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BRAVE NEW WORKS 2018 - Theater Emory Auditions

Posted: November 17, 2017

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Brave New Works 2018 - Atlanta EPA
Theater Emory


Sun, Dec 03, 2017
10:00 am (EST)
Lunch 1pm to 2pm


To request an appointment, AEA members send email to If no email access, call Brian Kimmel at 404-727-5323. Email preferred. AEA members without appointments seen as time permits.


SPT $461/week minimum


Equity actors. There are 4 to 6 AEA contracts to be cast among all available roles. Note: Theater Emory casts mainly from the Atlanta / North Georgia area. Local Atlanta area actors are strongly encouraged to attend. Performers of all ethnic and racial backgrounds are encouraged to attend.


Prepare a contemporary monologue of one to two minutes in length. Actors can also expect to read from sides to be provided at the audition and available at the theater and online in advance.

Please bring a picture and a resume, stapled together.


Theater Emory Administrative Offices
Emory University
Rich Memorial Building
1602 Fishburne Dr
Atlanta, GA 30322
Second floor, room 205. Parking in Fishburne Parking Deck.


Casting Directors: Lisa Paulsen and Brent Glenn
Casting Coordinator: Robert Schultz

Those in attendance at the auditions will be:
Lisa Paulsen, Director of The Playwriting Center of Theater Emory
Brent Glenn, Artistic Director of Theater Emory
Robert Schultz, Casting Coordinator for Theater Emory


First Rehearsal- Jan. 30, 2018.
Project presentations between Feb. 3 and Feb. 18, 2018.

Callbacks, if needed, will be held on Dec. 4.


Brave New Works is a biennial festival of new play readings and workshops produced by the Playwriting Center of Theater Emory. The projects-in-process will be rehearsed and presented over a 3-week period by a combined company of student and professional actors. Weeks of employment are certain – per project casting is subject to change, given the developmental nature of the scripts.
An Equity Monitor will not be provided. The producer will run all aspects of this 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.


Character Descriptions / Actor Tracks (see also Project Descriptions)

Female Actor Track #1:CAST. Auditioning actors will be considered as possible replacements, should any become necessary. 40s-50s, Hispanic, Spanish speaker. (Gabriella in Kings are Killed, Marisela in A Road to a Dream, Colleen/Ellen in Fellow’s Fellows) – 3 weeks

Female Actor Track #2:40s-50s, Asian. (Thuy Pham in A Road to a Dream, Prof. Croydon in Fellow’s Fellows) – 2 weeks

Female Actor Track #3:40s-50s, African-American (Toni Patriot in Kings are Killed). Ensemble TBA in A Road to a Dream– 2 weeks.

Female Actor Track #4:late 30s-early 40s, Hispanic, Spanish speaker (Lucia in A Road to a Dream) – 1 week.

Male Actor Track #1:40s, African-American (Aaron Patriot in Kings are Killed, Sankey in A Road to a Dream, Jouster/Arthur in Fellow’s Fellows) – 3 weeks

Male Actor Track #2:50s-60s, Hispanic, Spanish speaker (Alejandro / Ensemble TBA in A Road to a Dream, Henry Darger / Uncle John in Fellow’s Fellows) – 2 weeks

Male Actor Track #3:50s, Person of Color, Spanish speaker (Eldridge in Kings are Killed, Francisco in A Road to a Dream) – 2 weeks

Male Actor Track #4:40s-50s, white (Robert Patriot in Kings are Killed, Harry Easter in A Road to a Dream, Joseph in Wooden Nickels) – 3 weeks

Male Actor Track #5:40s, white (Charles Edgar in Kings are Killed, Mr. Aiken in A Road to a Dream, Ethan in Wooden Nickels) – 3 weeks

BRAVE NEW WORKS Project Descriptions

KINGS ARE KILLED, by Jiréh Breon Holder
Director: Justin Anderson
Performs: 7:30PM Saturday, Feb. 3

Description: Kings are Killed is a political thriller about a young intern who arrives at the steps of Senator Patriot’s summer home in Florida. As the weather wages war against the house, the political turmoil in DC moves closer and closer to their getaway. What results is a mix of politics, religion, sex, and murder. ?

*Robert Patriot: 50s/60s, white male. A comical drunk, completely bumbling with a streak of infidelity. However, he has tons of charisma, thus is the perfect mouthpiece for the goals of his funders.
*Charles Edgar: 30s/40s, white male. Robert’s Assistant and the straight man to Robert’s comical nature. He’s completely professional and rarely shows anything more than a clinical interest in the family.
*Toni Patriot: 40s/50s, black female. Robert’s wife is the picture of a matriarch. In charge of everything. Manipulative and sexy in a domineering way. Think Viola Davis in How to Get Away with Murder.
*Aaron Patriot: 20s/30s, black male. The son of Robert and Toni, Aaron is a dark and sexy type who is maybe a little psychotic. His family has locked him in the attic to avoid the embarrassment, and when he emerges, all havoc breaks loose. (Student actors will also be considered for this role.)
*Eldridge: 50s/60s, person of color, male. (Spanish speaker) The head chef for the home. A hopeless romantic, and a rule-breaker.
*Gabriella: 40s/50s, Hispanic, female. (Spanish speaker) The head of housekeeping for the home. A gossip and unafraid to speak her mind. She knows the ways of the homeland religion, and isn’t afraid to use them.
*Other roles to be played by student actors

A ROAD TO A DREAM: Scenes from Buford Highway, by Mark Valdez
Director: Elizabeth Dinkova
Dramaturg: Michael Evenden
Performs: 7:30PM Saturday, Feb. 10

