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AUDITIONS

NOW ACCEPTING
VIDEO SUBMISSIONS FOR
THE PURPLE FLOWER

Submission Deadline: March 17th

See details below.

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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.

 

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS:

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 info@blackandunknownbards.com.

 

SUBMISSION FORM:

https://forms.gle/9wrWrVQGRCwrV9UQ7

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: March, 17th 2023

 

SYNOPSIS:

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.

 

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN

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

 

RATE: $700

 

SCHEDULE:

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

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