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Auditions

Burning

Burning

About the Show

Performance Info: Performances will take place at Unity Somerville, 6 William Street, Somerville. Performance dates are:

Friday, March 15, 8:00 pm
Saturday, March 16, 8:00 pm
Sunday, March 17, 8:00 pm
Thursday, March 21, 8:00 pm
Friday, March 22, 8:00 pm
Saturday, March 23, 4:00 pm

About the Play: In this contemporary re-imagining of Cyrano de Bergerac, Cy, a former Army sergeant kicked out under "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," takes on the world with her words as a blogger, blowing the whistle on sexual harassment within the Army and going toe-to-toe with her former commander. She secretly adores her friend Rose, who in turn has her eye on Cole, an inarticulate infantryman. Cy reluctantly signs on to ghost-write Cole's courtship of Rose, but lets her own fantasy take priority over the reality of the situation. This thought-provoking drama explores themes of truth, deceit and silence, and the power each has to do good or harm.

About the playwright: Ginger Lazarus is an award-winning Boston-based playwright, screenwriter, and teacher. She collaborated with CST's Youth Underground to create Here and There, a play about immigration, which is currently on tour. Other productions include The Housekeeper with Fresh Ink Theatre, Burning with Resonance Ensemble and Boston Playwrights' Theatre (2013 Boston My Theatre Award for Best New Work), The Embryos with Fresh Ink, A Blessing and a Curse: A Duet of Plays on Motherhood presented by Spiced Wine Productions, and Matter Familias with Boston Playwrights' (IRNE nomination for Best New Play). She received the 1999 John Gassner Memorial Playwriting Award for MOCKBA: A Play About Moscow and was selected as a ten-minute play finalist in the 2002 Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival for Shooting Sparks. Her plays have been produced locally by Another Country Productions, Centastage, Queer Soup, Playwrights' Platform, and the Boston Theater Marathon, and have been featured nationally in Untitled Theater's 24/7 Festival, Philadelphia Gay and Lesbian Theater Festival, Pan Theater Ten Minute Play Festival, Women's Theatre Project's Naked Women Fully Clothed, and the Last Frontier Theatre Conference Play Lab. Two of her short plays also appeared at the Warehouse Theatre and Canal Café Theatre in London. Her screenwriting credits include two award-winning shorts for the Boston 48 Hour Film Festival and Mary, a film based on her stage play. Ginger holds a master's degree in playwriting from Boston University and has taught at the University of Massachusetts Boston and Emerson College. She is a member of the Dramatists Guild, StageSource, and Rhombus playwrights' group.

About the director: Andrea Humez has directed a variety of full-length and shorter plays for Theatre@First, including Arms & the Man (2007), The Rimers of Eldritch (2008), Bare Bones: Two For the Seesaw (2011), FirstWorks: That Night in the Field (2015), and Stop Kiss (2016). Other directing credits include The Importance of Being Earnest (Arlington Friends of the Drama, 2013) and Spike Heels (The Occasional Players, 2009). She has appeared onstage with Theatre@First in roles including Margaret Fuller in the 2006 and 2010 productions of The Margaret Ghost.

 

General Audition Information

Auditions: Monday, December 10 & Tuesday, December 11, by appointment only (slots at 7pm, 8pm, and 9pm).

Please read all the details on the audition information sheet, and fill in the webform at the bottom of this page to make an appointment. You will receive a confirmation email shortly.

If you have additional questions, need to cancel your appointment, or the webform doesn't work for you, please email auditions@theatreatfirst.org.

 

Character List

CY, female, age 40, lesbian, former Army sergeant turned militant blogger, secretly in love with Rose. Her gender expression doesn't have to be classically butch, but she is tough as the mountains, hardened by military life and by hiding her true self. Lead role, appears in all scenes and is onstage for most of the play; requires memorizing a lot of dialogue. Requires convincing military speech and physical mannerisms (coaching will be provided), kissing the actor playing Rose, stage combat (fistfight).

ROSE, female, straight/questioning/bisexual, age 32, transplant from the East Coast, naive in some ways but also self-aware, loves and admires Cy as a friend and possibly more, in love with Cole despite their lack of common ground. Lead role, appears in about half of the scenes. Requires kissing the actor playing Cy and the actor playing Cole.

COLE, male, straight, age 25, Army corporal, in love with Rose but doesn't understand her and feels tongue-tied around her, has outbursts of frustration and anger. Supporting role, appears in three scenes, where he is focal. Requires convincing military speech and physical mannerisms (coaching will be provided), kissing the actor playing Rose, stage combat (fistfight).

SAMMY, male, gay, age 18, local boy, works in Cy's store and helps Cy with her activism work, looks up to her as a role model, loyal friend, harassed by the local soldiers, aspires to escape to a less hostile environment and a more fulfilling life. Supporting role, appears in about half of the scenes. Requires stage combat (fistfight).

DULAC, male, straight, middle-aged or older, colonel & brigade commander, smart, articulate, ruthless, wants to stop Cy's activism by any means necessary. Supporting role, appears in two scenes, where he is focal. Requires convincing military speech and physical mannerisms (coaching will be provided).

 

Note: Any actor is welcome to audition for any role, without regard to race, color, religion, ethnicity, ancestry, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, national origin, body type, age or disability. However, because the characters' specific gender identities are central to the plot, actors will be cast who can convincingly portray the stated genders. For similar reasons, the character of Cole, and to a lesser extent, the characters of Cy and Dulac will be cast with actors who can convincingly portray the physical fitness required to serve in the U.S. military.

 

Accessibility Notes

Our Limitations: Unfortunately, we're a community theater group with meager resources, and we're not as capable at making accommodations as we'd like to be. The primary limitation is that our main audition/rehearsal/performance space (Unity Church in Somerville) is not wheelchair accessible. Our space is in the church basement and can only be reached by stairs. Further, the stage itself and the green room are only reached by stairs, and moving wheelchairs in and out of the space is rather difficult. Our other major limitation is that we don't have an ASL interpreter (though we are happy to cast someone who is hard of hearing).

What we can do: Within our limitations, we will try and make every reasonable accommodation we can to help ensure everyone who wants to be in this show can try out on an even footing and, if cast, help ensure they are successful in their role. The best way to make that happen is to get in touch with us and let us know what kind of assistance you need at auditions, rehearsals and performances. Please send us an email at auditions@theatreatfirst.org and let us know what we can do to help.

 


Audition Reservation Form

Name 
E-mail 
Preferred Timeslot
Monday, December 10, 7pm
 
Monday, December 10, 8pm
 
Monday, December 10, 9pm
 
Tuesday, December 11, 7pm
 
Tuesday, December 11, 8pm
 
Tuesday, December 11, 9pm
 
Second Choice
Monday, December 10, 7pm
 
Monday, December 10, 8pm
 
Monday, December 10, 9pm
 
Tuesday, December 11, 7pm
 
Tuesday, December 11, 8pm
 
Tuesday, December 11, 9pm
 

NOTE: Some people have been receiving errors when sending their forms. If your form is rejected, please send an e-mail to auditions@theatreatfirst.org and include your information. If possible, please cut and paste the error message as well so we can use it to isolate the problem. Thank you.