UPCOMING AUDITIONS: BLOOD SKY by Yasmine Beverly Rana / Directed by Terry Schreiber
NOTE: Auditions are only open to T. Schreiber Studio alumni or current students who have completed 3 months of classes (or the equivalent number of class sessions-12) before the date of the first rehearsal.
The play is published in a book of plays by Yasmine Beverly Rana called The War Zone Is My Bed and Other Plays. This book is available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and The Drama Bookshop. Since it is an expensive book, our playwright has authorized that we offer copies for checkout from the office.
Copies are available for 24-HOUR CHECKOUT in the TSS office.
***PLEASE NOTE: This is the rehearsal version we will be using, and all page numbers refer to this version only. Keep in mind when looking for your audition scenes-these are the pages being referenced.
Wed 12/4, Sat 12/7, Sun 12/ 8, Wed 12/11
Wed & Sat 12-6:00pm
Sun 12/8 1-6:00pm
Final Call Backs:
Saturday 12/14 12:00-6:00pm
*NO SOUTHERN ACCENTS
Please check the dates and verify your availability
Wed 1/8, Sat 1/11, Sun 1/12
Wed1/15, Sat 1/18, Sun 1/19
Wed 1/22, Sat, 1/25, Sun 1/26
Wed 1/29, Sat 2/1, Sun 2/2
Wed 2/5, Sat 2/8, Sun 2/9
Wed 2/12, Sat 2/15, Sun 2/16
Fri 2/21 7:00pm-11:00pm Tech- Full Cast
Sat 2/22 11:00am-11:00pm Tech- Full Cast
Sun 2/23 11:00am-11:00pm Tech/ Dress – Full Cast
Mon 2/24 DAY OFF
Either 11am – 6pm (two dress rehearsals)
One afternoon dress at 2pm & one at 7pm
Please verify that you are available for the entire day
12:00 Theater Clean Up Full Cast
2:00 Line Through
6:30 ½ Hour
8:00 1st Preview
6:30 ½ Hour
8:00 2nd Preview
66:30 ½ Hour
8:00 3rd Preview
2:00 4th Preview
7:00 1/2 Hour
8:00 Official Opening Night
1:30 1/2 Hour
Any Faulkner, Bastard out of Carolina by Dorothy Allison, God of Small Things by Arundatai Roy
Please read the play carefully. Like the Fallen it goes to dark places. The play is set in the Bayou Country of Louisiana, 1950’s and has a very surrealistic dream -like quality and Ambiance. For the character of Joley please study Edvard Munch painting of the silent scream and other German expressionism.
Joley (14) The ‘’ Super Ego’’
This is a lead role. I need someone who can play down. She is rebellious, angry, filled with Silences, she can’t speak, hides the most traumatic of experiences. She is dealing with fragments of memory that come at her like elements of an expressionist painter. Gives the play its center column of strength with her frankness. Filled with her threats she feels and epitomizes imagined ideas. Chaos goes on in her head she’s uncomfortable with stillness/ quite. Guy is her idealization of a perfect father. Gives off aura independence, and capability. It’s a cover. She is challenging and defensive
Joley (18) The “Id’’
Trying to break through the silent scream, troubled, and very needy, especially for love. On the brink of becoming out of control. Wants to escape her ‘’ white trash’’ background’’ She Blames herself e for every disadvantage. She brings this to this roadside friendship. Yet she also flaunts those same things in or a brassy and heated manner. Finally with stone she breaks through and releases all the angry feelings, she’s locked up. Releasing‘’ the scream’’, seeks affirmation, love is just a word and something she longs for. Guy was her safety valve image and it collapsed. He was not the tender, true, understanding love she created in her mind. Stone just might be. Opens up scream and rage for the first time.
Joley (30) Ego
See what you’ve done to me? <what you made me? What now? She is the Unifying conscious and narrator of all the Joleys including the six year old girl whose’ terrifying trauma lurks unforgivingly in all of them. The childhood trauma that Joley carries with her throughout the story of her life is at the source of all the pain, the confusion and split identity, the loneliness, the sense of not belonging. The self striped of identity is the key theme for Joley or the hope to resolve that childhood and move on is her goal. She looks back on all of this with a tinge or sense of humor and almost but not quit nostalgia for time lost and an early maturity that has melted into a place of security called style. She has a brave calm smile a soothing modern been through therapy response to her own memories. She struggles to take control of her past and to keep it from determining her future.
Guy is the perfect physical specimen of man, gifted with the power to permanently settle in Joley’s conscious, heart, soul, sound and memory, and it is this power that overwhelms any other.
