Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Players By The Sea holding auditions for first show of 2020

On January 12, 2020, Players by the Sea will welcome local talent to audition for August Wilson’s, “Two Trains Running, a play that will appear in the Studio Theatre in March of 2020.  Auditions will start promptly at 1 p.m. with registration beginning at 12 noon.  Auditions will be held at the Theatre.

Director Brian Niece, who was last seen at Players directing True West, spoke about his expectations for the cast.  “We are looking for a cast who is willing to challenge themselves physically and emotionally, and work in an ensemble fashion to create meaningful moments.”

Actors are asked to prepare a 1-minute monologue.  They should be prepared to read cold-readings from the script.  Actors should wear something they are comfortable in as there will be a short movement session.  Headshots and resumes are not required but highly recommended. Actors should provide a list of conflicts from January 13 through March 29, 2020.

Full rehearsals will begin on February 3 and run Monday through Thursday from 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm (depending on actor availability).

All roles are to be played by African American actors.  Visit playersbythesea.org/auditions to learn more about the characters in the show.

In August Wilson’s masterpiece, history unfolds around everyday lives against the backdrop of the civil rights movement.  Long-time regulars gather at the local diner in Pittsburgh’s Hill District to gossip, flirt and play the numbers.  Now the owner must decide whether to let the city take over his building or sell it to a shrewd, local businessman.  Part of Wilson’s trailblazing American Century Cycle, “Two Trains Running” paints a compassionate and unforgettable portrait of ordinary people in the midst of transformation.

“I have a rare opportunity to help tell this powerful story; a truthful black story; an American story that looks for beauty in brokenness. It is humbling to be able to serve August Wilson’s vision as a storyteller,” said Niece.

“Two Trains Running” will begin its run on March 13 and close on March 29.  Shows will take place Friday and Saturday of opening weekend and continue on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday for the following two weeks.  Thursday through Saturday night shows start at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees begin at 2 p.m.

TICKETS are now on sale.  Visit Players By The Sea for more information.

LOCATION: Players By The Sea Theatre
      106 6th Street North
      Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250
      (904) 249-0289

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