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GENERIC THEATER
215 St. Paul's Blvd
Norfolk, VA
Box Office:
757.441.2160

World Premiere

The (former) Prostitutes Potluck Supper

by Frankie Little Hardin

Director: Philip Odango

Dates and Times of Audition:
Monday, August 24 7pm
Tuesday, August 25 7pm
Wednesday, August 26 7pm

DIRECTIONS

See www.generictheater.org/parking.html - Auditions will be in the Generic Theater performance space underneath Chrysler Hall, accessible through the Little Hall in the lower level of the Scope parking garage.  You can park in the garage ($3 fee after 6pm) or use the stairway through the red door to the right of the Chrysler Hall box office.

PARKING ADVISORY: The Scope garage now charges for parking at night, so be prepared to spend $3, or do as we do and park free on Bute Street and walk across the street. Parking Map


REHEARSALS

Weeknights and Saturday afternoons

PERFORMANCES

at Generic Theater
October 9, 10, 11, 22, 23, 24, 25, 29, 30, 31
November 1, 5, 6, 7, 8
(Thursday through Saturday nights, Sunday matinees)


SYNOPSIS

Six friends, who once shared the world’s oldest profession, meet for a potluck supper every month, until an expected visitor spells a recipe for disaster. This dramatic comedy is written by Norfolk native and Generic Theater alum Frankie Little Hardin.


PREPARATION

Generic Theater is seeking NON UNION actors to fill 6 female and 1 male roles. Headshots and resumes are encouraged but not required. Be prepared to provide all scheduling conflicts through November 8. Auditions will consist of cold reads from the script.

If you have questions about the auditions you may contact the director at podango [at] gmail.com


ROLES

MISS LYDIA (female / African American, 60’s-70’s). A lovely, gracious and intelligent woman. Well-read as well as wise in the ways of the world. Still, A private person. Very meticulous, fashionable; a woman who takes care of herself, inside and out; wears glasses for reading. Aging gracefully.

ETHEL (female / mid/late 50’s).  Could use a good haircut; she colors her own hair.  Smart, but sometimes scattered, a queen of multitasking and many projects. Is better at starting things than finishing them, but comfortable with herself and her middle aged spread – a down to earth goddess. Not aging gracefully – doesn’t care.

NORMA/NORMAN (male / African American, mid/late 40’s). An extremely large man, who (sometimes) dresses as a woman. Not afraid to get loud, as needed. Does not suffer fools, unless he’s the one being foolish. He is perfectly aware of correct grammar; he chooses to speak ‘street’ or ‘hick’ whenever it suits him. Formerly homeless and still a sucker for strays. Looking for his soulmate.

RUTH (female/ Asian, 30’s). Been there, done it all, twice. On the surface, tough, quirky, funny, independent; on the inside, a child, robbed of a childhood.  Fiercely protective, both of her body and her friends. Her armor is to play clueless – but she’s NOT silly.

CINDY (female/late 20’s). Brunette. Married and Mother to two young girls. Abused as a child and a teenage runaway, she has turned to religion for solace, but not quite a zealot, not yet. Can’t trust anything enough to buy the whole package. Sly and more than a bit cunning.  Desperate for validation.

MARY (female / 20’s) College girl. Pretty but maybe not beautiful. She doesn’t mean to offend, but she’s on a mission.  Not dumb at all, but naive, not a girl that sticks out in a crowd.

SHANTAI (female/ Latina or African American, early 40’s). Striking; A mature woman at the height of her beauty. Polished and professional businesswoman.  Smart and sassy and very tightly wound; on the edge of angry. Single mom to three adolescent and teenage boys.


 

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Audition FAQs

So you're interested in auditioning and not sure what to expect. Here are some the more common questions we receive. If we do not have the answer to your question here on this website then please send us an email at contact@generictheater.org.

Remember the most important thing about auditioning at the Generic Theater is that you have Fun.

Who can audition?  

Ready for this... ANYONE can audition.

Do I need a head shot?  

Headshots and resumes are strongly encouraged.

What should I bring?  

Interested actors are strongly encouraged register for an audition; walk-ins are welcome and will be asked to register. Those pre-registered will be auditioned first. Bring registration confirmation email, your headshot and resume (encouraged but not required), and a list of potential conflicts with you at the determined check-in time.

How do I prepare?  

Electronic scripts are usually available for you to peruse. This will provide you an opportunity to get to know and understand the character(s) that you wish to audition for. We also encourage you to do an internet search to better understand the script.

Please contact us using the information in the audition notice if you are interested in perusing a copy of the script.

What should I expect?  

On the first night of auditions, we ask that you arrive 15 minutes early to give you ample time to complete a short questionaire. The questionaire is designed to let our directors get to know you and your acting strengths.

Upon completing the questionaire, you will be asked to wait in a designated waiting area until you are called into the theater to meet the director. The director may choose to speak with you one-on-one or with a small groups. You will 'cold read' samples taken from the script. You may be asked to read multiple times with different groups of actors. For musicals or plays containing singing, you will be asked to provide a vocal sample; check above for details.

Auditions typically run for two days with a third day reserved for call backs, or in some cases for three days with a weekend callback. Call backs require additional readings from the script and may involve other actors.

This is a mere guideline into what you may expect during an audition. Auditions are conducted by the director, so dates and times may fluctuate. Please check the website or call the theater for the current dates and times of the production you wish to participate.

The only hard rule we have at the Generic Theater is have FUN.



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