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AUDITIONS: LBP NEW WORKS FESTIVAL 2020

Feb. 27, 2020

About the Play/Event

Run: Feb. 27, 2020 , Performs March 27 & March 28

Synopsis
THE LBP NEW WORKS 2020 FESTIVAL

TITLES:

THE LAST COMRADE

THE CLIPPER

AUTHORS: Jack Raymond (THE LAST COMRADE)

  Maryanne Melloan Woods (THE CLIPPER)

DIRECTORS: Tamara M. Sibley(THE LAST COMRADE)

      Austin James (THE CLIPPER) 

RUN:  Friday, March 27, 2020 (THE LAST COMRADE)

  Saturday, March 28, 2020 (THE CLIPPER)

This is a community theater production.  Non-Equity.  There is no pay. 

 

AUDITION DATES:

Open Call:

Dates: Thursday, Feb. 27 (One night only for both plays.)

Times: 7pm – 9pm

Location: Long Beach Playhouse  

REHEARSALS:

There will be 3-4 rehearsals before the stage reading arranged between the directors and the actors cast.

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS:

Bring headshot and resume. Sides for cold readings will be provided at the auditions. 

NEW WORKS FESTIVAL INFORMATION:  

This annual festival nurtures emerging and established playwrights to develop new scripts. Reading 100+ scripts a year, the New Works Literary Committee chooses two top plays to receive a stage reading with critical feedback from professional theatre critics and audience talk back.

As it is a stage reading, there will only be 3-4 rehearsals, and actors will not need to memorize their scripts.  The stage reading of their show will only happen one night, and there will be a talk back with the audience after the reading.

SHOW 1: 
THE LAST COMRADE
by JACK RAYMOND

DIRECTOR: Tamara M. Sibley

SHORT SYNOPSIS:  

It’s the story of the death of a certain kind of unsung American hero who lived in the first half of the last century and did much to change the future of this country. It’s based on the life of Phil Raymond, the man who built the Auto Workers Union which became the UAW, CIO. He was the man who led the sit-down strike against GM in Flint, Michigan in 1933. The inspiration for this story comes from a conversation he had with his screenwriter son days before he died in 1989.

CASTING THE FOLLOWING ROLES:

MURRAY – (M, 70’s) Caucasian, Jewish, Cynical, Defiant, Passionate, Vulnerable, Union Organizer, Communist. He is an unsung American hero.

TISHA- (F, 30 – 40), African American, Positive, Nurturing, Insightful. She believes in and practices tough love. Murray’s hospice nurse.

MILDRED- (F – 50’s), Caucasian, Comical, Worrier, Pushy, Matter of fact. She is voice of reason. Murray’s deceased wife.

MARTY- (M, 40’s), Caucasian, Insecure, Immature, Hollywood Screenwriter. He longs for a loving accepting relationship with this dad. Murrays’ son.

DOCTOR- (M, 30 – 60) Any Ethnicity, Upbeat, Gentle. He tries to focus on the brighter side of life for his patients. Murray’s doctor.

 

SHOW 2

THE CLIPPER 
By Maryanne Melloan Woods

DIRECTOR: Austin James

SHORT SYNOPSIS:

A baby shower, some wine and a garden of truths forces Joyce to decide if she will engage in her family or shrink from life altogether. With a granddaughter on the way and her Ex’s Wedding on the horizon, Joyce must choose… Safety or Truth.

CASTING THE FOLLOWING ROLES:

JOYCE (F, 40s – 50s) A gardening blogger and garden center owner. A “realist” who is too smart to play dumb for anyone. She’s been hurt by life and is not about to let it happen again.

KIM (F, Late 20s – 30s) Joyce’s daughter, pregnant. A slightly high strung mom to be. She believes her husband hung the moon, and is concerned she can’t be a good mother.

BRENDAN (M, Late 20s – 30s) Kim’s Husband, A NYC Newscaster. His arrogance and selfishness are only tempered by self preservation.

FINN  (M, Late teens – early 20s) Joyce’s son. Easy going and Smart but naive.

NEIL (M, 40s – 50s) Joyce’s Ex-husband, a High school principal. Not a big man, but a kind one. And a protective father.

SANDRA  (F, Late 30s – 40s) Neil’s new fiancée, A high school guidance councillor. Attractive. Tough but honestly sweet and trying to integrate into a tough family.

HARRIS (M 30s) African-American. Joyce’s Lover. A high school science teacher. Genuine and kind, if a bit too rational. “Spock-like”

AMBER (Late 20s – early 30s) Kim’s Friend. Not entirely satisfied with her life with her kid.

LAURA (Late 20s – early 30s) Kim’s Friend. The peace keeper.

NOTE: Roles are open to all ethnicities unless other indicated in the character description.

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