Casting Notice: Paterson Performing Arts Development Council- For Colored Boyz: On the verge of a nervous breakdown/when freedom ain’t enuff
Member Audition posted Monday, March 29, 2021
Producer: Paterson Performing Arts Development Council Dir.: Daryl Stewart Audition Dates: Apr 6-7th by appt. Callbacks-4/8/21- Zoom platform
Location: Virtual and on-site closed performance site. Rehearsal Dates: April 10th through June 23rd, 2021. Specific dates and times TBD
Reading/Performance Date(s): Fri. May 14th, Thursday June 24th- Friday June 25th Featured: Hamilton Arts Festival
Compensation: Stipend for performance dates *All rehearsals and performances will be held in NJ and/or via virtual platforms
SYNOPSIS: Bryan-Keyth Wilson’s FOR COLORED BOYZ on the verge of a nervous breakdown/when freedom ain’t enuff is a collection of 34 poems telling the stories of black men from slavery to the present. The composition examines the dark realities of what it means to be a man of color in America by delving into issues of toxic masculinity, homophobia, systematic racism, mental issues, and police brutality. While there’s no linear narrative each poem is woven together through music and dance making it a choreopoem. The choreopoem is performed by five nameless men, only represented visually by their colors: The Man in Black, Man in Red, Man in Green, Man in Orange and Man in Blue. Other subjects examined in the choreopoem include colorism, racial stereotypes, the black family and politics. By the conclusion of Act II, walls are broken, and each man on stage takes a new right of passage giving reverence to the ancestors and affirming that the bond of brotherhood is what they need to move forward in this world.
Drama: Two Acts; Characters: 5 men, Running Time: 90 mins
Character Breakdown: NON-UNION, Ensemble. Male. Inter/multi-disciplinary performer: poets, singers, dancers, storytellers, etc. AGE RANGE: 18-50 ETHNICITY: African American, Afro-Latino, African Diaspora, LatinX, African-Caribbean. Performers should be comfortable with physical expression and movement.
COVID 19 Note: Rehearsals will begin on ZOOM and move to in-person during filming week. Performers will be asked to adhere to our Covid-19 Safety Protocol, which includes obligations surrounding testing, temperature checks, and PPE.
Content warning: The show's content addresses adult themes like abuse, sexuality, spirituality and mental health challenges.
Tuesday, April 6 - 12:30pm — Thursday, April 8, 2021 - 12:30pm
How to Apply:
HEADSHOT/RESUME and any vocal/dance clips TO CASTINGS@PPADC.org You should also prepare a 1-2 min monologue or poem for the audition and/or a brief devised musical/ dance presentation.