We need about 15 actors for our Apr 2 ‘PlaySlam’ 8pm show at The Cary Theatre. There won’t be auditions – if you’re interested in possibly being a member of this ad-hoc acting ensemble, please email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) – answer the questions you’ll find below (and attach your theatre resume and a picture if I [Thom] don’t know you and your work already).
Writers can learn about entering the contest at the Submissions link above.
The goal is to have about 13 NC writers, with 26 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 2-3 of the plays. Once the plays are finalized, roles will be cast (based on character needs) from the set of interested actors, and we will then contact you to see if you are still available/interested and want to accept your roles. This will occur shortly after Feb 15 (but block Apr 2 now on your calendar!). Once you accept you will receive your scripts, and your directors (the writers) will interact with you a bit via email/phone; however, you will not meet in person and rehearse until 4-6pm the day of the show. You will have just one 15 min rehearsal slot! Lines will not be memorized (they are staged readings). Minimal set/costume/props.
We will provide you dinner (pizza probably). So you’ll be busy 4-10pm on Apr 2, that’s basically it. (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 5 favorites then move on to Act 2 after intermission – those writers alone 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, a few of the other plays will be performed to hold audience attention. But note that 5-6 of the 26 plays will not end up being performed.)
The goal is for all directors and actors to sit in first couple rows of audience seats, to watch and laugh as their fellow artists perform.
We are basing this first CPF PlaySlam on the many successful PlaySlams that the Playwrights’ Roundtable of Carrboro have held through the years at the ArtsCenter (thanks again Ken and Paul for all your help!). It’s a high-energy evening, and loads of crazy fun and organized chaos.
In your email, please include:
- your name (to make sure everything is spelled properly)
- 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 / foul language or sexual innuendo, physical contact with another actor, themes)
- any specific skills (e.g. singing voice, dancing / physical movement, dialect, resemblance to any particular animals, what have you) relevant to casting you for plays
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