THE PIANO LESSON - Syracuse Stage Non Equity Auditions

Posted: May 1, 2014
Audition Location: Syracuse, NY

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Syracuse Stage Holding Youth Auditions 

May 16 & 17 for African American Girls (Ages 11-13) 

for August Wilson’s The Piano Lesson


Syracuse Stage will be holding youth auditions for 11-13 year old African American girls, for the role of 11-year-old Maretha in August Wilson’s The Piano Lesson. Auditions will take place on Friday, May 16 and Saturday, May 17. To schedule an audition, please contact Chris Botek at 315-443-4008.


Those wishing to audition should prepare a short (1 minute) monologue or speech, and should be ready to play a couple measures of a simple piece on the piano (something like Chopsticks is ok.) The person cast must be available for all rehearsals (September 23—October 21) and performances (October 22—November 9), and she must be age 13 or under through November 13, 2014.


August Wilson’s The Piano Lesson is a Pulitzer Prize-winning drama. "It seems to sing even when it is talking,” said The New York Times. "Haunting as well as haunted,” said New York Newsday.


In The Piano Lesson, the past threatens to pull apart brother and sister. Bernice treasures a one-of-a-kind piano, an heirloom with carved figures of their enslaved ancestors. Boy Willie suddenly arrives from the South determined to sell the piano and buy the land his family worked on. When the ghost of the piano’s original owner appears, family conflicts escalate to a dramatic confrontation.

The Piano Lesson will be directed by Timothy Bond, Stage’s producing artistic director.



Syracuse Stage is Central New York’s premier professional theatre. Founded in 1974, Stage has produced more than 300 plays in 41 seasons including a number of world, American, and East Coast premieres. Each season 90,000 patrons enjoy an adventurous mix of new plays, and bold interpretations of classics and musicals, featuring the finest theatre artists. In addition, Stage maintains a vital educational outreach program that annually serves more than 30,000 students from 24 counties. A solid core of subscribers and supporters helps keep Syracuse Stage a vibrant artistic presence in Central New York. Additional support comes from the government, foundations, corporations and Syracuse University. Syracuse Stage is a constituent of the Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for the American theatre, and a member of the Arts and Cultural Leadership Alliance (ACLA), the University Hill Corporation and the East Genesee Regent Association. Syracuse Stage is a member of The League of Resident Theatres (LORT), the largest professional theatre association in the country.

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