Upcoming Audition Opportunities
In an effort to let folks know about the landscape of the roles for this season, here’s an overview of the casting show by show. These are NOT descriptions created by the directors, but snapshots. WATCH FOR FULL INFORMATION coming soon in the Company Newsletters.
A Live Arts Teen Theatre Ensemble Production
- Audition Dates: Sunday, January 14th, 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
- Written by Charles Mee
- Directed by Bryan Close
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More info needed? See Below. Or, you can email Education Director, Mike Long, at email@example.com, or call the Live Arts Office at 434-977-4177 x100
Rehearsal Dates: Sundays, February 4th – 25th, 4:00-7:00 pm
Sundays – Thursdays, March 4th – 28th, 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Performance Dates: Thursday – Saturday, March 29th – 31st
This production is a Live Arts Teen Theater Ensemble production and is open only to auditioners ages 14-20 at the time of the audition.
About the Production:
This production is a collaboration between Live Arts Education and the Live Arts Foundry. Live Arts Education programs provide people of all ages chances to study and practice a wide variety theatrical topics. The Foundry is a place to experiment. A place to take risks. A place to stretch your imagination. Big Love will be performed in our Rehearsal A studio, as a fully staged production with very minimal technical elements. After all, this is a play about language and character, not tech.
About the Director:
Bryan Close recently moved to Charlottesville from New York, where he taught acting (Shakespeare and Chekhov) at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts for five years and directed plays by Christopher Fry, George F. Walker, John Patrick Shanley and Charles Mee. Bryan headed the summer drama program at the NC Governor’s School for ten years. While there, he directed plays by Shakespeare, Brecht, Horton Foote, Edward Albee, Peter Barnes and Timberlake Wertenbaker. As an actor, he has performed with A.C.T., Berkeley Rep, San Jose Rep, Arizona Rep, Passage Theatre, Charlotte Rep, and two seasons each at Colorado Shakespeare Festival and Tennessee Stage Co. New York theater credits include E.S.T., The Barrow Group, The Rude Mechanicals Theater Co., Living Image Arts, Metropolitan Playhouse and others. BA, Davidson College; MFA American Conservatory Theater; MS, Columbia University School of Journalism.
About The Play:
Charles Mee is a unique and important American writer whose work is both deeply personal and extraordinarily theatrical. Big Love is his best-known play. Here’s what the New York Times has to say about it:
“Big Love, which is big, (mighty, actually), and about love (justice too) is a fable (as in fabulous), a myth (its origin), an MGM musical in Technicolor, a circus and a Greek tragedy…. it is important to note Greek drama as inspiration. For ”Big Love” is not about little things. In its beginnings, drama did not bother with common neuroses, bad marriages, dysfunctional families. There were primal themes (revenge, passion, courage) and real issues (good and evil, right and wrong) and they were enacted at gut-level. In theatrical scale, intellectual size and stylistic scope, Big Love bravely traverses expansive terrain. These men and women, all of them right, all of them wronged, represent a search for truth and freedom; the hope for a safe place, a society at peace, a fulfilling universe.”
More information about the play, including the complete text, can be found at www.charlesmee.org/
Big Love is written for 9 actors but the Live Arts production may use a different number of actors.
Lydia — She spends most of the play a little bit confused and a little bit sad… which is a sane response.
Olympia — Hopeless romantic and optimist. Girly girl. A great singer.
Thyona — Very angry. Convinced that all men are irredeemable. She makes a lot of awfully good points… and she incites (almost) all her sisters to murder.
Nikos — The leader of the brothers, contracted to Lydia. We’re rooting along with her for him to be a good man. But he sure does talk about himself a lot…
Oed — Contracted to Olympia. Hilariously stupid.
Constantine — Contracted to Thyona. Toxic masculinity run amok.
Bella — Very funny old Italian lady. Speaks in a thick accent and smashes tomatoes.
Piero — Bella’s son. Owner of the villa where the sisters land. Very suave and civilized, at least superficially.
