TheatreSquared 2020-21 Season – Equity Video Submissions (Deadline 09.11.20)
Salary $619/week, plus travel and accommodations.
T2 Artistic Director Bob Ford; Associate Artistic Director, Amy Herzberg; Director of New
Play Development, Dexter Singleton; and Artistic Associate Rebecca Rivas will review all video submissions.
See breakdown for production dates.
Non-union actors and Equity Membership Candidates (EMC) may submit using this link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1 FAIpQLSdUI0fTmUISuhgx8RIIEBi0wvD9f9T5 qVr7Kbk6Apsa21NKTw/viewform?usp=sf_link
For questions or more information on our safety plan, please contact Artistic Associate, Rebecca Rivas, by phone at (479) 777-9802 or via e-mail at [email protected] .
Equity’s contracts prohibit discrimination. Equity is committed to diversity and encourages all its employers to engage in a policy of equal employment opportunity designed to promote a positive model of inclusion. As such, Equity encourages performers of all ethnicities, gender identities, and ages, as well as performers with disabilities, to submit.
Due to the ongoing pandemic and out of an abundance of caution, TheatreSquared is requesting that Equity actors interested in auditioning for our 2020-2021 Season submit a self-taped audition in lieu of live local Equity auditions. (See breakdown for character descriptions and video submission guidelines.)
TheatreSquared celebrates diversity and commits to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. Actors of all backgrounds are strongly encouraged to audition.
Please prepare two short, contrasting pieces. Songs are optional, but welcome. Accompaniment is encouraged. Online backing tracks may be used in lieu of live accompaniment. Presentations are not to exceed three minutes.
NOTES FOR SELF TAPE:
1. THE SLATE: Talking straight to camera, introduce yourself with your name, location
and representation if you have it.
2. FRAMING: For monologues, please frame the top of your head to just below your shoulder. For songs, please frame the full body.
3. THE SETTING: Use a quiet room with little or no background noise. TVs, fans, running water, and air conditioning can be distracting. The wall behind you should ideally be white or blue (or a plain color at least), and try position yourself a few feet away from the wall to avoid shadows. Make sure the light comes from behind the camera, so we can see your face, and avoid filming in front of windows as this will create a silhouette.
SEASON BREAKDOWN – All dates are subject to change due to the ongoing pandemic.
PASS OVER By Antoinette Nwandu
Rehearsals begin September 29, 2020
Performances October 16 – November 1, 2020
Moses and Kitch stand around on the corner – talking shit, passing the time, and hoping that maybe today will be different. As they dream of their promised land, a stranger wanders into their space with his own agenda and derails their plans. Emotional and lyrical, Pass Over crafts everyday profanities into poetic and humorous riffs, exposing the unquestionable human spirit of young men stuck in a cycle just looking for a way out. A provocative riff on Waiting for Godot , Pass Over is a rare piece of politically charged theater by a bold new American voice.
MOSES – black, male, late teens/early 20s. a young man from the ghetto. brokenhearted. courageous. angry. sad but also a slave driver
but also the prophesied leader of God’s chosen
KITCH – black, male, late teens/early 20s. a young man from the ghetto and moses’ best friend. jovial. loyal. kind. naïve. a lovely friend to have but also a slave but also one of God’s chosen
MISTER – white, male, late 20s/early 30s. a man in a light-colored suit. out of his element. earnest. wholesome. terrified but also a plantation owner but also pharoah’s son
OSSIFER – white, male, late 20s/early 30s. an enforcer of the law. not from around here, but always around. pragmatic. intimidating. also terrified but also a patroller but also a soldier in pharoah’s army
THE HALF-LIFE OF MARIE CURIE By Lauren Gunderson
Rehearsals begin October 27, 2020
Performances November 20 – December 3, 2020
Fresh from its New York debut, the newest play from the country’s top produced playwright in 2019 features science, scandal, comedy and heart as it profiles two rock-star scientists at the heights and depths of their lives and careers.
MARIE CURIE – 44. Polish born, French national. Brilliant, shrewd, private and patient scientist. At this point she has already won her first Nobel Prize in physics with her husband Pierre in 1903. She is the mother of two daughters, Irene (14) and Eve (7). She was widowed in 1906 when her husband died tragically.
HERTHA AYRTON -57. British. A brazen, ambitious, fiercely intelligent engineer, inventor and suffragist. Widowed in 1908 she continued her work in electrical experimentation while secretly housing suffragettes running from police. Of Jewish origin she became an agnostic pragmatist who changed her name from Sarah to Hertha after a Swinburne poem about a goddess of the earth.