Power whether it is physical, emotional, or sexual. He could be the father, her lover, her attacker a triumvirate. Joley could easily be his daughter, his lover, his prey. Guy could be a real human being or a part of Joley’s imagination, a warped dream that began in childhood and has never left her conscious. But guy will never leave her and that’s the power he carries and the fact that Joley must accept. He’s a heroic villain. Fills us and Joley with wonderment. He does not have any control when it comes to Joley. He really cares about her but his methods are manipulative because he justifies all his actions even the wrong ones. He is not a stalking character. He is subtle caring confident and self-assured. He builds his case like a lawyer. He’s worldly and indicates having been around. He’s a real caretaker a generous southern gentleman.
Has a conscious and a self awareness, self possessiveness that transcends the violent actions of his peers. Stone enjoys the moment and can’t imagine the next one, that’s his survival. The image of himself is an 80’s guy he is practical and rational. He is free and doesn’t want cumbersome commitment. He’s not mean, knows he has a kid on his hands. He is provocative and playful challenging, flattered by her, is satisfied and at peace with himself and tucked away in himself
He plays the older experience guy with Joley. ‘’ I must live my life in the moment’’ is his credo. A moment to moment Guy. A large need to be free. He makes a sincere attempt to break through Joley’s cover, and uncover Joley secret/ Silence.
Lilly (Joley’s Mother Age is 38-45)
Her identity paralleled her sexuality as seen through the lens of men. She didn’t know about Joley because that would be a sin. ‘’Though she made sure that there would be no further mistakes.’’ She carries sadness disguised under heavy eyeliner, short skirts and high heels. She lives in pain and has no means of articulating it, aside from her directly and indirectly consistently reminding Joley as her role as the burdened. She worked as a waitress at an all night dinner and now she does hair styling. Is very promiscuous. Feels stuck but lacks the strength and courage to do something about it. A lot of anger about Bow. In denial about what happened between Bow and Joley. Attempts to atone for her life style, by going to church and being pious, once a week. At a loss in understanding Joley.
Quarter back on football team and filled with himself and self-image of being a stud and a real catch. Just graduated and thinks he’s real cool. Has buddied with JoJo since boyhood. JoJo is his stooge. He’s one of the football boys, beer, drinking, bullying, school mates particularly girls who do not fit their image of ‘’hotness.’’ He will rape and not call it rape. Knows gossip about Lilly and sexual innuendos about Joley. Can turn on a nice innocent guy and has an appealing charm. He picks up Joley’s vulnerability and senses a ‘’score’’. Has a real mean/ sadistic streak.
Perhaps a year behind Ray in school. Big desire to emulate Ray. Has palled along with Ray since grade school and is his stooge. Has a need to continually impress Ray entertain him and get his approval. Horney, egger and a little tipsy. He’s more verbal than Ray. Enjoys teasing and riling Joley up. Wants to break her will and justify that she’s a little slut that is going to get what she deserves and has given other guys. Relies on Ray’s lead. Ray and JoJo are both ‘’Good Old Boys,’’ ‘’Down home,’’ ‘’ Shit Kickers.’’
Monologue Act 1 Pg 15
Monologue Act 1 Pg 27
Scenes Act 1 Pg 39 with Joley 18
Joley 18 / Stone 19*:
Scene with Stone Act 1 Pg 4-6
Scene with Stone Act 1 Pg 11-12
Scene with Stone Act 1 Pg 19-20
Scene with Stone Act 1 Pg 28-29
Scene with Joley 30 Act 1 pg 39-41
Scene with Guy Act 1 Pg 16-19
Scene with Guy Act 1 Pg 24-27
Scene with Guy Act 1 Pg 32-39
* If you choose this scene, Only bring in this scene pg 32-39
Scene with Guy Act 1 Pg 41-42
*If you do not Audition with pg 32-39, please be prepared to combine two of the other 3 scenes I have suggested.
Guy age 40-50’s
Scenes with Joley (14) Pg. 6-10, Pg. 12-14, Pg. 16-19, Pg. 24-27, Pg. 32-39
*Observe cuts made to pg. 34-35
Lily Late 30’s –Early 40’s
Scene with Joley (14) Act 1 pg. 29-32, Act 1 pg. 43-44
Ray 18 or JoJo (17)
Scene with Joley (14) Pg. 20-24
NOTE: Allow me to reiterate that we will NOT be using Southern accents for this play. Also, it is very important to make sure that you are available for the dates given.