AUDITIONS

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The 5 & Dime announces an OPEN CASTING CALL for its upcoming production of…

 

THE ROYALE

Written by Marco Ramirez

Directed by Rhodie Jackson

IN-PERSON AUDITIONS: Sunday, July 17, 2022 

• Registration: 12:00p - 12:30p

• Audition: 12:30p - 4:00p

 

WHERE: The Florida Ballet (10131 Atlantic Blvd., Jax, FL 32225)

 

PRODUCTION DATES: 

September 16, 17, 18, 19*, 23, 24, 25
Friday & Saturday at 8pm
Sunday at 2pm
* There will be a special Pay What You Please performance on Monday, September 19th at 8pm. *

PRODUCTION LOCATION: The Florida Ballet (10131 Atlantic Blvd., Jax, FL 32225)

REHEARSAL LOCATION: Cowford Realty & Design (3561 Park St., Jax, FL 32205)

ABOUT THE PLAY: 

Through the sights and sounds of the early 20th century boxing circuit, The Royale examines society’s relationship with our present-day cultural heroes and the responsibilities  thrust upon them when they find themselves outside of the ring. Loosely based on real events, The Royale brings to explosive life the ultimate fight for a place in history. As Jim Crow laws segregate the nation, one man fights for equality inside the ropes to earn the title “Champion.”

AVAILABLE ROLES:

 

• JAY “THE SPORT” JACKSON – Male Identifying, late 20s - early 30s, Black. In public, he is a gladiator with endless amounts of showboat swagger. In the press room, he is witty whilst suppressing both facts and his anger. In private, however, he lets down his guard to reveal his emotional vulnerabilities.

• WYNTON – Male Identifying, 50s, Black. Wynton has been Jay’s trainer for 9 years. Their bond goes beyond a father-son relationship; they share a mutual connection and a mutual wound. A fixer and a former Royale fighter himself, he carries deep ambitions for Jay. 

• NINA – Female Identifying, 30s, Black. Jay’s older sister. She is stern, graceful, and well dressed. She loves her brother but is not blind to his faults. She worries over her two sons and does all she can to protect them. She advises, confronts and motivates her brother. She carries an internal wound of early efforts to imitate whiteness, a wound that also impacts her brother.

• FISH - Male Identifying, late teens - early 20s, Black. Fish is a skilled amateur boxer. He is a tall, spirited, proud, cautious, and cynical young man from Mississippi who becomes Jay’s sparring partner. He also takes care of his grandfather. 

• MAX – Male Identifying, late 30s - 40s, White. Max is a fight promoter and a referee with questionable morality. He takes pride in his work but feels the weight of the historic challenge, a weight he struggles to carry. He also plays all the reporters in the interview as well as the ring announcer.

PREPARATIONS:

​• Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. 
• Please bring a headshot and resume. (A selfie is always okay in lieu of a professional headshot!)
• ​​Please bring ALL known conflicts from JULY 18 - SEPTEMBER 25. The rehearsal schedule will be based on conflicts submitted by cast members.

COVID-19:

 

• The 5 & Dime requires that all cast and crew are fully vaccinated. 

• Masks are requested throughout the audition. Performers may unmask for their cold reading. We ask that performers remain masked while they are rehearsing their cold readings. The staff and volunteers of The 5 & Dime will remain masked the entire time they are in the building.

• COVID-19 Safety Protocols for the rehearsal and performance process will be provided ahead of the first day of rehearsal.

 

REHEARSAL INFORMATION:

​• Rehearsals will occur primarily on select weeknights, with a small amount of weekend rehearsals if needed. 
• Full cast availability is expected in the two weeks prior to performances. 
• For the 2022 Season, we are pleased to rehearse at Cowford Realty & Design in Riverside. Since this is not our own location, there is always a possibility that the space is unavailable and a few rehearsals will take place in other locations. In this rare case, the production team is committed to providing ample notice of where rehearsal locations will be, but we appreciate your flexibility! 

A NOTE FROM THE DIRECTOR:

 

On the surface, The Royale is a play about boxing. Based on the life of Jack Johnson, who at the height of the Jim Crow era, became the first Black World Heavyweight Boxing Champion. But, when you dig a little deeper, you find that this play, at its core, makes you ask the most complex questions about race, what it means to fight, to win, to lose not only as an individual but also how it relates to society. I'm looking for a cast that is willing to ask the hard questions, to lean into the meanings and bring these characters to life.

QUESTIONS?

 

Contact Managing Artistic Director Bradley Akers at bradley@the5anddime.org. To peruse a copy of the script, please email casting@the5anddime.org.