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                        Subject line needs to read:  Audition Request for (character's name HERE)

DEADLINE: 07/27/2018 

Seeking: 4 African American women for dramatic play – break down AND SIDES (PDF) below.  AEA and non-union actors welcome. All those scheduled for an audition will be sent sides to prepare.  Auditions will be scheduled in 5 minute intervals. Please state preferred day and time frame.


Audition Dates: Monday, July 30, 2018 2:40pm – 6:10pm, and Tuesday, July 31, 2018 – 6:15pm – 9:35pm. 

                      Call Backs: Thursday, August 2, 2018 - 6:15pm – 9:25pm.

Rehearsal Start Date: August 15, 2018 (NO rehearsals over Labor Day weekend).  Rehearsals generally last no more than 4 hours at a time. Rehearsals are held during the evenings, Monday-Friday and one weekend day each of the 4 weeks of rehearsal.  An average of 4 rehearsals per week. 

Dress/Tech Date: Tuesday, September 18, 2018 (need day and evening availability)
The show runs September 19, 2018 – October 7, 2018, Wednesday – Saturday 8:00 PM, Sunday 2:00 PM at the CHAIN THEATER, 312 West 36th St., 4th floor, NYC. Previews 11/19 & 11/20 – Opening Night 9/21.  

Pay: Stipend. 

AEA Showcase Code - pending                 

YOU WOULDN'T EXPECT by Marilynn Barner Anselmi

This play explores the staggering truths about the coercive influence of the government sponsored eugenics program in rural North Carolina in the mid-1960s. The play’s action happens largely at the North Carolina Eugenics office where we see: the cat-and-mouse workings of the two women employed there, the applied pressure of the eugenics practice on four African-American woman, and two scenes “in the field” at a squalled shack of a pedophile father angling to get his daughter “fixed” so that he wouldn’t have to deal with the outcome of his actions; the offspring. Three of the 7 characters/roles have been cast.  We are seeking the following:

  • Nilene Cooper - African American female, mid-20's - mid-30's, mother of three, actively pursuing relationship with male partner  

  • May Rivers -  African American female, mid-30's-mid-40's, mother of 9 children (some adopted), protective, bold, no nonsense 

  • Ginny Rivers - African American female, must be 18 or older to play 12/13 - less developed mentally than is normal for her age. 

  • Barbara Lynch - African American female, mid-30's, mother, gentle, malleable.

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