Les Blancs – Equity Video Submissions (Deadline: 08.30.20)
Director: Lydia Fort
Casting Coordinator: Meghan Truhett
Online submission auditions will be viewed by Lydia Fort, Director
First Rehearsal – October 13, online only for all rehearsals and reading.
Performances – Online reading recorded in advance and available on a password protected site from November 6-13.
Video Audition Submission Deadline: Sunday, August 30th at 5:00 p.m.
Callbacks, if needed, will be held on via zoom appointment with the director September 5 & 6
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 pandemic and in place of live Equity auditions, Theatre Emory is currently accepting video submissions only for roles in LES BLANCS (see breakdown). There will be no in-person audition appointments, all auditions will be submitted by video.
Performers of all ethnic and racial backgrounds are encouraged to submit.
Local Atlanta/North Georgia area actors are strongly encouraged to submit.
Please select and prepare at least one of the audition sides provided on our website. Sides will be available as of Friday, August 14 at www.theater.emory.edu/home/auditions/professionals.html. Please make your video(s) available to us by utilizing a private YouTube or Vimeo or similar site. Send the instructions needed to access your videos.
Actors may create a profile and add their headshot/resume to the free site Audition Revolution using the link on our website (www.theater.emory.edu/home/auditions/professionals.html). Alternately, Equity actors may include their headshot/resume in the e-mail with their video audition submission.
E-mail your video submission to firstname.lastname@example.org and indicate whether or not you have completed a profile on Audition Revolution.
(Note: 3 Equity contracts are available. The company will include student actors to be cast at later auditions.)
Best American play of 1970, Les Blancs prophetically confronts the hope and tragedy of Africa in revolution. The setting is a white Christian mission in a colony about to explode. The time is that hour of reckoning when no one the guilty nor the innocent can evade the consequences of white colonialism and imperatives of black liberation. Tshembe Matoseh, the English educated son of a chief, has come home to bury his father. He finds his teenage brother a near alcoholic and his older brother a priest and traitor to his people. Forswearing politics and wanting only to return to his wife and child in England, Tshembe is drawn into the conflict symbolized by a woman dancer, the powerful Spirit of Africa who pursues him.
Les Blancs Cast Breakdown
THE WOMAN African descent, female, dancer. The Woman: The abstract, non-speaking representation of the growing conflict in Africa and the growing conflict within the heart of the main protagonist, Tshembe. She appears only to Tshembe as a decorated spear-bearing warrior; dancing rhythmically to war drums.
TSHEMBE MATOSEH African descent, male The protagonist. He is the son of a Kwi chief and is returning to attend the funeral of his father, who had died before he could arrive. He is returning from England where he immigrated and gained a formal English education. He is married to an English woman and they have had a child together. The conflict in Africa will not let him go and he is inevitably dragged into the mounting revolution.
ABIOSEH MATOSEH African descent, male. Tshembe’s brother. He has fully embraced the culture of the west as he is training to be an ordained Catholic priest. He hopes that taking on this lifestyle will allow him to share in the power held by the white settlers. He is a symbol of full assimilation as he has denounced his heritage to the point of betraying his own people.
MADAME NEILSEN Caucasian, female, elder. A sharp and intelligent older woman and the wife of Reverend Neilsen who started the Mission 40 years prior when they were in their late 20s. Many of the members of the Kwi tribe look up to her as a mother figure, including Tshembe and his brothers. She is outraged by the encroaching colonial military and pushes Tshembe into joining the revolution.
ERIC African descent, male. The teenage, biracial brother of Tshembe and Abioseh, the result of their mother’s rape by Major Rice. He is a rash young man with an affinity for alcohol. He is caught between his two older brothers who argue over who shall take responsibility for him.
DR. MARTA GOITERLING Caucasian, female. A young doctor who is passionate about her job. She is the newest member of the Mission and has only been there seven years. She has an outspoken pride for the creative thriftiness of the Mission Hospital, which Dr. DeKoven considers to be a naïve obliviousness of the discrimination against the African natives as a white hospital only 75 miles away is top of the line.
CHARLIE MORRIS Caucasian, male. A middle-aged journalist from America there to report on the growing conflict. He is very idealistic and as such, he is very naïve to the growing conflict between the African natives and the English settlers. He carries himself with an air of enlightened superiority while also being very willing to help.
NGAGO African descent, male. A charismatic war leader
DR. WILLY DEKOVEN Caucasian, male, elder. A doctor who has been part of the mission for twelve years. He carries himself with a lofty air as he is hyper-aware of how terrible the situation is and has essentially numbed himself to it. Though he is prone to drinking, he is one of the wisest characters in the play. He shows himself to be very brave and compassionate while also seeming like he has given up.
MAJOR GEORGE RICE Caucasian, male. He is a leader of the colonial military forces. He represents both the oppressive colonial regime and is a symbol for blatant racism as he is always using racial slurs. He honestly and openly refers to the whites as superior to the Africans and treats them like idiot children.
PETER African descent, male. The middle-aged cousin of Tshembe and his brothers, a servant at the Mission, and a member of the resistance
AFRICAN CHILD African child.
AFRICAN VILLAGERS (AND WARRIORS) African Villagers and Warriors. (5 actors listed in script)
SOLDIERS Soldiers. (2 actors listed in script)
See breakdown for full preparation/submission information.