COAL COUNTRY - New York Shakespeare Festival Auditions

Posted: October 2, 2019

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COAL COUNTRY - NYC EPA

New York Shakespeare Festival

AUDITION DATE

Fri, Oct 18, 2019
9:30 am - 5:30 pm (EDT)
Lunch 1 to 2

CONTRACT

Off Broadway Cat DD Contract: $1,103/week

SEEKING

Equity actor/singers for various roles for this production at The Public Theater's Anspacher Theater.

All AEA stage manager positions have been filled at this time.

PREPARATION

Please prepare one SHORT (no more than two minutes in length) contemporary monologue of your choosing.

LOCATION

Actors' Equity New York Audition Center
165 W 46th St
16th Fl
New York, NY 10036

PERSONNEL

By Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen
Original Music by Steve Earle
Directed by Jessica Blank

Expected in attendance: Public Theater Casting Office (Jordan Thaler, Heidi Griffiths, Kate Murray, Chalin Tulyathan, Danica Rodriguez, and/or Claire Yenson)

OTHER DATES

First Rehearsal: 1/13/2020 or 1/14/2020
First Preview: 2/18/2020
Closing: 3/29/2020
Possible Extension: 4/26/2020

OTHER

EPA Procedures are in effect for audition.
An Equity monitor will be provided.
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

In 2010, the Upper Big Branch mine explosion killed 29 men, and tore a hole in the lives of countless others. In this riveting, emotionally stunning new work based on first-person accounts by survivors and family members, Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen, award-winning writers of The Exonerated, and three-time Grammy Award-winning country/folk legend Steve Earle, dig deep into the lives and loss of the most deadly mining disaster in recent U.S. history.
NOTE FOR ALL ROLES: In the tradition of documentary theater, we are seeking a company of actors who feel effortlessly a part of the world of the piece. All actors must possess an authentic rural working class sensibility and have a STRONG facility with dialect, particularly rural Appalachian. Actors must be able to connect with both the dramatic weight of the piece as well as the frank, unsentimental sense of humor that these characters possess. All actors must be comfortable with singing in a group.
SEEKING:
JUDY/and AS CAST:
60’s. Female. White. Born into a mining family. Although she “grew up in the holler, back in the woods,” she left the community to become a doctor. Although she feels deeply rooted in the community, she’s also sadly aware that her education and profession have created a separation between her and the world she came from. Judy is a matriarch, solid and direct; proactive, fearless, with a strong moral compass, a problem solver and a natural leader. When she’s confronted by the inexplicable, she asks questions and attempts to gather as much information as she can in an effort to make sense of it all.
STANLEY “GOOSE”/and AS CAST:
50’s – early 60’s. Male. White. A miner. Finished one year of college, then started working underground when he was 19 years old, because “it’s what you do around here.” Robust, earthy, good-humored, energetic and intelligent. A former athlete, he’s physically strong, brave, funny, direct and a hard worker. Married to MINDY.
MINDY/and AS CAST:
50’s. Female. White. A spitfire with a wicked sense of humor. Frank, upfront, says what she means. Married to GOOSE, and they’re deeply committed; they’ve been through hell together, but there’s a lot of humor and spark in their relationship.
JUDGE/and AS CAST:
Late 50’s – 60’s. Female. White. A judge presiding over the case against the energy company in charge of the mine at the time of the explosion. Measured, patient, professional. This role may also cover other female roles including, but not limited to, JUDY.
The following roles are cast:
TOMMY/and AS CAST: Role CAST
PATTI/and AS CAST: Role CAST.
GARY/and AS CAST: Role CAST.
ROOSEVELT/and AS CAST: Role CAST.
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