Call for Artists and Performers
COLLECTIVE RAGE: A Play in 5 Boops
A West Coast Premiere
by Jen Silverman
Directed by Lindsay Allbaugh
Casting Director Meg Fister
Monday, November 7, 2016
1pm – 8pm
No appointments - auditioners will be seen on a first come, first serve basis. You will arrive and sign in for a time slot. No phone calls please. If you have a question please email us at: email@example.com .
Please note we will NOT accept online submissions, nor will we take rain checks or make appointments at this email address.
FOR ALL CHARACTERS: Please bring a headshot and resume and prepare a one-minute contemporary monologue. Character descriptions listed below.
LOCATION: Boston Court Performing Arts Center
70 N. Mentor Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91106
Parking lot is located behind the building but please enter through the front of the building into the lobby. There is also nearby street parking available.
RATE: Boston Court's Rate paid to main cast actors will be, at a minimum, the following: $500 one-time rehearsal stipend, plus $25 per performance.
Boston Court's Rate paid to understudy actors will be, at a minimum, the following: $250 one-time rehearsal stipend, plus $25 per performance. Understudies are guaranteed two performances outside of the regular run.
Rehearsals Begin – 1/3/17
Tech – 2/3 – 2/5/17
Dress Rehearsals – 2/7/17 & 2/8/17
Previews Begin – 2/9/17
Opening – 2/18/17
Runs through 3/19/17 with possible extension through 4/2/17
Performance Schedule: Thurs-Sat evenings, Sunday matinees (one added Wed. evening performance on 3/15/17)
Betty is rich. Betty is lonely. Betty’s a dutiful wife, but Betty’s busy working on her truck. Betty wants to talk about love, and Betty wants Betty, but Betty needs to hit something. And Betty keeps using a small hand mirror to stare into parts of herself she’s never examined. Meanwhile, Betty decides to stage a production of that play-within-a-play from…what’s it called? Summer’s Midnight Dream?
In Collective Rage, five different women named Betty collide at the intersection of anger, sex, and the “thea-tah.” Award-winning playwright Jen Silverman’s absurdist romantic comedy is at once hysterical, inspired, and boldly uncompromising. When you’re done laughing, you’ll be ready to deliver a knockout blow to a thousand different well-worn tropes about female identity…and dare them all to say “Boop.”
A NOTE ON STYLE:
The entire title of this play in actuality is as follows: “COLLECTIVE RAGE: A PLAY IN 5 BOOPS; IN ESSENCE, A QUEER AND OCCASIONALLY HAZARDOUS EXPLORATION; DO YOU REMEMBER WHEN YOU WERE IN MIDDLE SCHOOL AND YOU READ ABOUT SHACKLETON AND HOW HE EXPLORED THE ANTARCTIC?; IMAGINE THE ANTARCTIC AS A PUSSY AND IT’S SORT OF LIKE THAT”. And that should tell you everything you need to know about playing style.
ALL ETHNICITIES URGED TO AUDITION.
BETTY BOOP 1: Caucasian woman, 30s - early 40s. Femme, rich, entitled, and uptight. She lives her life by the societal rules and restraints of the upper-class, however she is fueled by a secret rage of dissatisfaction with her life and her world. She is feminine which means she's tough. And fed up with being defined by the male gaze.
BETTY BOOP 2: Caucasian woman, 20s - 30s. Femme, rich and uptight, but obviously coming undone. Her prim and proper facade is falling a part with her secret obsession with erotica and sexuality. In desperate pursuit of happiness, in the face of an almost unbearable loneliness.
BETTY BOOP 3: Latina woman, 20s - 30s. Femme, charismatic and pretty. She wields her sexuality with force and is used to getting her way. She is kind of a know-it-all. She tackles any new challenge with bright-eyed cocky confidence.
BETTY BOOP 4: any ethnicity, woman 20s - 30s. Butch Lesbian, reserved, gently melancholic, and too often ignored or over looked. She loves Betty 3 intensely, which sometimes puts her a bad position. She is not one for the spotlight, she would rather work on her truck.
BETTY BOOP 5: African American woman, 20s - 40s. Butch Lesbian, tough, a boxing gym- owner with a cut body and a great tattoo, she also loves working on her truck. Betty 5 is scrappy, with a bit of an edge, but emotionally solid and stable.
Also seeking understudies for all roles.
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