Fire Exit Theatre is holding auditions for the world premiere performance of
“Here Breaks the Heart: The Loves of Christina Rossetti”
By Diane Tucker
Directed by Mark Lewandowski
Christina Rossetti lives in a time and place where being a passionate, ambitious poet and a devout Victorian gentlewoman are considered mutually exclusive. We see the young Christina struggle as she observes the creative freedom her bohemian brother enjoys and the peace and certainty that Christian faith gives her pious sister. Christina wants both what her society expects of her and what her unruly heart demands. She prays that somehow one need not preclude the other, for both grow and flower together already, inside her own soul.
But can she live the life she desires? Can she do it without too great a cost?
Audition Date: Sunday September 8th between 2:00-5:00 pm
Audition Location: Rocky Mountain College – 4039 Brentwood Rd. NW, Calgary (near Brentwood C-Train Stop)
Please Prepare: One monologue (comedic or dramatic) of no more than 2 mins. You may be asked to cold read.
Book an Audition Time: Val Lieske – firstname.lastname@example.org
Maria Rossetti, age 23-41: Christina’s elder sister; brilliantly intelligent, deeply religious, morally austere.
Dante Gabriel Rossetti, age 19-27: Christina’s elder brother, a passionate, mercurial and driven painter and poet, founding member of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood.
Charles Cayley, age 43: Christina’s suitor, a reserved and cerebral man with a dry sense of humour, a scholar and an accomplished translator of Dante. Is a long-time friend of the Rossetti family. Will have physically intimate scenes with Christina.
James Collinson, age 23: Christina’s first suitor, a Pre-Raphaelite painter. Extremely shy and awkward, he speaks hesitantly and haltingly, though less so when alone with Christina. Will have physically intimate scenes with Christina.
Rehearsals: Rehearsals will run September to November Sundays daytime/evenings and Mondays evenings, possibility with an additional evening.
Show Dates: November 6th – 10th, 2013 at the Engineered Air Theatre, Epcor Centre for Performing Arts
Tech Rehearsals: November 2nd – 5th
Fire Exit Theatre is in its 12th season of creating a unique brand of theatre in Calgary. We exist to provoke dialogue on stage and off around the questions of faith: what we believe, what we don’t believe, and why. We believe theatre should not simply entertain, but change, artists and patrons alike.