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Meet the Cast of Ruined: Co-Director – Cheryl Hall

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Meet the Cast of Ruined: Co-Director – Cheryl Hall

Cheryl’s play Blood Thinner appeared in Series G of the Strawberry One Act Festival in 2008. Her most recent play, The Dowager Daughters of Transcendence, was produced at eta Creative Arts Foundation in Chicago, Illinois, and was nominated as Best Play by the Black Theatre Alliance Awards. For four seasons Cheryl was the voice of Fadelia Walker on Bodylove and director of Staying Well in Camberwell, both radio dramas produced by Media For Health. A winner of the prestigious Lois S. Gerren Award for Excellence in Scenic Design (for The African Company Presents ‘Richard III’), she received her MFA in Scenic Design from the University of Arizona. Previous directing credits include Home, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, and (also written by Lynne Nottage). Cheryl teaches hundreds of students every semester at The University of Alabama at Birmingham.

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Auditions: Ruined, August: Osage County


  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
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

 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)
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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.