FANDANGO FOR BUTTERFLIES (AND COYOTES) - En Garde Arts Inc Auditions

Posted: September 3, 2019

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FANDANGO FOR BUTTERFLIES (AND COYOTES) - NYC EPA

En Garde Arts Inc

AUDITION DATES
Tue, Sep 17, 2019
9:30 am - 5:30 pm (EDT)
Lunch 1 to 2

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

Thurs, Sep 19, 2019
9:30 am - 5:30 pm (EDT)
Lunch 1 to 2

CONTRACT
Off Broadway Rehearsals $20/hour. P/H & Performances $98/per performance. Transportation will be coordinated/provided as needed for outer borough venues.

SEEKING
Equity actors.
All characters will be speaking or singing text in both Spanish and English, so all actors should be fluent in both languages. Actors should also be comfortable singing and/or playing a stringed instrument. Especially seeking actors who have the ability to play jarana, guitar, clave/woodblock, tambourine and or guiro.

PREPARATION
English and Spanish sides will be provided at the audition. Bring picture and resume

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

PERSONNEL
Producers: En Garde Arts
Director: José Zayas
Artistic Director: Anne Hamburger
Exec. Director: Heather Cohn
General Manager: Amanda Cooper

Expected at the EPA: One of the following personnel expected during the EPAs – Anne Hamburger, Heather Cohn, José Zayas, Amanda Cooper, or Casting Director Elsie Stark.

OTHER DATES
Rehearsals Begin: January 10th, 2020
Performances: Run Feb/March 2020 (see breakdown for dates details)

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
Synopsis: Inspired by interviews with undocumented immigrants from Latin America living in New York, Fandango is the story of undocumented immigrants coming together to find community on the evening of an ICE raid. Through live performance, music and dance, audiences in all five boroughs will be immersed in these very important stories at this critical time in our history.

The characters’ experiences will be revealed in an experience called a fandango. A fandango is a community event where people come together to sing, dance, create verses, improvise and share time together. The music is based in the tradition of Son Jarocho, which are songs from the southeastern part of Mexico of Veracruz and Guerrero. It comes from Indigenous, African and Spanish roots (And Spanish roots themselves contain Arab, Indian and Roma roots.) In Son Jaracho, you sing, you play the jarana, which is a string instrument like a ukulele. Other instruments are the clave/woodblock, tambourine and the guiro. In a fandango, you write and improvise verses and you dance on a small platform, called the tarima. You dance zapateado making rhythms with your shoes and feet. In Fandango, this community structure allows the audience to be brought into the space as well.
For reference go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N90Zm_yuN4A
On Youtube.com look up En Garde Arts “Undocumented”
All characters will be speaking or singing text in both Spanish and English, so all actors should be fluent in both languages. Actors should also be comfortable singing and/or playing a stringed instrument. Especially seeking actors who have the ability to play jarana, guitar, clave/woodblock, tambourine and or guiro. English and Spanish sides will be provided at the audition.
seeking
MARIPOSA: Mexican woman mid 30's to early 40’s. Mariposa's been in this country 18 years and now manages a busy midtown deli. Sensitive, generous, and discipline. She supports her mother in Mexico, and always takes care of others before herself. She's hosting tonight's fandango (a community musical gathering) and loves bringing people together. She's imaginative and romantic, though she often keeps her dreams a secret.
PILI: Mexican woman early/mid 20's. Smart, brave, and self-sufficient, Pili crossed the desert at 13 determined to go to school, and has lived on her own since age 16. She's got an engineering brain that works fast and loves figuring out problems (and fixing car engines). She's a queer Mexicana, forging her own path and doesn't let the world's resistance stop her. She's also funny, and lonely. Sings and plays guitar or another instrument used in Son Jarocho.
MANUELA: Dominican woman, 18 to early 20's. Grew up in the Bronx since age 4 with her Dominican grandparents. They raised her Pentecostal and sheltered, but outside the house, Manuela longs to fully live out her passions for music and social justice– and to find community that accepts her and where she can accept herself. Sings, plays guitar or another instrument used in Son Jarocho.
ROGELIO: Honduran man, early/mid 30's. Has worked on a horse farm upstate, along with his cousin ELVIN, ever since he arrived from Honduras 10 years ago. Back home, he loved to write verses and songs, and longed to be a teacher. He left a daughter in Honduras and is working to try to bring her to the U.S. A revolucionario at heart, he's acutely sensitive to the political forces attacking him and wearing down his spirit. Sings, plays guitar and/or other instrument used in Son Jarocho.
ELVIN: Honduran male, late 20's/early 30's. ROGELIO and JOHAN's cousin, Elvin also works on the horse farm upstate. He's a restless and playful spirit, a trickster when he's relaxed who loves to tease those he's close to. But he also feels caged, and longs for freedom of movement. Eventually he wants to return to Honduras and have his own coffee farm. He's worked hard to bring his cousin JOHAN here. Family and friends mean a lot to him. He wants to be in love. Sings, and either dances or plays instrument used in Son Jarocho.
JOHAN: Honduran male early/mid 20’s. Johan's is just arriving from Honduras after a long and perilous journey. Back home he feared for his life and was targeted by gangs for refusing to join, and for being a gay man. He's finally been able to leave, and is anxious to start a new life, breathing and living freely, but isn't sure what to expect (or trust) here. He's still raw and shaken by his journey here. Sings and either dances or plays instrument used in Son Jarocho.

Also seeking an ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER: ASM should also be fluent in both languages and have experience in non-traditional venues and in touring.
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Rehearsal/run dates:
Rehearsals Begin: January 10th, 2020
Performances:
La Mama: Load in+tech Feb 3-6, performances Feb 6-15 (8 performances)
LaGuardia Performing Arts Center (Queens) Load in+tech Feb 19, performances Feb 20+21
Snug Harbor (Staten Island) - Load in+tech & performance March 6
Lehman Stages (Bronx): Load in+tech & performances March 13/14 (schedule to be worked out, 1-2 performances)
The Point (Bronx) – Load in+tech March 19, 3 performances March 20 & 21
Irondale (Brooklyn) Load in+tech March 26, 2-3 performances March 27 & 28


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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