A CHRISTMAS CAROL by Charles Dickens; Adapted for the stage by Amy Herzberg & Robert Ford
Rehearsals begin November 16, 2020
Performances December 4 – 27, 2020
A T2 Original. Brimming with stage magic and holiday cheer, TheatreSquared’s adaptation of A Christmas Carol boldly reimagines Dickens’ classic ghost story and sets the stage for a new Northwest Arkansas tradition. Three spirits come to visit the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge and take him on a fantastic journey through past, present, and future. But will it be enough to save him? For all ages.
Actor 1: Librarian, Mrs. Cratchit
Actor 2: Boy, Medium Scrooge, Peter, Sailor, Turkey Boy
Actor 3: Scrooge, Father
Actor 4: Cratchit, Andy, Dick, Belle’s Husband, Keeper Two, Sailor, Male Guest, Businessman Two, Undertaker, Ensemble
Actor 5: Fred, Child (sledding), Pat, Young Scrooge, Poor Uncle, Miner, Businessman
Actor 6: Gentleman 1, Child (sledding), Michael, Guest (Fezziwig’s), Businessman Four
Actor 7: Little Scrooge, Belle’s Child, Tiny Tim, Ignorance
Actor 8: Child (sledding), Past, Belle, Poor Mom, Miner’s Sister, Celia, Laundress, Caroline, Ensemble Actor 9: Child (sledding), Child (leaving school), Mrs. Fezziwig, Baker, Sailor, Lydia, Charwoman, Passerby
Actor 10: Child (sledding), Mary, Fezziwig Girl One, Belle’s Child One, Poor Niece, Martha, Mast, Maid (Fred’s)
Actor 11: Child (sledding), Urchin, Fan, Fezziwig Girl Two, Belle’s Child Two, Poor Daughter, Belinda, Want, Ensemble
Actor 12: Gentleman 2, Marley, Fezziwig, Poor Dad, Keeper One, Sailor, Topper, Businessman One, Old Joe
SCHOOL GIRLS OR; THE AFRICAN MEAN GIRL PLAY By Jocelyn Bioh
Rehearsals begin December 28, 2020
Performances January 22 – February 14, 2021
Paulina, the reigning queen bee at Ghana’s most exclusive boarding school, has her sights set on the Miss Global Universe pageant. But the arrival of Ericka, a new student with undeniable talent and beauty, captures the attention of the pageant recruiter—and Paulina’s hive-minded friends. This buoyant and biting new comedy, twice extended in its acclaimed New York debut, is sweeping the nation’s stages, and has become a cultural phenomenon.
PAULINA SARPONG – (pronounced PAUL-LEE-NAH / SAAR-PONG) -18 years old; most popular girl in school and knows it. She is beautiful, talented, vindictive yet somehow loveable.
ERICKA BOAFO – (pronounced BWAH-FOH ) – 18 years old. She is a transfer student and is new to school. She is seemingly nice but people do not know much about her.
AMA – (pronounced AHH-MAH) – 18 years old; the sensible, smart one of Paulina’s pack. Is not afraid to say it like she means it.
NANA – (pronounced NAH-NAH ) – 16 years old; the simple pseudo dumb one of Paulina’s pack. She struggles with her love of food and snacks. Very sensitive.
MERCY – 16 years old; the witty sidekick to Gifty and will do and say anything to stay a member of Paulina’s pack.
GIFTY – 16 years old; the ‘Frick’ to Mercy’s ‘Frack’; loves being part of Paulina’s pack and will do
anything to be considered cool.
HEADMISTRESS FRANCIS – 40’s; the Headmistress of Aburi Girls Boarding School; loves the girls but is also constantly exhausted by them.
ELOISE AMPONSAH – (pronounced AMM-PONE-SAAH) – 40’s; Extremely poised and well mannered former Miss Ghana 1976. She now is a recruiter for the Miss Ghana Pageant. She speaks with a slightly affected British accent and prides herself in always being a lady.
DESIGNING WOMEN By Linda Bloodworth-Thomason
Rehearsals begin March 23, 2021
Performances April 16 – May 16, 2021
Designing Women, the Play, will provide a fresh, topical update on the original characters of Sugarbaker’s Design Firm. After thirty years in business together, we find the ladies negotiating not only their ever-evolving relationship, but also their conflicting opinions on all that is going on in America right now. Deeply divided on a plethora of cultural and political issues (and despite humor- fueled discussions about all of them), the women eventually reach a previously unfathomable decision to sell Sugarbaker’s and go their separate ways. How they make their way back to each other and manage to cobble a fragile rapprochement (without compromising themselves or their personal beliefs) serves as the unifying theme of the play.
JULIA SUGARBAKER – Well past middle age and still stunning, Sugarbaker’s chief designer and resident sage now has her own, liberal podcast. Devoted to her only son, Julia has never re-married and is just as formidable as ever – an ultra-southern, elegant, charming, seductive, elocutionist and verbal assassin who still knows how to, “float like a butterfly and sting like a bee!”
