Auditions, News

Open letter from co-artistic director Jonathan Fuller

Ladies & gentlemen of the Birmingham Acting community,

As most of you know, I come primarily from a background as an actor. So I know and so empathize with how hard the life is, and how difficult rejection is to take…It makes it all the more difficult to be on the decision making side of the table with our company, CET. I do want to be able to accommodate everyone, and let everyone have their shot at AUGUST: OSAGE CO. And the outpouring of desire to be a part of this production is so flattering…and also quite overwhelming.

So, I’m afraid I can’t honor the requests from friends (& strangers alike) for special auditions, outside of what we scheduled. The calls and e-mails just reached critical mass. The talent pool is simply too large to accommodate everyone who heard about auditions too late or couldn’t arrange their schedules to make it to what we’d set up. That is also a hard reality of being an actor.

For all of you who have auditioned, thank you so much for baring yourselves in such raw and daring scenes and monologues. If not this production, please keep coming back. Both this production and RUINED have really brought home to us, just how much talent and passion there is for our art here in Birmingham. It is truly inspiring to see.

Thank you all for your time, interest, obvious hard work and understanding. I hope you have very happy holidays. All the best.

Jonathan Fuller – Co-Artistic Director, City Equity Theatre.

Auditions, News

Auditions: Ruined & August : Osage County (updated)

Edits:

  1. The original listing designated the nights of Wednesday and Thursday, 12/12 & 13, for callbacks; instead, they will be held the nights of Tuesday and Thursday, 12/11 and 12/13.
  2. The original listing suggested that only those interested in the role of Sophie need consider preparing a musical audition; a musical selection will also be required for consideration for the role of Mama Nadi.
  3. There have been some questions regarding the posted audition sides. We ask that come prepared with two contrasting pieces: one in the vein of the character for which you’re auditioning, and one contrasting piece that shows your best work. The selected sides are offered as choices, but choosing one in no way limits your consideration to that particular role. Callbacks will consist of reading from the script.

Call Type: Equity Principal

Remainder of CET’s 2012/2013 Season
12/8/2012
Alabama School of Fine Arts
1800 Rev. Abraham Woods, Jr. Blvd. N.
Birmingham, AL 35203

Contract: SPT(I)
 Actors $208/week minimum, Stage Managers $248 a week minimum

Seeking
 Equity actors and Equity Stage Managers for the following productions:

  • RUINED by Lynne Nottage, presented in association with the Aldridge Repertory Theatre. Please note Ruined is an all-African cast. Opens Feb 28, 2013, closes March 17, 2013.
  • AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY by Tracy Letts. Opens May 30, 2013, closes June 9, 2013.

Audition appointments are five minutes long. Please prepare two contrasting contemporary pieces to total five minutes or less. OR, as RUINED has three songs, Actress/Singers interested in the role of SOPHIE prepare 1 contemporary Piece and 16 bars of a ballad. Accompanist and CD player will be provided. Please bring a picture and resume. Performers of all ethnic and racial backgrounds are encouraged to attend. Always bring your Equity Membership Card to auditions.

AEA Members audition time(s)
by APPOINTMENT
10 AM — 6 PM
Lunch from 12:30 – 1:30
For appointment, call 205-951-3029 beginning Monday, November 26. Equity Members without appointments will be seen throughout the audition day, as time permits. Stage Managers please submit resumes to CITY EQUITY THEATRE, 5350 Cornell Drive, Birmingham, AL 35210. A monitor will not be provided. The producers (Artistic Directors Jonathan Fuller & Alan Gardner) will run all aspects of this audition.

RUINED, directed by Cheryl Hall & Jonathan Fuller. City Equity Theatre will be hiring actors who live locally. All roles in RUINED will be cast with actors of African descent, and will require a Congolese accent.

THE FOLLOWING ROLES WILL BE AMONG THE ROLES CAST WITH EQUITY ACTORS:

  • MAMMA NADI – A madam, a businesswoman, attractive, early 40’s.
  • JOSEPHINE – One of Mamma’s stable of prostitutes, early twenties, sexy. Actor who moves well.
  • SOPHIE – One of Madam’s , stable of prostitutes. Eighteen. ” a luminous beauty with an air of defiance. Singing required.
  • SALIMA – One of Mama’s, stable of prostitutes. Nineteen. “A sturdy peasant woman whose face portrays an air of defiance.”
  • CHRISTIAN – Early 40’s. A Perpetually cheerful travelling salesman. Recovering alcoholic.
  • COMMANDER OSEMBENGA – A pompous peacock of the Democratic Republic of the Congo Government army. 30’s – 50’s.
  • JEROME KISEMBE – Rebel Leader. Late 20’s – early 40’s.

