NEW HAVEN – Long Wharf Theatre announces non-Equity auditions for local actors between the ages of 13 to 21 for its upcoming production of The Odyssey Devised, directed by Education Programs Manager Mallory Pellegrino.
Auditions for the show will take place Saturday, June 27 between 10 am and 1 pm. Actors will be expected to perform a one minute, memorized monologue. To book an audition appointment, e-mail Pellegrino at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There will be callback scheduled for Sunday, June 28 from 1 to 4 pm by invitation only. At the callbacks actors will read from sides, as well as doing movement work and improvisation. There are between 10 and 12 slots available in the company.
Rehearsals will start on July 20 and take place each day from 1 to 4 pm. Performances take place August 13 through 15 at 7 pm on Stage II.
The rehearsal process presents a unique opportunity for performers – the actors will collaborate with Pellegrino to create the play. “I am so thrilled that Mallory will be devising this new work in collaboration with young artists. Mallory’s vision and creativity are boundless and I know her actors will have an incredible experience. I think it is vital to support an artistic forum for self expression and creation and I am thrilled we will create and premiere THE ODYSSEY DEVISED this summer at Long Wharf Theatre,” said Beth Milles, director of education.
She will work with the ensemble to create the show from scratch, using Homer’s Odyssey as the jumping off point for the story. Through a series of improvisations and movement workshops, and using found objects, scenes and characters will begin to take shape. That creative process will yield a script, which will be produced. “It’s a process that requires bravery and commitment on the parts of the actors,” Pellegrino said. “It is about finding your voice as an artist and letting that speak.”