Imago Theatre Holds Auditions for THE BLACK LIZARD, 6/27


Imago's hit "The Black Lizard" is being revived in the fall. Non-equity roles are available for men and women actors and dancers of all ages (must be 18 years and older to audition.) Compensation is available.

Rehearsals take place sporadically in the summer. Primary auditions are in September. Performance period is from September to November.

To be considered for an audition you must send in a photo and resume (or bio) to the following address:

Auditions will take place on June 27th in the evening and other dates to be announced.

Synopsis: From 1950, until his dramatic suicide in 1970, while attempting to foment a right-wing coup d'etat, Yukio Mishima dominated Japanese letters—as novelist and playwright. Mishima was equally adept at writing psychological parlor-room drama and bombastic kabuki—filled with music, dance, and stage magic. The Black Lizard (1961) is a hybrid of these two styles. Black Lizard is the pseudonym of Japan's most notorious woman gang leader, and she specializes in jewelry theft and murder. These disparate crimes have one object—to fuel her obsession with obtaining and possessing the impossible—beauty that will never be lost or fade away. The play takes the form of a battle of wits between Black Lizard and brilliant private detective, Kogorô Akechi, Japan's Sherlock Holmes. Black Lizard attempts to steal the biggest diamond in Japan, Akechi strives to protect the jewel and capture the criminal. Until the end we don't know who will prevail. The play has been a perennial favorite in Japan—many leading actresses and female impersonators have taken a turn at playing Black Lizard including Mizutani Yaeko, Miwa Akihiro (also in the film version), Bandô Tamasaburô, and Matsuzaka Keiko.

The Black Lizard delves deeply into the psyche of the heroine, who embodies many of Mishima's own pathologies, but at the same time the play is a campy, sexy, and hilarious romp through Japan in the 1960s. Characters take on multiple identities and don disguises with a frequency seen only in kabuki, and settings range from posh hotel suites, to Tokyo Tower, to a ship at sea. As in kabuki, leading characters are given long monologues to reveal their innermost feelings, and in Jerry Mouawad's direction these are presented in "chamber" style with influences from Richard Foreman. Imago's The Black Lizard will be a verbally sophisticated, physically energetic, and visually sumptuous play—attempting to bring a contemporary fusion of kabuki and melodrama to Portland audiences.

The production contains nudity. Go to Imago's show page for The Black Lizard here.

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