OTHER ROLES:

  • MR. HARARI – A Lebanese diamond merchant. Early 40’s
  • FORTUNE – A Government Soldier, Salima’s husband.
  • SIMON – A Government Soldier, Fortune’s cousin
  • LAURENT – A Government Soldier, Osembenga’s assistant
  • Plus some extra roles with possible doubling- Rebel Soldiers, Government Soldiers, Aid Worker, Prostitutes

AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY, directed by Jonathan Fuller. City Equity Theatre will be hiring actors who live locally.

THE FOLLOWING ROLES WILL BE AMONG THE ROLES CAST WITH EQUITY ACTORS:

  • VIOLET WESTON – Acerbic Matriarch of the Weston clan. Cancer sufferer and prescription drug addict. 60’s.
  • BARBARA FORDHAM – Violet’s Daughter. Late 30’s – 40’s
  • BILL FORDHAM – Her estranged husband having an affair with one of his college students. 40’s
  • IVY WESTON – Middle weston daughter. Long suffering, librarian, care-taking daughter of Violet. 30’s – 40’s.
  • KAREN WESTON – Youngest Weston daughter. 30 – 40.
  • MATTIE FAE AIKEN – Violet’s sister. 50’s.
  • CHARLIE AIKEN – Mattie Fae’s husband. 50’s
  • STEVE HEIDEBRECHT – Karen’s fiancé – 30’s to 40’s.

OTHER ROLES:

  • BEVERLY WESTON – Violet’s college professor husband. 60’s. One scene.
  • JEAN FORDHAM – Barbara and Bill’s 14 year old daughter. Pot smoking jail-bait.
  • LITTLE CHARLES AIKEN – Charlie and Mattie Fae’s son 30’s. Low self esteem due to Mattie Fae’s negative influence on him.
  • JOHNNA MONTEVATA – 26 year-old housekeeper. Of Cheyenne descent.
  • SHERIFF DEON GILBEAU – Barbara’s old beau from high school 30’s – 40’s.

All roles are open in both shows. The precise distribution of Equity contracts will be dependent on casting. Non-Equity roles are unpaid, with the option of accruing Equity Membership Candidacy (EMC) points towards AEA membership. Callbacks will be held the evenings of Tuesday and Thursday, December 11 and 13.

Auditions, News

Auditions: Ruined, August: Osage County

Edits:

  1. The original listing designated the nights of Wednesday and Thursday, 12/12 & 13, for callbacks; instead, they will be held the nights of Tuesday and Thursday, 12/11 and 12/13.
  2. The original listing suggested that only those interested in the role of Sophie need consider preparing a musical audition; a musical selection will also be required for consideration for the role of Mama Nadi.
  3. There have been some questions regarding the posted audition sides. We ask that come prepared with two contrasting pieces: one in the vein of the character for which you’re auditioning, and one contrasting piece that shows your best work. The selected sides are offered as choices, but choosing one in no way limits your consideration to that particular role. Callbacks will consist of reading from the script.

Call Type: Equity Principal

Remainder of CET’s 2012/2013 Season
12/8/2012
Alabama School of Fine Arts
1800 Rev. Abraham Woods, Jr. Blvd. N.
Birmingham, AL 35203

Contract: SPT(I)
 Actors $208/week minimum, Stage Managers $248 a week minimum

Seeking
 Equity actors and Equity Stage Managers for the following productions:

  • RUINED by Lynne Nottage, presented in association with the Aldridge Repertory Theatre. Please note Ruined is an all-African cast. Opens Feb 28, 2013, closes March 17, 2013.
  • AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY by Tracy Letts. Opens May 30, 2013, closes June 9, 2013.

Audition appointments are five minutes long. Please prepare two contrasting contemporary pieces to total five minutes or less. OR, as RUINED has three songs, Actress/Singers interested in the role of SOPHIE prepare 1 contemporary Piece and 16 bars of a ballad. Accompanist and CD player will be provided. Please bring a picture and resume. Performers of all ethnic and racial backgrounds are encouraged to attend. Always bring your Equity Membership Card to auditions.

AEA Members audition time(s)
by APPOINTMENT
10 AM — 6 PM
Lunch from 12:30 – 1:30
For appointment, call 205-951-3029 beginning Monday, November 26. Equity Members without appointments will be seen throughout the audition day, as time permits. Stage Managers please submit resumes to CITY EQUITY THEATRE, 5350 Cornell Drive, Birmingham, AL 35210. A monitor will not be provided. The producers (Artistic Directors Jonathan Fuller & Alan Gardner) will run all aspects of this audition.

RUINED, directed by Cheryl Hall & Jonathan Fuller. City Equity Theatre will be hiring actors who live locally. All roles in RUINED will be cast with actors of African descent, and will require a Congolese accent.

