A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare
Auditions are being held for a developmental workshop of A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare to be produced by The Apothetae in association with Performance Lab 115 and Becky Leifman and to be directed by Kim Weild.
We are seeking actors with developmental disabilities ages 18-99.
This will be an exploratory, developmental workshop in two phases:
July 11th - August 1st with rehearsals meeting two (2) times a week in the evenings.
August 4th - 12th with rehearsals six (6) days a week in the evening with the exception of Saturday, August 9th this will meet in the afternoon.
August 13th – 14th will culminate in evening showings for an invited audience with a talk back following each presentation.
Rehearsals will be in Manhattan.
AUDITION DATE: June 21st, 12pm – 5pm
AUDITION LOCATION: Art/NY 520 8th Avenue, 3rd Floor b/t 36th and 37th Street
ROLES AVAILABLE: All the Rude Mechanicals (except for Peter Quince), Snug the joiner, Nick Bottom, Francis Flute, Tom Snout and Robin Starveling
SIGN UP: Please send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
FOR THE AUDITION
Please come prepared with:
One short monologue no longer than one minute. This can be any text that you like to perform and to which you feel connected.
Two jokes (if you don’t know any jokes that is ok).
A short song that you will sing A capella.
Your Happy Dance (and if you need special music please bring that as well).
We will ask you to read some Shakespeare- these sides will be provided after signing up for the audition. If any actor has any special requirements in order to read or prepare sides, please let us know and we will gladly accommodate them.
Central to the plot of A Midsummer Night’s Dream are three separate worlds; the Athenians, The Fairies and the Rude Mechanicals. Delicious mayhem occurs when these worlds collide. The creative team has chosen to explore the play and its themes through unique casting choices that include able-bodied, physically disabled and developmentally disabled actors.
All actors involved will receive a stipend.
PLEASE NOTE: This is an AUDITION not everyone who attends will be cast and involved in the rehearsal process.
The Apothetae is a company dedicated to the production of full-length plays that illuminate and explore the "Disabled Experience." To do this we will focus on newly commissioned works by both established and up and coming playwrights and plays that already exist in the theatrical canon featuring characters with disabilities or dealing with disabled themes: Oedipus, Richard III, The Elephant Man, etc. By making visible the human impact of disabled people throughout history, we believe empathy can be practiced, perceptions changed, and new communities forged through the collaborative and transformative power of the artistic process.
Only through honest interaction and collaboration, can habitual perceptions be altered and new ways of being and seeing one another achieved.
We live in an age of global networks; we should be creating locally but sharing on a bigger scale. By doing so our art becomes a vehicle for social change by challenging perceived perceptions of our cultural landscape, and by more accurately reflecting our day-to-day reality on the stage; one where people with disabilities not only participate but also thrive.
About the Director
Drama Desk nominated director Kim Weild is known for her inventive, radical and inclusive theatrical explorations that weave together complex matrices of movement, sound, images and languages to develop new forms for the theatre. She specializes in new plays, re-imagined classics, musicals and devised work that range from intimate chamber pieces to grand spectacle. Her work is ensemble based, deeply collaborative and grounded in narrative.
She works in a variety of mediums and venues all over the world, including nationally renowned theaters such as Lincoln Center Theater, New York Theater Workshop, Primary Stages, The Mark Taper Forum, and Williamstown Theater Festival. Her production of Uncle Vanya was an official selection at the Prague Quadrennial.
She regularly collaborates with playwright Charles L. Mee Jr., has taught acting at The National Theater Workshop of the Handicapped and is currently on faculty at The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s National Theater Institute and Primary Stages’ Einhorn School of Performing Arts.
Kim has been awarded directing fellowships and residencies with The Park Avenue Armory, The Kennedy Center, The Schubert Organization, Williamstown Theater Festival SDCF, IRT, and the Obie-winning New Georges theater company where she is an Affiliated Artist. She is a Women's Project alumna and an Associate Artist with The Adaptations Project.
She is fluent in ASL. For more information go to: www.kimweild.com
Performance Lab 115
Performance Lab 115 is an actor-driven experimental theater company dedicated to creating works that explore the depth and fragility of human connection. We are an ensemble and approach all of our projects as a collaborative team, each with an equal voice in the process and an equal stake in the product. The projects we choose are grounded in classical text and fueled by classical theatrical techniques including clown and DADA, as well as traditions rooted in realism. These classical influences are then juxtaposed with layered sound, video projections and movement. Through this experimentation we strive to challenge our audience on an intellectual, spiritual and visceral level.
Becky Liefman, Producer
Becky Leifman has ample experience in creating, developing and sustaining non-profit theater companies. She first co-founded Two Lights Theatre Company in 2007 in Chicago and then co-founded CO/LAB Theater Group in 2011 where she is now the Executive Director. Becky also has experience in development, fundraising and events by working with The Acting Company, America’s foremost classical touring repertory theater, the First Ladies’ Project, an all women sketch show based on the First Ladies, and The Deconstructive Theater Project, a dramatic multimedia theater company. Becky has produced multiple theater projects, including the US Premiere of Ross Mueller’s Construction of the Human Heart at The Access Theater, the NY premiere of Three Sisters (a new adaptation by Sarah Ruhl) at Gowanus Arts and Production and a new Off-Broadway musical, Peter & I, which was part of The Araca Project’s inaugural season. She recently developed and performed Becky Leifman: Screaming On Pitch co-created and directed by Brendan Naylor and music director Jonathan Brenner. BFA: Syracuse University.
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