AUDITIONS

 

OPEN AUDITIONS FOR 2017/18 THEATRE SEASON

 

AUDITION DATES

 

PASSING STRANGE

TUESDAY, SEPT. 26

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 27

6:30 PM – 10:00 PM

 

SASSY MAMAS

&

THE ADVENTURES OF THE BLACK GIRL IN HER SEARCH FOR GOD

SATURDAY, SEPT. 30

12:00PM - 5:00PM

 

 

LOCATION

Karamu House, 2355 E. 89th Street, Cleveland, Ohio 44106

 


NOW ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS 

Seeking Equity and non-Equity actors for the following 2017/18 theatre season plays:


SASSY MAMAS by Celeste Bedford Walker

THE ADVENTURES OF THE BLACK GIRL IN HER SEARCH FOR GOD by Lisa Codrington

PASSING STRANGE books and lyrics written by Stew, music by Stew & Heidi Rodewald

 

All roles are available. Performers of all ethnicities, gender identities, ages, as well as performers with disabilities are encouraged to attend every audition. If you are unable to attend the audition, please email your headshot and resume to casting@karamuhouse.org along with a request to submit a video audition. Please make note of your union status when submitting.

 

APPOINTMENTS

For an appointment, please submit the following materials information to casting@karamuhouse.org:

 

  • a current headshot and up-to-date resume with accurate contact information
  • three preferred audition times
  • the SHOW(s) and ROLE(s) you would like to be considered for (see below for BREAKDOWNS)
  • your current status with Actors' Equity Association union (i.e. AEA/non-AEA)

 

PREPARATION

Audition appointments are TEN minutes long. Please prepare ONE contemporary monologue not to exceed THREE minutes. You may audition for one or more roles in the season. Based on the roles you are auditioning for you will be asked to prepare sides from the show.  Scripts and/or a reader will also be provided at the audition. Actors who sing may also prepare 32 bars from a standard Jazz or Blues song.  Please bring music in your key in the event an accompanist is in the room. However, please plan on singing without accompaniment. Finally, please bring three copies of your headshot and resume (stapled together) to your audition time. Sides to the plays will be made available after your submission is received.
 

Performers of all ethnicities, gender identities, ages, as well as performers with disabilities are encouraged to attend every audition. If you are unable to attend the audition, please email your headshot and resume to casting@karamuhouse.org along with a request to submit a video audition. Please make note of your union status when submitting. All roles are available.

 

An Equity Monitor will not be provided.

 

COMPENSATION

All actors receive compensation for their work in our productions. Equity members appear under a GA Tier 2 contract. Non-Equity actors receive a modest stipend.

 

OTHER

STAGE MANAGERS are also invited to send up-to-date resumes to casting@karamuhouse.org. Please make note of your union status when submitting.

 


CHARACTER BREAKDOWN

 

SASSY MAMAS

written by Celeste Bedford Walker

 

PRODUCTION DATES

Rehearsals: Jan. 8 – 31, 2018

Performances: Feb. 1 – 25, 2018

 

SETTING

Washington DC. Spring/Summer, 2013.

 

ABOUT THE PLAY

A delightful story about three women of a certain age who end up pursuing much (...much!) younger men. In the autumns of their lives, three longtime girlfriends find themselves living single. A recent widow, a divorcée, and a career woman all use their social status and wealth to ensnare their younger male suitors…but don’t you dare call them “cougars.” They would prefer “black panthers”. Little do they know, their handsome, fine, strapping young beaus have plans of their own. This colorful romantic comedy explores the dynamics between the sexes as well as the phenomenon of when a woman knows what she wants, she knows how to get it.

 

ROLES**

WILHEMINA: (Female, early 50s, African-American.) National Security Advisor to the President. Never been married. She meets WES who becomes her first real love. Athletic physique. Wears distinctive eyeglasses.

JO BILLIE: (Female, late 50s-early 60s, African-American.) Hospital Administrator, a widow on the prowl for a young man. Robust figure.

MARY: (Female, mid/late 50s, Any Ethnicity.) Married for 30 years and now suddenly divorced. “Good catholic girl.” Can be a little judgmental. Still slim and petite. Former beauty queen.

WES: (Male, early 30s, Any Ethnicity.) Handsome, with character, a former football player turned sports journalist. Hopelessly in love with WILHEMINA.

