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Auditions open for ‘The Piano Lesson’

Auditions open for ‘The Piano Lesson’
THE PIANO LESSON AUDITION NOTICE
DIRECTED BY: TIM SANDIFER
Set in Pittsburgh during the Great Depression, The Piano Lesson explores the troubled relationship of a brother and sister and their struggle over an extraordinary family heirloom, a piano carved with images of their African ancestors. The carvings, done by their enslaved grandfather, instill the piano with a metaphysical legacy – one the siblings avoid or even take for granted, but come to accept and embrace. The piano ultimately brings together a family long torn apart by slavery, violence and murder.Register Here
When
Saturday
April 9, 2016
1:00 pm
(General Auditions)
Where
Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge
2nd Floor
427 Laurel Street
Baton Rouge, LA 70801
What
THE PIANO LESSON
REHEARSAL DATES
April 11, 2016 – May 19, 2016
Mondays – Thursdays, 6:30 – 9:30 PM
Sundays, 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Rehearsals are at the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge
 PERFORMANCE DATES
May 20, 21 and 22, 2016
Fridays & Saturday at 7:30 PM Sunday at 3:00

3 Performances at the LSU Shaver Theatre
AUDITION REQUIREMENTS
Please prepare a one-minute dramatic monologue.
CHARACTERS
CHARLES DOAKER: Male, 40-60, African Descent, African American The uncle and the owner of the house, spent his life working for the railroad, functions as the play’s testifier.
BOY WILLIE: Male, 25-40, African American, Berniece’s brash, impulsive, and fast-talking brother who plans to sell the family piano and buy the land his ancestors once worked on as slaves.

 

LYMON: Male, 25-40, African American, Boy Willie’s longtime friend, speaks with a disarming “straightforwardness”, fleeing the law, he plans to stay in the north and begin a new life.

 

BERNIECE: Female, 30-40, African America, Boy Willie’s sister, still in mourning for her husband, Crawley, blames her brother for her husband’s death.

 

MARETHA: Female, 10-14, African American, Berniece’s eleven-year-old daughter who is learning to play piano, the next generation of the Charles’ family.

 

AVERY BROWN: Male, 30-45, African American, A preacher who moves north once Berniece’s husband dies in an attempt to court her, honest and ambitious.

 

WINING BOY: Male, 45-65, African American A wandering, washed-up recording star who drifts in and out of his brother Doaker’s household whenever he finds himself broke.

 

GRACE: Female, 25-35, African American A young, urban woman whom Boy Willie and Lymon each try to pick up.

Email questions to info@newventuretheatre.org.

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