Auditions for UMass New Play Lab
December 4—December 5, 2019 6:30 pm-10:30 pm
Fine Arts Center
UMass Amherst Campus
The UMass Theatre Department is looking for actors for this year’s Playlab. Playlab is a venue for playwrights to experiment, for directors and dramaturgs to collaborate on shaping new work, for actors to bring intriguing characters to life, and for audiences to help shape the work through their reactions. This year, we are bringing two professional playwrights to UMass to collaborate on new plays.
Auditions will take place on December 4 and 5 in Room 204 of the Fine Arts Center.
Please prepare a side in advance of your audition. You can sign up for a slot and access sides on our Sign Up Genius. Actors cast in The Water Station cannot audition for Playlab. Actors who are cast in The Interrobangers CAN be in Mr. Burns. Actors who are cast in Walden cannot be in Mr. Burns. See below for details about both Playlab plays.
THE INTERROBANGERS by M Sloth Levine
Actors cast in The Interrobangers will need to be available on the evening of January 24 and from January 27, 2020 - February 8, 2020
Four groovy teens and a dog search the woods in their van to solve a mystery while exploring drugs, queerness, and the fear that men in rubber masks are scarier than monsters. The four question the world they know, looking into the parts of their history they would rather avoid.
- Zodiac DuMaurier, late teens, he/him/his. Cis-ish. He has white parents but he’s not necessarily white.
- Hank Mason, late teens, he/him/his, cis and white.
- Luna Jaffe, late teens, Asian, they/them/theirs. This role is for an actor who was assigned female at birth but identifies as non-binary.
- Dani MacHaydn, late teens, she/her/hers, cis and black
- Bettie Roswell, 60’s, she/her/hers, cis and black. She also plays Tess Mason, late 40’s, she/her/hers. She is Hank’s mom.
- Officer Craig/Guy at The Jackalope. Cis man of color
- Mr. Dahl/Nathan Hobart. Any race. Maybe human. Maybe something else.
WALDEN by Amy Berryman
Actors cast in Walden will need to be available on the evening of January 24 and from February 10-22, 2020
In the not-so-distant future, climate change has intensified and scientists are recommending that we colonize elsewhere. Cassie, a NASA botanist, returns from her year-long deployment in space and is shocked to find her sister, Stella, a former NASA architect, engaged to an Earth Advocate. As the twins grapple with questions of rivalry and love, humanity hangs in the balance.
- STELLA – early thirties, Cassie’s twin sister – former NASA colony architect, her mouth moves quickly to catch up with her even faster brain, still deeply heartbroken she will never go to space, is harboring secrets and resentment as she struggles to welcome her sister into her new life. She/her/hers
- CASSIE – early thirties, Stella’s twin sister – NASA botanist, physically strong, seems put together in the midst of all her success, but inside is doubtful and falling apart. Looking for a way to blow up her life, as well as looking for a way to get closer to her sister. She/her/hers
- BRYAN – mid thirties, Stella’s fiancée – a member of the populist political movement Earth Advocates, laid back, kind, emotionally open, strong, still grieving the loss of his brother, struggling with the wall Stella has built around herself. He/him/his
M Sloth Levine (they/them/theirs) is a trans theatremaker who directs, writes plays, and designs based in Brooklyn, NY, previously Boston, MA. Recent work has been seen at The Art Garage, Company One, SpeakEasy Stage Company, Fresh Ink Theatre, Brown Box Theatre Project, and their own collective Milky Way Coffee Roasters. They are involved with the Gender Explosion Initiative with StageSource, advocating for gender diversity in New England theatre. They are a proud alumnus of the Company One PlayLab Unit. Sloth's work often involves the fantastic, spooky, and queer. In 2016 they received a BA in Theatre Studies: Directing & Playwriting from Emerson College.
Amy Berryman (she/her/hers) is a writer and actor originally from Seattle, Washington. Her full length plays include Walden (Great Plains Theatre Conference 2019, Premiere Play Festival Runner Up 2019, Last Frontier Theatre Festival 2018), The New Galileos (O'Neill Finalist 2019, Playwrights Realm Fellowship Finalist 2018, Mach 33 Science Driven Plays Semi-Finalist 2019, developed in Amios' First Draughts series) and Three Year Summer, which recently received readings with Nomad Theatricals in NYC, Prop Theater in Chicago, and Portland Stage in Maine. Her short plays have been seen in Amios' SHOTZ and Barrington Collective in NYC. The short film she wrote, co-produced, and starred in, "You Are Everywhere" premiered in New York Shorts Fest and won “Best Short Drama” in the LA Short Film Festival. As an actor, she was recently seen off-Broadway in The Convent by Jessica Dickey with Rattlestick/Rising Phoenix Rep, Greg Kotis' play Lunchtime at the Brick in NYC, Erin Courtney's I Will Be Gone in the Humana Festival, and the web series #NoFilter. @amyrberryman