AUDITION NOTICE! A “DIFFERENT” SHOW at Barefoot Productions!
The First-Ever Sex Comedy!! LYSISTRATA! That's right, the one you snickered over in college! The legendary Sex-Strike! Urging the Men to end the war, the Women resort to withholding”. That’s right, they bar the gates, close the bedroom, shut up shop, cancel favors, it's NO SEX 'TIL NO WAR!! The guys are going without, but so are the ladies! It's the Battle Of The Sexes, Girls Against the Boys!
Barefoot Productions and director, Rob Papineau, plan a colorful, crazy, bawdy, bodacious, spoofy, “highly conceptualized” production. (Ever work with Rob?!) We'll utilize clowning, music, pantomime, masks, puppetry, multi-role casting, broad characterizations, even era-jumping. So bring your accents, types, caricatures, improv skills, movement clothes....
Auditions: 6:30-10 p.m. Mon-Tues February 04, 05, callbacks Wednesday 06, 2019.
Show dates: April 5,6,7 – 12,13,14, 2019.
Where: Barefoot Productions Theatre, 33735 Five Mile Rd., Livonia, 48154 (south-west corner, the farther-back, L-shaped plaza with Bench Pub at one end and Zukins Rib Shack at the other)
Info also on Facebook: BarefootProductions, or Rob directly at email@example.com with questions.
We will have short speeches available- not to worry!- just so you have some words; the important thing will be what-all madness, characterizations, types, ideas you can bring. This is the show for those who like playing 6 different, broad characters.
We are, however, not really looking for “impersonations,” we won't be mocking current politics, etc. CHARACTERIZATIONS may be tweeked and shifted with what we find at auditions, so what's up YOUR Actor-sleeve? These are ALL SUGGESTIONS & POSSIBILITIES- you bring it on! We'll need 8-12 individuals to play multiple “quick-change” roles. Looking for versatility, character voices, “neighborhood”-types, cultural types, movement, playfulness, head-in-the-game attitude.
GALS (names all subject to updating):
LYSISTRATA - Powerful Woman, organizer and motivator, so maybe a tough African-American Business Woman? Or Sophie Tucker? Or Bette Midler? Or Leslie Jones?
MYRRHINE - Young married woman
LAMPITO - Young Spartan woman of outstanding physical condition, might be a Gym Queen, a Soccer Mom, a Country/Farm Girl (Ellie-May Clampett?), out-and-out Spartan Warrior/Duane-etta Johnson!
GUYS (names all subject to updating):
MAGISTRATE - Maybe he's old-fashioned, British, stuffy/frumpy, or a tough Georgia State Cop.
CHILD & MANES:
HERALD - “Just the Messenger,” but may be played as a Singing Telegram, or Spartan Message Runner, almost any funny characterization you can bring us.
ATHENIAN AMBASSADOR - “Hugely important” person and personality, might be Arnie Schwartz-etc., or Napoleon, Czar Boris Godonov…give us what YOU have!
PRODUCTION/AUDITION further info...
This is a “Concept” piece, a freewheeling re-working of the original, with an eye on all the original “issues and concerns.” So while the play is not subverted to express some extraneous points-of-view (So the show is NOT about Slavery, Women's Lib in the '70's, Economic Unbalance!” No...) it WILL use multiple theatrical styles, outrageous costuming, liberal cross-gender casting** blending of Eras and Periods in costume & characterization, outside characters' commenting (Greek Chorus?), slapstick, updating of Names, etc.
**In this case, Cross-Gender Casting means playing a character of opposit sex; the genders of the characters remain the same. A woman may play the Athenian Ambassador, but as a man and not a Strong Woman in Command; the husband-and-wife Myrrhine & Cinesias are not seen as two Women in an Enlightened Age; those issues while valid are not the concerns of this play.
This ancient play treats the main themes, Men As War-Mongers, Battle Of The Sexes, Sex For Younger-vs-Older, all in some pretty base comedy and language, therefore a liberal attitude about humor, and maybe a thick skin, is crucial.
A note on cross-gender. Almost any role might be played by an actor of the opposite gender; sometimes the comedy may come from the portrayal of the CHARACTER, sometimes it'll just be a “take” on the opposite sex. Let the laughs fall where they may, but remember- if your idea of the other gender is disrespectful, harsh, crude, it'll turn off the audience; if you play them as sympathetic and true, they'll be on your side.