Act a Lady
By Jordan Harrison
Directed by Jessie Fidler
When the men of a small, Prohibition-era town decide to put on a play dressed in “fancy-type, women-type clothes,” the whole community is affected: gender lines blur, eyebrows raise, identities explode, and life is forever changed. A thoughtful and hilarious Midwestern fable about the woman in every man and the man in every woman.
Produced by StageQ at Bartell Theatre's Evjue Stage, 113 E. Mifflin St., Madison
Performances: November 4-19, 2022
Fri, Nov 4th - 7:30pm
Sat, Nov 5th - 7:30pm
Thu, Nov 10th - 7:30pm
Fri, Nov 11th - 7:30pm
Sat, Nov 12th - 7:30pm
Sun, Nov 13th - 4:00pm
Thu, Nov 17th - 7:30pm
Fri, Nov 18th - 7:30pm
Sat, Nov 19th - 4:00pm
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Auditions will be held on the following days:
StageQ, Inc. will be holding auditions for Act a Lady by Jordan Harrison. Directed by Jessie Fidler. Act a Lady will be presented on the Evjue Stage at The Bartell Theatre, running November 4th through 19th, 2022.
Dates and Times
Auditions will be held Tuesday, August 23 and Wednesday, August 24 at 7pm at the Bartell Theatre on 113 E Mifflin St.
MILES (40s, male): a small business owner, leader of his group of friends, cool-headed, married to DOROTHY. Also plays LADY ROMOLA VON PLOFSDORF and VICOMTE VALENTINO UFA.
TRUE (early 30s, male): a tanner, rougher and a bit hot-headed, also plays COUNTESS ROQUEFORT.
CASPER (20s, male): a photographer, sensitive and more effeminate than the other men. Goes through the biggest self discovery. Also plays GRETA THE MAID.
DOROTHY (40s, female): an accordion teacher, married to MILES. Should ideally be able to play the accordion. Plays MILES in Act II
LORNA (late 20s, female): a chipper, make-up artist who spent time working in Hollywood before moving back home. Has an eye for TRUE. Plays TRUE in Act II
ZINA (ageless, female): a director. Strong, opinionated, butch. From Europe, has german/eastern European accent. Plays CASPER in Act II
Casting Notes: For most of the second Act, the three male actors remain in their play-within-the-play personae: Countess Roquefort, Greta The Maid, and Romola Von Plofsdorf. (Additionally, the actor who played Miles cameos as the Vicomte Valentino Ufa.) In addition to playing the female characters, the actresses now play the male characters from Act I: The actress playing Lorna now plays True, Dorothy plays Miles, and Zina is Casper.
Actors will be asked to read dialogue from provided sides either alone or with other auditionees. Prepared monologues are optional, not required.
StageQ and Bartell Theatre policy is that all production staff, crew, and cast meet the CDC’s definition of “fully-vaccinated” by the time rehearsals begin. Those wishing to audition don’t have to provide proof of vaccination status, but if cast, proof must be provided to the producer before the first rehearsal. Those who cannot be vaccinated due to medical reasons or age restrictions will be allowed to participate but are asked to contact the show’s producer ahead of time.
Masks will be optional at auditions, although actors should be prepared to wear them during the early rehearsal process of the show and up through the beginning of tech week.
About Act a Lady:
When the men of a small, Prohibition-era town decide to put on a play dressed in “fancy-type, women-type clothes,” the whole community is affected: gender lines blur, eyebrows raise, identities explode, and life is forever changed. A thoughtful and hilarious Midwestern fable about gender performance.
Rehearsal Dates and Location
Rehearsals will start September 25th and will typically run Sunday through Thursday from 6:30 to 9pm. Final rehearsal schedule to be determined based on the availability of actors that are cast. Rehearsals will be held at First Congregational Church at 1609 University Ave.
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