Auditions for BALLAST

Announcing auditions for 20% Theatre Company’s regional premiere of BALLAST by Georgette Kelly, directed by Claire Avitabile.

Auditions: By appointment in 30-minute slots: Tuesday, May 16 from 6-9pm or Saturday, May 20 from 10am-2pm.
Rehearsals: July 10-August 17 – weeknights (Monday through Thursday and some Fridays) Tech Week: August 21-24
Production Run: August 25-September 10, 2017
Rehearsal Venue: Private Uptown Space & Sabes JCC in St. Louis Park
Production Venue: Mixed Blood Theatre

The Play: What does it mean to love someone in a moment of great transition? Zoe dreams of flying—of escaping to new heights—while her wife, Grace, dreams of standing in a pulpit before a religious community that accepts her recent transition from male to female. 16-year-old Savannah dreams only of her first love, Xavier, who is coping with becoming a man. Meanwhile Xavier is haunted by the nightmares he sees staring back at him from the mirror. BALLAST tells the story of two relationships between transgender and cisgender partners, exploring not only the way gender influences our relationships, but also how gender seeps into our spirituality, our dreams, and even our ability to take flight.

Grace** – wants to get back in the pulpit, late 20s-mid 30s, transgender woman
Zoe – Grace’s wife, late 20s-mid 30s, wants to fly away
Xavier – 16, transmasculine/transgender FTM (actor can be 15-25)
Savannah – 16, female, Xavier’s girlfriend (actor can be 15-25)
Flight Instructor/Figment/Tilly: 30s, plays masculine and feminine roles (actor should be assigned male at birth)
Maureen/Little Boy/Woman: 50s/60s, Zoe’s mom, Grace’s childhood bully
Bishop/Ruth/Mrs. Grabowski: 40s/50s, Xavier’s mom, Grace’s boss’s boss

**The role of Grace is pre-cast. We are seeking to cast all other roles listed above.

20% Theatre strongly encourages transgender/non-binary artists, artists of color, and artists with disabilities to audition for any role.

Payment: The stipend for all 7 actors is $500, payable following the final performance & strike on September 10.

To schedule an audition, please email [email protected] with 1) preferred audition date/time and 2) role(s) you’re auditioning for. Please BRING headshot and resume with you to the audition – do not email them. Please dress comfortably and casually as yourselves - nothing fancy. Auditions will consist only of cold readings from the script.

20% Theatre Company is committed to supporting and vigorously promoting the work of female and transgender theatre artists, and celebrating the unique contribution of these artists to social justice and human rights.

Contact information

20% Theatre Company
Claire Avitabile
Web site

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