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The Ohio State Department of Theatre Spring 2021 Auditions

 

Projects: Collective Rage: A Play in Five Betties; Too Heavy for Your Pocket; The Big Loop. In addition to these Department of of Theatre projects, directors for Lab Series projects and film projects will participate in auditions.

DATES: Thursday, November 12
TIME: Starting promptly at 6:00 PM
LOCATION: Zoom or Recorded Video Submission

The Ohio State University Department of Theatre welcomes and encourages diverse casting opportunities for artists of any race, ethnicity, heritage, color, culture, country of origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, physical or cognitive ability, and body shape. You do not need to be a theatre major or minor to participate. All Ohio State students are welcome to audition.

Academic Credit Requirements

Cast members are required to register for THEATRE 4000.08 Practicum: Acting for 3 credits.

Contact Academic Program Coordinator Logan Kelly for course enrollment permission forms.

How to Audition Via Zoom

  • You will be able to sign up for an appointment starting Tuesday, November 3rd - 4:00pm, Thursday, November 4th.
  • After you have signed up for an appointment, you will receive an audition form (fillable PDF) via email. You must complete and return the form prior to your audition date.
  • After signing up for your appointment, you will receive a confirmation email message with a Zoom link. Follow this link at least two minutes before your designated audition time. When you initially join the video conference, you will be placed in the Waiting Room until the directors are ready to let you into the Audition Room. Please use your time in the Waiting Room to ensure that your audio and video are working. Be sure that your camera captures at least 3/4 of your full body (top of head to at least your knees).
  • If you have a headshot (JPG or PNG) and resume (PDF), email them to Sherée Greco at least 24 hours before your scheduled audition time.
  • See our FAQ For Auditions Via Zoom or Video Submission for additional guidance.

How to Audition Via Video Submission

  • If you are unable to attend a live virtual Zoom audition, you may submit a recorded video audition through Thursday, November 12th at 4:00pm.
  • Limit your video submission to 3 minutes maximum. This time limit includes your slate (your name, name of play and character of piece you will be performing).
  • Upload your video audition to YouTube, Vimeo, or similar video sharing site and provide a link for viewing. Please do not share via WeTransfer, Google Drive, Dropbox, iCloud, or other file-sharing platform.
  • Send your video link directly to Sherée Greco along with your headshot (JPG or PNG) and resume (PDF) if you have them.
  • See our FAQ For Auditions Via Zoom or Video Submission for additional guidance.

Audition Requirements

To be considered for all shows, prepare 1 monologue (memorized from a play or a film) no more than 3 minutes in length.

Callback Notices

  • Callback notices will be announced by noon, Friday, November 12th. They will be emailed directly to all who auditioned. It is the student's responsibility to check for the callback notices.
  • Callbacks will occur via Zoom on Saturday, November 14th and Sunday, November 15th. Specific times are TBD at this time. Call back information will be sent to you prior

Final Cast List

The final cast list will be emailed on Monday, November 16th to everyone who was called back.


Project Information

 

Too Heavy for Your Pocket
By Jiréh Breon Holder
Directed by Mandy Fox

This project will be directed, rehearsed, and performed over Zoom. There will be no in-person meetings.

Rehearsals begin as early as January 11. Rehearsals take place Monday - Friday 6:30-10:30pm and either on Saturdays or Sundays each week for up to 5 hours.

Performance dates: February 16 - 20. At this time, there is one live performance over Zoom at 7:30pm on February 16th and 4 additional broadcasts at 7:30pm, February 17 - 20. Delivery mode is subject to change.

Synopsis: "In the summer of 1961, the Freedom Riders are embarkin on a courageous journey into the Deep South. When twenty-year-old Bowzie Brandon gives up a life-changing college scholarship to join the movement, he'll have to convince his loved ones--and himself--that shaping his country's future might be worth jeoparing his own." (Dramatists Play Service)

Character breakdown:

  • Bowzie Brandon: African-American man, 20's, charming, funny, headed to college on a scholarship, married to Evelyn
  • Evelyn Brandon (pronounced Eve-uh-lin): African-American woman, 20's, a singer, married to Bowzie
  • Tony Carter: African-American man, 20's, a hard man with a soft smile, married to Sally-Mae
  • Sally-Mae Carter: African-American woman, 20's, pregnant, recently graduated from beauty school, married to Tony

Collective Rage: A Play in Five Betties
By Jen Silverman
Directed by Beth Kattelman

This project will be directed, rehearsed, and performed over Zoom. There will be no in-person meetings.

Rehearsals begin as early as January 11. Rehearsals take place Monday - Friday 6:30-10:30pm and either on Saturdays or Sundays each week for up to 5 hours.

Performance dates: March 2 - 6. At this time, there is one live performance over Zoom at 7:30pm on March 2nd and 4 additional broadcasts at 7:30pm, March 3 - 6. Delivery mode is subject to change.

Synopsis: "Betty is rich; Betty is lonely; Betty's busy working on her truck; Betty wants to talk about love, but Betty needs to hit something. And Betty keeps using a small hand mirror to stare into parts of herself she's never examined. Five different women named Betty collide at the intersection of anger, sex, and the 'Thea-Tah'." (Concord Theatricals)

The Big Loop
An adaptation of the podcast by Paul Bae
Directed by Mandy Fox and Brad Steinmetz
Technical direction by Keya Myers-Alkire

To be directed, rehearsed, and performed as an audio drama. Some in-person meetings are required.

Rehearsals will be scheduled individualy with cast members and will likely take place in the evening and/or on weekends during the spring term. Rehearsals will take place online while recordings will take place in person following university and state safety guidelines.

Release dates: April TBD.

Synopsis: "The Big Loop is an anthology series by Paul Bae. As the co-creator and co-producer of the massively popular podcast serices, The Black Tapes, Paul wanted his next series to focus on more intimate stories while pushing the limits of the audio drama form. The Big Loop spans the genres of horror, science fiction, and dark comedy with self-contained, character-driven stories. Replete with mind-bending plot twists and unpredictable reveals, the series tagline, "Stories of finite beings in an infinite universe," serves to bring the focus on characters confronted with the familiar and fantastic exigencies of human experience." (the biglooppodcast)


After reading all of this information, you may send additional questions to Production Manager Sherée Greco.