LADONTE: (Male, 30s, Any Ethnicity.) JO BILLIE’s love interest

COLBY: (Male, late 20s, Any Ethnicity.) A gardener from a small town who develops a relationship with MARY.

** There will be up to two AEA contracts available for this production.

 

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THE ADVENTURES OF THE BLACK GIRL IN HER SEARCH FOR GOD

written by Lisa Codrington

adapted from the short story by George Bernard Shaw

 

PRODUCTION DATES

Rehearsals: Feb. 19 – Mar. 14, 2018

Performances: Mar. 15 – Apr. 8, 2018

 

ABOUT THE PLAY

Based on Bernard Shaw’s short story, this story follows a young African girl who is abandoned by a white missionary for asking too many questions about God. Taking matters into her own hands, the Black Girl sets off on her own to find out who or what God really is. Along the way she meets a number of characters who have very different views on God, but the Black Girl’s unrelenting questions create conflict, and in the end she’s forced to make her own decisions on God and her search. This edgy new play was commissioned by the Shaw Festival and received its world premiere in 2016.

 

NOTE:  This play is a comedy. It is set in “The Darkest Africa” and takes place when Shaw wrote it in 1932. The playwright asks that artists not get too hung up on any of that, because the play is also home to talking snakes, gods, prophets and a dead playwright delivering a preface in the present. Time and space are pretty mixed up. This play is written by a playwright and not by a scientist, historian, biblical scholar or biographer. It is not an accurate representation of the continent of Africa, Africans, the Bible, scientists, artists, snakes, Shaw or Europeans. This play includes text from Shaw’s original short story, its preface, the King James version of the Bible, a tiny bit from Shaw’s Back to Methuselah, and a teeny-tiny bit from Shakespeare’s Hamlet. This play is not The Adventures of a Black Girl in Search of God by Djanet Sears. 
 

ROLES**

The World Premiere production had several actors playing multiple roles. Actors can expect to be cast in up to three roles in this production.

GEORGE BERNARD SHAW a.k.a. GBS: (Male, 30-60s, Caucasian.) A playwright. Google him.

THE BLACK GIRL: (Female, 20s, African-American.) An interesting young woman, who is turning out to be an unsatisfactory convert to Christianity. I.e. she asks a lot of (or perhaps too many) questions.

WHITE MISSIONARY: (Female, 30s-60s, Caucasian.) Hates answering THE BLACK GIRL's questions. Speaks like she is from somewhere in England.

BLACK MAMBA: (Female, 30s-40s, African-American.) A poisonous snake that will attack mankind if crossed. She’s had it with the way humans treat snakes. Perhaps there is some physical comedy or stage fighting involved.

LORD OF HOSTS: (Male, 30-60s, Caucasian but could be any ethnicity.) Well-built, short-tempered, aristocratic looking man with handsome features, an imposing beard, luxuriant wavy hair and a ruthlessly severe expression.

THE ALMIGHTY: (Male, 50-70s, Caucasian but could be any ethnicity.) Kindly-looking old-ish gentleman with a soft silvery beard, turned up moustache and eyebrows that express a self-satisfied cunning. Fights dirty.

MICAH THE MORASTHITE: (Male, 40-70s, Any Ethnicity.) His face is very much wrinkled, but the wrinkles are those of pity and kindliness. Perhaps he’s a spoken word poet/evangelical preacher but from like a long, long time ago.

KING SOLOMON a.k.a. Koheleth/Ecclesiastes: (Male, 22-40s, Any Ethnicity.) Son of King David, lover of women, writer of the book of Proverbs, Ecclesiastes and Song of Solomon. Remarkably good-looking clean-shaven young man with a lift and twist about the outer corners of his brows that is both interesting and repelling.

BLACK BEARER: (Any Gender, 18-40s, African-American.) A servant. Must be physically fit. Perhaps there is some physical comedy or stage fighting involved. NOTE: Shaw uses the pronoun “they” to describe this character because in the original story there were a whole bunch of them. Codrington uses male pronouns “he/him/his” to describe this character.

THE MATHEMATICIAN: (Female, 50s, Caucasian.) Shaw says “she is fifty, a neuter and an explorer who wears breeches and sun helmet.” She’s used to being the only woman among a lot of men. Speaks like she is from somewhere in the U.K.

THE PHSYICIST: (Male, 40-60s, Caucasian.) An explorer. He’s a bit patronizing and speaks like he is from somewhere in the U.K.

