IF PRETTY HURTS UGLY MUST BE A MUHFUCKA - Playwrights Horizons Auditions

Posted: August 30, 2018

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IF PRETTY HURTS UGLY MUST BE A MUHFUCKA - NYC EPA
Playwrights Horizons Inc.

AUDITION DATE
Wed, Sep 12, 2018
9:30 am - 5:30 pm (EDT)
Lunch 1 to 2

CONTRACT
Off Broadway $715/week

SEEKING
Equity actors (18+) for various roles. See breakdown.

PREPARATION
Actors will read from sides, provided at the EPA. Bring picture and resume.

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

PERSONNEL
Playwright: Tori Sampson
Director: Leah C. Gardiner

The following people will be in attendance at the EPA:
Alaine Alldaffer- Casting Director
Lisa Donadio- Associate Casting Director
Gail Quintos- Casting Assistant

OTHER DATES
1st Rehearsal: 1/18/19. Performs: 2/15/19- 4/21/19

OTHER
This production employs one Stage Manager and one Assistant Stage Manager. The ASM position has been filled. The SM position is currently available.
EPA Procedures are in effect for this 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
AKIM:
18+ to play 17, a witty, intelligent dark-skinned Black woman deemed the most beautiful in her community. Warm, yet prideful, she yearns to feel connected to the people around her and experience life to the fullest, but doesn’t want to have to give up the privileges her beauty confers in order to do so.

MASSASSI:
18 + to play 17, a beautiful Black woman who wants to be the queen bee of her small community. Massassi is bold, yet insecure; she will stop at nothing to be at the top and to relieve the envy that’s burning her up. She is both ashamed and proud of her body: embarrassed by her thick hips and butt as a child, she has learned how to use her body to her advantage.

ADAMA:
18+ to play 17, a cerebral, observant Black woman. Wants to be seen a whole, free person, appreciated for her full personality not judged by her looks. Recognizing that her society will not allow that, she plays by its rules. When push comes to shove, she does the moral thing and dies trying to protect Akim from the friends seeking to destroy her.

KAYA:
18+ to play 17, a meek, easy-going Black woman who wishes she could escape the drama and competitions within her circle of friends and focus on her happiness instead. When Massassi will not let her just fade into the background, she is forced to choose sides, and follows whoever pulls the strongest.

CHORUS:
30, Black male. Akim’s smart pad device. Chorus is a male comedian with a devious, sarcastic streak who wants to deliver the juiciest story to the audience and, with jokes and games, shove some hard truths down their throats.

KASIM:
18 + to play 17, a confident, passionate, witty young Black man whose hormones tend to get the better of him. He wants to be with the most beautiful woman in the village, and falls in love with one girl, then another, deeply. He didn’t make the ranking system that eventually ensnares everyone, yet he is happy to participate in it and wants the clout it confers on him.

MA:
40s, a refined, pragmatic Black woman whose biggest priority is her daughter Akim. She wants to give her daughter the tools to become an independent, kind, adult woman. She wants to shield her from hurt, but realizes that she has to let her make her own mistakes.

DAD:
40s, a Black man obsessed with protecting his daughter from harm, who has built his entire life around her. He takes a pride in Akim’s beauty which, when challenged, turns into arrogance. Willful, unyielding, and self-righteous, he will let nobody challenge his opinion and compromise his standards.


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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