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ECLIPSED - Milwaukee Reptertory Theater Auditions

Posted: October 11, 2019

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ECLIPSED - Chicago Appointments

Milwaukee Repertory Theater

APPOINTMENTS

Frank Honts fhonts@milwaukeerep.com In your email submission, please indicate whether you are available to audition in Chicago, New York, or would like to be seen via video submission.

CONTRACT

LORT Non-Rep LORT B $941 Per Week Minimum

SEEKING

Actors for Milwaukee Repertory Theater's 2019/20 production of ECLIPSED

INSTRUCTIONS

Actors interested in this project should submit an electronic headshot and resume. Invited auditions will take place in Chicago on or around October 23, 2019.

In your email submission, please indicate whether you are available to audition in Chicago, New York, or would like to be seen via video submission.

Frank Honts
fhonts@milwaukeerep.com
Deadline: Mon, Oct 21, 2019

SUBMIT TO

fhonts@milwaukeerep.com

PERSONNEL

Director: May Adrales
Casting Director: Frank Honts

OTHER DATES

1st Rehearsal- February 4, 2020
1st Preview- March 3
Opening- March 6
Closing- March 29

OTHER

Actors interested in this project should submit an electronic headshot and resume. Invited auditions will take place in Chicago on or around October 23, 2019.
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.

BREAKDOWN

Helena (female, late teens/early 20s, Liberian): Matriarch of the captive wives. A strong maternal figure. Has been with the general for longer than she can remember and serves him out of fear. A survivor, she is blunt, strict, and protective of the other wives. Territorial, Helena shuns outsiders and the unknown. NOTE: Only actors 18 and older will be considered for this role.
Bessie (female, mid- to late teens, Liberian): Second captive wife of the general. Frisky, youthful rebellious energy but also knows when to stay in her lane. Has seen many wives come and go through the compound and is afraid she might disappear one day as well. Outspoken without much tact, she is much like a child herself, though she is six months pregnant at the start of the play. Actor should have a sense of comedy and playfulness as Bessie is oftentimes the comic relief in the play. NOTE: Only actors 18 and older will be considered for this role.
The Girl (female, 15, Liberian): The heartbeat of the story. The youngest and newest addition to the general’s captive wives. A refugee orphan fleeing the violence in her region. Innocently curious but courageous when she allows herself to be. Introverted with many secrets and possesses a quiet steely determination to survive. Deeply vulnerable. NOTE: Only actors 18 and older will be considered for this role.
Maima (female, mid- to late teens, Liberian): Former second wife to the general, Maima has freed herself from the general’s captivity by joining the independence army. Fearless. Self-assured, even cocky. Confident. Fierce. Powerful. She is a warrior who will protect herself, even if it means causing harm to others. Set on independence from the abusive patriarchy and longs to live in total freedom. NOTE: Only actors 18 and older will be considered for this role.
Rita (female, 40s, Liberian): An emissary from the Liberian Women’s Initiative. Worldly, upper class, and well educated. New to the struggle for peace in the region, and awkward with others due to her social status. Rita is quietly trying to find her missing daughter. Constantly on edge—but able to maintain a gentle quality—as she attempts to bring these women out of the dangerous environment of their captivity.
Synopsis Set in 2003 during the fleeting days of the rebel war that ousted Charles Taylor, Liberia’s long-term dictator. The play takes place in the bullet-riddled walls of an army camp for Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy, where the captive wives of the commanding officer of a rebel faction are forced to live. Helena and Bessie, two of the captive wives, attempt to hide The Girl from the commanding officer to prevent her rape and confinement as a sexual slave. Maima, a former wife, visits them frequently and encourages the women to liberate themselves by joining the rebels in combat against their enemy. Rita, a member of the Liberian Women’s Initiative for Peace visits to encourage the women to confront the warlords and agree to a ceasefire through peaceful negotiations with the Initiative. When the war ends at the end of the play, Rita comes to encourage the women to abandon their captor. The wives are left with the choice of remaining captive to the C.O. or leaving to rebuild themselves into the new state of Liberia.


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.

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