Blog: Laramie Project - Ten Years Later PART II
by Donald Rees
I knew I wasn't going to cast 70 actors. I mean, large casts do well and especially in indie theatre help guarantee strong ticket sales (just ask the Montreal Shakespeare Company who put on amazing stage works with massive casts) but 70 was just a ridiculous number. In my research I found that the show has been performed with as little as 4 actors. What I decided to do was go through each character's occurrence in the script and bunch up characters in such a way that each "bunch" represented a person I needed to cast. Each actor in the show would play a "bunch" of characters. In some cases the characters were complimentary, but in many cases they contrasted in ways I found interesting and purposeful.