Call for Artists and Performers
A World Premiere
by Stefanie Zadravec
Directed by Jessica Kubzansky
Casting Director: Michael Donovan
Monday, November 2, 2015
12pm – 8pm
One hour break for dinner 5pm – 6pm
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
CONTRACT: AEA 99-seat Transitional (Non-union okay)
RATE: $500 one-time rehearsal stipend, plus $25 per performance
Rehearsals Begin – 1/5/16
Tech – 2/5 – 2/7/16
Dress Rehearsals – 2/9 – 2/10/16
Previews Begin – 2/11/16
Opening – 2/20/16
Runs through 3/20/16 with possible extension through 4/3/16
Performance Schedule: Thurs-Sat evenings, Sunday matinees (one added Wed. evening performance on 3/16/16)
Narrated by the ghost of a missing 15-year-old girl, and woven together by a chorus of parents of lost and missing children, Zadravec’s lyrical, edgy poetry explores the cost one family is willing to pay for a second chance. In an effort to get their lives on track, recovering addicts Mark and Julia have taken over the day-to-day operations of an apple orchard in rural Oregon. With little experience, the couple quickly realizes they are in over their heads, yet they still believe if they produce a viable crop, a new beginning is possible. Set against the contemporary plagues of meth addiction, missing children, and a failing ecology, Colony Collapse is equal parts Greek tragedy and American drama, illuminating a search for humanity in the midst of a world with little shelter from harm.
A Casting Note from the Playwright: A wide range of skin color, size and age will best serve this story. All roles should be considered open ethnicity.
THE GIRL: (open ethnicity) Should read 15. Wise beyond her years. She is in fact the spirit of a girl who has been abducted, so must be able to both be as young as a teenage girl, and an old soul who now sees deeply into the real recesses of humankind, reflect on the refractions of the cosmos, the ironies of the brevity of this time on the earth, and be imperturbable in the face of what might have terrified her in life. Ironic, wise, dispassionate, compassionate, irreverent, profound.
JASON: (open ethnicity) Should read 18. Young, brash, roughly sexy, a tough veneer masking need and vulnerability. A survivor of parents who are tweakers, a thief, a fuck-up who yearns for family connection and stability, we might want to think he’s capably of abducting a girl, and then discover how young and eager he is to make things better. In fact, in the face of all adversity, a boy who could become a man who makes the world better if given a chance.
JULIA: (open ethnicity) 30s. Worn, beautiful, engaging, a recovering addict, a tweaker/alcoholic who’s been clean for almost a year, eagerly seeking to make her life better by partnering with her husband to make their new apple orchard fruitful. When her husband’s son reappears out of the blue, she tries make him welcome and broker a new relationship between the men. She has a veneer of civility, of trying to do the right thing masking terror, uncertainty, and the knowledge that a fix is always hovering as a possible option if she’s not very, very careful.
MARK: (open ethnicity) 40s. Really trying to make over his life, a recovering tweaker/alcoholic who’s been clean for a while, who’s struggling with how to manage an orchard with no knowledge and being a felon in a small town (he was busted on a drug charge after his son committed a robbery, and served time rather than turn him in). Mark’s feelings about his son are complex, to say the least, and he is beleaguered by how challenging surviving and thriving is in the new given circumstances. Desperately wants to make a new start, and circumstances are not making it easy.
NICKY: (open ethnicity) 40s. A meth addict. Rode hard and put away wet. She’s paranoid, needy, canny, clever, can play the victim for her own gain. Genuinely strung out and hopped up. Capable of home truths and of brilliant ploys to get what she needs. Whip smart. Even tweaking, it’s not good to cross her.
MOTHER #1/ WOMAN #1: (open ethnicity) 30s middle-class, educated, a member of the PTA.
MOTHER #2/ WOMAN #2: (open ethnicity) late 20s –early 30s A Christian.
MOTHER #3/ WOMAN #3: (open ethnicity) 40s-50s. A single- mom. Working class. Weathered, life’s battered on her a bit.
MOTHER #4/ WOMAN #4: (open ethnicity) 30s-40s. Worn out, a mother at heart. Mother of autistic son.
OFFICER RANDY MENDEZ/FATHER #2/FATHER #4 (open ethnicity) 30s – 40s. Smart. Sexy. Feels like he can play a cat and mouse game to get the information he needs. You might be afraid of him.
OFFICER GREY/MITCHELL/FATHER #1/ FATHER #3 (open ethnicity) 40s-50s. Gentle.
Also seeking understudies for all roles; understudies are guaranteed two performances outside of the regular run, and are paid a one-time $250 rehearsal stipend, plus $25 per performance.
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