Auditions and Crew call

Spring 2019 Mainstage production (THEATRST 350)

Bad Roads by Ukrainian playwright Natal'ya Vorozhbit 

Documentary theater directed by Professor Jody McAuliffe

Sign up for audition time here (scroll down for more info)

ukrainian woman and soldiers
photo of Ukrainian military, by Sarah Blesener

What happens to people’s personal relationships—and, more specifically, their sexual lives—in a time of conflict?  Bad Roads, by leading Ukrainian playwright Natal’ya Vorozhbit, a heartbreaking, powerful and bitterly comic account of what it is to be a woman in wartime, premiered last year at the Royal Court in London. Based on documentary stories about the civil war in Ukraine, the play explores the brutal effects of conflict on personal relationships: “sex under siege” (Sasha Dugdale, translator in The Guardian). Fighting broke out in the Donbass region of Ukraine in 2014 and continues to this day; young men and women live in close proximity to death.  “The extremes of desire in war are equal only to the extremes of bloodlust and depravity.” In Vorozhbit’s play, uniquely from a woman’s point of view, teenagers sleep with garrisoned soldiers to make their war-torn lives more glamorous.  A paramedic drives the body of her soldier-lover along bad roads to his wife.  A harrowing relationship between a hostage-taker and his female victim that moves between sadism, abuse and some attempt at humanity boils down to a shocking power struggle. The play “charts a careful line round notions of victimhood and complicity” in a world where very little separates us from these people at war.  Playwright Natal'ya Vorozhbit will be joining the cast for the last week of rehearsal.

Casting for 7 actors - non-traditional, color-blind casting; any gender considered for any role- all undergraduates encouraged to audition! 

  • Woman/Teenage Girl Two
  • Teenage Girl One/She
  • Teenage Girl Three/Woman Two
  • Soldier One/He
  • Headteacher/Vasya
  • Commander/Soldier Two
  • Woman One/Vasya’s Wife

AUDITION PREP:   Actors are encouraged to perform a contemporary monologue.  If actors don’t have a monologue prepared, they should  prepare to read a scene from the play.  A casting assistant will read with them in the audition.  Copies of suggested scenes are available at Page 109.   Downloadable pdfs of scenes are at the bottom of this page, along with an audition form.  Copies of the script are available in the department offices at Page 109. Reserve an audition time here, or send a taped audition (link or file) directly to the director at mca@duke.edu.

 

Crew positions available: stage manager, assistant stage manager, light board op, sound board op, dressers

Audition/crew call dates:

Sunday October 21, 7-10p and Monday October 22, 6-9p 

If you cannot make those times, please contact the director at mca@duke.edu to arrange an audition.  Taped auditions are welcome, and should be sent directly to the director.

 Students will work with faculty director and professional designers. Cast members have the option to register for THEATRST 350 (ALP, CCI, R) to receive academic credit for participation.  Enrollment is optional, but attendance is required.  Class meets once a week Tuesdays nights for two and a half hours starting January 15, with class time incorporated into the rehearsal schedule beginning February 13. Evening rehearsals Monday-Friday, 7-10p,  beginning February 13; actors called as needed. [No rehearsal over spring break March 8-17.] Eight performances  April 4 - 14 in the Sheafer Lab Theater.

Email theater@duke.edu with questions!

 

 

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