AUDITIONS

 

OPEN AUDITIONS FOR 2018/19 THEATRE SEASON

 

AUDITION DATES

TUESDAY, AUGUST 14, 2018

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 15, 2018

 

TIME

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

 

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:


FENCES by August Wilson

DAY OF ABSENCE by Douglas Turner Ward

BLACK NATIVITY books and lyrics written by Langston Hughes, music by Aaron Robinson

 

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 - PLEASE SEE CHARACTER BREAK DOWNS BELOW

Audition appointments are TEN minutes long. Please prepare TWO short contrasting monologues, preferably a dramatic piece and a comedic piece.  The total length of your pieces combined should not to exceed SIX minutes.  You may audition for one or more roles in the season. Based on the roles you are auditioning for you may be asked to read sides from one or more of the plays.  Scripts and/or a reader will also be provided at the audition. Actors who sing should prepare 32 bars from a standard Jazz/Blues tune as well as a traditional Gospel 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.
 

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

 

FENCES

written by August Wilson

directed by Tony F. Sias

 

PRODUCTION DATES

Rehearsals: Aug. 27 – Sept. 26, 2018

Performances: Sept. 27 – Oct. 21, 2018

 

SETTING

1957.  Hill District, Pittburgh, PA.

 

ABOUT THE PLAY

August Wilson’s Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning masterpiece will swing onto the Marian Theatre stage. A gripping family drama about Troy Maxson, a former star of the Negro baseball leagues who now works as a garbage man in 1957 Pittsburgh. As a black man excluded from the major leagues during his prime, Troy’s inner conflicts take their toll on his relationships with his wife and his children as they look for their own chances to fulfill their dreams.

 

ROLES**

TROY MAXSON: (Male, 45-70, African-American.) Former baseball star in the Negro Leagues, now works for the sanitation department. Husband to Rose, father to Lyons, Cory, and Raynell. Brother to Gabriel, and best friend to Jim Bono. Some singing.

ROSE MAXSON: (Female, 35-55, African-American.) Troy's wife and mother of his second child, Cory. She volunteers at her church regularly and loves her family. Rose is a realist, and has high hopes for her son, Cory. Rose's acceptance of Troy's illegitimate daughter, Raynell, as her own child, exemplifies her compassion. Some singing

CORY MAXSON: (Male, 16-25, African-American.) Troy and Rose’s son. A senior in high school. An ambitious young man who has the talent and determination to realize his dreams, Cory comes of age during the course of the play when he challenges and confronts Troy and leaves home.

LYONS MAXSON: (Male, 25-40, African-American.) Troy's son from a previous relationship. Lyons is an ambitious and talented jazz musician. He grew up without Troy for much of his childhood because Troy was in prison. Lyons, like most musicians, has a hard time making a living. Some knowledge of music or playing guitar helpful, but not required.

GABRIEL MAXSON: (Male, 40-55, African-American.) Troy's younger brother. Gabriel was a soldier in the World War II, during which he received a head injury that required a metal plate to be surgically implanted into his head. Gabriel exudes a child-like exuberance and a need to please.  Often thinks he is the Archangel Gabriel who opens the gates of heaven with his trumpet. Some singing.

JIM BONO: (Male, 50-75, African-American.) Troy's best friend of over thirty years. Jim Bono is usually called "Bono" or "Mr. Bono". Bono and Troy met in jail, where Troy learned to play baseball. He is married to a woman named Lucille, who is friends with Rose.

RAYNELL MAXSON: (Female, 8-12, African-American.) Troy’s illegitimate child, mothered by Alberta, his lover, who passed away while giving birth. Innocent, but brave and inquisitive.  Some singing.

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

 

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DAY OF ABSENCE

written by Douglas Turner Ward

directed by Nathan A. Lilly

 

PRODUCTION DATES

Rehearsals: Sept. 24 – Oct. 24, 2018

Performances: Oct. 25 – Nov. 18, 2018

 

ABOUT THE PLAY

A one-act satire about an imaginary Southern town where all the black people have suddenly disappeared. The only ones left are sick and lying in hospital beds, refusing to get well. The Mayor sends a national plea for the blacks, “wherever they are,” to come back. In the end the blacks begin to reappear, as mysteriously as they had vanished, and the white community, sobered by what has transpired, breathes a sigh of relief at the return of the rather uneasy status quo.

SETTING

1960s.  A Very Rural Country Town in America's South.

ROLES**

The original play was conceived for performance by an African American cast, as a reverse minstrel show done in white face.  Actors can expect to be cast in up to three roles in this production.

THE MAYOR: (Male, 25-65, African-American.) A White small town official

JACKSON: (Male, 25-65, African-American.) The Mayor’s assistant

CLEM: (Male, 25-65, African-American.) A White country man.

LUKE: (Male, 25-65, African-American.) A White country man.

MARY: (Female, 25-65, African-American.) A young White mother.

JOHN: (Male, 25-65, African-American.) A young White father.

CLUB WOMAN: (Female, 25-65, African-American.) A concerned woman from the Federation of Ladies’ Clubs.

MRS. AIDE: (Female, 25-65, African-American.) The Social Welfare Commissioner.

Other Roles: OPERATORS, SUPERVISORS, BUSINESSMEN, COURIER, CLANSMEN, ANNOUNCER, MINSTERS, etc.

** There will be one AEA contracts available for this production.

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BLACK NATIVITY
with book and lyrics written by Langston Hughes

music written by Aaron Robinson

directed by Reggie Kelly

music directed by Ed Ridley, Jr.

 

ABOUT THE PLAY

Langston Hughes’ famed retelling of The Nativity Story, performed in a gospel style, and including popular Christmas carols.

 

PRODUCTION DATES

Rehearsals: Oct. 22 – Nov. 28, 2018

Performances: Nov. 29 – Dec. 30, 2018

 

ROLES**

Seeking a ensemble of singers, dancers, and actors to retell Christianity's famous nativity story. Traditionally the play has been performed in a gospel style, which includes Christmas carols. The birth of Jesus plays prominently in the play’s production. 

** 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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