RACHEL - Quintessence Theatre Group Auditions

Posted: November 14, 2019

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RACHEL - Philadelphia PA EPA

Quintessence Theatre Group

AUDITION DATES

Mon, Dec 02, 2019
10:00 am - 4:00 pm (EST)
Lunch 1:30 to 2pm

Tue, Dec 03, 2019
10:00 am - 12:00 pm (EST)

APPOINTMENTS

For an appointment, AEA members may contact Maya Lerman, Artistic@QuintessenceTheatre.org

CONTRACT

SPT $495/week

SEEKING

Equity actors for various roles. All roles available. See breakdown.

PREPARATION

Sides will be provided at the auditions. Bring picture and resume.

LOCATION

Sedgwick Cultural Center
7137 Germantown Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19119
There is free parking in the public lot across the street from 7137. Please check in at the theatre. Some auditions/callbacks may be held in adjacent rehearsal space.

PERSONNEL

Angelina Weld Grimké, playwright
Alexandra Espinoza, Director

Expected In attendance: Alexander Burns (Director/Artistic Director), Alexandra Espinoza (Director)

OTHER DATES

First rehearsal: January 8. Previews: January 29 – February 5. Opening: February 7. Closing: March 1. Wednesday (10am* & 7:30pm), Thursday (10am* & 7:30pm), Friday (7:30pm), Saturday (2pm* & 7:30pm), Sunday (3pm). *Intermittent performance times.

OTHER

Warning: 'Rachel' deals with overt and implicit instances of racial violence. If there are concerns or hesitations about the audition material please feel free to select an alternative section of the text.
An Equity Monitor will not be provided. The producer will run all aspects of audition.
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

The play is set in a northern city in the first decade of the 20th century. Its events take place over a four year period. The Loving family are from a southern town and moved north ten years earlier after an episode of deadly racialized violence. All characters are African-American.

Rachel Loving: (late teens – 20s) Begins the play with a spirit of abounding life, health, joy, youth. Musical: plays the piano and sings. Her passion and preoccupation is for the safety and care of Black children.
Tom Loving: (17 – 20s) Rachel’s brother. Begins the play with a Cheerful and ambitious disposition. After leaving high school, he encounters racial barriers to professional success.

Mrs. Loving: (50s-60s) A hard working independent seamstress. Wise, loving, and worried. Rachel and Tom's mother. Brought her children North after the lynching death of her husband and first son, but kept those events a secret from her two younger children.

Mr. John Strong: (20s – 30s) A dignified young gentleman who has found stability for himself and his mother through his work as a waiter, despite successfully graduating from college.

Jimmy: (7 – 12) A precocious and curious young boy Rachel adopts who experiences bullying at school due to his race.

Mrs. Lane: (20s – 30s) A newcomer to the Lovings’ neighborhood who is desperate to find a school for her child Ethel after she was mistreated and abused for being Black in a previous school.

Ethel Lane: (8) A child trying to recover from the recent trauma of mistreatment. Nervous, suspicious, and frightened.
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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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