"thethirdperson" by Chris Price
Chris Price and Ginou Lilavois
3 Actors (1 woman, 2 men). Experience with experimental theatre is a plus.
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CALL TO AUDITION!
“thethirdperson” by Chris Price, presented at Theater for the New City’s 2018 Dream Up Festival
Chris Price, Executive Producer & Playwright
Ginou Lilavois, Associate Producer & Director
“thethirdperson” features a somewhat casual college setting, in which a crude, orange, alien-like character provokes corruption between two best friends. Included are traces of racism, xenophobia, sexism, and a slew of shenanigans (similar to the hysterics of our US government). Even though these elements are coated in satire, their realness remains palpable.
The one-act begins with a meet-up between two best friends, Melvin and Drew. Melvin has been waiting for Drew for 20 minutes, and when he finally arrives, Drew reveals the surprise that he has been seeing a girl for quite some time and he would like Melvin to finally meet her. Despite his own romantic feelings for Drew, Melvin continues to suppress his true feelings for his best friend and agrees to meet the new girlfriend.
When the girlfriend, Donna, arrives, she is literally of another planet, and she is as obnoxious and non-woke as they come. There comes a point when Melvin and Donna are left to make small talk, and in their conversation, Melvin develops a scheme with good intentions to end the relationship between Drew and Donna.
In the end, a friendship is tested.
-Melvin Geeves: Young Black man in college. Early 20s. Protagonist who has suppressed feelings for his [male] best friend. When introduced to his best friend's girlfriend, he finds out she possesses weird habits and problematic ideals of race and culture. Melvin is forced to plan a scheme to break the two lovers up. He simply tries to do what is right despite being in a sticky situation. Seeking an actor with a good handle on sarcasm and comedy.
-Drew Tyler: Young man in college (Non-Black man). Early 20s. A dreamer, an optimistic, and completely out of touch with reality. Falls in love with a "girl" with weird habits. He thinks he truly knows her, but he really does not. What he lacks in intellect and social awareness, he exudes in heart. He wants nothing more than for his best friend and new girlfriend to get along. Seeking an actor who is likable and comedic.
-Donna Trume: Woman of any ethnicity. Early 20s. She is sort of extraterrestrial and certainly not human. She is an orange (literally) being that Drew falls in love with. She agrees to meet Drew's best friend, Melvin, just to manipulate Melvin into helping break up her and Drew. She is conniving, weird, and has no filter. Everything is about her at the end of the day. Expresses problematic and crude ideals. Think Donald Trump. Seeking an innovative actor with no barriers and is willing to explore. Comedic timing needed.
*All actors must be willing to explore experimental modes of portraying these characters, including sounds, facial expressions, and physicality/gestures.
Dates of Production
A table read will take place in mid July.
There will be 10 rehearsals in August, in addition to one tech dress rehearsal at Theater for the New City. Locations, dates, and times of table read and other rehearsals are TBD. We are willing to work with actor availability/conflicts to reasonable extents.
We are granted five (5) performances. Performance dates and times are still being arranged by festival coordinators. The festival runs from August 26-September 16. We are putting in requests for evening performances during the time frame of August 26 thru September 9th. (Preference will be given to actors without conflicts during our ideal performance dates).
Exact performance dates not set by fest coordinators yet, but festival runs Aug 26 - Sept 19
Paid---Each actor is given an honorarium of $100 for punctually attending the table reading, all 10 scheduled rehearsals, tech rehearsal, performing in the 5 performances, and assisting with either load-in or load-out of theatre.
AUDITION DATE, TIME, AND LOCATION:
Saturday, June 23rd at 12pm - 4pm.
3rd Floor of 240 East 123rd Street (same building as Harlem Repertory Theatre)
*Please wear comfortable clothes you can move in.
Please send headshot and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org for an appointment slot. Sides will be provided at audition. Come prepared to move as well. (This is a nonunion call).