The Jungle Theater in Minneapolis is auditioning for the role of INSTRUCTOR in Redwood by Brittany K. Allen, directed by H. Adam Harris.
Rehearsals begin: Jan 18, 2022 (full time, 5-6 days/week)
Opens: Feb 5, 2022 (6 performances/week)
Closes: Mar 13, 2022
Auditions for this paid position are open to Actors' Equity members and non-union actors. (The Jungle is an Equity SPT-8.)
Twin Cities-based actors are encouraged to audition.
Callback is TBD.
All cast members are required to be fully vaccinated by the beginning of rehearsal.
Our Safe Workplace and COVID policies are available at jungletheater.org.
Equity’s contracts, and Jungle Theater policy, prohibit discrimination. Equity is committed to diversity and encourages all its employers to engage in a policy of equal employment opportunity designed to promote a positive model of inclusion. Equity encourages performers of all ethnicities, gender identities, and ages, as well as performers with disabilities, to audition.
ABOUT THE PLAY:
Redwood by Brittany K. Allen concerns an interracial couple (Meg, a middle school teacher, and Drew, a physicist) who are thrown into crisis when Meg’s recently-retired Uncle Stevie makes a project of charting the family tree, via Ancestry.com. When Stevie discovers that his would-be nephew-in-law is heir apparent to the family that owned his (and subsequently, Meg’s) relatives in antebellum Kentucky, a time and space-bending dramedy of manners gone very far South ensues. Long-dead ancestors appear, to comment on their light-skinned progeny. Meg speechifies on the nature of forgetting before the State Senate, and a hip-hop dance class chorus guides the action. The play is interested in the ways love can and cannot transcend both modern social barriers and historical power structures. Meg and Drew must learn if we can we ever truly forgive, champion or fully understand those beloved who are fundamentally ‘other.’
INSTRUCTOR: Black, Male, masculine-identifying or comfortable playing he/him characters, mid-20s to 50s. Hip-hop dance background is a plus, there will be choreography to learn. Motivational task-master with charm and mystery. Also appears as an ancestor.
The remaining roles in REDWOOD are already cast.
MEG WILSON: Black woman, twenty-sixish. A middle-school English teacher with a flair for the dramatic. Partner to Drew.
DREW TATUM: White male, thirty-threeish. A Ph.D. candidate in Quantum Mechanics, a bleeding heart. Partner to Meg.
STEVIE (STEVE) DURBIN: Black man, fifty-one. Meg’s uncle. Exuberant and always right.
MOM (BEVERLY DURBIN WILSON): Black woman, fifty-one. Her goofiness is armor.
A CHORUS OF HIP HOP DANCE CLASS STUDENTS, INCLUDING:
HARRIET: Asian-American woman, fortyish. Appears as a gym denizen, Meg’s best friend, Drew’s step-mother, and an ancestor.
TATUM: White man, thirtyish. Appears as a gym denizen, Drew’s father, and an ancestor.
ALAMEDA: Black woman, thirtyish. Apppears as a gym denizen, Drew’s best friend, and an anestor.
HOW TO AUDITION:
Download and prepare the Instructor Side.
Email the following materials to John Novak at email@example.com
• a video file, or a link to a downloadable file, with your recording of the Instructor Side
• your headshot & resume
Your materials will be viewed by Redwood director H. Adam Harris and Jungle Artistic Director Christina Baldwin.
The last day for submissions is Sep. 22, 2021.
Please email with any questions, or to request assistance.