Auditions/Opportunities

Staten Island Shakespearean Theatre Company
Audition Announcement
We are Proud to Present a Presentation About the Herero of Namibia, Formerly Known as South West Africa, from the German Sudwestafrika, Between the Years 1884-1915
By Jackie Sibblies Drury
Directed by Mayah Burke
We are looking for a cast of 2 BLACK MEN, 2 WHITE MEN, 1 BLACK WOMAN and 1 WHITE WOMAN. (All gender identities are encouraged to apply) 
From dramaticpublishing.com: A group of actors gather to tell the little-known story of the first genocide of the 20th century. We Are Proud to Present … takes place largely in a rehearsal room that descends from collaborative to absurd as a group of idealistic actors—three black and three white—attempt to recreate the extinction of the Herero tribe at the hands of their German colonizers. Along the way, they test the limits of empathy as their own stories, subjectivities, assumptions and prejudices catalyze their theatrical process. Eventually the full force of a horrific past crashes into the good intentions of the present, and what seemed a faraway place and time comes all too close to home.
Jackie Sibblies Drury’s We are Proud to Present a Presentation… explores the forgotten history of the Namibian genocide that took place from 1884-1915. This show works as an awareness piece of erased history while also delving into the exploration of the mind of the actors who put on the presentation itself. This play challenges the audience to discuss how we, as an artistic community, can talk about Blackness, and how difficult it can be for all people to discuss Blackness in settings that are diverse. Putting on this play now does the important work to challenge both the actors and the audience and their views, really getting into the nitty gritty of what racial inclusion should look like in 2021, and questioning the differences between performative activism and true ally-ship. Simultaneously, by discussing the events in Namibia it gives the audience a worldwide view of racism and how it impacts not just us in America, but everywhere. 
This will be a LIVE, outdoor show, with in person rehearsals, and in person auditions. There will be a small stipend provided for actors.
Auditions will be held on May 7th, 2021 from 3:00pm to 8:00pm at Maker Park, 450 Front Street, Staten Island NY 10304.
**weather permitting ONLY, we will then contact about virtual auditions, but rehearsals will be outdoors and in person.
Interested actors should contact Kayla Goldfarb at: kayla1rose@gmail.com with your desired date. Prepare a brief monologue or poem (two minutes max, please) from any contemporary play.
Please have a general understanding of the play, and be prepared to read sides cold.
We are also looking for strong movers. Dancing experience is not required but is a plus. 
The play will take place on the following dates inside Maker Park:
Friday, July 16th at 8:00pm
Saturday, July 17th at 8:00pm
Friday, July 23rd at 8:00pm
Sunday, July 25th at 6:00pm
In order to ensure safety for all, actors casted in the play will be required to take weekly COVID-19 tests, and temperatures will be taken before each rehearsal. This rule is required whether actors are vaccinated or not. Masking will be required during rehearsals and backstage during performance, but actors will remove masks when performing scenes on stage.
Cast of Characters (from the script):
ACTOR 6/ BLACK WOMAN
ACTOR 1/ WHITE MAN
ACTOR 2/ BLACK MAN
ACTOR 3/ ANOTHER WHITE MAN
ACTOR 4/ ANOTHER BLACK MAN
ACTOR 5/ SARAH
All are young, somewhere in their 20s, ish, and they should seem young, open, skilled, playful, and perhaps, at times, a little foolish.
Staten Island Shakespearean Theatre Company
Audition Announcement
 
Waiting For Lefty
By Clifford Odets
 
Directed by Mitch Maglio
 
Although written in the 1930’s at the height of the Great Depression, the challenges faced by the taxi drivers in “Waiting for Lefty” closely mirror similar struggles that 21 st Century Americans face due to growing wealth inequality and a system of Government that favors the rich. In the course of six vignettes or “acts” we explore: the power of unions, the corruption of big business, Communism and class consciousness, Xenophobia and ethnicity.
 
Odets uses avant-garde techniques that his Group Theatre deemed necessary to uncover the artificiality of theater. By exposing the artifice behind drama, they felt they could approach reality with more authenticity. In Waiting for Lefty the taxi drivers never leave the stage (they sometimes even sat with the audience); the vignettes occur simply with blackouts, and the drivers always remain dimly visible in
the background, sometimes even chiming in with other scenes. The audience is reminded of the underlying conflict of the play, and the stage and theater always bear the markings of a union hall.
 
Using the minimalist techniques of Agitprop theater, we will break down the barriers between the actors and the spectators, in effect casting the audience itself as a character in the play.
 
This will be a LIVE, outdoor show, with in person rehearsals, and in person auditions. There will be a small stipend provided for actors.
 
Auditions will be held on May 8th, 2021 from 1:30pm to 7:00pm at Maker Park, 450 Front Street, Staten Island NY 10304.
 
**weather permitting ONLY, we will then contact about virtual auditions, but rehearsals will be outdoors and in person.
 
Interested actors should contact Chelsea Smith at chelsea.squint35@gmail.com with your desired time slot. Prepare a brief monologue from any contemporary play.
 
Please have a general understanding of the play, and be prepared to read sides cold.
 
The play will take place on the following dates inside Maker Park:
Friday, July 16th at 8:00pm
Saturday, July 17th at 8:00pm
Friday, July 23rd at 8:00pm
Sunday, July 25th at 6:00pm
 
In order to ensure safety for all, actors casted in the play will be required to take weekly COVID-19 tests, and temperatures will be taken before each rehearsal. This rule is required whether actors are vaccinated or not. Masking will be required during rehearsals and backstage during performance, but actors will remove masks when performing scenes on stage.
 
Principal Roles
Joe (Male 20-40): A working class taxi driver
Fatt (Male Age undetermined): A corrupt union leader
Edna (Female 20-40): Joe’s wife
Sid (Male 20-40): Edna’s Fiancée
Florence (Female 20-30): A young woman caring for her sick mother
Sid’s fiancée
Miller (Gender open 20-30): An idealistic lab assistant
Fayette (Gender and age open): an industrialist who tries to get Miller to help him
develop chemical warfare and spy on his superior in the lab. 
Dr. Barnes (Gender open 40-60): An elderly doctor, Barnes is upset over the way the government controls the hospital
Dr. Benjamin (Gender open 30-40): A young Jewish doctor and also a committee member of the taxi drivers’ union, Benjamin is enraged over the
classism and nepotism of the government.
Agate (Gender and Age open): An “agitator,” Agate stirs up the taxi drivers in the final scene to go on strike
Tom Clayton (Male 20-50): A labor spy
Irv (Male 30-50): Florence’s brother, Irv disapproves of Sid because of his low income and wants Florence to leave him.
A Gunman: The gunman never speaks, but is an intimidating presence beside Fatt, looming over the men with his gun and daring them to speak against the company.
Other speaking roles and a “chorus”. Some actors may take on multiple roles due to the episodic construction of the play.