Audition for Freeing Assata with Exposed Brick Theatre

Rate of Pay: 
$800.00 $1000.00

Exposed Brick Theatre Auditions for Freeing Assata by Sterling Miller

Exposed Brick Theatre is seeking Black actors for the world premiere of Sterling Miller’s Freeing Assata, directed by Simone Williams.  

Freeing Assata is a short play commissioned by Exposed Brick in 2020 as part of its “Through Our Eyes” project.  The show will be performed in a shared evening with the play A Love Story in 8 Scenes.

Freeing Assata explores the incarnation and liberation of the revolutionary political activist, Assata Shakur.  Shakur, after being wrongfully incarcerated and subject to harsh/unconstitutional conditions as a political prisoner, escapes prison with the assistance of her ancestors.  Freeing Assata is written to honor our black political and ethereal (s)heros who often manifest as one.  

Audition Information:

  • Auditions will be held on Thursday, June 23 from 4:00 - 6:00
  • Auditions will be held over zoom.
  • When you sign up to audition, we’ll send a copy of a monologue and scene to read
  • Auditions will consist of reading the monologue and scene(s) that we sent
  • Headshots and resumes are great, but not required
  • To reserve a time for the audition, please email suzy.messerole@gmail.com
  • If you are unable to make the above date, please email suzy.messerole@gmail.com and we can figure out an alternate date and/or a video submission

Commitment:

  • Pay - $800 - $1,000 stipend
  • Rehearsals begin on 8/8/22.  There are two rehearsals the first week (8/8* and 8/9*) and then weekly evening rehearsals begin on the week of 8/15
  • *If you are in a Fringe show and these two dates don’t work, please still audition.  We can work around it.
  • Shows are September 9 - September 17
  • Rehearsals are at Center for Performing Arts; and Performances are at Open Eye Theater.  Both are in Minneapolis.
  • The range in pay exists because actors cast in Freeing Assata will also be asked to support the other short play on the same evening, A Love Story in 8 Scenes.  All actors will have the opportunity to support  A Love Story either through voice-overs for that piece or understudying one of the roles in that piece and receive the full amount.  Please reach out to Suzy Messerole at suzy.messerole@gmail.com with questions about this.

Characters:

  • Assata Shakur: Black, 30s- Revolutionary, Activist.  Pregnant and in prison at the time of the play.  A fighter, but worn down.  
  • Chorus - (2-3 actors) - Black, ancestral beings.  Movers, healers.  Have been working together in this struggle for a long time, but filled with hope.  

Contact information

Exposed Brick Theatre
Suzy Messerole
612-720-4852
Email/contact
Web site

Respond by
Thursday, June 23
Posted June 15