- 2015-2016 Open AUDITIONS!
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Mustard Seed Theatre announces general auditions forThe Amish Project and Dancing at Lughnasa to be held on April 18 between 1-3 pm. Roles are available for 6 women and 3 men (show details below). Auditions and callbacks will be held in the Fine Arts Theatre at Fontbonne University; directions to the theatre are available at www.mustardseedtheatre.com.
For actors who have NOT previously worked for MST, please call Jane at 314-401-8771 to make an appointment. If auditioning for Dancing at Lughnasa only, please prepare a contemporary dramatic monologue. Women auditioning for both shows should prepare two sharply contrasting contemporary dramatic monologues with a smooth transition between the monologues. All actors should bring two headshots/resumes to the audition.
The Amish Project runs August 28 – September 13, 2015, directed by Deanna Jent. Written by Jessica Dickey, this one-woman show is a fictional exploration of the Nickel Mines schoolhouse shooting in an Amish community, and the path of forgiveness and compassion forged in its wake. The actress plays eight unique roles which range from young female students to the male shooter to a Hispanic teen who works at a local store.
Dancing at Lughnasarun February 5 – 21, 2016, directed by Gary Wayne Barker. Set in Donegal, Ireland in 1936, the play explores the tension between dogma and free choice in the lives of five sisters and their brother, a priest recently returned from service in Africa.
Father Jack (50's) -- gentle, elder brother of the sisters. Left home as a young man to work as a missionary in Uganda. Returns home confused and sick. Perhaps has strayed from strict Catholicism, professing admiration for pagan beliefs of Africa.
Kate Mundy (40-50) -- eldest of the Mundy sisters and behaves as a mother figure. As a schoolteacher, she is the only wage-earner. Fiercely devout Catholic. Stern but loving.
Maggie Mundy (35-45) -- tom-boyish and chief family homemaker. Fun-loving, defusing tension with humor. Both challenger and confidante to Kate.
Agnes Mundy (35-45) -- quiet and contemplative, knitting gloves while also helping to keep the house in order. Silently infatuated with Gerry. Protective guardian of Rose.
Rose Mundy (30-40) -- behaves much younger than her years, due to a developmental disability. Open and loving, yet vulnerable. Very close with Agnes with whom she knits gloves to sell in the town.
Chris Mundy (25-35) -- the youngest of the Mundy sisters. Unmarried mother of Michael. Wrestles with both optimism and depression concerning on/off relationship with Gerry.
Gerry Evans (30-35) -- charming father of Michael. Smooth-talking and fun. Traveling salesman. Unreliable in support of Chris and Michael.
Michael Evans (30's-50's) -- acts as adult narrator of this memory play, not only dictating the action but revealing the futures of the other characters. Childhood self is alluded to by other characters, while the adult Michael speaks lines as the boy from the side.
Chuckling loudly, Bishop Desmond Tutu announced on an NPR interview: “Ours is a God of Surprises!”
When I started writing what eventually turned into the play FALLING, I wasn’t planning on writing a play. Maybe a non-fiction piece on parenting a teen with severe autism. Maybe a poem exploring my grief/joy as my older son moved away to college.
But the words just wouldn’t cooperate. Kept turning into scenes. Scary truths started spilling out on the pages, turning aspects of my reality into fictional honesty.
And I had to decide – would I surrender to the process? Would I take the chance of exposing myself, my family, my theatre company, to potential ridicule? Could I go to the deep places where fear and faith do battle? Could I really tell the truth?
Challenged by a colleague who said, “Just write and see what happens,” I wrote some more about what I sometimes jokingly refer to as “Extreme Parenting” (A Fabulous New Sport Coming to an Arena Near You!). I didn’t think that this story would be very interesting to anyone not raising a teenage son struggling with autism, but I wrote anyway.
I hired an amazing director and cast of actors. We worked, I rewrote, we argued, I rewrote – and then it opened. And then it sold out. We extended the run, twice, and still it sold out. And then it was optioned for a production Off-Broadway – which is now scheduled to open October 15th at the Minetta Lane Theatre.
And I realized that this isn’t a story about Autism. It’s a story about loving someone who is hard to love.
And we all have that in our lives, our families. (Just realized – God kind of models that sort of love - for us. Hmmmm.)
So I’m off on this adventure to New York – starting in September I’ll be there for rehearsals with the same Director and a great new cast. I feel a little like the pioneer women in the show I’m currently directing, who have to face down the wolves; except my wolves are the fear factory in my head telling me that I’m going to let down all the investors, friends and family who believe in the show. Or, perhaps worse, that I’m going to be successful and turn into something self-centered and false.
And God chuckles, I’m sure. When I flew out to Manhattan to participate in auditions for the show, I sat in the rooftop terrace of my hotel, reviewing plans for the following day. Something pulled my attention from my papers – a movement above me – and I watched in amazement as a single white feather casually fell on my table. I was sitting under a large canopy. There were no birds around, and no other feathers to be seen anywhere.
Those of you who have seen Falling will understand the significance of that symbol. For those of you who haven’t seen it, you’ll have to trust that it was a confirmation of God’s grace.