Insurrection: Holding History by Robert O'Hara
Directed by India Nicole Burton
Insurrection: Holding History is a dark comedy that is provocative, witty and outrageous by the author of Bootycandy, Barbecue and Antebellum.
Insurrection has been described as The Wizard of Oz meets Roots. As Ron struggles to finish his dissertation on Nat Turner’s rebellion,TJ (Ron’s 189-year-old great-great grandfather) takes Ron on a journey back in time to 1831, the year Nat Turner led his infamous rebellion in South Hampton County, Virginia. Mutha Wit accompanies them on this mystical journey as she translates for TJ, who can neither speak or move anything but his left eye and the middle toe of his right foot. When they arrive in the deep, deep, dark South, the characters take on one of the most appalling times in history. They see outrageous incidents unfold and come to realizations that may or may not satisfy them on why they travelled back in time in the first place. Insurrection is a work unafraid to utterly confound most traditional narrative assumptions, and in a surreal version of history also manages to address contemporary police violence against African-Americans, to explore who has the right to tell whose story, to look critically at attitudes toward sexuality, gender and intolerance, and to explore how different generations adhere to different rules.
Available roles. Note that some actors play multiple characters.
(The roles of Ron and Mutha Wit have already been cast.)
Gertha / Clerk wife / Mistress Mo’tel: Black Female between ages 35-50
Octavia / Katie Lynn: Black Female between the ages of 21-30
Nat Turner / Ova Seea Jones: Black Male between the ages of 30-40
Clerk Son / Izzie Mae: Black Female between 18-30 *Character has a nude scene
Reporter/ Cop /Clerk Husband/ Buck Naked/ Detective: White Male between the ages of 25-40
Hammet: Black Male between the ages of 21-35
T.J: Black Male between the age of 25-35
Equity contracts are not available for this production.
Auditions will be held at convergence-continuum’s Liminis Theater, 2438 Scranton Rd, Cleveland 44113, Sun, Dec 15, 3-7 pm. Actors should prepare two contemporary contrasting monologues and come prepared to cold read.
The production will open Fri, July 10 and run Thurs-Sat through Aug 1 (11 performances). Rehearsals are expected to start mid-to-late May. Actors in the production will receive a stipend.
NEOMFA Playwrights Festival
Directors: Jonah Roth, David Munnel,
Tyson Douglas Rand, Eva Nel Brettrager
SAT, DEC 21 at 3 PM & SUN, DEC 22 at 7 PM
For the ninth year running, convergence-continuum will produce the plays of grad students in the Northeast Ohio Master of Fine Arts (NEOMFA) program in playwriting. The Festival will take place over two weekends: Feb. 13-16 and Feb. 20-22 next year. Rehearsals will start the second week of January. Those who have participated in the past can testify that the Festival is an intensive, busy and thoroughly fun experience!
This time there will be one full-length play (by Morgan Elswick), one one-act play (by Ralph Meyers) and two 10-minute plays (Justin Lazor / Oana Leuca). The full-length will be presented on one of the weekends, and the three shorter plays will be presented on the other.
In all, the four plays have at least 17 roles: from younger to older actors, of all genders, races and ethnicities.
Auditions will consist of readings from the scripts, but the auditions will be general Festival auditions, not for specific plays. All four directors will be present. It is possible that you could be cast in a play that you did not read from during auditions. It is also could be possible that you may be cast in two plays, e.g. a full-length + a 10-minute play, or two 10-minute plays. * All roles are compensated.
ALL THOSE AUDITIONING SHOULD SHOW UP AT EITHER 3 PM ON SATURDAY OR 7 PM SUNDAY
CONVERGENCE-CONTINUUM, 2438 SCRANTON RD, CLEVELAND 44113 (Tremont neighborhood).
please let us know if, and when you will be attending (or have questions) by sending a message to info (at) convergence-continuum.org