SUZANNE SUGARBAKER – Late forties-early fifties, the former “Miss Georgia” is exactly the same as the old Suzanne – unevolved, zaftig, flirty, gorgeous, cavalier, self-obsessed and over-dressed, renowned beauty expert and Atlanta socialite. Suzanne still treats herself to a new Cadillac every year (even though she does not care for Siri’s “snotty, know-it-all tone”). She also rides herd on the many businesses collected from five ex-husbands, including a string of tanning parlors and a funeral home, prompting her to brag that she’s “the only person in the entire state of Georgia who knows how to make a dead person look pleased!”
MARY JO SHIVELY- Fifties, single mom-turned-empty-nester. Progressive, up-to-date on all trends and current events — funny, sardonic quipster. Mary Jo has evolved from being a modest, self-effacing young wife (who put her ex through medical school) to an unapologetic, full-fledged feminist and confident mover and shaker in Atlanta’s design world.
CHARLENE FRAZIER – Missouri born, the oldest of eleven children — tall, big-hearted, effortlessly sexy and still madly in love with her military husband. Her only daughter, Olivia, is now having a baby girl of her own. Charlene is super organized, uber-responsible — a DIY whiz who loves playing the lottery and going to psychics. She also still has an insatiable thirst for knowledge. (Example: Can’t eat slaw without wondering who Cole was.)
CLEO BOUVIER – African American. Anthony’s cousin. Fortyish, lesbian, ex-schoolteacher, master gardener. Married to a Jamaican poetry professor and mother of a thirteen-year-old daughter, Cleo is especially offended by the current under-read, over-exposed, Kardashian, selfie culture. She does not suffer fools gladly.
HALLIE MCFEE – Charlene’s baby sister. (Being the oldest, Charlene, practically raised her.) mid- thirties, sweet, sheltered, evangelical, former stay-at-home mom – incurably enthusiastic and imbued with Charlene’s love of learning, Hallie is a high school graduate who has already read The Hundred Greatest Books Ever Written (as prescribed by Reader’s Digest ). She is thrilled to be Sugarbaker’s new receptionist (her first professional gig) and is in complete awe of her new bosses.
WYNN DOLLARHYDE (Contractor) – The current romantic interest of both Julia and Suzanne Sugarbaker. Ruggedly attractive, Atlanta contractor and builder, with a languid Georgia drawl. Sensitive, masculine, Wynn exudes a quiet, bemused calmness – suggesting a man who seems like he has a lot to tell, but is never going to tell it.
CAULDER CLAY (Suzanne’s ex-husband) – Suzanne’s soon to be ex, heir to a gargantuan Atlanta family car-dealership. Late forties, over-grown frat boy, chronic philanderer, big-game hunter and county club aficionado. Or, as Julia is fond of saying, ”always seems like he just stepped out of a Dixie Chicks song.”
AT THE WEDDING By Bryna Turner
Rehearsals begin April 6, 2021
Performances April 30 – June 13, 2021
REGIONAL PREMIERE. A hilarious, rough-edged new comedy from one of America’s most exciting new voices, developed at TheatreSquared and now premiering in Northwest Arkansas immediately following its Lincoln Center debut. Carlo is going to be really well behaved today. She’s not going to get drunk. She’s not going to give any long-winded speeches. And she’s definitely not going to try to steal the bride back.
CARLO – Guest at the wedding. 30’s CARLY – Guest at the wedding. 30’s ELI – Groom. 30’s
LEIGH – Groom. 30’s
EVA – The Bride.30’s
MARIA – Mother of the Bride. 50’s
AMERICAN MARIACHI By José Cruz González
Rehearsals begin July 20, 2021
Performances August 13 – September 5, 2021
A hilarious and heartwarming new music-filled comedy about the freedom to dream big. It’s the 1970s, and Lucha spends her days caring for her ailing mother, but longs to shake up her life. When a forgotten record album sparks her mother’s memory, Lucha and her cousin strike upon a radical idea: to create an all-female mariachi band. Infused with live music played by a live mariachi band.
LUCHA MORALES – early to mid 20s, U.S. born Mexican-American. Bilingual. Daughter of AMALIA and FEDERICO MORALES. Struggles with her father’s expectations. Dreams of one day becoming a nurse. She is the primary caregiver for her mother. She loves to sing (soprano) and learns to play the violin. Her best friend is her cousin BOLI.
HORTENSIA PEREZ – prefers to be called “BOLI.” Early to mid 20s, Mexican American. Works as a hotel maid and later at a cannery. LUCHA’s cousin. Hungry to learn about the world. She is fiercely loyal and protective of her family and friends. She loves to sing (alto) and learns to play the guitar.
