AUDITIONS for First Three Plays – June 14 & 15

Dear theatergoers,

Auditions for the first three plays of the season at The Weekend Theater approach! Please forward this to all the people you know who want to be on stage!

AUDITIONS

Auditions will be on Saturday, June 14th at 10 a.m. and Sunday, June 15th at 6 p.m at The Weekend Theater, 1001 W. 7th St., Little Rock, AR 72201 (7th and Chester across from Vino’s). You only have to attend one of the times. We will read from each play, in the order they fall in the season, for one half hour each and then repeat the entire process again. The scripts will not be available before the auditions.

DIRECTORS

The directors and their email addresses are as follows:

The Beauty Queen Of Leenane, Deb Lewis, d_d_lewis@aristotle.net

A Quiet End, Ryan Whitfield, ryanwhitfield87@yahoo.com

Topdog/Underdog, Jeremaine Mcclure, jboog2k3@hotmail.com

DATES

Rehearsal and performance schedules are as follows:

SHOW REHEARSALS PERFORMANCES

The Beauty Queen of Leenane July 12 – August 21 August 22 – September 6

A Quiet End August 23 – September 25 September 26 – October 11

Topdog/Underdog September 27 – October 30 October 31 – November 15

All shows will perform on Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30 p.m. It is possible that we will add Thursday night performances if the shows sell very well. If you cannot attend all dress rehearsals, brush-ups, and performances, please respect your fellow actors and tell us, so you will not be cast. But you are still welcome to audition, as it is always good to practice auditioning!

ACTORS

Here are the descriptions of the actors we are looking for for each show:

The Beauty Queen of Leenane —

Woman, age 40, plain
Woman, age 70, frail
Man, age 40, laborer
Man, age 20, cocky

All characters will be expected to perform with some semblance of an Irish accent, although it is not necessary to audition with one. Tutorials will be provided to the cast.

A Quiet End — Five adult males

Topdog/Underdog — Two adult African American males

If you have any questions, please feel free to email the correct director.

WHAT TO BRING

* Please bring the attached Audition Form with you to the auditions. Please print and fill out the form before you arrive: TWT Audition Form_Shows 3-5 2014-15 Season
* If you do not have a recent photo on file at TWT, please bring a color or b/w, medium- or head-shot with you. It should be no larger than 4in x 4in.

PLAY DESCRIPTIONS

Here are descriptions of the shows:

The Beauty Queen of Leenane at The Weekend Theater in Little Rock, ARThe Beauty Queen of Leenane
By Martin McDonagh

Co-winner of the 1998 Lucille Lortel Award for outstanding play and set in the mountains of Connemara, County Galway, The Beauty Queen of Leenane tells the darkly comic tale of Maureen Folan, a plain and lonely woman in her early forties, and Mag, her manipulative aging mother, whose interference in Maureen’s first and possibly final chance of a loving relationship sets in motion a train of events that leads inexorably towards the play’s terrifying dénouement.

Directed by Deb Lewis.

 

A Quiet End at The Weekend Theater in Little Rock, ARA Quiet End
By Robin Swados

Written in 1985, A Quiet End was one of the earliest dramas to deal with the AIDS crisis in the United States. Three men, a teacher, an aspiring jazz pianist and an unemployed actor, are in a rundown Manhattan apartment. All have lost their jobs and are shunned by their families; they have AIDS. Their interaction with a psychiatrist heard but not seen throughout the play and the entrance of an ex-lover healthy yet unsure of his future provide a forum for exploring the meaning of friendship, loyalty and love. By celebrating the lives of men who, in the face of death, become fearlessly life embracing, the play explores the human side of the AIDS crisis.

Directed by Ryan Whitfield.

 

Topdog Underdog at The Weekend Theater in Little Rock, ARTopdog/Underdog
By Suzan-Lori Parks

Winner of the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Topdog/Underdog, a darkly comic fable of brotherly love and family identity, is Suzan-Lori Parks’ latest riff on the way we are defined by history. The play tells the story of Lincoln and Booth, two African American brothers whose names were given to them as a joke, foretelling a lifetime of sibling rivalry and resentment. Haunted by the past, the brothers are forced to confront the shattering reality of their future. Vibrating with the clamor of big ideas, audaciously and exuberantly expressed, this play considers nothing less than the existential traps of being African-American and male in the United States, the masks that wear the men as well as vice versa.

Directed by Jermaine McClure.

 

 

Thank you for supporting The Weekend Theater!

With appreciation,

Ralph Hyman

Artistic Director

The Weekend Theater

7th and Chester

(Across from Vino’s)

Little Rock, Arkansas

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