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

 

LET ME DOWN EASY

Written by Anna Deveare Smith

Directed by Zach Rivera

Assistant Direction by Rachel Jones

IN-PERSON AUDITIONS: Saturday, January 21, 2023 

• Registration: 3:00p - 3:30p

• Audition: 3:30p - 5:00p

 

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

 

PRODUCTION DATES: 

March 17, 18, 19, 20*, 23, 24, 25
Friday & Saturday at 8pm
Sunday at 2pm
* There will be a special Pay What You Please performance on Monday, March 20th at 8pm. *

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

ABOUT THE PLAY: 

What relationships do people have with their bodies? What happens when a body breaks down? What kind of healthcare do people receive? What keeps people alive? How much control do people have over their health? How do people face the realities of disease and dying? What happens when people die? There are as many answers to these questions as there are people in the world. Anna Deavere Smith uses the exact words of 20 different people as they speak to these hard questions. Professional athletes, a New Orleans doctor during Hurricane Katrina, a former supermodel, the mother of a young woman with AIDS, a minister and others: each person has a different perspective, different experiences, different feelings. Combined, they create a portrait of human struggle and how the human spirit faces some of life’s most difficult questions and moments.

AVAILABLE ROLES:

 

Each performer will play four characters, each with a distinct character, background, history, etc. Each character has a monologue, some as short as half a page to some as long as four or five pages.
 
• PERFORMER 1 (F)
Sally Jenkins - Sports Columnist
Lauren Hutton - Supermodel
Susan Youens - Musicoligist at University of Notre Dame
Ann Richards - Former Governor of Texas
This performer’s characters are mature and have a sense of “not taking others’ bullshit” kind of attitude. All of these women are very sure of who they are in the world. They also have a keen sense of how they are perceived by others.
 
• PERFORMER 2 (F)
Hazel Merritt - Patient at Yale-New Haven Hospital
Ruth Katz - Associate Dean of Yale School of Medicine
Lorraine Coleman - Teacher,  Aunt of Anna Deveare Smith
Trudy Howell - Director of Chance Orphanage in South Africa
This performer’s characters have a fierce sense of right and wrong, along with a need to care. They’ve seen people they’ve cared for leave us and they keep on caring. While Hazel and Lorraine can be loud and crass, Ruth and Trudy have some of the most tender moments in the play. 
 
• PERFORMER 3 (ANY)
Elizabeth Streb - Choreographer
Eve Ensler - Playwright, Activist
Kiersta Kurtz-Burke - Physician at Charity Hospital
Matthieu Ricard - Buddhist Monk, Translator for Dalai Lama
This performer’s characters are beautifully passionate. Whether it be about their art, their ideological beliefs, or the people they are saving, they have a fire within them they don’t let anyone put out.
 
​• PERFORMER 4 (M)
James H. Cone - Author, Reverend
Michael Bentt - World Champion Heavyweight Boxer
Phil Pizzo - Dean of Stanford University School of Medicine
Peter Gomes - Reverend at Harvard University
This performer’s characters have a sensitive disposition. This doesn’t mean they can’t be passionate, inquisitive, or even confrontational. In fact, they’re all of these things. They all come from wildly different backgrounds but share these qualities.
 
PERFORMER 5 (M, White)
Lance Armstrong - Tour de France Victor
Brent Williams - Bull Rider
Eduardo Bruera - Palliative Care Physician
Joel Siegel - TV Critic
This performer’s characters are entirely their own. They have their similarities, but at the end of the day, we have a prideful cyclist, an out-of-this-world bull rider, an insightful physician, and a TV Critic with musings on cancer and sex. The actor playing these characters needs to be able to play a variety of characters.

PREPARATIONS:

​• Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. 
• Please bring a headshot and resume. (A selfie is okay in lieu of a professional headshot!)
• ​​Please bring ALL known conflicts from JANUARY 21 - MARCH 17. The rehearsal schedule will be based on conflicts submitted by cast members.

 

REHEARSAL INFORMATION:

​• Rehearsals will occur primarily on select weeknights, with a small number of weekend rehearsals if needed. 
• Full cast availability is expected in the two weeks prior to performances. 

QUESTIONS?

 

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

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