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FATHER COMES HOME FROM THE WARS PARTS 1, 2, 3 - American Repertory Theatre Auditions

Posted: August 28, 2014

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American Repertory Theatre | Cambridge, MA

Date of Audition:
9/3/2014




Call Type
Equity Principal

Time(s)
Equity Principal Auditions by APPOINTMENT
Wednesday, September 3, 2014
9 AM to 5 PM
lunch 1 to 2

Contract
LORT Non-Rep
$812/week AEA minimum

Location
Loeb Drama Center
64 Brattle Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
Studio C


Seeking
Equity actors, men and women, for various roles in FATHER COMES HOME FROM THE WARS, PARTS 1, 2, 3 - an explosively powerful drama about the mess of war, from Pulitzer Prize winner Suzan-Lori Parks.

SEE BREAKDOWN.

Preparation
Please prepare two contemporary monologues.

Bring picture/resume stapled together

Other Dates
NY Rehearsal: 11/3/14 - 11/16/14
Travel to Boston: 1/12/15
First rehearsal: 1/13/15
First Performance: 1/23/15
Closing: 3/1/15

Other
www.americanrepertorytheater.org

Personnel
Playwright - Suzan Lori-Parks
Director - Jo Bonney
· A monitor will

not be provided. The producer will run all aspects of this audition.

Appointments
AEA members may call 617-496-2000 x. 8848 or email to:
artauditions@gmail.com

AEA members without appointments seen as time permits.
Performers of all ethnic and racial background are encouraged to attend.
Always bring your Equity Membership Card to auditions.


Breakdown

FATHER COMES HOME FROM THE WARS, Parts 1, 2, & 3

From Pulitzer Prize winner Suzan-Lori Parks comes an explosively powerful drama about the mess of war, the cost of freedom, and the heartbreak of love. PART 1 introduces us to Hero, a slave who must choose whether or not to join his master on the Confederate battlefield. In PART 2, a mysterious Yankee prisoner tests Hero’s loyalty as the cannons approach. PART 3 finds Hero’s loved ones anxiously awaiting news of his fate. When he finally returns, nothing is the same at home or in the world, and everyone has a secret.

seeking:

HERO
30’s – 40’s. African-American. Male. PARTS I-III. A slave. Handsome, stubborn, determined. Proud. He cuts an impressive figure, but there’s “something broken inside.” The Master’s favorite, he has been promised his freedom if he will follow his Master into war. He has been presented with something that is unimaginable to most others in his position; a choice, and he is unsure of how to proceed. Struggling to understand his autonomy and self-worth, after spending a lifetime regarding himself as someone else’s property.

HOMER
30’s – Early 40’s. African-American. Male. PARTS I & III. A slave. Charming and quick witted. In love with Penny. Rash and impulsive, he has run away from the plantation so many times that his master had his foot cut off. He is outspoken and opinionated. His love and respect for Hero is profound, but he’s unafraid to go toe to toe when he disagrees with him.

SMITH
Late 20’s – 30’s. Caucasian. Male. PART II. A Yankee prisoner, captured by the Colonel. A man who appears to be white, but who actually is not. He claims to be a captain with the 1st Kansas Colored Infantry, but nothing about this soldier is quite what it seems. Intelligent, curious, and direct. An idealist. Although he’s held in a cage, his swagger and volatility suggest that he won’t be in it for long.

OLDEST OLD MAN
50’s – 60’s, to play older. African-American. Male. PART I. A slave and Hero’s adoptive father. He may be old as time, but he hasn’t grown soft in his old age, and he still possesses the soul and inner fire of a young man. The fight is still strong in him. Proud of his son.

CHORUS OF LESS THAN DESIRABLE SLAVES/RUNAWAYS

MAN
30’s-50’s. African-American.

Although, in PART I, the characters are referred to as “Chorus” these are separate and distinctive roles.

CHORUS: The old, the sick, the weak, the women. When the Rebel Army took the youngest and strongest men to the war, these are the rag-tag group of folks who were left behind. Seeking vivid character actors to play these “less than desirable slaves.”

In PART III, the same actors will play

RUNAWAYS: a group of runaway slaves taking sanctuary on the Colonel’s plantation. They anxiously wait for news about the war, as the outcome could change their lives forever.


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