & 28 scheduled from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts (WRCPA) on the main campus 2425 Highway 75, adjacent to Tri-Cities Regional Airport in Blountville. The play is being presented by special arrangement with Dramatis Play Service, Inc.

Written by Moisés Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theater Project, The Laramie Project tells the story of the 1998 murder of Matthew Shepard outside Laramie, Wyoming, and how local residents dealt with a hate crime happening in their town. Shepard, a 21-year-old gay student registered at the University of Wyoming, was tied to a cattle fence, beaten severely, robbed, and left to die on a bitterly cold night. Two local men were charged and convicted of the crime. The Laramie Project is a deeply moving theatrical experience that explores both the savage darkness and extraordinary compassion of humanity. The production contains mature subject matter that may not be suitable for all audiences.

Performers are asked to gather in the lobby of the WRCPA Theater. All actors should be familiar with the story and are asked to prepare a one-minute monologue to be read at the audition. Call backs will be made on Jan. 29 between 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Production dates are March 19-22 and March 26-29.

For more information, contact Northeast State Theater at 423.354.2479 or e-mail

Grand Tetons fenced in

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