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Audition (Calgary): The Lonely Soldier Monologues- The Artists’ Collective Theatre

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Audition (Calgary): The Lonely Soldier Monologues- The Artists’ Collective Theatre

Artists’ Collective Theatre

is looking for 6 female actors and one male for their production of The Lonely Soldier Monologues, a nonfiction play by Helen Benedict, to be directed by Eric Pettifor. It is an account of the experiences of female veterans of the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan. Content is adult in nature, dealing as it does with war, sexual harassment, and rape.

Roles are as follows:

ANNA Peterford, age 24 (PART ON OFFER)
Army Specialist, served Iraq 2003 – 2004
Wisconsin (white, middle class, small town)
Daycare teacher prior to deployment

CLARA Henderson, age 19
Army Specialist, served Iraq 2005 – 2006
Montana (small town)
religious background/vocation

MARIA Sanchez, age 21
Army Specialist, served Iraq 2005 – 2006
California (Mexican-American)

MIRIAM Ruffalo, age 27
Air Force Sergeant, served Afghanistan 2006
Southern US, slight accent, attractive (“Air Force Barbie”)
3rd generation Air Force, photographer/public affairs specialist

Army Sergeant First Class, served Iraq 2004 (but 22 yrs service total)
Native-American, strong identification with her culture

SYLVIA Gonzalez, age 20
Army Specialist, served Iraq 2003 – 2004
Wisconsin (small town, Latina)

TERRIS Dewalt-Johnson, age 37
Army Sergeant, served Iraq 2005 – 2006
Washington, DC (African-American) (grew up in DC in tough neighbourhood, army was ticket out, lives now in Georgia)

MAN — would prefer an actor who could play wide age range, since he plays many small parts as well as being a part of the overall ensemble. All actors are onstage throughout most of the play.

Where ethnicity is mentioned we would prefer to cast as the playwright instructs, but if strong actors of that ethnicity do not audition, we may cast otherwise and have the actor play that ethnicity or ignore the character’s ethnicity altogether, especially for characters where ethnicity is incidental.

AUDITION DATES/TIMES: Wednesday July 25, Thursday July 26th, 7 – 10 pm (10 minutes slots)

Please prepare a dramatic piece no longer than 3 minutes, and be prepared to cold read.

REHEARSALS: Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sunday. Two rehearsals in August, then going full bore starting in September. Actors will be expected to be off book for September.
RUN: October 14th to the 27th.
PAY: Profit sharing (if any)
Equity members welcome to audition.
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