Metropolis Performing Arts Centre announces general auditions for Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill (Winter 2022), by Lanie Robertson. Lady Day will be directed by Anthony Sims (they, them) and assistant directed by Rachael Calcote (she, they). Metropolis PAC is an inclusive workplace and welcomes theatre artists of diverse, intersectional life experiences and perspectives, economic and cultural backgrounds, and abilities.
Please note that for this production, we are actively seeking African Descent and/or Black theatre artists to collaborate on a show about African Descent and/or Black American historical experiences. We strongly encourage adult non-Equity artists/ actors/ singers/ musicians to audition. Actors submitting must be fully vaccinated before December 2021 for consideration and must submit proof of vaccination upon invitation to callbacks.
Material to Prepare:
Audition Materials to Prepare:
Billie Holiday – 1) Prepare 32 bars of a song from the ’20s or ’30s. Think Bessie Smith, Ma Rainey, or Ethel Waters; and 2) Prepare a 1-2 minute contemporary monologue.
Jimmy Powers – 1) Play a 32-bar cut of: “When a Woman Loves a Man.” (Sheet music will be provided upon receipt of audition request); and 2) Prepare a 1-2 minute contemporary monologue.
Callback Materials to Prepare:
For callbacks, invited actors will be provided sides from the script and sheet music. Invitations will go out on a rolling basis after review of individual audition submissions.
How to submit:
If you intend to submit an audition, please send an email, with LADY DAY in the email header, to firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know. In your email, please list any conflicts you may have with the rehearsal/ tech/ performance schedule. Please also attach your current headshot and resume, which includes your current phone number. Following that, for the role of Jimmy Powers, we will share a link to the piano side for you to prepare. Then, by the Tue 11/30, 1pm deadline, please submit a clickable link(s) (either 1 link or separate links) of your self-tape(s) for consideration. This link(s) should include your song and monologue. Additional links to your website and/or past work is also welcome, but not required. The self-tape should be in a shareable format, such as an Unlisted YouTube link(s), that Casting can forward to the creative team. After reviewing Metropolis’ Health Standards & Procedures, we welcome you to share your comfortability with the rehearsal and performance process. Please let us know if we can assist with any accessibility accommodations or questions to facilitate the casting process.
Rehearsals – Tue 12/7– Sun 1/16/22: Weekly rehearsals may include the following times, but not all: 6-10pm Mondays-Fridays, 1-5pm Saturdays, and/or 6-10pm Sundays. There will be at least one designated day off each week prior to tech & previews. Understudy rehearsal(s) are TBD. There will be holidays breaks in Dec & Jan TBD. There is no rehearsal Mon 1/17.
Tech Week – Tue 1/18–Fri 1/28/22. Schedule is as follows: Tue 1/18-Thu 1/20, 6-11pm; Sat 1/22, 11am-7pm; Mon 1/24-Wed 1/26, 6-11pm; Thu 1/27-Fri 1/28, 4:00-5:30pm. There are no rehearsals Fri 1/21 & Sun 1/23.
Previews & Performances – Thu 1/27–Sat 3/12/22. Standard performance schedule includes 7:30pm on Thursdays, Fridays, & Saturdays; 3pm matinees on Saturdays & Sundays.
Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill Show Description:
Step into Emerson’s Bar and Grill, as Billie Holiday gives her final performance in Philadelphia, in March of 1959. Interspersed with iconic songs like “God Bless the Child,” “Crazy He Call Me,” and “Strange Fruit,” the iconic singer takes us on a captivating journey through a lifetime of unforgettable music and momentous events. Filled with wry humor and aching hopefulness, it is a riveting portrayal of one of the greatest jazz and blues vocalists of all time. This production will honor opacity as Billie deserves the right to be opaque and mysterious. We seek to create a mural for Billie, as she should not be considered a character but a monument.
Lady Day contains graphic and explicit language. This biographical narrative includes intense emotional components and vivid descriptions that may be sensitive for some.
Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill Character Descriptions:
Billie Holiday: Female-identifying, 30-50. Billie (44) is in the last months of her life. She knows she is going to pass away soon but is at peace with it. Billie looks back at her life with humor, except when she mentions imprisonment and the denial of her cabaret card. Humor is her way of coping, but in those moments she couldn’t work, we see a glimpse into the horror and pain in her life. She is a strong storyteller and is often expressing herself through song as a way of amplifying life. Her music showcases her genius but also her despair as the show continues. Ethnicity: African Descent and/or Black.
Jimmy Powers: Male-identifying, 25+. Billie’s accompanist and lover. He supports Billie no matter what and always tries to keep her on track even though she detours often. There is tenderness in their relationship, as he is the one who makes sure she eats, visits the doctor, and maintains stability. Although he cannot control how spontaneous Billie is during this performance, he speaks through the piano and always circles back to a place of care and intimacy for Billie. The role requires strong piano and musical skills. Ethnicity: African Descent and/or Black.
***Please Note: Also seeking additional musicians for the production. Ethnicity: African Descent and/or Black. If interested in applying, please contact Sabrina Odigie, Associate Artistic Director, at email@example.com or Maya Baumann, Interim Production Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org for consideration.
Metropolis’ About Us: Metropolis Performing Arts Centre is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The theater houses 329-seats which hosts hundreds of produced and presented performances each year including a Main Stage subscription series and a variety of concerts, comedy, and cabarets.
Metropolis’ Health Standards & Procedures: The health and safety of our performers, crew, staff, and patrons are our first priority. As such, the Metropolis Theatre HVAC systems have been sanitized and upgraded to MERV 13 filtration levels. Prior to any in-person callbacks, rehearsals and performances, performers, crew, staff, and patrons over the age of 12 will need to be fully vaccinated with an FDA or WHO authorized vaccine. Under the policy, all persons must show proof of vaccination with a matching I.D. at their time of entry into the Metropolis Theatre complex spaces. “Fully vaccinated” means the date of entry into the theatre must be at least 14 days after the second dose of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine, or at least 14 days after a single dose COVID-19 vaccine. If a patron is not able to be vaccinated, they must show proof of a negative COVID-19 test dated within the last 72 hours.
During rehearsals performers will be undergo daily COVID-19 symptom screening. Just prior to and during performance weeks, performers will undergo weekly COVID-19 testing. Effective 8/23/2021, all persons will be masked when inside the facilities regardless of their vaccination status. Performers will be masked until dress rehearsals and before and after performances and when not onstage. Metropolis will notify patrons, staff, crew, and performers with reminder messaging to ensure awareness of current policies, as well as any procedures that are updated. Metropolis will meet and exceed the health mandates as determined by the IL Department of Public Health and the CDC. Metropolis’ COVID-19 Safety Plan is available upon request.
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Metropolis Casting is dedicated to upholding Metropolis PAC’s values of equal opportunity and engages in a policy of promoting a positive model of inclusion and equity. As such, Metropolis Casting confirms our commitment to equitable hiring practices in order to achieve that goal.
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