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CLOUD9 - Hartford Stage Company Inc. Auditions

Posted: October 25, 2016

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CLOUD 9 - NYC Appointments

Hartford Stage Company Inc. | Hartford, CT



APPOINTMENTS

NYC auditions will be held early-mid November by appointment only.


CONTRACT

LORT Non-Rep
LORT B; $861/week. Plus housing and transportation


SEEKING

Equity actors for various roles.

Seeking submissions from AEA members. AEA members must submit themselves directly in order to be considered via this posting (no agent or third-party submissions).


SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS

Email picture and resume ASAP for consideration. YOU MUST PUT YOUR UNION AFFILIATION AND ROLE YOU ARE SUBMITTING FOR IN THE SUBJECT LINE.




SUBMIT TO


cloud9submissions@gmail.com




PERSONNEL

Artistic Director: Darko Tresnjak
Director: Elizabeth Williamson (Associate Artistic Director of Hartford Stage) Casting: Jack Bowdan/Binder Casting


OTHER DATES

Rehearsal: January 24, 2017
Open: March 3
Close: March 19


OTHER




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 submit.

NOTE: Act 1 is set in British Colonial Africa. Act 2 is set in London in the late 1970’s. Although Act 2 is set 100 years later, only 25 years have passed for the characters. All roles require humor, depth, and a great sense of playfulness. Singing a plus. All roles are British, except for Joshua. In certain cases, men will be playing female characters and women will be playing male characters.




BREAKDOWN


SEEKING:
CLIVE/MARTIN
(30’s-40’s) MALE. CAUCASIAN. CLIVE is a colonial administrator, sure he knows what is best of his family, and the part of Africa he governs. A man’s man, sure of himself and his role in his world.
Deeply believes in the Victorian system of morality for everyone else, and imposes it rigidly. Also plays MARTIN: Victoria’s husband in Act 2, a novelist who hasn’t quite brought his behavior into line with his newly found feminism.
BETTY/EDWARD
(late 20’s-30’s) MALE. CAUCASIAN. BETTY is Clive’s wife, played by a man. Trying to be the perfect Victorian woman, despite conflicting ideas of that that is, Betty looks for value and identity in how she is perceived and desired by Clive and Harry. Note: this role is not camp. Also plays EDWARD: Betty and Clive’s middle class grown up son in Act 2. He is a young man trying to figure out how to be himself in the world, working as a gardener and moving on from a relationship with Gerry which has been fraught, given their different expectations of relationships.
JOSHUA/CATHY
(late 20’s-30’s) MALE. CAUCASIAN. JOSHUA is Clive’s African manservant, played by a white man, because he defines himself by Clive and other white men’s expectations. Alienated from his people. Ambivalent, there’s an edge to his behavior with the rest of the family. Also plays CATHY: The 4-5 year old daughter of Lin in Act 2. From a working-class background. May also play SOLDIER, a British soldier who’s recently died in Ireland in Act 2.
HARRY BAGLEY/GERRY
(30’s-early 40’s) MALE. ANY ETHNICITY. HARRY: a handsome, intrepid, dashing explorer. A romantic figure, secretly tortured by his hidden homosexuality. Also plays GERRY: Edward’s boyfriend in Act 2, confident in his sexuality, working-class compared to Edward, doesn’t want to be tied down by a relationship, but does care for Edward.
EDWARD/BETTY
(50’s) FEMALE. CAUCASIAN. EDWARD is Clive and Betty’s 9 year old son, played by a woman. He struggles with his father’s expectations for a boy’s behavior, which conflict with his own yearnings for his sister’s doll - and for his ‘Uncle’ Harry Bagley. Also plays BETTY: in Act 2. Edward and Victoria’s mother. She is struggling to come to terms with her children’s sexuality and the new world they live in. She has left Clive at the top of the act, and gradually figures out how to make her own life on her own terms.
MAUD/VICTORIA
(late 20’s-early 30’s) FEMALE. CAUCASIAN. MAUD is Betty’s widowed mother in Act 1, a redoubtable Victorian matron who has come to live with her son-in-law and his family in Africa. Also plays VICTORIA: in Act 2 Edward’s sister and Betty’s daughter. Victoria is an intellectual, struggling in her marriage to Martin, and torn over whether to take a prestigious job which would mean leaving London for Manchester, but might mean the end of her marriage. She is drawn to Lin, and begins a relationship with her.
ELLEN/MRS. SAUNDERS/LIN
(late 20’s-mid 30’s) FEMALE. ANY ETHNICITY. ELLEN is a governess in colonial Africa, more because it’s the only profession open to her than from any affection for children. She is secretly in love with Betty. Also plays MRS. SAUNDERS: she is an independent widow living in Victorian Africa in the last days of the Empire, and flees her estate during a revolt for Clive’s protection. Also plays LIN: A lesbian, working class, single mother in Act 2 – she falls in love with Victoria

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