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AUDITIONS: "Passing Strange" at Karamu House (Paid)

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AUDITIONS: "Passing Strange" at Karamu House (Paid)



Seeking Equity and non-Equity actors for PASSING STRANGE with book and lyrics written by Stew, and music written by Stew and Heidi Rodewald.

6:30 PM – 10:00 PM

5:00PM – 9:00PM

2355 E. 89th Street
Cleveland, OH 44106

For an appointment, please submit the following materials information to casting@karamuhouse.org:
• a current headshot and up-to-date resume with accurate contact information
• three preferred audition times
• the SHOW(s) and ROLE(s) you would like to be considered for (see below for BREAKDOWNS)
• your current status with Actors’ Equity Association union (i.e. AEA/non-AEA)

Performers of all ethnicities, gender identities, ages, as well as performers with disabilities are encouraged to attend every audition. If you are unable to attend the audition, please email your headshot and resume to casting@karamuhouse.org along with a request to submit a video audition. Please make note of your union status when submitting. All roles are available.

Following the story of a nameless Youth who is on a quest to find “the real,” this middle-class, African-American young man discovers what a bohemian life really involves by “passing” through the worlds of sex, drugs, and Rock ‘n’ Roll. With soulful lyrics and soaring, heart-pounding music, this musical is a unique experience that breaks theatrical boundaries, crosses musical genres, and ultimately brings the audience home with a new understanding of personal and creative authenticity.

Please prepare TWO short contrasting songs (32 bars of each song) and ONE contemporary monologue. Please bring sheet music in your key. You may sing a Capella; however actors are strongly advised to bring music to the song they wish to perform. Audition material should not exceed 5 minutes. Songs must be in the style of the show (contemporary pop, hard rock, folk rock, rock opera). PLEASE DO NOT SING SONGS FROM THE SHOW. Finally, please bring three copies of your headshot and resume (stapled together) to your audition time.

All actors receive compensation for their work in our productions. Equity members appear under a GA Tier 2 contract. Non-Equity actors receive a modest stipend.

Rehearsals: April 16 – May 9, 2018
Performances: May 10 – June 3, 2018

Los Angeles, USA; Amsterdam, Holland; Berlin, Germany. Late-1970s through early 1990s.

STEW: (Male, 30-50s, African-American.) The narrator of our story. Incredibly strong actor, singer and musician. Charismatic with impeccable comic timing. Must play guitar; keyboard skills a plus. Actor may be asked to accompany himself at callback auditions. High Baritone.

YOUTH: (Male, 20s-30s, African-American.) A budding musician struggling with the idea of fitting in but also non-conforming. A dynamic singer and strong actor. Keyboard skills a plus. High Baritone with strong falsetto.

MOTHER: (Female, 30s-50s, African-American.) Strong, vulnerable, warm, maternal, but at odds with her own challenges as a mother attempting to raise a precocious teenage son. Must be a strong singer with impeccable comedic timing. Mezzo-Soprano with high belt.

WOMAN 1: (Female, 20s-30s, African-American/Afro-Latino/Afro-Caribbean.) Strong singer and character actor to play the track of EDWINA, MARIANNA and SUDABEY. All three are a mixture of sexy, irresistible and dangerous. Low Mezzo-Soprano with strong mix upper range
MAN 1: (Male, 30s-50s, African-American/Afro-Latino/Afro-Caribbean.) Strong singer and character actor to play the track of MR. FRANKLIN, JOOP and MR. VENUS. All three are energetic and mysterious with an edge. Must be physically fit. Baritone with strong falsetto.

WOMAN 2: (Female, 20s-30s, African-American/Afro-Latino/Afro-Caribbean.) Strong singer and character actor to play the track of SHERRY, RENATA, and DESI. All three are sexy, vibrant, and vulnerable. Mezzo-Soprano with high belt.

MAN 2: (Male, 20s-40s, African-American/Afro-Latino/Afro-Caribbean.) Strong singer and character actor to play the track of TERRY, CHRISTOPHE, and HUGO. All three are a bit naïve but come with a strong sense of humor. Must be physically fit. Tenor with strong falsetto.

** There will be up to two AEA Contracts available for this production.


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