Theater Program Announces Auditions

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Theater Program Announces Auditions

Thursday, January 24, 2019, 6:00pm

The SUNY Sullivan Theater Program is proud to announce auditions for the Polaroid Stories and The Rover, by Naomi Iizuka and Aphra Behn, respectively. The production of Polaroid Stories will be directed by Nick López, adjunct professor of theater, and The Rover will be directed by Jessica López-Barkl, associate professor of theater and speech.

Auditions are set for Thursday, January 24 and Friday, January 25 from 6-8 pm in the Seelig Theater, located at 112 College Road in Loch Sheldrake, NY, or by appointment. Callbacks will occur, if needed. E-mail for an appointment at jbarkl@sunysullivan.edu and/or drop-ins are permitted.

The two plays will perform in repertory, April 11-21, 2019, Thursdays- Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm. The Rover will play April 11, 13, 19, and 21, and Polaroid Stories will play April 12, 14, 18, and 20.

This will be the third and fourth productions in the 2018-2019 Women Playwright’s Season, and highlights the first female professional playwright (Aphra Behn), and a play written by Latino/Asian-American playwright Naomi Iizuka that explores teen drug, homelessness, and prostitution culture through the lens of an updated version of Ovid’s Metomorphoses. The SUNY Sullivan Theater Program has chosen to produce a diverse array of plays written by women this year in order to highlight the fact that although female customers account for 65% of ticket revenue, only 39% of actors, 36% of directors, and 28% of writers of plays are women.

For the auditions, actors will read sides from the plays. Scripts are available and may be secured in advance by contacting Jessica López-Barkl at jbarkl@sunysullivan.edu. Actors will be asked to fill out an audition form and, attendees should bring their personal calendars or schedules to the auditions.

The productions are also looking for participants interested in serving as technical crew, stage management, designers, and musicians, and are invited attend the auditions to meet the directors, or contact López-Barkl via email.

A Synopsis of The Rover (from the Royal Shakespeare website)

Amid the fast and furious world of the South American carnival, three wandering cavaliers roam in exile whilst three women looking for love and fighting for a little freedom explore this vibrant, frenzied, dizzying world. It’s a fusion of sights and sounds, whirling music, cultural tension, dubious romance and dilapidated beauty. During the exile of Charles II, a band of Cavaliers, including Colonel Belville and Captain Willmore, travel to hot foreign climates during carnival season: one in search of love and the other a good time.

Character Descriptions for The Rover

Angellica Bianca: A beautiful and famous courtesan in Spain.
Colonel Belville: A poor English colonel who is madly in love with Florinda, a Spanish noblewoman that he met at a siege in Pamplona, where he protected her from danger. He is competing with wealthy men for her hand in marriage.
Blunt: A foolish and wealthy English country gentleman who gets duped by Lucetta, a Spanish whore.
Callis: The governess of Florinda and Hellena. She is easily convinced to let them attend the carnival and is easily manipulated, in general.
Don Antonio: The Viceroy’s son, who is a young and wealthy Spaniard that is good friends with Don Pedro, Florinda and Hellena’s brother. Don Pedro has selected him as a prospective husband for Florinda. However, he is strongly attracted to Angellica Bianca.
Don Pedro: A noble Spaniard and a very controlling brother to Florinda and Hellena. He is also the good friend of Don Antonio.
Florinda: A confident, independent, outspoken, and stubborn Spanish noblewoman, who is the sister of Don Pedro and Hellena. She has been ordered by her father to marry the old, wealthy Spaniard, Don Vicentio, whom she hates. She also refuses to marry her brother’s choice of Don Antonio, and is madly in love with Colonel Belville, whom she met in Pamplona.
Frederick: A dangerous and cruel Englishman and friend of Belville, Blunt, and Willmore who takes a liking to Valeria.
Hellena: The outspoken, confident, curious Spanish noblewoman that is the sister to Don Pedro and Florinda. She is a prospective nun who is very critical of religion and the path that has been chosen for her by her father and brother. She is the most cunning, clever, and boldly defiant of all the characters and sets her sights on Willmore.
Lucetta: A conniving Spanish whore, who cheats Blunt of all his clothes and belongings.
Moretta: Angellica’s lady-in-waiting, who gives counsel and attends to the famous courtesan. She is strong believer in economically advantageous relationships.
Phillipo: Lucetta’s gallant who helps her dupe Blunt.
Stephano: One of Don Pedro’s servants.
Sancho: Lucetta’s pimp.
Valeria: A kinswoman to Florinda who accompanies Florinda and Hellena to the Carnival.
Willmore: The Rover – a man who spends most of his days at sea, moving from place to place without a fixed destination. It is implied that Charles II is onboard the ship that Willmore captains, which indicates that Willmore is a royalist. A hotheaded, rash, inconstant character, who is intermittently committed to one woman and then moving onto another one a moment later. He is (also) quick to draw his sword.
Biskey and Sebastian: Two adventurers in Angellica’s party.
Diego: Page to Don Antonio.
Others: Servants, Masqueraders, Officers, and Soldiers

A Synopsis of Polaroid Stories (from the Dramatic Publishing website)

A visceral blend of classical mythology and real life stories told by street kids, Naomi lizuka’s Polaroid Stories journeys into a dangerous world where myth-making fulfills a fierce need for transcendence, where storytelling has the power to transform a reality in which characters’ lives are continually threatened, devalued and effaced. Not all the stories these characters tell are true; some are lies, wild yams, clever deceits, baroque fabrications. But whether or not a homeless kid invents an incredible history for himself isn’t the point, explains diarist-of-the-street Jim Grimsley. “All these stories and lies add up to something like the truth.” Inspired in part by Ovid’s Metamorphoses, Iizuka’s Polaroid Stories takes place on an abandoned pier on the outermost edge of a city, a way stop for dreamers, dealers and desperadoes, a no-man’s land where runaways seek camaraderie, refuge and escape. Serpentine routes from the street to the heart characterize the interactions in this spellbinding tale of young people pushed to society’s fringe. Informed, as well, by interviews with young prostitutes and street kids, Polaroid Stories conveys a whirlwind of psychic disturbance, confusion and longing. Like their mythic counterparts, these modem-day mortals are engulfed by needs that burn and consume. Their language mixes poetry and profanity, imbuing the play with lyricism and great theatrical force.

Character Descriptions for Polaroid Stories

D (Dionysus): A drug dealer who serves as a malevolent chorus throughout the play, and demands to be worshipped.
Eurydice: A teen attempting to escape her gritty existence, she hops between lovers, including the homeless G and tries to escape Orpheus’ stifling love.
Persephone (also Semele): A youth struggling with addiction and is seduced by a God/drug dealer. She lives amongst teens, who act like gods. As Persephone, she is the queen of this underworld and gives potent advice.
Orpheus (also Tereus): Obsessively follows and harasses his girlfriend, Eurydice.
Philomel: A mute who narrates her story of trauma through a stereo.
Skinheadgirl (a.k.a. neon girl): A teen who is struggling with addiction with her violent boyfriend.
Narcissus: A young street hustler obsessed with his own visage who lives off wealthy men that desire him.
Echo: Narcissus’ shy/grounded friend who shadows him through his fraught existence.
Skinheadboy (a.k.a. Oklahoma boy/speedracer): A violent youth who is struggling through his addiction with his girlfriend Skinheadgirl.
G (a.k.a. zeus, hades): A homeless older character that chases young girls.

Please contact Director López-Barkl at jbarkl@sunysullivan.edu with any questions.