Monday, Nov. 18, 2013 at 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013 at 7 p.m.
Please note: The ages listed below for the play's four characters come directly from the script. However, the director will be seeking actors who can "play" these ages. We don't need to see your birth certificate!
JACK LAWSON — a white man in his 40s
CHARLES STRICKLAND — a white man in his 40s
HENRY BROWN — a black man in his 40s
SUSAN — a black woman in her twenties
The auditions for Race will be an "open call" — which means that those auditioning do NOT need to schedule an audition appointment. Instead, pick a day to audition — either Monday, Nov. 18 or Tuesday, Nov. 19 — and plan to arrive at 7 p.m.
Please prepare a contemporary monologue (dramatic or comedic) not to exceed three minutes. Additionally, those auditioning may be asked to read directly from the script.
ABOUT THE PLAY
Multiple award-winning playwright/director David Mamet tackles America's most controversial topic in a provocative new tale of sex, guilt and bold accusations. Two lawyers find themselves defending a wealthy white executive charged with raping a black woman. When a new legal assistant gets involved in the case, the opinions that boil beneath explode to the surface. When David Mamet turns the spotlight on what we think but can't say, dangerous truths are revealed, and no punches are spared.
Race opened at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre in New York City on Dec. 6, 2009. The production ran for 297 performances before closing on Aug. 21, 2010. Directed by David Mamet, the Broadway production of Race earned a Tony Award nomination for actor David Alan Grier, who originated the role of Henry Brown.
ABOUT THE PLAY'S REHEARSALS
Rehearsals will begin Dec. 9, 2013. Additional rehearsal information will be available at the auditions.
ABOUT THE PLAY'S PERFORMANCES
Race will play for 12 performances on Weathervane Playhouse's Founders Theater stage between Jan. 30 and Feb. 16, 2014. The performances are Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2:30 p.m.
ABOUT THE PLAY'S DIRECTOR
MICHAEL OATMAN is a Northeast Ohio-based playwright and director who is the winner of the 2011 Cleveland Arts Prize Emerging Artist Award. Oatman’s short play Warpaint was the 2009 Finalist for the Kennedy Center Best Short Play, and his play The Chittlin’ Thief was named Best Comedy of 2008 by The African American Playwrights Exchange. Local audiences have seen Oatman's poetic yet provocative work at The Cleveland Play House FusionFest, Cleveland Public Theatre, Karamu House, Cleveland State University and the Ingenuity Festival. Profiles of Michael Oatmal and his work — which includes Eclipse: The War Between Pac and Big, My Africa, A Solitary Voice and Drowning the Flame — have been featured in both The New York Times and American Theatre.
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CLICK HERE to read an article about the play ("David Mamet's 'Race' on Broadway: What Did the Critics Think?")
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