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Open Auditions: Intimate Apparel by Lynn Nottage
Directed by Myrna Feldman
- Sunday, August 18th at 6:00 pm
- Monday, August 19th at 7:00 pm
- Callbacks (if needed): Wednesday, August 21st at 7:00 pm
Location: 10 College Street, Norcross, GA 30071
Performance dates: November 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17
Audition will consist of cold readings from the script. Appointments are not necessary. Please bring a recent photo; a professional headshot is not required. Also, be prepared to list ALL CONFLICTS between September 4 (including weekends) and the dates of the show. A full rehearsal schedule will be available at the read through. Actors’ conflicts will be taken into consideration.
The read through will be Tuesday, August 27th at 7:00 pm.
Rehearsals will begin September 4th.
It’s 1905 in New York City, where Esther, a black seamstress, lives in a boarding house for women and sews intimate apparel for clients who range from wealthy white patrons to black prostitutes. She has managed to save over the years and stuff a good sum of money into her quilt. One by one, the other ladies of the boarding house marry and move away, but Esther remains, lonely and longing for a husband and a future. Her plan is to find the right man and use the money she's saved to open a beauty parlor where black women will be treated as royally as the white women she sews for. By way of a mutual acquaintance, she begins to receive beautiful letters from a lonesome Caribbean man named George Armstrong who is working on the Panama Canal. Being illiterate, Esther has one of her patrons respond to the letters, and over time the correspondence becomes increasingly intimate until George persuades her that they should marry, sight unseen. When George arrives in New York, however, he turns out not to be the man his letters painted him to be.
- Esther, Mrs. Dickson, Mayme, and George are black; Mrs. Van Buren and Mr. Marks are white.
- The play takes place in New York City and all characters except George should sound Northern; no Southern accents. George has a mild Caribbean accent.
- Mrs. Van Buren and Mayme will need to wear corsets in a scene.
Esther, 30-40, is a plain looking woman, intelligent, but not educated. She is a skilled seamstress and sews intimate apparel for everyone from prostitutes to high class women. Esther is in every scene of the play and will need to attend all rehearsals.
Mrs. Van Buren, 30-40, is a wealthy woman who lives on Fifth Avenue. She is respected in society but has an empty life and loveless marriage.
Mrs. Dickson, 40-55, is the landlady of the New York rooming house where Esther lives. She is a widow, a handsome woman and well-spoken.
Mr. Marks, 30-40, is a Romanian immigrant and owns the fabric store where Esther shops. An Orthodox Jew, he has an arranged marriage with a woman in Romania he has never met, and is forbidden from touching any other woman. However, he and Esther share an intense mutual attraction. Mr. Marks will need to have a moustache and full beard.
Mayme, 25-35, is a prostitute; sultry, sexy, and very beautiful. She and Esther are friends in spite of their very different lives and characters. Mayme plays the piano and sings. Actual piano playing a big plus!
George, 30-40, is a Barbadian immigrant who is working on digging the Panama Canal. He is rugged and classically attractive. When he reads the letters he receives from Esther, he should be convincingly romantic. In his real life dealings with Esther, he is cold and unfeeling.
Are you Ready to be Onstage at Lionheart?
If you’ve been interested in diving into the acting world, then our auditions in Norcross are the perfect opportunity for you! At Lionheart Theatre, we put on a new production almost every month, and each month is different. You’ll have the chance to try your hand at a number of varying roles.
Lionheart Theatre Company is always looking for new faces to join our continuously growing acting family. Your level of experience doesn’t matter as long as you’re willing to learn and have fun. The right attitude can bring out the best in actors, experienced or not. We welcome people of all ages, backgrounds and beliefs to audition.
How to Prepare for Auditions
The best way to prepare for auditions is to know your character. Yes, memorizing lines is important, but understanding who you are portraying is what turns a good actor into something great. Take the time to sit down and research your character. What’s their background? What motivates them? How do they change throughout the play? As you learn more, try to apply this knowledge to your lines.
You can also work on your lines with a friend or family member. Don’t just read the lines aloud; try to make them come to life. Exaggerate your emotions, and keep your facial expressions in mind. If you can find a way to connect with the character, don’t be afraid to let it show! All of these efforts will translate well in your audition.
Lastly, be sure to work on your confidence. Every actor starts somewhere, so even if you have no experience at all, walk into your audition with your head held high. Chances are, doing so will help you shake some of those audition nerves.