Players by the Sea to hold auditions for August Wilson drama

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Players by the Sea community theater in Jacksonville Beach encourages local African American talent to audition for August Wilson’s, Two Trains Running, a play that will appear in the Studio Theatre in March.

Auditions will start promptly at 1 p.m., Aug. 12, with registration beginning at 12 p.m. They will be held at the theater at 106 6th Street North. 

 “We are looking for a cast who is willing to challenge themselves physically and emotionally and work in an ensemble fashion to create meaningful moments,” Director Brian Niece said.

Actors are asked to prepare a 1-minute monologue. They should be prepared to read cold-readings from the script. Actors should wear something they are comfortable in as there will be a short movement session. Headshots and resumes are not required but highly recommended. Actors should provide a list of conflicts from January 13 through March 29.

Full rehearsals will begin on February 3 and run Monday through Thursday from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

All roles are to be played by African American actors. Visit playersbythesea.org/auditions to learn more about the characters in the show, which paints a picture of history unfolding around everyday lives against the backdrop of the civil rights movement. The plot: long-time regulars gather at the local diner in Pittsburgh’s Hill District to gossip, flirt and play the numbers. The owner must decide whether to let the city take over his building or sell it to a shrewd, local businessman—in a portrait of ordinary people in the midst of transformation.

“I have a rare opportunity to help tell this powerful story; a truthful black story; an American story that looks for beauty in brokenness. It is humbling to be able to serve August Wilson’s vision as a storyteller,” Niece said.

Two Trains Running will begin its run on March 13 and close on March 29. Shows will take place Friday and Saturday of opening weekend and continue on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday for the following two weeks. Thursday through Saturday night shows start at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees begin at 2 p.m. 

Visit playersbythesea.org for more information.

 

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