THE BIOLOGIST: (Male, 40-60s, Caucasian.) An explorer. He might be a bit depressed. He speaks like he is from somewhere in the U.K.

THE NATURALIST: (Male, 40-60s, Caucasian.) An explorer. He believes his colleagues are idiots. Played by the actor playing GBS, and (perhaps) speaks like GBS attempting to be an actor.

THE CONJURER: (Male, 25-45, Non-white.) The playwright calls him a “man of color, dressed up as white guy.” The character calls himself “an outcast and a wanderer.”

THE ARTIST: (Male, 30-50s, Caucasian but could be any ethnicity.) Frustrated artist. Speaks in Italian and with an Italian accent.

** There will be up to two AEA contracts available for this production.

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PASSING STRANGE
with book and lyrics written by Stew

music written by Stew and Heidi Rodewald.

 

ABOUT THE PLAY

Following the story of a nameless Youth who is on a quest to find “the real,” this middle-class, African-American young man discovers what a bohemian life really involves by “passing” through the worlds of sex, drugs, and Rock ‘n’ Roll. With soulful lyrics and soaring, heart-pounding music, this musical is a unique experience that breaks theatrical boundaries, crosses musical genres, and ultimately brings the audience home with a new understanding of personal and creative authenticity.

 

PREPARATION

Please prepare TWO short contrasting songs (32 bars of each song) and ONE contemporary monologue. Please bring sheet music in your key. You may sing a Capella; however actors are strongly advised to bring music to the song they wish to perform. Audition material should not exceed 5 minutes. Songs must be in the style of the show (contemporary pop, hard rock, folk rock, rock opera). PLEASE DO NOT SING SONGS FROM THE SHOW. Finally, please bring three copies of your headshot and resume (stapled together) to your audition time.

 

COMPENSATION

All actors receive compensation for their work in our productions. Equity members appear under a GA Tier 2 contract. Non-Equity actors receive a modest stipend.

 

PRODUCTION DATES

Rehearsals: April 16 – May 9, 2018

Performances: May 10 – June 3, 2018

 

SETTING

Los Angeles, USA; Amsterdam, Holland; Berlin, Germany. Late-1970s through early 1990s.

 

ROLES**

STEW: (Male, 30-50s, African-American.) The narrator of our story. Incredibly strong actor, singer and musician. Charismatic with impeccable comic timing. Must play guitar; keyboard skills a plus. Actor may be asked to accompany himself at callback auditions. High Baritone.

YOUTH: (Male, 20s-30s, African-American.) A budding musician struggling with the idea of fitting in but also non-conforming. A dynamic singer and strong actor. Keyboard skills a plus. High Baritone with strong falsetto.

MOTHER: (Female, 30s-50s, African-American.) Strong, vulnerable, warm, maternal, but at odds with her own challenges as a mother attempting to raise a precocious teenage son. Must be a strong singer with impeccable comedic timing. Mezzo-Soprano with high belt.

WOMAN 1: (Female, 20s-30s, African-American/Afro-Latino/Afro-Caribbean.) Strong singer and character actor to play the track of EDWINA, MARIANNA and SUDABEY. All three are a mixture of sexy, irresistible and dangerous. Low Mezzo-Soprano with strong mix upper range.

MAN 1: (Male, 30s-50s, African-American/Afro-Latino/Afro-Caribbean.) Strong singer and character actor to play the track of MR. FRANKLIN, JOOP and MR. VENUS. All three are energetic and mysterious with an edge. Must be physically fit. Baritone with strong falsetto.

WOMAN 2: (Female, 20s-30s, African-American/Afro-Latino/Afro-Caribbean.) Strong singer and character actor to play the track of SHERRY, RENATA, and DESI. All three are sexy, vibrant, and vulnerable. Mezzo-Soprano with high belt.

MAN 2: (Male, 20s-40s, African-American/Afro-Latino/Afro-Caribbean.) Strong singer and character actor to play the track of TERRY, CHRISTOPHE, and HUGO. All three are a bit naïve but come with a strong sense of humor. Must be physically fit. Tenor with strong falsetto.

** There will be up to two AEA Contracts available for this production.

 


 

To be considered for any of the roles above, please email casting@karamuhouse.org to set up an audition appointment.  

Phone calls will not be accepted.

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