The Flea Theater
New York, NY 10007
The Flea Theater Seeks Actors and Musicians of Asian Descent for New Programming for Young Audiences
The Flea Theater seeks non-equity actors of Asian descent over the age of 21 to perform a variety of roles in THE LORIKEET with book and lyrics by EllaRose Chary, music by Sooyeon Lee, and directed by Eugene Ma. THE LORIKEET is one of the five serialized short plays that will launch The Flea's new initiative, CEREALS-- a series of ethnically and culturally specific interpretations of folk tales written in 10 minute installments for audiences ages 5-9.
Note that being cast in THE LORIKEET means joining The Flea Theater's resident volunteer acting company, The Bats. The Bats are a core group of artists who both perform in The Flea's productions and support the company through volunteering in all aspects of making theater.
A musical folktale set in 1870s Hong Kong with a contemporary classical score that fuses Eastern and Western musical styles. We follow Penelope, a lorikeet in a cage who longs for her freedom from The Farmer who keeps her there for her own good. When The Farmer kills a neighbor's buffalo, he sets off a chain of events that forces Penelope to figure out how she can take her life into her own hands and gain the agency she so strongly desires. Penelope and The Farmer's relationship mirrors the larger political system in Hong Kong at the time and the story explores issues of feminism, paternalism, colonialism and friendship through humor, music, and movement-based/commedia dell'arte-influenced theatrical styles.
PENELOPE – Played by an Asian female, 20s. An inquisitive, intelligent and buoyant (yet tiny and colorful) lorikeet in a cage; she is a total badass and won’t back down from anything… unless she sees the bigger picture and decides to compromise on her own will. Seeking a singing actor with great facility for physical comedy and challenging music.
FARMER/ As Cast – Played by an Asian performer, any gender, 20s-30s. A farmer with a small rice paddy in colonial Hong Kong. Stepping deeper and deeper into their wrongdoings one step at a time, this originally well-meaning farmer gets whirled into the role of a villain. Seeking a singing actor with great facility for physical comedy and musical storytelling.
ACTOR / MUSICIANS - Any ethnicity or gender. Seeking two multi-instrumentalists who will embody various animal and human characters integral to the story, and as musicians they will create the entire sonic world of the play - providing accompaniment and sometimes using their instruments to comment on or interfere with the action of the play. At times they’ll even chime in and sing! Looking for highly collaborative, imaginative, and open-minded performers with great facility for reading and learning challenging new music on their instruments, and who possess a can-do attitude - willing to build wildly physical characters while playing music.
3/13 10 am - 4 pm
3/14 9 am - 3 pm
3/15 10 am - 4 pm
3/16 12 pm - 6 pm
3/17 4 pm - 6 pm
PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE (there will be a limited amount of rehearsal during the weeks leading up to performance weekends)
INSTALLMENT ONE FIRST PERFORMANCE WEEKEND
Friday, May 12th TECH
Saturday, May 13th First Installment 11:00 AM, 2:00 PM
Sunday, May 14th First Installment 11:00 AM, 2:00 PM
INSTALLMENT ONE SECOND PERFORMANCE WEEKEND
Saturday, May 20th First Installment 11:00 AM, 2:00 PM
Sunday, May 21st First Installment 11:00 AM, 2:00 PM
INSTALLMENT TWO FIRST PERFORMANCE WEEKEND
Friday, June 9th TECH
Saturday, June 10th Second Installment 11:00 AM, 2:00 PM
Sunday, June 11th Second Installment 11:00 AM, 2:00 PM
INSTALLMENT TWO SECOND PERFORMANCE WEEKEND
Saturday, June 17th Second Installment 11:00 AM, 2:00 PM
Sunday, June 18th Second Installment 11:00 AM, 2:00 PM
March 13, 2017 - June 18, 2017
2017-02-23 17:59 :
ART New York 520 8th Avenue Third Floor Studio D
For PENELOPE / FARMER please prepare:
1) An imaginative 45 second monologue from a published manuscript from the point of view of either Penelope or the Farmer with strong physical choices;
2) An unconventional song that shows range.
*Have fun! Be imaginative! Be silly!
For MUSICIANS please prepare:
1) A challenging piece of music on your primary instrument, or two 30 second pieces on different instruments;
2) A movement sequence (that can include singing and/or your instrument) of a stubborn yet amicable buffalo engaging in a heated conversation with a tiny bird.
Thursday, 2/23 2 pm - 5:30 pm
ART NEW YORK 520 8th Avenue Studio D
Please email email@example.com to arrange an appointment.
Bring a headshot and resume.
Auditions will run from 2 pm - 5:30 pm.