Plays Out Loud! is the Union for Contemporary Arts Performing Arts Collective readers theatre series that gives directors, actors, and audiences an opportunity to experience live theater focusing solely on the words. All performances are done with script in hand followed by a Q&A session with the director and cast.
Directed by: Denise Chapman, Kathy Tyree, Andre McGraw
Produced by: The Union for Contemporary Art Performing Arts Collective
Audition date/time: June 11, 12, 13: 6 pm – 8 pm
Audition location: The Union for Contemporary Art 2423 N 24th street (Lake street entrance)
Please note: All actors will be asked to read selections from the script and have the option to present a prepared monologue (contemporary, no more than two minutes). Actors wishing to be considered for Spunk should prepare 16 bars of music. Please bring a headshot and resume if you have one (not required to audition). Please bring a list of all potential conflicts. All conflicts must be discussed with and agreed to by the Director before casting can be confirmed. There is a stipend.
By Tarell Alvin McCraney
Performance date: Tuesday, June 26, 7pm
Known most recently for his Oscar Award winning movie Moonlight, Tarell Alvin McCraney’s Choir Boy explores the intersections of Black masculinity, sexuality, and respectability politics as it holds a mirror to us all, calling us to do better.
HEADMASTER MARROW - Late 30s/early 40s man of color. The youngest and latest headmaster for the Charles R. Drew Prep School for Boys. He is paternal uncle to Bobby Marrow.
PHARUS JONATHAN YOUNG - Late teens, an effeminate young man of color. Begins the play a junior at the Charles R. Drew Prep School for Boys and the lead of the school's famous choir. He is roommates with AJ James.
MR. PENDLETON - Late 60s/70s, white male. Professor at the Charles R. Drew Prep School for Boys.
BOBBY MARROW - Mid- to late teens, young man of color. Bobby is a junior at the Charles R. Drew Prep School and a member of the school's choir. He is also nephew to Headmaster Marrow.
JUNIOR DAVIS - A teenage young man of color. A junior at the Charles R. Drew Prep School for Boys. He is a member of the school's choir.
ANTHONY JUSTIN ''AJ" JAMES - Late teens, athletic young man of color. A senior at the Charles R. Drew Prep School for Boys. He is a member of the school's choir and the school's baseball team. He is roommates with Pharus Young.
DAVID HEARD - Late teens, young man of color. A senior at the Charles R. Drew Prep School for Boys. He is a member of the school's choir.
Spunk (Director will see performers on June 12 and 13)
By George C. Wolfe
Performance dates: July 27–29, 7pm
Spunk is three short stories by Zora Neale Hurston adapted for the stage by George C. Wolfe and featuring music by Chic Street Man. This critically acclaimed adaptation was originally developed at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles and was first presented in New York as a co-production of the New York Shakespeare Festival and Crossroads Theater Company.
BLUES SPEAK WOMAN - Woman of color
GUITAR MAN - Man of color who can play the guitar
THE FOLK - An acting ensemble of three men of color and one woman of color
A Man A Fish
By Donna-Michelle St. Bernard
Performance date: Tuesday, August 28, 7pm
Prosper is a fisherman trying to get by in the face of everyday problems. When a slippery eel salesman arrives in town peddling progress to the rural community, Prosper gets a lesson in gift horses and generosity. A Man A Fish was inspired by real-life events in Burundi and is a part of Donna-Michelle St. Bernard’s 54ology project, which seeks to provide artistic responses to contemporary and historical events in Africa.
PROSPER: Man of color; fisherman
SOLANGE: Woman of color; fishwife
EDDY: Man of color; eel salesman
EDIGE: Man of color; bartender
INES: Woman of color; possibly a ghost, or an imagining, or a diversion
Questions? Contact Denise Chapman at firstname.lastname@example.org or 402-933-3161