AMALIA MORALES – late 40s/early 50s. Mexican American. Bilingual. Mother of LUCHA, married to FEDERICO. She is battling early onset dementia and is mostly lost in the past except for a few moments of lucidity. She sees and speaks to her deceased aunt, TÍA CARMEN. She used to the play violin and she sings beautifully (any vocal range). Also plays DOÑA LOLA; an elderly eccentric lady who loves her hair styled in the salon.
FEDERICO MORALES – middle-aged Mexican. Immigrated to the U.S. as a young man. Bilingual, father of LUCHA, married to AMALIA. He works as a cook by day and sings (tenor) and plays an instrument as a professional mariachi by night and weekends. Not coping well with his wife’s illness and haunted by the actions of his past; he has largely closed himself off to the world. Also plays CHOIR.
ISABEL CAMPOS – late 20s/early 30s. Mexican American. Bilingual. Married to MATEO. Shy and has a hard time speaking up for herself. Singing is her greatest passion. She sings (soprano) in her church choir. Learns to play the trumpet. Also plays PARTY GUEST.
MATEO CAMPOS – late 20s/early 30s. Bilingual. Married to ISABEL. Struggles with the traditions of “Macho” culture and his love for his wife. Also plays DRUNK UNCLE, CHOIR, HOLY ROLLER MARIACHI (guitar), RENÉ and RUBÉN, SOYLA’s twin cousins. RENÉ loves women and he loves to dress them. RUBÉN is always looking for a deal and complains when he doesn’t get it, & LOS MUCHACHOS. Can sing (any vocal range) and must play guitar.
GABBY OROZCO -mid 20s. Mexican American. A Born-Again Christian. She lacks confidence, style, and experience in the world. Her Spanish isn’t so good either. Works as a baker at El Águila Panadería. She sings (any vocal range) and plays the electric bass at her church. Learns to play the guitarrón. She actively searches for guidance and companionship. Plays BERTA, DRUNK UNCLE’S WIFE, CHOIR.
SOYLA REYNA – early/mid 40s. Born in Colombia. Immigrated to the U.S. as a young woman. Bilingual. Owner of Salón Superior de Soyla. She is always well put together. Savvy about the world, opinionated, self-sufficient, sexually confident, and supportive of the young women. She sings (any vocal range) beautifully and learns to play the vihuela. Also plays SISTER MANUELA, an old school Catholic nun, PARTY GUEST, HOLY ROLLER.
MINO AVILA – a middle-aged Mexican. Compadre of FEDERICO, but they haven’t spoken in years. Bilingual. A mariachi (any vocal range), he is very wise, a music historian. LUCHA’s godfather. A soft- spoken and humble man with a broken heart. He repairs music instruments in his garage. Plays PADRE FLORES from Madrid, Spain, HOLY ROLLER
MUSICIAN. Plays guitar or vihuela.
TWELFTH NIGHT By William Shakespeare
Rehearsals begin July 20, 2021
Performances August 13 – September 5, 2021
Shakespeare’s gender-bending comedy of mistaken identities, desperate passion and drunken hijinx is bursting with vitality and romance. When a shipwreck separates Viola and her twin brother, each fears the other dead. On unfriendly shores, Viola disguises herself as a page boy to a mysterious Duke—only to find herself in an unlikely triangle of unrequited love. Overflowing with music and swordplay, TheatreSquared’s reimagining of Shakespeare’s most wonderful romantic comedy is a singular live theatre experience.
VIOLA – a shipwrecked young woman who disguises herself as a page named Cesario SEBASTIAN – Viola’s twin brother
DUKE ORSINO – Duke of Illyria
OLIVIA – a wealthy countess
MALVOLIO – steward in Olivia’s household
MARIA – Olivia’s gentlewoman
SIR TOBY BELCH – Olivia’s uncle
SIR ANDREW AGUECHEEK – a friend of Sir Toby
FESTE – Olivia’s servant, a jester
FABIAN – a servant in Olivia’s household
ANTONIO – a sea captain and friend to Sebastian
VALENTINE – gentlemen attending on the Duke, A Servant of Olivia
CURIO – gentlemen attending on the Duke, A Servant of Olivia
A SEA CAPTAIN– a friend to Viola
Equity members please upload self-taped auditions here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd PnuG7QStmgkV67M9BW- 9LUzPyE80DiBtqZHCLj0xBLL9Nzg/viewform ?usp=sf_link. The audition form requires a Google-associated account. If you are unable to sign in, you may email audition links to [email protected] . Please label all files and or links with your first and last name. (Ex.“LastName_FirstName_resume”). All self-tape submissions must be received by 5PM CDT on Friday, September 11.