BY LALLY KATZ
A STAGED READING FOR NEW THEATRE’S EDUCATION PROGRAM
Ana is a battle hardened Hungarian-Australian veteran of the twentieth century. Catherine is her neighbour: a twenty-something aspiring actress waiting for a better world. Can their unlikely friendship outlive the colossal forces of history, the inevitability of death, and a trip to the mall to see Mamma Mia?
Taking place over a year, it’s a classic odd-couple story: opposites attract, and from each other they gain a new understanding.
As their unlikely relationship develops, Catherine’s life is transformed by Ana’s stories of an almost forgotten world, Through her new friend’s eyes she witnesses the traumas of war, the desolation of the refugee experience, and the struggle of settling in a foreign land. The courage this gives her in dealing with her own past is Ana’s gift to her. In turn, Ana is granted one last great friendship at a time when the journey to her life’s end was looking to be a lonely one.
This glorious comedy about hope, death and pets, takes on a sense of enormity in the midst of the ordinary, questioning whether we really know what’s out there in the ‘burbs’.
Director Dan Graham
Wednesday 19 June 11:30am & 7:30pm
Followed by Q&A
Tuesday 11 June 6pm – 10pm
Wednesday 12 June 6pm – 10pm
Saturday 15 June 6pm – 10pm
Monday 17 June 6pm – 10pm
Tuesday 18 June 6pm – 10pm
6 F (late 20s – 80)
3 M (early 30s – 40s)
All other roles will be played by the company
We very much encourage and welcome submissions from actors who identify as First Nations, PoC, CaLD, queer and/or gender diverse.
TO BOOK AN AUDITION
It is essential that you read the script BEFORE submitting an Expression of Interest.
To request a perusal copy of the script, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Email your EOI to email@example.com with AUDITION in the subject line.
In your EOI, please:
• include an up-to-date headshot and cv
• indicate which role/roles you are interested in
• indicate if you are currently a New Theatre member
Audition EOIs will be accepted until COB Wednesday 5 June
After EOIs have closed, you will be notified if you have been successful in securing an audition and allocated an audition time. New Theatre members are guaranteed an audition if they fit the casting brief.
WHAT TO PREPARE
A 2-3 minute monologue from either Neighbourhood Watch or another contemporary Australian play that you feel is suitable and reflects the role you are interested in.
New Theatre is a volunteer-based organisation and there is no payment for this event.
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
Dan Graham has experience as a theatre director both nationally and internationally. He has attended Directors Labs in Chicago and LA and earlier this year was the recipient of a scholarship to attend ISPA in New York. He also undertook a directing residency at Atlantic Theatre Company and has been invited to return. Dan has been an advocate for Artists with Neuro-Diverse Disabilities and later this year will travel to London and Scotland on a Create NSW Fellowship to research support for such artists in access departments of leading theatres and performing arts venues. This staged reading marks Dan’s New Theatre debut.