A whole mess of roles for actors up for grabs at the next audition at the Weekend Theater. Details below.
AUDITIONS, The Weekend Theater, 7th & Chester in downtown Little Rock, 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 8th and 6 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 9.
Four winter dramas. For more information, visit www.weekendtheater.org or call 501-374-3761.
The Weekend Theater’s auditions for four winter 2012-2013 will be held at 9 a.m., Saturday, September 8th and at 6 p.m. on Sunday, September 9th. Actors need only attend one of those times.
Raft of the Medusa Oct 6-Nov 1 Nov 2-17.
The Outsiders Nov 3-29 Nov 30-Dec 15
The Metal Children Dec 1-Jan 10 Jan 11-26
Ain’t Nothin’ but a Thang Jan 12-Feb 7 Feb 8-23
“Raft of the Medusa” by Joe Pintauro and directed by Ralph Hyman. Looking for ten adult males and three adult females. In an opening scene, a man dies an agonizing death from AIDS. The play itself is an explosive AIDS support group session, where the members discover the disease they share can divide as effectively as it conquers. The members of the group are a diverse lot, including homosexuals, heterosexuals and bisexuals, conservatives and liberals, black, white and Hispanic, rich and poor. Some of them are philosophical, some are angry, and some resigned. As the evening’s discussion progresses they discover that one member, Larry, a reporter, does not have AIDS, but is tape recording the sessions for an article. They attack him verbally and physically until Nairobi, a homeless woman in the group, stabs Larry with a dirty syringe, infecting him with the virus. The others are stunned and the reporter is hysterical, until Nairobi reveals that the needle was a clean one and that she would not give the disease to her worst enemy. The other members of the group then react with a kind of awe, asking the reporter what it feels like to experience the miracle of a “cure.” The quick trauma brings them together, reaching for their own comfort while they search for unattainable answers.
“The Outsiders” by S.E. Hinton and direced by Ryan Whitfield. Looking for ten males and eight females, most of whom are adolescents. According to Ponyboy, there are two kinds of people in the world: greasers and socs. A soc (short for “social”) has money, can get away with just about anything, and has an attitude longer than a limousine. A greaser, on the other hand, always lives on the outside and needs to watch his back. Ponyboy is a greaser, and he’s always been proud of it, even willing to rumble against a gang of socs for the sake of his fellow greasers–until one terrible night when his friend Johnny kills a soc. The murder gets under Ponyboy’s skin, causing his world to crumble and teaching him that pain feels the same whether a soc or a greaser. T
“The Metal Children” by Adam Rapp and directed by Justin Pike. Looking for several adolescent and adult males and females. In small-town America, a young adult novel about teen pregnancy is banned by the local school board, igniting a fierce and violent debate over abortion, religious beliefs, and modern feminism. Its directionless New York City author arrives in town to defend the book and finds that it has inspired a group of local teens to rebel in strange and unexpected ways. A timely and unforgettable drama about the failure of urban and heartland America to understand each other,The Metal Children explores what happens when fiction becomes a matter of life and death.
“Ain’t Nothin’ but a Thang” by Marlin T. Tazewel and direced by Liz Clarke. Looking for six African American actors, one adult female, three adolescent males and two adolescent. The Fazes family, like many others, has been thrown curves by life for as long as they can remember. Now they must once again step up to the plate. Fourteen-year-old Amber is HIV-positive, and she only wants to know if someone cares if she lives or dies. Her brother, Matt, is the oldest of three siblings and is estranged from the rest of the family. He’s consumed by guilt and shame for having left home, although he really had no other options. Kintai, the middle child, is a “dealer in higher plains of existence,” also known as a “dopeman.” While her children struggle with their lives, Rachel, the matriarch, fights her own demons. This gripping drama is the story of one black family struggling to survive, and remembering that each new curve life throws them “ain’t nothing but a thang” with which all of them must deal.
The auditions will consist of cold readings from the scripts. Scripts will not be available prior to auditions. Those cast must be available for all dress rehearsals and performances. For more information visit the theater’s website at www.weekendtheater.org, call 501-374-3761, or email the directors:
Ralph Hyman at firstname.lastname@example.org
Ryan Whitfield at email@example.com
Justin Pike at firstname.lastname@example.org
Liz Clarke at email@example.com
The Weekend Theater located at 7th & Chester in downtown Little Rock specializes in plays and musicals with a social issue theme