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AMERICAN NIGHT: THE BALLAD OF JUAN JOSE - Denver Center Theatre Company Auditions

Posted: May 18, 2011

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Denver Center Theatre Co (Denver, CO)LORT D; $566/week minimum

Artistic Director: Kent Thompson

Director: Sam Woodhouse

Playwright: Richard Montoya for Culture Clash

Casting Office: Elissa Myers Casting

Casting Director: Paul Fouquet. Casting Associate: Sarah Ruby

First Rehearsal: September 6, 2011. Runs: October 13 - November 20, 2011

NYC Auditions will be held June 8-10, 2011 BY APPOINTMENT ONLY.

Seeking submissions from

Actors' Equity Members onlyfor these auditions.

For consideration, mail or messenger picture and resume to

Elissa Myers Casting

250 West 54thSt., 10thFloor

New York, NY 10019




NOTE: All roles require comedic skills along with emotional depth. Improv skills and sketch comedy training a plus. Actors must be able to carry a tune and feel comfortable with character singing. Ability to play instruments a plus but not required.

Juan Jose:

Mexican-American or Latino Male, 25-35. Juan is a Mexican immigrant who left his family and the corruption in Mexico. Has walked a thousand miles with a heavy heart. A singer of songs or Mexican Border Ballads on occasion. A story teller who loves language. Speaks English, thinks in Spanish. Peppers the English language with poetics. Smart and wily like a coyote, thin to medium build if not athletic. Juan Jose is a man of our times who has journeyed every street, alley and desert looking for America. Street smart and hopeful. Guitar skills a plus.

Ben Pettus:

African American Male, 30-40. A Black Cowboy of West Texas in 1918. A respected hand and trail cook. Sought after by local Anglo ranchers. Ben is from another century, where plowing a field was the measure of a man. Tough, athletic, horse sense; can speak Spanish, Comanche and hold his own with the hostile Anglo authority of that era. Respectful, assured and assuring. A tall drink of Texas water. Not unaware of the tensions of that time - his folk came off slave ships in Galveston Bay. He is a busy man trying to keep the peace in his camp and keep up with the human force of his wife: Viola Pettus. Based on real events and people. Ben was a proud papa of two beautiful girls.

Jonny Yamamori:

Asian American Male, 18-28. Johnny is a Pachuco from East LA. A hep cat with a DA haircut in a Zoot Suit who happens to be a Japanese kid caught in the anti-Japanese fever of the 1940's and a US at war with Japan. Johnny is All-American, or so he thought. Even though he questions authority and the imprisonment of his family and friends, Johnny is a patriot. A patriot who can jitter bug. Intense, smarter than his years, this kid smolders with sexuality and charm although he might still be a virgin. Knows the Chicano street lingo - loves the American lingo too. Leader of a jacket gang Thee Manzanar Knights!

Viola Pettus:

African American Female, late 20s-40. A larger than life African-American miracle of a woman who cared for any and all in need in West Texas in 1918. A self taught nurse who treated Mexican, Indian, Anglo and Black victims of the Spanish Influenza. A large woman who could break camp and wield a shotgun with the best of them. Country smart, could lower a fever with her calm, warmth, and ever present Castor Oil. A legend of West Texas. Based on true events. Viola was a proud mother of two and later a grandmother. Died relatively young. A life force. Aware of her times, she simply had no time to waste and stayed focused on saving lives. Selfless, religious, earthy and almost angelic though she would reject the notion. A humble Christian country nurse.

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