Auditions original script--"Ripeness is All"

Red Curtain Foundation for the Arts

About the project and the company

Ripeness is All is the second show in Red Curtain’s 2023-24 Season, with performances Oct 20-Nov 5, 2023. This world premier script, by playwright Ren Powell, is an all-female adaptation of King Lear, one of Shakespeare’s most problematic tragedies, and offers an opportunity to examine the rich subplots Shakespeare has written in a new, and hopefully, illuminating, light. Lear’s folly is merely the context for us to explore the themes of “patriarchy”, power, identity, rumor, and the tension between family loyalty and being true to oneself.

Auditions will consist of three parts:

1. A movement workshop on Sunday, August 13

2. A standard audition with monologue on August 15 or 16

3. Callbacks (if needed) Thursday August 17

Auditions will be held at the Red Curtain Arts Center at 9315 State Ave #J in Marysville. This is a community theatre production, and does not pay.

While some characters speak more than others, it will be in all ways an ENSEMBLE
production, and movement will figure largely in the staging, with scene changes incorporated
into the story-telling, and a chorus composed of understudies for every role. KJ Melson, the director, seeks collaborative actors who can work creatively without ego. An exuberant theatricality, an open
willingness to explore female sexuality and identity AND strong facility with this beautiful
language are more important than experience. Unless specified in the character descriptions
below, there are no specialist skills required, although singing/ instrumental skills are always a
bonus, as we intend to create the musical score almost entirely by the cast.

Note that this is an all-female production and all roles are available. Red Curtain promotes diversity in casting for all of our shows. Ages listed are for characters, not for the actors playing the roles. Some roles will require sexual intimacy and/or partial nudity (see character descriptions).

Location of Audition

Auditions will be held at the Red Curtain Arts Center in Marysville, WA 9315 State Ave #J We are located in the same shopping center as Goodwill, with our entrance around back, behind the beauty school.

Audition requirements

Actors should prepare a memorized dramatic monologue, sonnet or poem from around the Elizabethan era, no longer than 2 minutes in length. Please also be prepared to demonstrate musical skills by playing an instrument or singing. To reserve your audition, you will need to select an audition slot on August 15 or 16 for your monologue performance AND sign up for a time slot on August 13 for a brief movement workshop. Actors must attend both parts of the audition process. Actors should submit a head shot and resume to office@redcurtainfoundation.org and/or bring a copy with them to the audition. For the movement workshop, please wear loose comfortable clothing, flexible training shoes, and bring a bottle of water and an open mind.

Character breakdown / Project needs
Lier
A Mature woman, 50-70, powerful stature and demeanor, she is a QUEEN. Capable of mercurial shifts of mood and temper, big voice and facility with language is key.
Avery
Lier's eldest daughter, 30-40, an echo of her mother in stature and confidence. Physical intimacy and stage fighting are required for this role.
Bellamy
Avery's husband, 35-55, after a lifetime of mild-mannered service to his Lady he musters up the gumption to do the right thing when it really matters. Physical intimacy and stage fighting are required for this role. Female to play male.
Craven
Avery and Bellamy's “servant”, willing to do almost any service to further his own ambitions, he is both obsequious and quietly cunning. Physical intimacy is required for this role. Female to play male.
Rowan
Lier's middle daughter, 25-35, she shares a presumption of privilege with her sister, Avery, but is more spoiled and self-indulgent. Physical intimacy is required for this role.
Lowen
Lier's youngest and favorite child, 18-20, she resents being married off as a token in a diplomatic trade-off and cannot play her mother's vanity game, which sets the scene for our tragic tale. This is primarily a movement role, and will double as a member of Rumor's chorus. Physical intimacy is required for this role. Ballet training a plus.
Fallon
Our Hero, 18-20, Marlow's heir apparent, and a victim of her sister's ambitious betrayal, her journey is the story we are here to tell. Physical intimacy, partial nudity, and stage fighting are required for this role. Must sing well; ability to play a lute, guitar, ukulele helpful, but not more important than facility with the language.
Jamie
Our Villain, 20-25, Marlow's illegitimate daughter, she sets the wheels in motion to turn her mother and sister against one another to further her own ambition. Physical intimacy and stage fighting are required for this role.
Marlow
A mature noblewoman, 40-50, a socially conscious member of Lier's Court, and good friend to Lier's trusted companion, Pim. Mother of Fallon and Jamie, her gullibility make her an easy mark for her ill-favored child's murderous plot.
Pim
Lier's long-time friend and wise chief confidante, 40-60, when Lier banishes her she continues to serve her Queen disguised as the Fool.
France
A Noble Monarch of France, 20-25, she falls immediately in love with Lowen the moment she sets eyes upon her. This is primarily a movement role, and will double as a member of Rumor's chorus. Physical intimacy is required for this role. Ballet training a plus.
Sheridan
A Noble Monarch of Britain, 25-35, he was promised an ample dowry for Lowen's hand and refuses to accept her when her price falls in Lier's esteem. This is primarily a movement role, and will double as a member of Rumor's chorus, therefore, ballet training is a plus. Female to play male.
Rumor
A Fantasy character invented by our playwright, 35-70, she is also the friend, advisor, and astrologer to Marlow, as well as the catalyst of each characters' pursuit of their own ambitions. She must move well and be very clever with her vocal interpretation of the text. She leads a movement chorus and underlines much of the physical dramaturgy of the play, therefore, dance training is a plus.
Additional information
Preferred method of submission

URL

Audition/Interview dates

August 13, 15/16, 2023

Pay type

None

Audition location

Marysville WA

Pay type

N/A N/A

Callbacks or second audition/interview?

Callbacks, if needed, will be August 17, 2023

Submission instructions

Register online at: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A054BA4AD2FABFA7-ripeness

Union Requirements

Non-Union

Equity Contract

Non-Union