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2011 FALL FESTIVAL OF STAGED READINGS - Artemisia, a Chicago Theatre Auditions

Posted: June 30, 2011

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Artemisia, a Chicago Theatre
Chicago, IL

Call Type
Equity Principal

Date of Audition

Actors' Equity Building
557 W. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60661

Friday, July 29th
10 AM-3 PM

will be taken by the Equity office beginning Friday, July 22nd at 9:30 AM. Call 312-641-0406 9:30 AM-12:30 PM and 3:00-4:30 PMonly.

> EPA Rules are in effect.
> A monitor will be provided.

Artistic Director Julie Proudfoot, Managing Director Jesse Harper and Director Vickie Daignault will attend with casting authority.

Other Dates
1st rehearsal September 19th.
Performances October 7th, 8th, 14th and 15th (2).


Five plays will be produced under Actors’ Equity Staged Reading Code as part of Artemisia, A Chicago Theatre’s inaugural event. Our mission is to produce female-centric entertainment that challenges the perception of women.

SOMETHING BLUE, by Julie Proudfoot
Sex, art, psychology and betrayal; see how this marriage turns out.
Directed by Vickie Daignault
This play is cast.
Performance: October 7, 2011 at 8:00 PM

Corrupt politicians are challenged by hope and imagination in a segregated America of the future.
Directed by Jesse Harper
5 women, 20s and older
2-3 men, 20s and older
Performance: October 8, 2011 at 8:00 PM

CESSPOOL, by Ed Proudfoot
A Beckett scholar rants in prison about social networking, mash-up and intellectual property rights.
Directed by Meighan Gerachis
This play is cast.
Performance: October 14, 2011 at 8:00 PM

LILITH AND EVE, by Stephanie Weber
Lilith, the mythical first woman, rejects God and is ostracized by her community. After her fall from Eden, Eve takes Lilith’s fate into her own hands.
Directed by Jesse Harper
5 women, 20s and older
2-3 men, 20s and older
Performance: October 15, 2011 at 2:00 PM

FAILURE IS IMPOSSIBLE: SUSAN B. ANTHONY'S STRUGGLE FOR SUFFRAGE, adapted from various sources by Julie Proudfoot
Anthony battles the male power structure, hostile headlines and public prejudice to win women the right to vote.
Directed by Meighan Gerachis
Susan B. Anthony: Julie Proudfoot
Chorus: 5 women act as a Greek Chorus, playing various men and women who serve as allies and antagonists to Anthony’s cause.
Chorus 1: Lucretia Mott – 60s – The grandmother of the suffrage movement, who also plays Andrew T. Davis, Newsboy, Madwoman, William Lloyd Garrison, Anti-suffragist, Judge Henry Cabot Lodge, President Grover Cleveland, Senator, Congressman, President Teddy Roosevelt, Grandmother and various other roles.
Chorus 2: Elizabeth Cady Stanton – 50s – Anthony’s best friend and right hand in the struggle for suffrage, who also plays Defense Attorney, Delaware Senator, Governor of Wyoming, Reporter, W.H. Carpenter, Seamstress and various other roles.
Chorus 3: Sojourner Truth – late 50s – The great African-American abolitionist and women’s rights leader, born Isabella Baumfree into slavery, who took her self-given name after she obtained freedom, who also plays Newsboy, Madwoman, Anti-suffragist, Beverly W. Jones, Frederick Douglas, Conductor, Congressman, Reporter, Nurse and various other roles.
Chorus 4: Anna Howard Shaw – late 30s – A physician, the first female ordained Methodist minister in America and a great social reformer for women’s rights, who also plays Madwoman, Newsboy, Charles Harris, Anti-suffragist, District Attorney, Senator, Newsboy, Congressman, Reporter, Grace Greenwood, Mother and various other roles.This role is cast
Chorus 5: Carrie Chapman Catt – late 20s – A great campaigner for the ratification of the 19th Amendment, Anthony’s close colleague and friend and president of the National American Woman Suffrage Association post Anthony, who also plays Newsboy, Phoebe Harris Phelps, Anti-suffragist, Wife, Jury, Pressboy, Congressman, Reporter, Carey Thomas, Bryn Mawr Graduate and various other roles.

Staged Reading Code; Actor min. $25/perf

Male and Female Actors, adults, all ethnicities. See breakdown.

A breakdown has been added for this notice. See below.

Please prepare a 1 minute monologue that is age appropriate and best demonstrates your emotional range. You may be asked to cold-read from the plays; sides will be provided at the audition. Bring headshot and resume.

All actors must be available for evening & Saturday rehearsals.

Rehearsals/performances at Holy Covenant United Methodist Church, 925 W. Diversey.

Performers of all ethnic and racial backgrounds are encouraged to attend.

Always bring your Equity Membership Card to auditions.

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