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AUDITIONS for Spring 2022: Play Lab
PlayLab this year will feature two plays written by graduate students Bianca Dillard and Percival Hornak — details on each project to follow.
• Parzival by Percival Hornak
• Red: Passion and Patience in the Desert by Bianca Dillard
Auditions: Monday, January 31 and Tuesday, February 1
Callbacks: Wednesday, February 2
Please prepare a one minute contemporary monologue or tell a one minute story. If choosing to prepare a story, feel free to tell us an engaging story from your life, from a storybook or other piece of writing you admire (written notes to aid you in the telling are totally welcome). We are most interested in material that matters to you as a person and a performer.
We value seeing you for these plays. What we are most interested in seeing in these auditions are monologues and stories that show us who you are as a performer and collaborator. If you are on the fence about auditioning, please join us. We are happy to provide cold readings or another audition task.
by Percival Hornak
Parzival is a contemporary trans retelling of Wolfram von Eschenbach’s Parzival, about a young knight who stumbles into a quest that changes his life and reveals his hidden destiny. The play takes inspiration from fanfiction to tell the story of a teen who explores his gender through the Parzival story as its protagonist learns about chivalry, becomes a knight, and searches for the Holy Grail, winning jousts and the hearts of fair young maidens along the way.
We are seeking approximately 9 actors for the following tracks — because the play features trans characters and stories, we encourage actors of all genders to audition for whichever roles excite them most.
• 1 - Wolfram
• 2 - Parzival
• 3 - Herzeloyde, Cundrie, Trevrizent
• 4 - Knight, Servant, Gawan
• 5 - King Arthur, Anfortas
• 6 - Ither, Clamide, Keie
• 7 - Sigune, Woman, Squire
• 8 - Crowd, Condwiramurs, Page
• 9 - Messenger, Gurnemanz, Segramors
Parzival - Full Character Descriptions:
Wolfram: late teens; transmasculine; very nerdy; he/him
Parzival: late teens; transmasculine; desperate to be a knight; kind of oblivious; he/him
Herzeloyde (herz-eh-loyd): Parzival’s mom; has Seen Some Shit and would do anything for her son; she/her
Knight: a knight in service of King Arthur; he/him
King Arthur: the King; he/him
Sigune (sig-goon): sad but working through it; Parzival’s cousin; she/her
Crowd: a member of the crowd; any pronouns
Ither (ee-ther): kind of an asshole if I’m being honest; he/him
Gurnemanz (gur-neh-mahns): a cool uncle; he/him
Condwiramurs (cond-wee-ruh-murs): canonically hot; she/her
Clamide (clah-myde): a conquering knight; he/him
Anfortas (ahn-fort-ahs): the Fisher King and keeper of the Holy Grail; he/him
Page: a servant in Anfortas’ court; any pronouns
Squire: a squire in service of one of the Knights of the Round Table; any pronouns
Segramors (seg-rah-mor): a knight in service of King Arthur; he/him
Keie (key): a knight in service of King Arthur; he/him
Gawan (gow-an): a knight in service of King Arthur; canonically hot; he/him
Cundrie (cun-dree): a sorceress with high expectations; she/her
Trevrizent (trev-riz-ent): stone butch; she/her or he/him
Others (messengers, pages, servants, etc)
Red: Passion and Patience in the Desert.
A Wild Adaptation
by Bianca Dillard
Red dramatizes the writings of Terry Tempest Williams and the urgency of climate action. Williams is a naturalist who wrestles with community, religious tradition, politics, always with her eye on the fragility of human life. This piece explores questions like: how do we create and claim a personal ethos and sense of spirituality while being rooted in a place and a community bound to conservative religion and politics? Can we honor where we’ve come from in a way that protects life on this planet as we all hurtle closer to climate disaster? What mix of tools can aid us on our journey: grace, rage, community, empathy, acceptance, wildness itself, Magic? Unabashedly & wildly theatrical, 4th wall breaking, embracing of movement, extreme casting and our collective imaginations!
Stage Manager (she/her or she/they)
A friend who helps along the way. She is in charge and plays many characters. A BIPOC perspective would be welcome in the development of this role.
Another friend to play many roles. Experience with puppets and/or sleight of hand magic is a plus!
Stage Directions (any gender)
You won’t be bored reading directions for this piece! Your actorly skills, energy and timing will be on full display in this juicy and interactive role. A BIPOC perspective would be welcome and encouraged in this role!