Sunday, January 6, 2013

Anyone want to play Charles Ives on stage?

The following announcement showed up in my email this week:

Charles Ives Take Me Home – Equity Principal Auditions
Rattlestick Playwrights Theater
Category: Performer

Written by: Jessica Dickey
Directed by: Daniella Topol
Artistic Director: David Van Asselt
First Rehearsal: 4/29/13. RUNS: 5/29 – 6/13/13

When a father's love of music clashes with his daughter's passion for basketball, modernist composer Charles Ives is the perfect referee. Charles Ives Take Me Home is a comedic and poignant story of dissonance, defense, and devotion.

CHARLES IVES: The modernist composer. Well into the latest years of his life, but full of enthusiasm and mischief and humor and mental acumen. Deeply subversive and humanist.

COACH LAURA STARR: 30s. Slightly butch, geeky, high school basketball coach. Takes the game very seriously. Great dribbling skills. Tough and vulnerable.

JOHN STARR: 50s. A talented violinist. Strict, patriarchal, devoted to his music, a cold father. Resentful of sports.

Rattlestick Playwrights Theater

Audition Information
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
9:30 AM — 5:30 PM
Lunch from 1 - 2.
At the Actors' Equity Audition Center
165 West 46th Street, 2nd Floor
New York, NY
Notes/What to bring:
Please prepare a contemporary dramatic monologue under 2 minutes.
Bring picture and resume, stapled together.

I would love to play Ives, although I haven't acted in 20 years, and I would probably be a much better fit for the role of John Starr. I am also not a member of Actors' Equity. I also want to get in touch with Jessica Dickey, the playwright, about this project. I have only one request of her: Please make sure that whoever you cast gets the voice right. Charles Ives was a softspoken New Englander, not a crusty old coot. Joe

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