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Auditions for SATE’s Aphra Behn Festival
SATE will host non-equity auditions for the 2021 Aphra Behn Festival as part of its SEASON OF THE DO-OVER on Thursday, March 18 from 6:00-9:00PM CST online via Zoom.
Auditions will consist of cold readings from the scripts. Actors will audition with a reader provided by SATE. Actors interested in auditioning are asked to sign up for a 10-minute slot on a first sign-up basis. If you would like to audition, visit the following Google Form at https://forms.gle/dycCJe7sud823tB38. Please complete the form and upload a digital copy of your headshot and resume (instructions provided). After sign-up is confirmed, actors will be emailed audition sides and Zoom login information. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
All positions are paid. SATE seeks to produce color and gender conscious casts. Actors of all ethnicities, genders, races, ages, abilities, and backgrounds are encouraged to audition.
APHRA BEHN FESTIVAL
To kick off its 2021 season, THE SEASON OF THE DO-OVER, SATE will present its fifth annual Aphra Behn Festival streaming live on Zoom. Established in 2017, the Aphra Behn Festival’s goal is to give womxn interested in directing and writing for theatre an opportunity to get more experience, try out ideas, experiment, and hone their craft. The Aphra Behn Festival is named for a fascinating poet, translator, and spy. Aphra Behn is widely considered to be the first English woman to make her living as a playwright. SATE produced a play about her, Or, by Liz Duffy Adams, in February 2015 and collaborated with Prison Performing Arts to adapt Behn’s play, The Rover, for the women at Women’s Eastern Reception, Diagnostic, and Correction Center in Vandalia to perform. The Rover was also the text shared by the directors in the 2020 Festival. SATE feels very much a part of Aphra’s legacy.
Production dates: April 30-May 2, 2021 (Friday-Sunday) online via Zoom. All performances at 8:00 PM CST. Rehearsals will begin the week of April 5. Tech rehearsals will take place between Tuesday, April 27 and Thursday, 29. Auditions, rehearsals, and performances will all take place online via Zoom. If actors don’t have access to technology required for Zoom, SATE will support efforts to get anyone interested in auditioning access and will continue to provide support to actors who are cast.
SATE is casting the following plays:
(Character and play descriptions provided by the playwrights.)
“Winnie & Alfred” by Monique Hebert, directed by Deniz Khateri
The story of writer and daughter of the Confederacy Varina “Winnie” Davis’ failed engagement to the son of abolitionists in the late 1880s. These star-crossed lovers were ripped apart in a very divided country much like the United States is today. This play examines the theme of lost love and the wondering if a do over would change the past. Casting two (2) actors.
WINNIE/YOUNG WINNIE (played by the same actor): Twenty-six-year-old young woman who grew up in the south. Her name is Varina, but she goes by Winnie. Has been engaged to Alfred for about two years. / Twenty-four-year-old version of Winnie who has just gotten engaged to Alfred.
ALFRED/YOUNG ALFRED (played by the same actor): Young man who is an attorney and engaged to Winnie. He lives in New York and grew up in the north. / Younger version of Alfred who has just proposed to Winnie and looks forward to their future.
“Two of Every Animal” by Aly Kantor, directed by Alexis Coleman
Most of humanity has chosen to leave Earth and seek greener pastures, but two young scientists have chosen to stay behind as stewards of the genetic memory of the natural world. When one scientist’s interest in a specimen turns into an obsession, both women begin to understand the weight of the sacrifice they have made to secure a future for the many species the human race has failed. Casting two (2) actors.
KIM: Female, about mid-30’s, a young scientist. She is stubborn and obsessive, but talented and incredibly empathetic.
LETA: Female, a contemporary of KIM, a young scientist. She is kind and loyal to a fault, with an artistic soul.
“Tonya and the Totes in Subterrastrata” by Courtney Bailey, directed by Susie Lawrence
Tonya, a woman of no place and no time, fossilizes underground in a layer of the Earth’s underbelly composed entirely of canvas tote bags. Casting two (2) actors:
TONYA: A woman in the process of fossilization in the underbelly of the Earth. Of no discernible time period—a timeless woman.
MARGARET FULLER: Nineteenth-century writer, journalist, transcendentalist, feminist, and all-around incredible human who tragically died at sea.