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Written by Jean-Paul Sartre
Directed by Andrew J Klopach
Stage Manager: Jake Richard Meyers (firstname.lastname@example.org)
NO EXIT is a 1944 existentialist French play by Jean-Paul Sartre. The play is a depiction of the afterlife in which three deceased characters are punished by being locked into a room together for eternity, and is the source of one of Sartre’s most famous and most often misinterpreted quotations, l’enfer, c’est les autres (“Hell is other people”), a reference to Sartre’s ideas about the Look, and the constant ontological struggle of being caused to see oneself as an object in the world of another consciousness.
〉 Joseph Garcin, an adulterer and deserter
〉 Inès Serrano, a lesbian postal clerk
〉 Estelle Rigault, a high-society woman
〉 Valet, nephew of the head Valet, escorts each character into the room
Please prepare a one (1) minute monologue of your choosing. It may be in any style from any published source. Please bring a copy or transcript of the text if your monologue is not available in the public domain.
Please bring a headshot and resume if you have one. These need not be extremely formal, they may be printed on regular paper in any format; please bring color headshots. When you arrive for your audition, you will fill out an audition form. You may fill out this form in advance online here: http://tinyurl.com/lst4ubt
Audition Slot Signup
On the following website, you can sign up for an audition time. Additionally, if you like, you can pre-submit your audition form and submit a resume and headshot.
Please arrive at least five (5) minutes before your audition time. If you arrive after or less than five minutes before your audition, you may forfeit your time and be asked to wait for others who have signed up for an audition.
Walk in auditions that arrive before 9PM will be guaranteed an audition spot. Preference will be given to those who have registered for a time slot, however, so there is no guarantee on wait time if you choose to walk in. Choosing to walk in instead of making an appointment will not impact your eligibility or desirability for casting.
Studio One at the Walgreen Drama Center
Thursday, October 3rd, 6PM-10PM
Friday, October 4th, 6PM-10PM
Sunday, October 6th, Time TBD
Read-Through: Monday, October 7th, 6PM-9PM
Weekly Rehearsals: Monday-Friday, 6PM-10PM
**There will be one weekend rehearsal each week, day/time TBD**
Beginning Wednesday, October 9th
Ending Friday, October 25th
Call times will be published 48 hours in advance.
Sunday, October 20th through Friday, October 25th
“Ten of Twelve” Rehearsal will be Sunday, October 27th from 10AM-10PM. You must be available during this time, though we will do our best to only call those needed at any given time.
Monday, October 28th, 6PM-11PM
Tuesday, October 29th, 6PM-11PM
Wednesday, October 30th, 6PM-11PM, **FINAL DRESS**
Thursday, October 31 7PM-9PM
Friday, November 1 7PM-9PM & 11PM-1AM
Saturday, November 2 7PM-9PM
Strike will immediately follow the performance on Saturday, November 2nd. All cast and crew will be required to stay after the final performance to strike Studio One.
Questions? Email Jake Meyers at email@example.com.
By Milena Westarb
Directed by Ellen Sachs
Stage Management by Jean-Luc DeLadurantaye
Performances: November 7th -9th : Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 7pm
and Friday at 11pm
A light-hearted, melodramatic Victorian-Era farce for the prim and proper, with hilarity, witty banter, and slapstick galore! Following the mysterious death of his uncle, Lord Blackwell, James Solomon inherits his estate and also an enormous fortune. Lady Blackwell, the young second wife-turned-widow of Lord Blackwell, will go to any length to secure the fortune for herself. However, when James’ proposal to Ann Winfield crushes the Lady’s plans to marry him and inherit the money legally, she resorts to desperate measures to get what she wants. Meanwhile, George, a servant in the Solomon household, and Miriam, Anne’s handmaid, do a little snooping of their own to expose Lady Blackwell’s treachery. Will they find more than they bargained for? Drunken shenanigans ensue…
[This show was featured during Playfest last year, and received the Dennis McIntyre for Distinction in Undergraduate Playwriting through the Umich Hopwood Awards program.]
Anne Winfield - The simple and childlike, but surprisingly perceptive, bride-to-be of James Solomon, who loathes receiving gifts and being looked after. Her chief ambitions in life are to one day become a Mockingbird, a businessman who ignores his work, and an avid connoisseur of all things to which the terms "whimsy" and "flimflam" can be applied.
James Solomon - The charming youngest nephew of the late Lord Blackwell, the whole-heartedly devoted suitor of Ann Winfield, and the (infuriatingly) oblivious target of Lady Blackwell's schemes. Enjoys afternoon walks about the garden, good foreign wine, and being the unknowing potential victim of murder plots.
Lady Blackwell - The young "innocent" widow of the late Lord Blackwell, is as sickeningly sweet as a bottle of poisoned wine, wry and manipulative, selfish and eloquently, if not eerily, polite. Her crimson-stained smile is enough to send shivers down the spine of a seasoned veteran.
George - A butler in the Solomon House, perhaps one of James' closest personal friends. Bumbling, tall, and well-fed, a little dull-witted, but good natured and just downright jolly, especially with a good go of wine in him.
Miriam - The governess of Anne Winfield, whose timber-like no-nonsense directness would inspire even the most insolent of boarding school truants to straighten their collars and sit up straight. Is very particular about the state of her furnishings, harbors an intense disdain for eight-legged things, and believes whole-heartedly in the persuasive power of a good ear-boxing.
Mr. Pearson, Attorney-at-Law - A rather frazzled and stout man with a middle section inversely proportional to the dwindling amount of hair on his head. Fiddles with his spectacles a lot, stutters, and is in every way opposite to what one may imagine an efficient lawyer to be.
Genevieve - The young, doe-eyed maid of Lady Blackwell, whose only need in this world is to care for sick father back in France. Her naive delicacy makes her easy prey for the scarlet-lipped widow.
The Butler - A butler in the Winfield House, flawlessly cultured, and as starchy in demeanor as his finely-pressed suit. Frequently appears in and out of rooms (may be voiced over)
If you have a monologue from after the 1600’s that also predates the 20th century, please bring it!
If not, do not fear. There will be sides for you.
DO bring a resume/headshot.
DO bring a joke. DO walk in.
We can’t wait to meet you!
Sunday, October 6th, 2013 6-10 PM North Campus, Studio 1
Monday, October 7th, 2013 6:00-9 PM (Central Campus, Residential College, room EQB804) (Basement of East Quad)
Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
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Formed by a partnership between MPOW and Basement Arts in the fall of 2012, Acting Out! is a theatre outreach organization that tours a Shakespeare-inspired puppet show to schools in the Detroit Public School area and beyond.
Email Alex Madda, Acting Out! President
at email@example.com to get involved!