OPEN CALL AUDITIONS FOR
MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM
Directed by Justin Emeka* (SDC)
ACCEPTING VIRTUAL SUBMISSIONS NOW THRU AUGUST 13, 2021
Seeking Equity and non-Equity fully vaccinated actors for Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.
All auditions will be virtual by video submission and callbacks will be in person at Karamu House August 18 & 19.
Please select a monologue or scene from Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom of no more than 2-3 minutes total. Please slate at the beginning of the video (state your name, the role you are auditioning for and what you are performing). If you are unable to obtain a monologue or scene from the show, please submit a monologue or scene (in the style of the show) of your choice no more than 2-3 minutes total. We ask that the camera show as much of the actor’s body as possible to replicate a live theatre audition. The video should be uploaded to YouTube and set to “Unlisted”.
HOW TO SUBMIT:
Please email the Unlisted YouTube link in an email along with an attached:
Record horizontal videos. It's totally okay to use your smartphone to record your audition; however, make sure the video is horizontal.
Email link and attachments to: firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday August 13, 2021. If selected, you will be notified for a call back by Tuesday August 17. Call backs will take place in person at Karamu House Wednesday and Thursday August 18-19 in the evening.
Audition forms and instructions for uploading an Unlisted YouTube video: Unlisted YouTube Instructions
Equity and Non-Equity fully vaccinated actors for Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
ABOUT THE PLAY
It’s 1927 and Ma Rainey, the "Mother of the Blues," is recording new sides of old favorites in a rundown studio in Chicago. Fiery and determined, Ma Rainey fights to retain control over her music, while her cocky trumpet player Levee dreams of making his own name in the business. More than music goes down in August Wilson's riveting portrayal of rage, racism, self-hatred, and exploitation.
Rehearsals: Beginning in or around September 7 * Evening rehearsals run from 6:30 PM to 10:00 PM M-TH (Please note there will be rehearsal Friday September 10) * Sundays rehearsals 12:00-5:00 PM Tech week: Saturday October 2-6
Final Preview: Thursday October 7
Opening Night: Friday October 8
Closing Night Sunday October 31
Performances: Thursdays-Saturday @ 7:30pm, Sundays 3:00pm Matinee
Equity and Non-Equity actors, please email your headshot, resume, and video audition to email@example.com. Please note: Housing and travel are not provided.
** There will be two AEA Contracts available for this production**. All actors receive compensation for their work in our productions. Equity members appear under a GA Tier 2 contract. Non-Equity actors receive a modest stipend.
STAGE MANAGERS are also invited to send up-to-date resumes to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please make note of your union status when submitting.
Phone calls will not be accepted.
Interested in joining the Karamu House team? We need creative thinkers who are dedicated to excellence. We are collaborative, innovative, and inclusive, and we are always looking for great people. You’re welcome to submit your resume for consideration at any time. We offer a competitive salary and benefit package paid time off, and the opportunity to work with our nation’s oldest producing African American theatre and one of Cleveland’s top treasures. Karamu House is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
There are CURRENT OPENINGS (as of May 12, 2021) for:
No phone calls, please. Submit cover letter, resume and salary requirements via email to email@example.com.
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