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January 30, 2014

'The Laramie Project' opens tonight


Burk-Sciallo said that Mary Davis Fralick of the Orpheus Theatre in Oneonta approached her in the summer of last year about co-directing with her.

“I’ve always wanted to direct it,” said Burk-Sciallo.

The two then approached the Cooperstown Art Association about providing a space for the play, and the association agreed to allow the use of Cooperstown Art Association Gallery C, located above the library, for the performance.

Burk Sciallo has directed a Cooperstown Production of “The Vagina Monologues” for the last seven years, the last two performances of which have been in Gallery C.

“Places have always been really wonderful in opening their doors to us and the Cooperstown Art Association is one of those places,” said Burk-Sciallo.

Auditions for “The Laramie Project” were in November and Burk-Sciallo said there was a significant turn out, resulting in 22 people being cast.

“We had a lot of people try out and we wanted to give everybody a part within the show,” said Burk-Sciallo.

There was no shortage of parts, as the play has over 60 different characters.

“Each person has a minimum of two characters,” said Burk-Sciallo.

Burk-Sciallo teaches 11th- and 12th-grade English at Cooperstown Central School, and she says that when she does a show, she informs her students about it. Many of the cast members of the production are young people.

“I think that this play is important to a lot of people,” said Burk-Sciallo, on why the auditions received such a strong response.

The play consists primarily of monologues, with minimal blocking and stage directions.

“Our stage is very minimalistic,” said Burk-Sciallo, who said that it is being borrowed from The Smithy Center for the Arts.

Because of the nature of the space, most of the cast will be on stage throughout the production.

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