Auditions: 'The Happiest Song Plays Last'
December 5—December 6, 2016 6:30 pm-10:30 pm
Fine Arts Center
UMass Amherst Campus
Handicap access available
“The Happiest Song Plays “Last is written by Quiara Alegría Hudes and directed by Jennifer Onopa and runs from April 5 to 15, 2017.
December 5 and 6, 6:30-10:30 p.m.
Callbacks are December 12 and 13.
Open to theater majors NS community members of all ages, race, ethnic origin, ability, sexual orientation or gender identification. We specifically welcome Latinx and Arab-American actors to attend.
Please prepare a short contemporary monologue.
There’s power in traditions, in the songs sung and the food served at gatherings and the way they can bind families and communities together across time and distance. Iraq war veteran Elliott is in Jordan to film a war movie and finds himself connecting with his costar Shar, against the backdrop of the Arab Spring. When he calls home, he speaks to his cousin Yaz, a music professor, who has opened her new home in Philadelphia to feed neighbors in need and struggles against a system that neglects the poor and the sick. Hudes’s play is a complex mixture, balancing epic historical events with intimate life moments, all of them connected through the wonders of modern technology and the richness of Puerto Rican cuatro music.
Elliot – Latino, 20s
Yaz – Latina, 20s-30s
Shar -- Arab-American woman, 20s
Agustín – Latino, 45-60
Ali – Arab man (Iraqi refugee), 30
Lefty – man of any ethnicity, 20s-30s