Oak Ridge Playhouse auditions are open to everyone. No experience is required, although it is helpful. Please carefully check audition requirements, as they may differ from production to production.
ALABAMA STORY by Kenneth Jones
Due to suspension of live performances as a result of COVID-19, the Playhouse will be presenting our first virtual production of a stage play. This is NOT a Zoom production, but a fully-realized show that will be recorded for online streaming.
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Auditions will be held via submission and Zoom. Please see REQUIREMENTS below.
GARTH WILLIAMS, 50ish, a white writer and illustrator from the East Coast, who also assumes the role of OTHERS, including aged, sickly reporter HERSCHEL WEBB, segregationist columnist HENRY BALCH, a RADIO ANNOUNCER and WHITE PASSERBY, GARTH is watchful and omnipresent.
JOSHUA MOORE, 32, upwardly mobile middle-class African-American man, who left Alabama more than a decade ago; purposely subtle and suppressed Alabama accent, which becomes pronounced when agitated. He is aspirational, loyal, kind, worldly, happily married, slow to boil, a disciple of Dr. King.
SENATOR E.W. HIIGGINS, 50ish or more, a white Alabama State Senator; pronounced but not extreme Alabama accent. He is a charmer, a bully, a poisoner, a politician, a victim of the world he grew up in.
THOMAS FRANKLIN, 28, a white reference librarian, Emily’s assistant, an Alabama native; genteel, educated, pronounced Alabama accent. He is officious, efficient, slightly uncomfortable in his own skin. Neutral and objective when conveying information.
NOTE: The female roles EMILY WHEELOCK REED and LILY WHITIELD have already been cast.
Set in Montgomery, Alabama in 1959, a bullying but complex segregationist senator wants a controversial children’s book taken off the library shelves, but a fearless librarian refuses, putting both of their worlds at risk. Another story of childhood friends — an African-American man and a white woman, reunited in adulthood that same year — provides private counterpoint to the public events swirling in the state capital. Political foes, star-crossed lovers, and one feisty children’s author inhabit the same page in new American play brimming with humor, humanity, heartbreak and hope.
Get more information about the play HERE.
|PRODUCTION RUN||A performance will be recorded without an audience present on or about Septmeber 12 and will be later streamed online in late September.|
|Rehearsals begin August 10 and will be a combination of Zoom and in-person meetings. All in-person rehearsals will follow strict social distancing guidelines and face covering mandates.|
Those interested should submit a 2 minute or less video monologue of your choosing. All submissions due by Wednesday, August 5th at midnight. Submission should be uploaded to THIS LINK.
PLEASE BEGIN AND END YOUR SUBMISSION BY STATING YOUR NAME AND CONTACT INFO
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