Audition Announcement: Waters Rise

Synopsis:
In this tragicomedy, "Waters Rise", our two main characters struggle against a glib representative of a dystopic government taking advantage of the disaster capitalism playbook and becoming increasingly brazen about its homophobia, xenophobia, misogyny, and classism. They learn more about the causes of a disaster flooding and realize that the disaster isn’t something that happens elsewhere: they are involved whether they like it or not.

Who benefits the most from the disasters that change our landscape? What do they tell us about the values of the people who rule us? What do they reveal about ourselves? Who loses something? Who loses everything? After massive flooding causes widespread displacement, women whose lifestyles have drastically changed make their choices about how to behave and whom to trust.

Characters:

SARAH – female, 20s-30s. Pragmatic and capable, prone to sarcasm.

MAGDA – female, 50+. Aging but active. Experience has taught her a great deal.

HOLLY – female, 20s-30s. Energetic and less hard-edged than Sarah, but passionate about the issues that matter to her.

SUIT – female, late 20s-60. Crisp, precise, charismatic but potentially deadly.

OTHER – THIS ROLE HAS BEEN PRECAST...indeterminate gender. Mute, transformed hideously by an industrial accident.

(ANNOUNCER – A television news anchor’s voice, most likely pre-recorded.)

All the characters have certain areas of expertise, certain failings and certain blind spots, but not one of them is stupid.

Rehearsals:
Two to three table work sessions, starting the third week in August. Then, during the last week of August through September, will be three to four rehearsals a week at 7:00 pm, including a 10:00 am - 2:00 pm on Saturday

 


 

 

 

 

 

In accordance with the Chicago Theatre Standards, the Women’s Theatre Festival would like to announce their upcoming auditions for “Waters Rise” by Justine Wiesinger. Each actor cast will receive a $100 stipend.

We intend to disclose the following information in all audition notices and invitations:

1. Role(s) for which the actor is called, and role(s) that already have been cast:

These roles are available:

SARAH – female, 20s-30s. Pragmatic and capable, prone to sarcasm.
MAGDA – female, 50+. Aging but active. Experience has taught her a great deal.
HOLLY – female, 20s-30s. Energetic and less hard-edged than Sarah, but passionate about the issues that matter to her.
SUIT – female, late 20s-60. Crisp, precise, charismatic but potentially deadly.
ANNOUNCER – A television news anchor’s voice

This role has been precast:

OTHER – Indeterminate gender. Mute, transformed hideously by an industrial accident.
According to the playwright: “All the characters have certain areas of expertise, certain failings, and certain blind spots, but not one of them is stupid.”

2. Any roles that depict a character with a specifically stated disability:

No characters have specifically stated disabilities, but all actors with disabilities are invited to audition. Please let us know if you need any accommodations to do so. Write to Ashley at popio.ashley@gmail.com with whatever you require.

3. The nature of the activity to be performed at the audition:

Auditionees will read from one of three available sides.
These sides will also be provided at auditions.

4. Any potential stage combat, feats of physical daring, nudity, partial nudity, sexual content, or other reasonably understood high-risk activities:

There are several (fake) gunshots in this show. No live firearms will be present, and there will be no pyrotechnics. Gunshots will be faked with sound effects only.

5. An assertion that prospective participants can decline auditions without fear of losing future audition invitations:

Prospective participants may decline audition invitations or casting offers without fear of losing future opportunities, and will not be asked to explain their reason.

6. Disclosure if the audition will be recorded:

This audition will not be recorded

7. The names of the director, casting authority, and producer:

Director: Yvette Holder; Casting Authorities: Ashley Popio, Alika Vail; Producer: TBD

8. The space provided for auditions: (which is a smoke-­free environment, a reasonably clean space with sufficient lighting and safe temperature, and has a safe surface for dance or fight calls, if applicable.)

Auditions, August 10th, from 10:30am-1:00pm……………….North Regional Library

Call-backs, August 11th, from 1:00pm-2:00pm……………….Cameron Village Library

9. Will this show be double-cast or have understudies?

No.

10. We hereby ascertain:

- That we will not ask prospective participants to attend more than three audition calls for a single production.

- That Audition calls will be no longer than three hours, and will not run later than 11pm.

- That required materials (such as scripts and sides) will be provided at the audition.

- That we will not ask prospective participants to perform violence or sexual contact as part of the audition without disclosing this expectation in the audition notice.

- That any physical contact required for an audition should be disclosed and choreographed.

- Actors should never be asked to improvise violent or sexual contact.

- We will never ask prospective participants to disrobe at an audition.

- The casting authority will confirm with the prospective participant that they have reviewed the supplied materials and are aware of the requirements as outlined in the audition notice.

- Auditions will not be recorded unless specified in the audition notice. If recordings are made, there will be written assurance that the recording will be used privately among casting authorities and destroyed/deleted after the completion of casting.

- We will endeavor to make reasonable accommodations to facilitate access, such as allowing interpreters when necessary, holding auditions in accessible facilities, and providing audition materials in advance.

- This notice will be clearly posted at all auditions and callbacks.

Additional Disclosures:

The Women’s Theatre Festival casts every production with at least 50% women or non-binary folks. WTF also makes a serious effort to include people of color in every aspect of their production teams and this includes casts. WTF casts folks regardless of “historical accuracy,” and is inclusive and accommodating to people of all abilities. WTF will respect an actor’s designated pronouns and will cast non-binary folks roles of any gender.

To create, produce, and promote extraordinary theatre by all marginalized genders

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