Giuliano — Pierro’s nephew. Fascinating character… probably gay, possibly transgender.
Eleanor & Leo — Wedding guests (might be double cast with other roles)
Note From The Director
This play is a great big slice of actor pie. It offers terrific opportunities for performers to stretch themselves and to shine while also delving headlong into some extremely serious and all-too-relevant social issues. It is both intimate and operatic, deeply personal and ferociously theatrical. This material is a joy to explore.
What Will You Do At The Audition?
Come prepared with a brief speech from the play. Bring it to life. Be prepared to work with it, and possibly with other text as well. It should go without saying, but I’ll say it anyway: Prepare! Read the play! Have feelings and thoughts and opinions! Make choices! Be an artist!
HAND TO GOD
Directed by Cristan Keighley
Performance Dates: April 13th – May 5th
Audition Dates: January 14th and January 15th Callbacks: January 18th
Rehearsals Start: Week of January 28th, 2017
After the death of his father, meek Jason finds an outlet for his anxiety at the Christian Puppet Ministry, in the devoutly religious, relatively quiet small town of Cypress, Texas. Jason’s complicated relationships with the town pastor, the school bully, the girl next door, and—most especially—his mother are thrown into upheaval when Jason’s puppet, Tyrone, takes on a shocking and dangerously irreverent personality all its own. Hand To God explores the startlingly fragile nature of faith, morality, and the ties that bind us.
“The fearsome critter [Tyrone], who takes possession of a troubled teenager’s left arm in Robert Askins’ darkly delightful play really inspires goose bumps as he unleashes a reign of terror…But he’s also flat-out hilarious, spewing forth acid comedy that will turn those goose bumps into guffaws.” —The New York Times.
CAST BREAKDOWN: 3 men, 2 women
- Jason/Tyrone: A young man and his psychotic puppet
- Margery: Jason’s mother and head of the church’s Puppet Club
- Timmy: The neighborhood troublemaker
- Jessica: The girl next door
- Pastor Greg: Head of a Fundamentalist Church in Cypress, Texas
Directed by Mike Long
- Performance Dates: May 18th – June 3rd (Possible Extension through June 9th)
- Audition Dates: February 18th and February 19th Callbacks: February 22nd
- Rehearsals Start: Week of March 4th
Paris, 1643. Dorante is a charming young man newly arrived in the capital, and he has but a single flaw: He cannot tell the truth. In quick succession he meets Cliton, a manservant who cannot tell a lie, and falls in love with Clarice, a charming young woman whom he unfortunately mistakes for her friend Lucrèce. What our hero regrettably does not know is that Clarice is secretly engaged to his best friend Alcippe. Nor is he aware that his father is trying to get him married to Clarice, whom he thinks is Lucrèce, who actually is in love with him. From all these misunderstandings and a series of breathtakingly intricate lies springs one of the Western world’s greatest comedies, a sparkling urban romance as fresh as the day Pierre Corneille wrote it, brilliantly adapted for today by All in the Timing‘s David Ives.
“THE LIAR and its mischievous adapter, David Ives, want you to savor every meticulously groomed conceit, every stylishly turned-out couplet, every assiduously manicured joke…Ives is an inveterate jester, a trait that serves him well on an evening that is all jest.” —Washington Post.
CAST BREAKDOWN: 5 men, 3 women
- Dorante: A young student who has recently arrived in Paris to get a social education. A brazen liar.
- Géronte: Dorante’s father, who comes to Paris to arrange a marriage for his son.
- Lucrèce: A shy and virtuous girl
- Clarice: A young girl betrothed to Alcippe, and a friend of Lucrèce.
- Alcippe: Dorante’s friend and the jealous lover of Clarice
- Cliton: Dorante’s valet and mentor in Paris, who is hired because of his military and amatory connections.
- Philiste: A friend of Dorante and Alcippe.
- Sabine: Lucrèce’s maid and Dorante’s fellow liar.