BEAUTIFUL THING by Jonathan Harvey
Director: Mikael Burke
Artistic Director: Cody Estle
Casting Director: Catherine Miller
Artistic Producer: Cole von Glahn
Production Manager: Lorenzo Blackett
Anonymous among the thousands living in the working-class flats of southeast London, two boys struggle to carve out their own space in a constricting world. Driven away by his erratic family, Ste seeks order and purpose in sports and academics, building the idealized life he hasn’t lived. Jamie, instead, turns his back on structure, preferring independence and sharp wit to scholastic honors. With the pressures of their divergent lives mounting, the boys find solace with one another. Ste’s nightly refuge at Jamie’s house evolves into something more, something transformative: something beautiful. After redefining gay representation nearly 30 years ago, Beautiful Thing brings the warmth of first love back to Chicago.
Please submit your self tape, along with your headshot and resume at https://www.dropbox.com/request/04raVwz1AtIdZgIoSbeI no later than 10PM CST on Monday, July 12, 2021.
Material to Prepare:
Please tape a 1-minute contemporary monologue. It does not matter which genre, we just ask that you keep in mind which role you are reading for when choosing your piece. *Include your name and Equity status in your slate.*
Please let us know if you have any questions, concerns, or if there are any accommodations we can provide.
Callbacks: Sunday, July 18th (in person)
First Rehearsal: 1/5/2022
Previews: 2/9/2022, 2/11/2022, 2/12/2022, 2/13/2022
Previews: Wed 2/9/22, Fri 2/11/22, Sat 2/12/22 @7:30pm and Sun 2/13/22 @ 3:00pm
Opening Night: Mon 2/14/22 @7:30pm
Regular Run: Thu-Sat @ 7:30pm, Sun @ 3:00pm.
*All Characters have a South East London Dialect*
JAIME: Black, Nearly sixteen, shy, plain looking lad. Jamie is a troubled teen who has gone through a lot within his life. No father present and lives with his mum who only cares about becoming a publican.
STE: Open Ethnicity, Jamie's neighbour, sixteen. Attractive in a rough way. Ste is Jamie's love interest who loves sports. Ste lives with his father and brother. Both men are addicted to drinking and bully him at every opportunity.
SANDRA: Black, 35 year old single mother to Jaime and bar manager. Does the best she can, doesn't take bullshit, and wants the best for everyone.
TONY: Open Ethnicity, Sandra’s 27 year old boyfriend; middle class trying to rough up; this actor will also voice Ste’s dad, Ronnie, in one scene.
LEAH: Open Ethnicity, loud mouthed, sassy, in your face sixteen year old. Obsessed with
Mama Cass. Minimal singing required.
We would like to note that we are seeking queer actors for the roles of Jaime and Ste and that there will be intimacy work in this production. We are hiring an intimacy coordinator.
In reference to the character descriptions above—most characters we encounter currently are on the binary and are written with he/him or she/her pronouns and you will see that in the following descriptions. But however limiting the descriptions are, our casting seeks to be as inclusive as possible and we invite gender non-conforming, genderqueer, transgender and non-binary actors to submit for the roles they most identify with. We will also list race/ethnicity when specific to the character but are otherwise seeking all races and ethnicities. In addition, we will list disability when specific to a character, but are otherwise seeking actors with disabilities as well as non-disabled actors for all roles. (Source: Emily Tarquin, Kevin Kantor and Marilee Talkington)
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