Friday, April 24, 2009

Chatterbox auditions

Chatterbox Audio Theater
announces open auditions for

Dead and Gone
A Southern retelling of James Joyce's "The Dead"

Open auditions: Monday, May 11, 7 pm
Callbacks: Tuesday, May 12, 7 pm
Rehearsal and recording dates: June 7 - 27, 2009

Audition location:
The Next Stage at Theatre Memphis
630 Perkins Ext.
Memphis, TN 38117

Dead and Gone is a Southern retelling of James Joyce’s classic story The Dead,
transplanted from Dublin to Memphis. Set in 1905, the story follows Gabriel
Conroy, an insecure intellectual, as he attempts to navigate the various social
currents at his aunts’ annual holiday party. Eventually his victories and
concerns are put into harsh perspective by a surprising confession from his
wife, Margaret.

The cast of ten requires four men and six women. The roles are:

GABRIEL: A schoolteacher
MARGARET: His wife
AUNT KATE: His aunt
AUNT JULIE: Her sister; Gabriel’s aunt
MARY JANE: Julie and Kate’s niece; Gabriel’s cousin
FREDDY: A drunk
BROWN: A businessman
MISS IVORS: A teacher; Gabriel’s colleague
LILY: A servant girl

The roles of Aunt Kate and Aunt Julie require “seasoned” (i.e., older)
voices. Aunt Julie must be able to sing. The role of Lily requires an African
American actress. The only role that will be pre-cast is that of Crandall. Sound
effects will be performed by the cast, so those who aren’t on mic as often
will still have plenty to do.

The play is a drama, and will be performed as naturalistically as possibleâ€"in
other words, you shouldn’t sound like you’re acting. All of the characters
except Gabriel will be performed with Southern accents. Please note that these
are light, naturalistic accents; they aren’t caricatures, and they are never
played for comic effect. They should sound like a lot of the people you
encounter in Memphis every day.

The recorded show will debut on WKNO-FM before being posted to the Chatterbox

For auditions, please prepare a two- to five-minute audio monologue that you can
deliver in the appropriate style (dramatic, naturalistic, and in a Southern
accent). These do not need to be memorized. Bring a script with you and be
prepared to deliver the monologue as you would perform it into a microphone.

Send an email to scriptrequest@... and we’ll be happy to
send you a PDF of the full script.

We hope to see you at auditions!


1 comment:

Ernest Nathorst said...

Great idea! Who wrote this? I wonder how many adaptations of "The Dead" there are out there. I loved Anne Pigone's "The Dead and the Ugly' which takes place in Boulder, Co. It will be fun to compare your version.