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Auditions (Edmonton): Civil Blood: A Treaty Story – Thou Art Here Theatre

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Auditions (Edmonton): Civil Blood: A Treaty Story – Thou Art Here Theatre

Thou Art Here Theatre is accepting applications from Edmonton and area based actors for our upcoming premiere production of Civil Blood: A Treaty Story by Josh Languedoc and Neil Bye-Kuefler in July-August, 2024

SYNOPSIS
Tensions are high. The fur trade is collapsing, settlers are encroaching into the territories of the First Nations, and the newly founded Canadian government is attempting to define itself through law and order. Tribes are suffering from scarcity of food, destroyed hunting grounds, starvation, and the ever-burdensome whiskey. Among tension and treaties, two star-crossed lovers, two young people: a Nehiyaw huntress and a French scholar discover a passion for one another. Through the mounting unrest that surrounds them, they seek their own bountiful unity. Civil Blood weaves the texts of ‘Romeo and Juliet’, Treaty #6, and Josh Languedoc’s own learnings of traditional stories into a reimagined contemporary tale. See the present truth by discovering our collective past.

CAST

  • Ekah – Daughter of the chief. Young, fiery and passionate.
  • Kahkakis – “Little raven.” Half-blood and half-son to Governor Sampson.
  • Waciy – “Mountain/hill,” grand chief of the Nêhiyaw village. Ekah’s Father
  • Astêkamâw – “It is still water,” the healer of the Nêhiyaw. Ekah’s Mother
  • Takah – A well-respected Nêhiyaw warrior. Ekah’s brother; a spirit.
  • Julian – Inheritor to Fort Edmonton. Young, calm, and pensive.
  • Pauline – Younger sibling to Julian. Ally to most.
  • Father Gabriel – Julian and Pauline’s Uncle and Guardian. Holy man of Fort Edmonton.
  • Governor Sampson – Father to Lily. Officer of the Hudson Bay Company.
  • Agatha Sampson – Wife to the Governor. Mother to Lily; a spirit.
  • Lily Sampson – The Governor’s daughter. Wise, calm, and passionate.

CONTRACT DATES
Rehearsals: July 2 – July 22, 2024
Performances: July 23 – August 4, 2024

COMPENSATION
Payment will be in accordance with D.O.T Equity minimum fees. Equity and non-equity performers are welcome to apply.

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS
Please prepare one contemporary monologue. Auditions will consist of prepared monologue, and cold readings of the play.
Only Edmonton and area based actors may apply.
Present at the auditions will be directors Neil Bye-Kuefler and Mark Vetsch. All auditions will take place at The Playhouse (10033 80 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB) on Thursday January 4 and Friday January 5, 2024 9:30am-5:00pm

SUBMISSIONS
To submit your interest, please submit your headshots and resume to thouartheretheatre@gmail.com with the subject line “Civil Blood Auditions.” Submission Deadline: December 22, 2023

Thou Art Here Theatre is committed to diverse, inclusive casting. We encourage submissions from artists who self-identify as members of under-represented communities. *Please note some roles are specifically for individuals comfortable playing Nêhiyaw We welcome submissions for these roles from First Nations, Metis, or Inuit artists.

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