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Auditions for “Clybourne Park,” October 1 & 3

Clybourne Park by Bruce Norris

Directed by: Celia Couture

Audition Dates: Thursday, October 1, 7:00-10:00pm

Saturday, October 3, 3:00-6:30pm  |  Call Back (if necessary) 7:00-10:00pm

Auditions: Auditions will consist of a one minute monologue and cold readings from the script.

Please bring a resume of your acting experience and a current headshot. If you don’t have a headshot then we will take a photo for our audition records.

Auditions will take place at 22 Academy Street, Arlington, MA. Call backs will be held on October 3 beginning at 6:30 PM. The director strongly advises that you READ the script prior to auditioning.

Please complete the audition form and bring it with you to auditions.

Word Doc: Audition Form Clybourne Park (4) READY FOR REVIEW (1)

PDF: Audition Form Clybourne Park (4) READY FOR REVIEW (1)

If you have any questions about the play or the audition process, please feel free to contact the director at: cooch1950@gmail.com or by cell at: 978-973-9490.  

Performance Dates: Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays January 8-17.

Friday and Saturday performances are at 8:00 and Sunday performances are at 4:00.

Rehearsals will begin once the show is cast and conflicts are addressed. Rehearsals scheduled prior to the availability of the AFD space will take place at the home of the director in Tewksbury, MA until the space becomes available (as soon as the previous show closes). Table meetings will occur shortly after auditions.

Rehearsals at AFD: Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays (Cast conflicts between November and January will impact casting decisions due to the limited rehearsal time).

Cast members are expected to assist with set build when appropriate.

Synopsis:

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the 2012 Tony Award for Best Play, Bruce Norris’ satiric comedy deals with race and class in response to Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun. The play begins in 1959 as a black family moves into a white neighborhood in Chicago, and in Act Two takes us to the same house in 2009 as gentrification sets in the roles are reversed. Jokes fly and hidden agendas unfold as two generations tiptoe through social politics, pitting race, sexism, and a number of other issues against real estate.

Character Descriptions

Actor 1: Russ/Dan (Caucasian male, (40-49)

(Lead) Russ is working-class, unable to get over the loss of his son and is moving out of the house in which his son committed suicide, reserved, has a hard time communicating, very protective of his son’s memory; Dan is the workman beginning the renovations for the home’s new owners, simple, aloof, doesn’t pick up on social cues.

Actor 2: Bev/Kathy (Caucasian female, (40-49)

(Lead) Bev is married to Russ, overly cheerful, slightly nervous woman who wants to help her husband overcome his grief for the loss of their son; Kathy is the lawyer helping Steve and Lindsey negotiate a petition brought against them by the homeowners’ association concerning planned renovations of their home, has good intentions but is a little clumsy and is a bit of a talker.

Actor 3: Francine/Lena (African American Woman, (30-39)

(Lead) Francine is Russ and Bev’s housekeeper who is pulled into a debate concerning the neighborhood, proud, hardworking, and uninterested in other people’s business; Lena is determined to keep her neighborhood a historical district and prevent the new homeowners’ planned renovations, strong-willed, confident and sharp.

Actor 4: Jim/Tom (Caucasian, (20-29)

(Lead) Jim is the local pastor, sharp, persistent, compelled to help others perhaps to a fault; Tom is a member of the homeowners’ association, helping Lena and Kevin argue to preserve the historical look of the community, smart, articulate, very involved.

Actor 5: Albert/Kevin (African American, 30-39 )

(Lead) Albert is married to Francine, polite, gentle, and interested in staying out of other people’s business; Kevin is married to Lena, defends his wife’s desire to preserve the neighborhood, friendly, good sense of humor, and avoids confrontation.

Actor 6: Karl/Steve (Caucasian, (35-39)

(Lead) Karl is determined to preserve his neighborhood and property value by trying to stop the sale of the home to a black family; Steve is the new homeowner who wants to renovate his new house to a larger scale than the historical single-family-home model, married to Lindsey, big talker, slightly insecure, a bit crass.

Actor 7: Betsy/Lindsey (Caucasian, (25-29)

(Lead) Betsy is Karl’s pregnant, deaf wife, (note actress will be expected to sign during the performance and will be working with someone to perfect needs and dialogue). She is sweet, good natured, a bit naïve; Lindsey is Steve’s pregnant wife, fighting to understand why the community is against her renovations, attractive, sense of entitlement, a bit high-strung.

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