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Calling a great African American Male Actor! Clybourne Park needs YOU.

Clybourne Park by Bruce Norris is a modern interpretation of the issues of race and housing as a representative of a “better life.”  The house in Clybourne Park (still a segregated neighborhood in the late 1950’s) is the very one that the Younger family was set to move into at the end of a Raisin in the  Sun.  In the two part of Clybourne Park, two other families are on the verge of moving.  Norris makes it clear that this is not the same moving onward or upward.
The play features memorable characters that speak in witty and perceptive ways to America’s toxic struggle with race and class consciousness.  The play prods the uncomfortable truths that lie just beneath the middle-class liberal.   The play hinges on a brilliant—and cynical—twist:  In Act II, the actors from Act I play new characters, 50 years later, amidst a ragged and deteriorated house (in sharp contrast to the well-maintained white-owned house sought by African American Buyers in Act I.
Arlington Friends of the Drama is looking for an African American Actor to play the dual roles of Albert in the 1950’s and Kevin 50 years later.  Albert is in his 30’s.  He is married to Francine (a maid in the first act).  He is very helpful and patient.  He come to the house to pick up his wife.   He is perceptive and personifies the challenges and struggles of being an African American man in the 50’s.  In Act II, he plays Kevin and is married to Lena.  They bring greater perspective of the issues of race 50 years later.  Kevin does not want the new residents to tear down the house and rebuild a much bigger one.
Auditions for THIS role will be cast on Wednesday evening October 7 at 7:00 P.M.  Please bring headshot and resume to the audition.  Please prepare a one minute monologue.  Arlington Friends of the Drama is located at 22 Academy Street, Arlington, MA    For additional information please CALL the director at:  978-973-9490 or email her at cooch1950@gmail.com.
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