Title | THE SUMMER WAY — A New Play
Directors | Maxwell Flaum & Brandon Woolf
Producers | Maxwell Flaum & Brandon Woolf
NYU Affiliation | Faculty
We are looking to cast the following three roles:
TIMBRE: Young black man (14-21 years of age) of unknown background but probably leaning toward middle to middle upper class. Has a sense of direction which is constantly frustrated by a doomed sense that the world is against him. This results in sardonic outbursts and a tendency to bulldoze the competition. Loves TV and is perfectly willing to talk about it, albeit in a slightly smug way. An outsider.
TORN: Young Long Islander (14-21 years of age) of Jewish descent. Lacks confidence due to body image issues and a fraught relationship with his father. High minded but lacks direction. A tendency to be pompous and to play with dolls in place of real human companionship. Loves TV but is embarrassed and reluctant to talk about what he perceives to be an addiction. An outsider.
MARIAH (CAREY): Cardboard Cutout Diva, Intellectual, Pop-Femdom-Freudian, Mother, Wife, Soul Mate, Feminist, Film-Buff, and voice of reason in a little-man's world. Her static bod is not to be touched and her packing material shouldn't give you the wrong impression. Take a pinch of Aretha Franklin, a poof of Simone de Beauvoir, an angle on Anna Freud, a smidgin' of the Venus von Willendorf, a whit of Rosalind, a wedge of Gayle King, a deep swig of Elizabeth Cady Stanton, a distasteful but necessary quaff of Roger Ebert, and you get, Mariah, yes the storm clouds part and you get Mariah, in fishnets and heals, pumping the pulse of the American nightmare. She'll Carey the burden and then some. Why? Because Mariah Careys.
We are Artists in Residence at the New York Drama League in March and are looking for two talented young performers to join the ensemble for rehearsals from March 12 to March 16 (during NYU spring break) — with a public presentation on the evening of March 16th. We will be rehearsing mainly daytimes. There is a modest artists fee as compensation for your involvement in this project.
More about THE SUMMER WAY: The Summer Way is a play about what separates the men from the boys, the TV from the internet, the real from the virtual, the intelligentsia from the dummies, the violent from the cowardly, the race-based from the “American” way, and a life-sized cardboard cutout of Mariah Carey from just about everyone else. Sequestered in a Tony Soprano-style basement, ravaged by binge consumption of contemporary television and under threat of imminent drone “strike,” Torn (white) and Timbre (black) wrestle, literally, with major issues of the day in an attempt to make a “broadcast” that “speaks to people”. During the course of their mind-bending skirmishes, the two would-be media gurus come face to face with a “Golden Age” of television in the form of a 1967 broadcast-battle-royale between Norman Mailer and Marshall McLuhan. Torn and Timbre must reckon with a bygone (or not so) era in the American media when public intellectuals, rock 'n' roll stars, and politicians were all go-go dancing in the same corporate miniskirt; a brazen and audacious time when white people could say just about anything, as long as it was entertaining. Torn and Timbre must brunt the force of an historic gravitational pull that is sucking them deeper into the maelstrom of personality crisis. The result is a geriatric speed of light race riot in the final black and white Nielsen rating analysis. In this new age of Trump, we feel the time could not be more ripe for a cutting theatrical interrogation of racial violence, the death of ideas on the Internet, the threat of immanent drone strike (there is a drone flying overhead the entire show), and a deconstruction of the psyche of the American male.
For more information about the directors’ previous work: http://www.brandonwoolfperformance.com
If you are interested, please send a headshot, resume, and any other material you’d like us to see. Very much looking forward to hearing from you!
Dates of Production | March 12 - 16
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