There won’t be auditions – if you’re interested in possibly being a member of this ad-hoc acting ensemble, please email me, the producer (firstname.lastname@example.org) – answer the questions you’ll find below (and attach your theatre resume and pictures [headshot and full-body] if I [Thom] don’t know you and your work already). Please do this by Apr 11.
Writers can learn about entering the contest at the Submissions link above – deadline Mar 28! We need more submissions – you can submit AND request in as an actor, but if your plays are accepted, you will direct and not act. This year’s theme: “None”!
The goal is to have 9 NC writers, with 18 short (up to 3 minute) original plays – 2 per. The acting pool needs to be diverse (gender, age, body type, ethnicity) to cover the roles. Each actor will be in at least 3-4 of the plays. Once the plays are finalized, I will circle back with you to ensure you are still available to participate. Roles will then be cast (based on character needs) from the set of interested actors, and we will then contact you and inform you of your roles. This will occur shortly after Apr 11 (but block May 9 now on your calendar!). Once you are cast you will receive your scripts, and your directors (the writers) will interact with you a bit via email/phone; you may meet in person and rehearse a time or two. From 4-6pm the day of the show, you will have one mandatory 15 min rehearsal slot per play. Lines will not be memorized (they are staged readings). Minimal set/costume/props.
We will provide you dinner (pizza, salad), that’s your pay. So you’ll be busy 3-10pm on May 9, that’s basically it (unless your director(s) want to rehearse a bit beforehand). (Writers and actors need to help strike at end (we must be out by 10pm)).
One play per writer will be performed during Act 1 – then the audience will vote, and the writers of their 6 favorites then move on to Act 2 after intermission – those writers will have their second piece performed. Finally the audience will vote for their favorite – that writer wins $100! (During the vote tally process of the second voting, the other plays will be performed to hold audience attention.)
The plan is for all directors and actors to sit at the cabaret round tables in front of the audience seats, to watch and laugh as their fellow artists perform. Best seats in the house.
It’s a high-energy evening, and loads of crazy fun and organized chaos.
In your email, please include:
- your name
- an age range you can reasonably portray on stage
- the best email and phone number to reach you at (or “at which to reach you”, if you’re one of those people)
- any physical or other limitations
- restrictions on type of play you’re willing to do (e.g. strong language or sexual innuendo, physical contact with another actor, themes) – it will be a PG13 show
- any specific skills (e.g. dialects, singing voice, dancing / physical movement, resemblance to any particular animals, what have you) relevant to casting you for plays
See this link for more information.
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