Last year, a Facebook friend of mine who is active in the area theater scene, posted a link for auditions for the new Women's Theater Festival. My theater experience as anything other than an audience member is in my distant past. I hadn't done a play since high school. I am a singer by training and have done opera, but I miss the immediacy and freedom of spoken theater.
On a whim, I signed up for an audition, very nervous that I, an outsider, would feel out of place and make a fool of myself. The audition experience put that to rest, as I saw all sorts of people doing the cold readings and I could see that this group really was interested in people from all walks of life. I ended up being cast as the evil mirror in The Fairest by Debra Kaufman, directed by WTF founder, Ashley Popio, as part of the Occupy the Stage event.
The experience was truly positive and affirming. Not only did I have a chance to explore my evil dark side (Mwah huh huh!), but as a stay at home mother of two (now three) young children, I got some time for adult interaction and to get in touch with my creative side.
I am excited to audition for Occupy the Stage again this week. This event is an important statement about the problems of inequality in the arts. It gives a chance for voices that are all too often ignored or marginalized to be heard. And as a busy mom, I got to be a part of all of this with only a commitment of several rehearsals and then a staged reading. I recommend anyone who is interested in theater and acting, no matter how rusty, to audition!
Auditions for Occupy The Stage are May 20th at Sonorous Road from 1-5. Sign up here http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0c44a4a62ea4fd0-occupy
Pictured above: Monica Szabo-Nyeste, Carla Wreck, and Audrey Jones from the Occupy production of The Fairest By Debra Kaufman. Photo Credit: Ashley Popio