NICKEL & DIMED and
WHEN THE MESSENGER WAS HOT
DATE: December 7, 2020
TIME: 6:30-10:30 pm
PLACE: ONLINE by appointment or submission
NOTE: Your first step in signing up is to click the link at bottom of this page for AUDITION TIME (takes you to SignUpGenius). Please read everything on your way down to it!
"Concert Reading? What's That?"
Using lecterns, a stage-directions narrator, and no technical elements, these readings focus entirely on the story and the actors--literally, the play's voices.
NOTE: All roles are open with regard to age, race, gender, or heritage, and all cast members might play Ensemble roles such as Restaurant customers, servers, nursing home residents and staff, Mall-mart customers, and others.
SETTING: America, 1990s.
Middle-aged, middle-class Barbara goes undercover to experience life as a low-wage service worker. She attempts living in different cities working as a waitress, motel maid, house cleaner, and more. What she learns is that it is even harder than she anticipated and one job alone won’t pay the bills. Nickel and Dimed by Joan Holden is a comedic take on the award-winning book of the same title by political activist Barbara Ehrenreich.
NOTE: All roles are open with regard to age, race, gender, or heritage.
JOSIE 1: our protagonist, thirties-early forties.
JOSIE 2: our protagonist, thirties-early forties.
JOSIE 3: our protagonist, thirties-early forties.
MOM: JOSIEs MOM, fifties-sixties
MAN: plays WASHED-UP MOVIE STAR, HAYES, CONNOR, STEVEN, BARTENDER, and NEW YORK GUY and voices the MINISTER from offstage, thirties
SETTING: The present. New York, Chicago, North Dakota, and Josie's mind.
Three years after dying of lung cancer, Josie’s mother telephones from a bus station in North Dakota. Josie begins to face their history and navigate her grief, demonstrating the complexity of mother-daughter relationships and highlighting the disparity between expectation and reality when grieving the loss of a loved one. Laura Eason’s When the Messenger Is Hot, adapted from the book of short stories by Elizabeth Crane, is a comic study of love and letting go.
GENERAL AUDITION INFORMATION
- OPEN AUDITIONS will be held for any interested parties. We especially invite persons from under-represented groups (BIPOC) and of any gender identification.
- FINANCIALS: We are a "sharing" company in that the creative artists and the company receive a share of finances remaining after fixed costs (royalties, design/technical elements, rent, etc.) Income will derive from crowd-sourcing campaign/s, donations, gifts, and ticket sales--the larger those proceeds, the greater the value of a 'share.' This includes FRESH PRODUCE concert readings.
- AUDITIONING: 60 second monologue of your own choosing is preferred but not required. Cold readings available on the audition day (maybe from these plays, maybe not.) In any case, you might be asked to read from the script/s of these plays.
- Read information above about the plays carefully.
- Sign up for an audition time at the link below.
- After you have booked a time, you will get a separate email inviting you to the Audition Form page. Please fill it out as completely as possible.
- After we have received your completed Audition Form, you will get a separate email inviting you to the online audition event.
- You will audition online in a private closed session for directors and other management staff.
- Please plan to arrive online at least 10 minutes prior to your time-slot.
- Callbacks may or may not be needed.
- Casting offers will be made ASAP by email or by phone-call.
- Cast lists will be posted publicly ASAP on website and Facebook page.
- Although some individual contacts may be made, public postings will serve as notification to those who are not cast.
REMEMBER RADICAL HO$PITALITY!
FRESH PRODUCE concert readings are always free admission.
FULL PRODUCTIONS - up to 1/3 of all tickets FREE, escalating pricing for pre-reserving seats.
Donations always kindly accepted, however.