VIDEO SUBMISSIONS FOR
THE PURPLE FLOWER
Submission Deadline: March 17th
See details below.
Seeking a cast of 6 actors of the African diaspora (Black, African-American, Afro-Latinx, Afro-Indigenous, Jamaican American, Bi/Multiracial, etc.). Actors of all gender identities encouraged to audition. All actors must be 18 years or older. Non-union.
Please prepare a 1-3 minute dramatic monologue, and submit a headshot and resume via the form listed below. Audition videos should be uploaded as an unlisted video on Youtube. If you are interested in a specific role, please list the character name in your submission. If you do not have a headshot, please send any recent photo that you feel represents you well. If you have questions/trouble accessing the form, please email email@example.com.
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: March, 17th 2023
Written in 1928, Marita Bonner’s surreal masterpiece, The Purple Flower, is a tale of revolution when all other options fail. The Us, a mythical group of beings, live in a rocky valley bounded on either side by Somewhere and Nowhere. Their only goal is to climb the hill of Somewhere and reach the Purple-Flower-Of-Life-At-Its-Fullest. If they do not succeed, the cavernous nothing of Nowhere will inevitably swallow them. Standing in their way are the Sundry White Devils, mischievous, dangerous creatures who first used the Us to build their alluring world in Somewhere before casting them down into the valley. The Purple Flower is an allegory for the decades after the end of slavery and the prediction of an inevitable revolution.
Average: 35-50 years, masculine, any gender
Cornerstone: 35-50 years, feminine, any gender
Sweet: 18-25 years, feminine, any gender
Finest Blood: 18-25 years, masculine, any gender
Old Us: 60-90+ years, any gender
Young Us: 18-25 years, any gender
The Purple Flower will be presented by Black and Unknown Bards as part of SEEK Raleigh, an experimental public arts program of Raleigh Arts.
Performance Location: Shelley Lake Park, 1400 W Millbrooks Ave, Raleigh, NC
Rehearsal Location: Pullen Arts Center, 105 Pullen Road, Raleigh, NC
Rehearsals Start: April 15th, 3 evenings/week + Saturday afternoons
Tech: May 6th -12th
Performance Dates: May 13th and May 20th, 2023
Rain Dates/Possible Extension: June 3rd - 4th, 2023