WORLD PREMIERE Genesis written by ensemble member Mercedes White directed by Steppenwolf ensemble member Alana Arenas
1918. Chicago’s South Side. Hundreds of thousands of black workers have fled the rural south to seek newfound opportunities in the industrial north, and America’s involvement in the Great War is rapidly coming to an end. Walter Senior and his wife Lena are hoping to cash in on the American dream. Walt’s got himself a good job, and Elle is pregnant with their first child. But when tragedy strikes, Walt can’t help but lash out, and before you know it, all their hard work now teeters in the balance. Genesis is play about humanity and how we respond when we hit the wall and feel like we can no longer stand. A heartfelt story about family, solidarity and the ties that bind, Genesis takes us back to where it all began.
YOLANDA: A beautiful and sassy gossip who has had her fair share of the neighborhood men. She is Lena's best friend. African American female. Mid Twenties.
TIFFANY: A beautiful, shy, and caring woman who always sees the good in people. She has a voice like an angel and is one of Lena's best friends. African American female. Early twenties.
COLLIN: A soft spoken Irishman who is finding his way in a new country. He is kind and open minded though his naïveté gets the best of him sometimes. Caucasian male. Early to mid twenties. [understudy track w/ guaranteed performances]
Rehearsal- July 28-August 27 Tech Begins- August 28 Opening Night- September 4 Close Night- September 28 (Possible extension October 4th) Runs- Thurs-Sat at 7:30pm, Sun at 3pm
Rehearsals will take place at High Concept Labs (2233 S Throop St) Performances will take place at The Den Theatre (1333 N Milwaukee)
Material to Prepare:
One 2-minute contemporary monologue, if auditioning for TIFFANY please also prepare 16 bars to be sung acapella May be asked to do a short cold reading from the play (Sides will be provided).
Contact: Submit headshot & resume to DefinitionTheatre@gmail.com to schedule