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TO KNOW HOW TO KEEP - PVD Fringe Festival Non Equity Auditions

Posted: June 9, 2021
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URGENT:
Casting for an original play that will be premiering at this year's PVD Festival in Providence, RI. The tentative performance dates are July 23, 24, 30, and 31 (to be confirmed by mid-June). The plan is to stage the production outdoors with appropriate social distancing measures in line with Rhode Island law. However, depending on local developments with the pandemic and the concerns of cast/crew, we're willing to have it converted into a streamed event if possible. The length of the play will be approximately 50-60 minutes.

Here is a summary of the play itself: Napoleon Bonaparte leads a French campaign to colonize the land of Egypt at the turn of the nineteenth century. After more than a year of unsteady fortune, Bonaparte mysteriously abandons his forces to return to France. In his commander's absence, Commissary of War Guillaume Laurent struggles to preserve himself amidst the building chaos, and to reconcile his admiration and disdain for Bonaparte.

THE CHARACTERS:

Guillaume Laurent (Lead): Male, 24-40; the anchor of the story.
Ethnically Ambiguous / Multiracial, White / European Descent

Napoleon Bonaparte (Supporting): Male, 24-36; a captivating figure, still on the upward trajectory of military and political legend.
Ethnically Ambiguous / Multiracial, White / European Descent

Private Leclerc (Supporting): Male, 20-40; a privileged son of nobility.
Ethnically Ambiguous / Multiracial, White / European Descent

Masika al-Sayed (Supporting): Female, 20-40; a self-sufficient businesswoman; performers of Middle Eastern descent preferred.
Ethnically Ambiguous / Multiracial, Middle Eastern

Abd Al-Rahman Al-Jabarti (Supporting): Male, 35-60; a local negotiator with gregarious personality; performers of Middle Eastern descent preferred.
Ethnically Ambiguous / Multiracial, Middle Eastern

General Kleber (Supporting): Male, 45-55; a reassuring presence both on and off the battlefield.
Ethnically Ambiguous / Multiracial, White / European Descent

Sergeant Lajoie (Supporting): Male, 30-50; a dutiful, seasoned soldier.
Ethnically Ambiguous / Multiracial, White / European Descent

Vivant Denon/General Desaix (Supporting): Male, 25-35
Denon: a polite but eager academic; Desaix: an exceptional, contradictory man - modest but able, profound but also a glory hound.
Ethnically Ambiguous / Multiracial, White / European Descent

Nafisa Khatun (Supporting): Female, 30-50; a powerful widow fixed atop the local elite; performers of Middle Eastern descent preferred.
Black / African Descent, Ethnically Ambiguous / Multiracial, Middle Eastern

Private Benoit/Sailor (Supporting): Male, 20-50
Ethnically Ambiguous / Multiracial, White / European Descent

Shopkeeper (Day Player): All Genders, 20-70
performers of Middle Eastern descent with some knowledge of Arabic preferred.
Ethnically Ambiguous / Multiracial, Middle Eastern

Shopper (Day Player): All Genders, 45-70
performers of Middle Eastern descent with some knowledge of Arabic preferred.
Ethnically Ambiguous / Multiracial, Middle Eastern

Rehearsals will take place in/around the Boston, MA area several times a week at a location TBD. (Each week, there will likely be 3-4 weeknight rehearsals from 7-9 p.m., and 1-2 weekend rehearsals in the afternoon.)

At this time, we're accepting video submissions. PDF copies of sides will be provided to you once you've submitted your application and indicated which character(s) you'd like to audition for. Please email timothy.g.caron@gmail.com with you applications or inquiries ASAP.

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