Theater Auditions: Wild Thing
October 29—October 30, 2018 6:30 pm-10:30 pm
UMass Amherst Campus
We seek a diverse cast of actors and singers with a facility with heightened language and full-body physical commitment.
All students and all community members of any age, race, ethnic origin, ability, sexual orientation or gender identification are welcome. We encourage trans or nonbinary actors as well as cis-gender women to audition for the lead role of Gila.
What to prepare:Please prepare any heightened language monologue. This includes the option of choosing a monologue from Wild Thing. We are also open to Shakespeare, Lope de Vega, Moliere, Mac Wellman, Suzan-Lori Parks, etc.
If you are a singer, please also prepare a section from "Serrana" (a recording and sheet music are in our audition folder). You will have the opportunity to go over the music with the composer, Eric Sawyer, before you sing. Half the roles in Wild Thinginclude singing and half do not. It is completely fine to audition without singing.
Please read the entire script before the audition. (It is also accessible in the audition folder.)
Sign up for an audition slot at SignUpGenius.
Important Casting Note: We are applying for Wild Thing to go to the Chamizal Festivla in El Paso, TX. It would involve travel around April 10-14, which overlaps with Sweat performances. We will know by December 14 if we are accepted, but people who are cast in Wild Thing are making a commitment that may prevent them from being in Sweat.
Translated by Harley Erdman from La Serrana de la Vera by Luis Vélez de Guevara
Directed by Gina Kaufmann
The original script of Wild Thing was written in 1613 by Luis Vélez de Guevara, yet it confronts gender in a way that feels astonishingly of-the-moment. Gila, a peasant girl who calls herself a man, furiously rejects the rules set out for her, preferring the life of a fierce warrior outlaw over subjugation to a husband and society. This first-ever English-language production of an extraordinary and constantly surprising play has everything from slapstick comedy to intense drama.
General Casting Policies
The Department of Theater is committed to racial, cultural and individual diversity.
Casting for all department-sponsored productions is open to any student, staff, or faculty member of the Five College Consortium, any member of the community, or any invited guest artist regardless of race, ethnic origin, abilty, sexual orientation or gender identification.
Equal-opportunity casting is encouraged.
All Theater majors are welcomed and strongly encouraged to audition. The Department chooses plays each year with the intention of using as many majors as possible, but casting of any individual theater major student is not guaranteed.
Most casting will be determined by open auditions.
You are expected to sign up for a given audition appointment, and to arrive at the audition site well ahead of the scheduled time. Performers who arrive after their scheduled time may not be allowed to audition.
After open auditions have been completed, the director will post call back announcements. If you are called back, you are expected to initial next to your name to acknowledge the call back.