Metropolitan Playhouse
New York, NY

CATEGORY

Performer

TITLE

On Striver’s Row – NYC Appointments

DESCRIPTION

Notice: Submission

CONTRACT
Showcase-NY
Tier III Seasonal Showcase
AEA Stipend: $325

PERSONNEL
Director: Timothy Johnson
Author: Abram Hill

OTHER DATES
First Rehearsal: April 19th, 2017;
First Performance: May 19th, 2017;
Closing: June 18th, 2017

OTHER

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Equity’s contracts prohibit discrimination. Equity is committed to diversity and encourages all its employers to engage in a policy of equal employment opportunity designed to promote a positive model of inclusion. As such, Equity encourages performers of all ethnicities, gender identities, and ages, as well as performers with disabilities, to submit.

SEEKING
Actors for seasonal showcase production

BREAKDOWN

WOMEN

COBINA VAN STRIVEN:
African-American. She is eighteen and a student at Radcliffe College. She greatly desires to escape her parents world of “phoney bolonies.” Yet she feels obligated to dutifully adhere to her parents plans for her debut into society. For the past year she has secretly been spending time with Chuck.

ROWENA:
African-American. She is nineteen or twenty, with a searching stare in her eyes. She is Tillie’s niece. She most desires that someone will really listen to her, to validate her existence.

BEULAH:
African-American. She is a loose swaying girl of twenty-two. She enters a room and “would silence a telephone” with her loud, brash and bold disruptive presence. The actress will need to be comfortable dancing a Lindy Hop with Joe.

SOPHIE:
African-American. A rather chic, if extremely informal maid in her late-twenties/early thirties. She’s been married four times and is currently single, happily mingling with Joe Smothers. The actress will need to be comfortable briefly singing a melody without accompaniment.

LILY:
African-American. She is somewhere between twenty and thirty, exotic and glamorous in a sort of theatrical yet genuine way. For she truly loves being “onstage” and thinks of it as an act of generosity that can lead her to connect with her audience, wherever that may be. She is a successful stage actress who has appeared in African-American productions of Shakespearean plays. The actress will need to be comfortable doing bits of Shakespeare and some African & folk dancing.

MRS. LOUISE DAVIS:
African-American. She is the long-loving and long-suffering wife of Dr. Davis. She is also in her thirties.

DOLLY VAN STRIVEN:
African-American. A well-bred, youthfully forty-ish matron of the Afro-American elite that descended from “Pre-Civil War Black and White Romeos and Juliets” in Rockland County, New York. She is addicted to being perceived as a leading socialite within the African-American community.

TILLIE PETUNIA:
African-American. 40s. A high-powered forty-ish, uppity “do wager”. She radiates disarming superiority that is more calculated than real. She is the editor & chief of a Gossip Newspaper called The Black Dispatch.

RUBY JACKSON:
African-American. She is a happy, smiling woman of thirty-nine. She is a former “first class cook for a Forest Hills family”, who recently won a large sum of money from a horse sweepstakes contest and is set on changing the residential surroundings in her life. She is the angel of the play. When asked by Mrs. Pace what she possesses that makes her worthy, her reply is “goodness.”

MRS. PACE:
African-American. Dolly’s mother. A very cold and stately woman of sixty who is Dolly’s mother. She is extremely correct in her manner. People say her eyebrows are optical wings of social deportment. She comes from a long line of affluent African-Americans who settled in Rockland County, NY. She is a retired former Dean of Women at Skidmore College.

MEN

CHUCK:
African-American. A bashful boy of about twenty, who boldly intercedes on behalf of his affection for Cobina. Faced with the objections of Cobina’s parents and their view of the world, he unleashes within himself a voice of unabashed integrity.

ED:
African-American. He is a young man of about twenty-five. He thinks rather highly of himself and most women find him irresistible, but not Cobina. His father is a respected Judge.

JOE SMOTHERS:
African-American. He is about twenty-five. A man about town, anyway a man about certain towns, or if you will, certain parts of all towns. His associates call him a “hepped cat”. He refers to himself as “Joe The Jiver”. Professionally he is a “sud-buster”, a dishwasher. The actor will need to be comfortable dancing a Lindy Hop with Beulah. The actor will also need be adept at doing rhyming couplets, similar to today’s Rap.

DR. LEON DAVIS:
African-American. He is in his thirties. His hands are unable to resist female contact.

OSCAR VAN STRIVEN:
African-American. A business-like man about forty-five years of age. Though he speaks with absolute sincerity, his mind seems to be somewhere else. He has, to his family’s financial detriment, allowed himself to continually feed his wife’s addiction to the perception of elitism in the African-American community.

PROFESSOR HENNYPEST:
African-American. He is a humble man, somewhere between forty and fifty, who has traded his youth for wisdom-he has gained more than he has lost in the bargain. He is the Chair of Zoology at Tuskeegee University. His favorite things in life are food and women.

SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS
Email or messenger/drop off picture and resume ASAP for consideration.
Mark submissions:
ON STRIVER’S ROW
[Role(s)] / NYC

Appointment Submission. Deadline for submissions 3/17

Deadline: 03/17/2017

SUBMIT TO
casting@metropolitanplayhouse.org

Metropolitan Playhouse,
220 E 4th Street
New York, NY 10009

Union

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