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SWEAT - Lake Worth Playhouse Non Equity Auditions

Posted: January 5, 2021
Audition Location: Lake Worth, FL

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CALL TO AUDITION

 

 

SWEAT BY LYNN NOTTAGE

(A Black Box Series Production)

2017 Pulitzer Prize Winner

 

Directed by Sabrina Lynn Gore

Stage Manager – Samantha McCue

 

Audition Dates:

January 11th, 2021 starting at 7pm 

January 12th, 2021 starting at 7pm 

No appointment needed

 

Show Dates:

March 11th – March 21st 2021 

8 performances total in Stonzek Studio Theatre

About the Play:

Filled with warm humor and tremendous heart, SWEAT tells the story of a group of friends who have spent their lives sharing drinks, secrets, and laughs while working together on the factory floor. But when layoffs and picket lines begin to chip away at their trust, the friends find themselves pitted against each other in a heart-wrenching fight to stay afloat.

 

Roles:

(Casting note: The most important thing to remember about these characters is that they are “real people”. They are hard-working, blue collar, working class folks trying to survive. Also, all actors must be comfortable with using adult language.)

 

Cynthia – African American, 40’s-50’s. Chris’s mom, Brucie’s estranged ex. Smart, ambitious, strong but putty in Brucie’s hands. Born and raised in Berks County, PA. Has worked at the factory her entire life. Her friendship with Tracy, and her loyalty to the other workers is tested when she becomes Supervisor. 

 

Tracey – white, American of German Descent, 40’s-50’s, Chris’s mom. Crass, loud, fun-loving, carries an unearned sense of entitlement, unapologetically blue collar. Born and raised in Berks County, PA. Has no real ambition to move up but becomes jealous when Cynthia becomes Supervisor. Their friendship is tested with the promotion of her friend and community members picket the plant. 

 

Chris – African American, early to late 20’s. Cynthia’s son. Grew up with Jason. Works at the plant. Aspirational, cool without trying, funny. He longs to go to college and get out of Berks County and become a teacher. The actor playing this part must be comfortable with fight choreography.

Jason – White American of German Descent, early to late 20’s. Tracey’s son. Grew up with Chris. Works at the plant. Sarcastic, loud, no ambition beyond retiring in Berks County and opening a Dunkin Donuts with his pension. The actor playing this part must be comfortable with wearing white supremist tattoos as part of costume for part of the play and with fight choreography. 

 

Jessie – Italian-American, 40’s. Friends with Tracey and Cynthia, also works in the plant. Fun, sensitive, drinks too much. Joni Mitchell type. She used to be carefree and had plans to leave Berks County and travel the world but got “stuck” working at the plant like a lot of small-town gals. 

 

Stan – White American of German descent, late 40’s-50’s. Bartender. Relatable, funny, wise. Protective of Oscar. Former plant worker until a leg injury forced him into early retirement. The actor playing this part must be comfortable with fight choreography. 

 

Oscar – Columbian-American, 20’s-early 30’s. Works at the bar under the watchful eye of Stan. First generation from immigrant parents. Always present but seems to be mostly ignored by the residents – until he’s not. The actor playing this part must be comfortable with fight choreography. 

 

(The role of Evan and Brucie will be played by the same actor)

 

Evan – African American, 40’s. Parole officer. Professional, clean cut, educated. He is understanding, but also no nonsense. 

 

Brucie – African American, 40’s. Chris’s dad, Cynthia’s estranged ex. Smooth talker, but years of hard work and hard drinking have taken a toll. He has substance abuse issues. Been locked out of his factory for over a year and has been on the picket lines. 

Requirements: 

 

Please prepare two contrasting, contemporary monologues, approx. 2 min each. If called back, please be prepared to read from the script; sides will be provided.

For questions or further details, please contact Artistic Director Daniel Eilola at daniel@lakeworthplayhouse.org 

 

** In accordance with county regulations, 

masks must be worn to enter the theater. ** 

 

For additional e information, visit https://www.lakeworthplayhouse.org/welcome/audition/

ABOUT THE PLAYHOUSE BLACK BOX SERIES

 

The Playhouse Black Box Series offers a unique selection of plays featuring the works of nationally and internationally established playwrights whose subjects or themes are both thought provoking and relevant to today's world. All works selected and presented in the series make perfect use of the Playhouse's 60 seat Stonzek Studio Theater, an intimate setting which provides the audience with a personal and visceral theatre going experience. The focus of the series is on the story, writing and acting of a chosen work with very basic technical arrangements. 

 

 

ABOUT LAKE WORTH PLAYHOUSE

     

Lake Worth Playhouse is located at 713 Lake Ave in Downtown Lake Worth. Valet Parking is $5 (when available). Street and lot parking is also available.

 

Lake Worth Playhouse is a non-profit community theatre with a diverse array of offerings, including award-winning dramas, comedies, musicals, area premieres, Broadway favorites, children's shows, ballets and operas on film, live concerts, improv comedy and alternative programming. In addition to its main stage theatrical fare, the Playhouse presents year-round independent and foreign films in the Stonzek Studio, an intimate black-box style theatre equipped with a large viewing screen and high-definition projection. The Playhouse is proud to offer a variety of educational programs for adults and children, as well as community outreach initiatives that bring cultural programs into the neighborhoods of underserved youth and also make theatre available free of charge for disadvantaged citizens in the community.

 

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