BPA Announces Auditions for THE KENTUCKY CYCLE - September 17 & 18
BPA is honored and pleased to announce audition dates for Robert Schenkkan’s Pulitzer Prize-winning epic in two parts, THE KENTUCKY CYCLE, which opens next March under the direction of Kate Carruthers. Auditions are Tuesday and Wednesday, September 17 and 18 at BPA.
THE KENTUCKY CYCLE contains nine acts which are divided into two full-length plays and performed in rotation. Because of its complete length of six hours, the fact that the two plays will open back to back, and the demands of the script (several dialects, extensive stage combat, the 200-year time span of the action, and character work), a rigorous rehearsal schedule is planned.
BPA is seeking an ensemble of 25-30 actors of all ages and ethnicities to play over 100 characters, many being successive generations of the same family spanning 200 years. A complete listing of characters is available online at www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org/collections/auditions.
Auditions are by appointment only, and interested parties are requested to email firstname.lastname@example.org to make an appointment. The rehearsal period will begin in mid-October and rehearse two days per week (Tuesday and Thursday evenings) until December 19 for the holiday break, and then start again January 9 at four days per week. Run dates are March 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23, 28, 29 and 30, plus two Pay-What-You-Can Previews on March 12 and 13. Those auditioning are required to prepare a 1-2-minute monologue. Participants are requested to bring a headshot or a current picture to the audition.
This sweeping epic of three families in eastern Kentucky spans 200 years of American history from 1775 to 1975. Fast-paced and finely drawn, Schenkkan's stunning cycle examines the myths of the American past that have created, for better or for worse, the country we are today using nine individual stories to trace the last 200 years through the saga of the Rowens, a fictional clan that scrapes and schemes to keep its hold on land it originally acquired by duping Cherokee Indians out of the their hunting ground. The cycle is epic in style when the plays are performed together, yet each individual play tells a powerful story on its own.
Title Sponsor for THE KENTUCKY CYCLE is PHC Construction, and Media Sponsor is KUOW 94.9 FM Public Radio. BPA is supported, in part, by Bainbridge Community Foundation and One Call for All. We are pleased to support Helpline House as our Special Community Partner.
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