Description: Buford Highway has been and continues to be one of the most culturally rich and diverse areas in Atlanta. Playwright Mark Valdez explores present-day life on "La Buford," featuring the people who live and work along that corridor. His new play focuses on the families and businesses in the community: The Pham Family, with their Vietnamese heritage and culture, the Mortero Family from Honduras, making a new life in Atlanta, and a diverse array of business owners, local workers, and long time residents.
The Pham Family: Brother (Minh) and Sister (Hanh). Second Generation. They are taking over the family restaurant on BuHi, Pham's. They have a new name for their restaurant, Phamilia. They want to be on BuHi.
*Thuy Pham: 50s, Vietnamese female. Matriarch of the family. She started Pham's. A real source of pride...she built this out of nothing, coming to the US as a refugee. While she's ready to retire, she's not quite as ready for the types of changes her kids have in mind.
The Mortero Family: Honduran. Father, mother, brother and sister. The family is undocumented. They have been living in BuHi for 12 years. It's never been easy, but lately it feels really hard.
*Francisco (goes by Poncho). 40s/50s, Honduran male. The father. A gardener, a handyman, a construction worker...whatever job he can get that day...he does it all. He's hard working. Works from early morning to late night. His work ethic reflects his need to support his family, but also it lets him avoid problems he doesn't know how to solve.
*Lucia (goes by Lucy): late 30s/40s, Honduran female. The mother. Rough upbringing. As the youngest child in her family, she had to take care of her Father (not a nice man). She met her husband and he was a way out. All she's known is persistence and hard work...that's how you survive. With her move to Atlanta, she's found some space to let her imagine something else, something like joy or happiness or love.
The Reyes Family: Mexican. Been in BuHi for nearly 30 years. Mom is a citizen and Dad has a permanent green card. Kids born in US—still live at home. They maintain cultural connections, but have adopted the ways of Americans. Parents are religious. Poor but trying to improve their standing.
*Alejandro (goes by Alex). 50s, Mexican male. The Dad. Works in heating/air conditioning. In this community this is what success looks like.
*Marisela (goes by Mari). 50s, Mexican female. The Mom. Works as a waitress. Didn't finish high school but got her GED. Es chismosa, a gossip. Loves her two kids. Goes to church. Keeps an eye out on the neighborhood...she sees the "chusma" moving in, makes her worried about where things are going. Still, this is home and she's not going anywhere.
Other Characters:
*Harry Easter: Mid/late 40s, white male. A lawyer at the firm where Rosa (20 year old daughter of the Mortero family) works. Most people would say he's a good guy. It'd be easy to judge him as a privileged jerk. He does care about Rosa...but there is no way he'll ever marry her (he has a wife and doesn't need another one), but he'll be good to her while they're together.
*Sankey: Early 40s, African American male. Deliveryman. Brings supplies to restaurant and other neighboring businesses. Married. Lonely. Having an affair with Lucy Mortero.
*Mr. Aiken: 40s/50s, white male, of Scots-Irish extraction. The child of hillbillys and the first to leave the mountains. Property manager. Salt of the earth. Left home and looking for a community in this big city.. Has some friends, not many.. Enjoys a good story. Has a big heart.
*Ensemble: There are over a dozen additional characters including community members of various ages and a variety of ethnicities. Some of these characters will be played by professional actors in addition to the roles specified above. Some will be played by student actors.
*Other roles to be played by student actors

THE FELLOW'S FELLOWS:Two student written one-act plays
Playwrights: Lindsay Patton and Roz Sullivan-Lovett
Dramaturg: Jiréh Breon Holder, Emory University Playwriting Fellow
Director: TBA
Performs: 7:30PM Friday, Feb. 16

The Quest by Lindsay McNair Patton
Description: The Quest tells the epic tale of two ordinary brothers on a journey to find glory. The only thing standing in the way? Reality. The Kingdom of Valhalla is really a public park transformed into a LARPing paradise, with people as strange and eccentric as the characters they have created. (LARP = Live Action Role Playing)
*Jouster / Arthur: 30s, male. (same actor plays both roles) The Jouster is an older LARPer and daunting opponent. Arthur is a somewhat mysterious voice of wisdom for the younger brother.
*Other roles to be played by student actors
Henry Darger Takes a Walk by Roz Sullivan-Lovett
Description: As Grace, an art history student, struggles to come to terms with the suicide of her aunt, she finds answers in the life of her thesis subject, outsider artist Henry Darger, and his fictional world, the Realms of the Unreal.
*Professor Croydon: middle-aged, female. Thesis advisor to Grace.
*Colleen / Ellen: 50s, female. (same actor plays both roles) Colleen is Graces’s mother. Tough as nails. Ellen is Grace’s aunt. Dead since last week.
*Uncle John: late 50s, male. Ellen’s husband, a recent widower. Numb.
*Henry Darger: 60s or older, white male. Artist and author of the 15,145-page manuscript The Story of the Vivian Girls, in What is Known as the Realms of the Unreal, of the Glandeco-Angelinian War Storm, Caused by the Child Slave Rebellion. Dead since 1973.
*Other roles to be played by student actors

WOODEN NICKELS, by Joseph Skibell, adapted from the story, “Wooden Nickels” that appears in his novel “My Father’s Guitar & Other Imaginary Things,” a collection of true stories.
Director: TBA
Dramaturg: TBA
Performs: 7:30PM Saturday, Feb. 17

Description: At the request of their uncle, two brothers travel to check out the last remains of their father’s first cousin, Jack Tiger, a film maker manque whose earthly goods have been left on a chicken farm in upstate New York.
*Joseph: late 30s/early 40s, male, white, Jewish. A writer. Funny.
*Ethan: late 30s/early 40s, male, white, Jewish. An actor. Funny. A bit more ebullient than his brother.

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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