PENUMBRA THEATRE 2014 SEASON - Penumbra Theatre Auditions

Posted: February 24, 2014

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SEASON EPA's

Penumbra Theatre | St. Paul, MN

Date of Audition:

3/3/2014

Call Type

Equity Principal

Time(s)

Monday, March 3rd from 10a-4p

Callbacks are on Tuesday, March 4th

Contract

SPT

Tier 9; actor minimum $550/wk

Location

Penumbra Theatre Co.

270 N Kent Street

St. Paul, MN 55102

Seeking

Male and Female Actors. Please see Breakdown.

Preparation

Please prepare a contempory American monologue that is two minutes or less. You may also be ask to read from the script. You may also be ask to read from the script. Bring headshot and resume.

Other Dates

Rehearsals Begin -January 7, 2015

Opening –February 6, 2015

Closing –March 2, 2015

Other

Rehearsals & performances will be at Penumbra Theatre in St Paul, MN. Performers must be able to provide their own transportation & lodging while in the Twin Cities area.

Personnel

Directors Lou Bellamy and Shirley Jo Finney will attend with casting authority.

EPA Rules are in effect.

A monitor will not be provided. The producer will run all aspects of this audition.

Appointments

Equity Actors: Please call 1-651-288-7785 or email Allen Weeks at allen.weeks@penumbratheatre.org to schedule an appoinment.

Breakdown

BY THE WAY, MEET VERA STARK by Lynn Nottage

DIRECTED BY LOU BELLAMY

SPT 9 Contract

DESCRIPTION

From the Pulitzer Prize–winning playwright of Ruined, Lynn Nottage draws upon the films of the

1930s to take a look at racial stereotypes in Hollywood. BY THE WAY, MEET VERA STARK is a seventy-year journey through the life of Vera Stark, a headstrong African-American maid and budding actress, and her tangled relationship with her boss, a white Hollywood star desperately grasping to hold on to her career. When circumstances collide and both women land roles in the same Southern epic, the story behind the cameras leaves Vera with a surprising and controversial legacy scholars will debate for years to come.

CASTING

GLORIA MITCHELL – (White Woman – 20’s to 30’s) – a “white” starlet.

LOTTIE/CARMEN – (African-American Woman – 20’s to 30’s) - a brown-skinned woman. ANNA MAE/AFUA – (African-American Woman – 20’s to 30’s) - a very, very, fair-skinned African-American woman who pretends to be Brazillian.

SLASVICK/BRAD – (White Male – 40’s to 50’s) – a studio producer and talk show host. MAXMILLIAN VON OSTER/PETER – (White Male – 30’s to 40’s) – an exquisitely haughty European director, and a “groovy” rock musician.

DETROIT ’67 by Dominique Morisseau

DIRECTED BY SHIRLEY JO FINNEY SPT 9 Contract

DESCRIPTION

It's 1967 in Detroit. Motown music is getting the party started, and Chelle and her brother Lank are making ends meet by turning their basement into an after-hours joint. Always at odds,

they fight over the future of the family trade. But when a mysterious white woman finds her way into their care and a string of raids increases police brutality around the city, the siblings become divided over much more than business. Suddenly, they find themselves caught in the middle of the '67 riots.

CASTING

CHELLE (MICHELLE) - Black woman, late 30’s, strong, steadfast, firm, and

not easily impressed. A widow, mother, and sister. A loving heart beneath her pride. LANK (LANGSTON)- Black man, early 30’s, cool, loving, and charismatic.

A dreamer. Has a special affect on women – but not a womanizer. Chelle’s younger brother. BUNNY (BONITA)- Black woman, mid-late 30’s, fun, spunky, sexy, and joyful.

A friend and sometimes a lover… Never lets nothin’ get her down.

CAROLINE- White woman, late 20's/early 30's, beautiful, quiet strength, troubled, soft, and mysterious. There is a world of danger behind her eyes.


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