BEHIND THE SHEET **CANCELLED** - New Jersey Repertory Company Auditions

Posted: March 15, 2020

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BEHIND THE SHEET - LONG BRANCH NJ EPA

New Jersey Repertory Company

CANCELLED
**Out of an abundance of caution, the producers have chosen to cancel this EPA for the safety of our members and everyone involved. These EPAs will not be rescheduled. They will be accepting Video Audition Submissions in lieu of the EPAs. A separate notice for Video Submissions will be posted
ASAP with submission information.**


AUDITION DATE

Fri, Mar 27, 2020
11:00 am - 6:00 pm (EST)
no scheduled break

APPOINTMENTS

AEA members: For audition appointment email njrep@njrep.org Phone calls not accepted - except on Thursday, March 26 from noon to 5:00 PM 732-229-3166.

CONTRACT

SPT Tier 4: $392 Plus Health/Pension and Housing for out-of-town actors.

SEEKING

Equity actors. See breakdown.

PREPARATION

For the audition please prepare 2 contrasting monologues totaling no more than 3 minutes. Bring 2 pictures/resumes.

LOCATION

West End Arts Center
132 West End Avenue
Long Branch, NJ 07740

PERSONNEL

Writer: Charly Evon Simpson

In attendance: Artistic Director: SuzAnne Barabas, Director: Chika Ike, Literary Manager: Joel Stone, Casting Director: Tom Rowan, others to be determined.

OTHER DATES

First rehearsal August 4
First Preview August 27
Opening Night August 29
Closing Performance September 27
Rehearsals are Tuesdays thru Sundays. First 2 weeks of rehearsals are in NYC.
Performances are Thursdays, Fridays at 8pm; Saturdays at 3pm & 8pm; Sundays at 2pm

OTHER

An Equity Monitor will not be provided. The producer will run all aspects of audition.
Equity’s contracts prohibit discrimination. Equity is committed to diversity and encourages all its employers to engage in a policy of equal employment opportunity designed to promote a positive model of inclusion. As such, Equity encourages performers of all ethnicities, gender identities, and ages, as well as performers with disabilities, to attend every audition.
Always bring your Equity Membership card to auditions.

BREAKDOWN

SYNOPSIS
Charly Evon Simpson confronts the history of a great medical breakthrough by telling the forgotten story of a community of enslaved black women who involuntarily enabled the discovery. In 1840s Alabama, Philomena assists a doctor - her owner - as he performs experimental surgeries on her fellow slave women, trying to find a treatment for the painful post-childbirth complications known as fistulas. Reframing the origin story of modern gynecology, BEHIND THE SHEET tells how these women supported each other, and questions who, and what, history remembers
BREAKDOWN
PHILOMENA – black, mid to late 20s, female. Slave and doctor’s assistant, later medical patient. Nurturing, smart, aware of everything. Feel great depths but has to swallow everything.
GEORGE – white, 30s, male. From Alabama. Doctor and plantation owner. Charming. Driven. Intellectually curious.
JOSEPHINE – white, mid to late 20s, female. From Alabama. Wife of plantation owner, but really runs everything. Strong, but wounded.
DINAH – black, early to mid-30s, female. Slave and medical patient. Strong-willed, standoffish, but warm on the inside.
SALLY – black, late teens-late 20s, female. Slave and medical patient. Stubborn, witty, and tells it like it is.
MARY – black, late teens-late 20s, female. Slave and medical patient. Optimistic and nurturing.
BETTY – black, early 20s, female. Slave. One of the youngest. Haughty, standoffish.
BENJAMIN/LEWIS – black, late 20s to early 30s, male. Slave. Charismatic, driven, loves deeply.

SAMUEL/EDWARD—white, mid 20s to mid-30s, male. Doctor-in-training and plantation owner. Inquisitive, confident, and eager.

Theatre’s statement: Age is not as important as the spirit of the actor. We are looking for actors who embody the sense of youth or age needed for each role. Non-traditional casting is encouraged, and actors of color, seniors and performers with disabilities are encouraged to audition for all the plays.
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Equity’s contracts prohibit discrimination. Equity is committed to diversity and encourages all its employers to engage in a policy of equal employment opportunity designed to promote a positive model of inclusion. As such, Equity encourages performers of all ethnicities, gender identities, and ages, as well as performers with disabilities, to audition.

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