THE AMEN CORNER - Shakespeare Theatre Company Auditions

Posted: August 15, 2019

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THE AMEN CORNER - NYC Appointments

Shakespeare Theatre Company

APPOINTMENTS
NYC Appointment ONLY auditions to be held on an upcoming date TBD.

CONTRACT
LORT Non-Rep LORT B+; $1033/week

SEEKING
Submissions from AEA members for 6 roles. See breakdown.

INSTRUCTIONS
For consideration, email picture and resume by 8/28.
Deadline: Wed, Aug 28, 2019

SUBMIT TO
Theamencornercasting@gmail.com

PERSONNEL
Director: Whitney White
Writer: James Baldwin
Music Director: Victor Simonson

OTHER DATES
1st Rehearsal Tuesday, January 7, 2020
1st Tech Tuesday, February 4, 2020
1st Preview Tuesday, February 11, 2020
Opening Tuesday, February 18, 2020
Closing Sunday, March 15, 2020
Extension Closing Sunday, March 22, 2020
Theatre: Shakespeare Theatre Company, Sidney Harman Hall

OTHER
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
A note: The Amen Corner is fueled by early gospel music and spirituals.
MARGARET ALEXANDER— 40-50s, female identified, black. Pastor of the church and a strict, loving single mother. In search of the most holy, Christian life because she wants the best life for her and her son. She considers anything un-Christian immoral and dangerous. Devout and righteous in her religion— to a fault. Needs to be a decent singer, does not need an incredible voice.

BROTHER BOXER— 50-70s, male identified, black. An old-fashioned, puritanical church elder. Critical and unforgiving of female pastors and Margaret’s strict Christianity. Does not need to be an amazing singer.

DAVID—18, male identified, black. Margaret’s son. Passionate pianist in music school. Tries to break free of his mother’s firm grip. Careful and timid in how he maneuvers his and his mother’s clashing ideology because of his unconditional love for both his mother and father. Loves music more than the lord. Very interested in an actor who plays piano. Please note if you play piano and what your skill level is.

LUKE—40-60s, male identified, black. A jazz musician who has fallen ill. David’s estranged father who strives to have a relationship with his son. Un-Christian by Margaret’s standards. Does not need to be an amazing singer, or sing at all.

JAMES BALDWIN/NARRATOR—late 20s-early 30s, male identified, black. A writer who recounts his story to the audience and why he wrote this play. Philosophical, wise, and hyper-aware of himself and the world around him. Does not need to be a strong singer.

ODESSA- 50-70s, female identified, black. Margaret’s older sister. A caretaker by nature. Loves her sister. Odessa is not afraid of telling others what she thinks, even when it isn’t the popular opinion. Religious and practical about the realities of the world. Should be a strong singer.
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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 submit.

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