THE FOLLOWING ROLES WILL BE AMONG THE ROLES CAST WITH EQUITY ACTORS:

  • MAMMA NADI – A madam, a businesswoman, attractive, early 40’s.
  • JOSEPHINE – One of Mamma’s stable of prostitutes, early twenties, sexy. Actor who moves well.
  • SOPHIE – One of Madam’s , stable of prostitutes. Eighteen. ” a luminous beauty with an air of defiance. Singing required.
  • SALIMA – One of Mama’s, stable of prostitutes. Nineteen. “A sturdy peasant woman whose face portrays an air of defiance.”
  • CHRISTIAN – Early 40’s. A Perpetually cheerful travelling salesman. Recovering alcoholic.
  • COMMANDER OSEMBENGA – A pompous peacock of the Democratic Republic of the Congo Government army. 30’s – 50’s.
  • JEROME KISEMBE – Rebel Leader. Late 20’s – early 40’s.

OTHER ROLES:

  • MR. HARARI – A Lebanese diamond merchant. Early 40’s
  • FORTUNE – A Government Soldier, Salima’s husband.
  • SIMON – A Government Soldier, Fortune’s cousin
  • LAURENT – A Government Soldier, Osembenga’s assistant
  • Plus some extra roles with possible doubling- Rebel Soldiers, Government Soldiers, Aid Worker, Prostitutes

AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY, directed by Jonathan Fuller. City Equity Theatre will be hiring actors who live locally.

THE FOLLOWING ROLES WILL BE AMONG THE ROLES CAST WITH EQUITY ACTORS:

  • VIOLET WESTON – Acerbic Matriarch of the Weston clan. Cancer sufferer and prescription drug addict. 60’s.
  • BARBARA FORDHAM – Violet’s Daughter. Late 30’s – 40’s
  • BILL FORDHAM – Her estranged husband having an affair with one of his college students. 40’s
  • IVY WESTON – Middle weston daughter. Long suffering, librarian, care-taking daughter of Violet. 30’s – 40’s.
  • KAREN WESTON – Youngest Weston daughter. 30 – 40.
  • MATTIE FAE AIKEN – Violet’s sister. 50’s.
  • CHARLIE AIKEN – Mattie Fae’s husband. 50’s
  • STEVE HEIDEBRECHT – Karen’s fiancé – 30’s to 40’s.

OTHER ROLES:

  • BEVERLY WESTON – Violet’s college professor husband. 60’s. One scene.
  • JEAN FORDHAM – Barbara and Bill’s 14 year old daughter. Pot smoking jail-bait.
  • LITTLE CHARLES AIKEN – Charlie and Mattie Fae’s son 30’s. Low self esteem due to Mattie Fae’s negative influence on him.
  • JOHNNA MONTEVATA – 26 year-old housekeeper. Of Cheyenne descent.
  • SHERIFF DEON GILBEAU – Barbara’s old beau from high school 30’s – 40’s.

All roles are open in both shows. The precise distribution of Equity contracts will be dependent on casting. Non-Equity roles are unpaid, with the option of accruing Equity Membership Candidacy (EMC) points towards AEA membership. Callbacks will be held the evenings of Tuesday and Thursday, December 11 and 13.

News

City Equity Theatre Board Grows to 18

City Equity Theatre welcomes 11 new members to its Board of Directors:

  • Karin Mimi Callahan – Actor and Realtor
  • Kristen Carpenter – CPA
  • Mary Gurney – Designer, Professor of Theatre, Samford University
  • Ed Gurney – Designer and Film Production Coordinator
  • Cheryl Hall – Director-Playwright, Professor of Theatre, University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • Melanie Jeffcoat – Actor, Filmmaker, member Actors Equity Association
  • Tammy Killian – Actor-Director, Professor of Theatre, University of Montevallo, member Actors Equity Association
  • Sylvester Little, Jr. – Actor and Equity Member Candidate
  • Kaitlin McCulley – Reporter for CBS 42
  • Julie Steward – Actor and Professor of English, Samford University
  • Dr. Alan Yeilding – Oncologist

The new members join Board President Jonathan Fuller, Vice-President Patrick Johnson, Secretary Herb Patterson, Treasurer Kristen Carpenter, Immediate Past President Alan Gardner and charter board members Mae Robertson and Bert Brosowsky.

Professor Alan Litsey and local businessman Jason McLaughlin ended their three-year terms on the board.

Founded in 2006, City Equity Theatre is committed to being the flagship professional regional theatre company of the Birmingham Metropolitan area. CET strives to enlighten, challenge, educate, and entertain by bringing cutting-edge, high-quality productions of dramatic world literature and theatre arts to the public while providing an opportunity for theatre professionals and students to develop their artistic skills to the utmost degree. The next performance, a co-production in partnership with Aldridge Repertory Theatre, will be the 2009 Pulitzer Prize-winning play drama Ruined, by Lynn Nottage, in the Martha Moore Sykes Studio at the Virginia Samford Theatre on February 28, 2012 through March 17, 2012.