Received this call to audition today and it was such a thrill to be reminded that this insane play a) exists and b)has become, against all odds, CANONICAL. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not ‘endorsing’ the play’s political message (well, not ALL of it. I don’t think we need to trick seduce and/or knife each other, though perhaps holes have to be made for revolution/Art to remake the body as medium) and it’s corny as hell (is Hell going to be corny? I’ll let you know), but I am totally endorsing its resilient insane potent toxic pageantry, a resilience that seems in part based on a desire to make a medium so impacted and saturated that it toxifies and intoxifies itself with its own toxic waste (i.e. political potency, Art) supparates, leaks into the audience, engrages as a political mode, makes more of itself. Go BLACK ARTS!
PS, I’m going to go up for the role of ‘Conductor’, who dances the crucial soft shoe in the wreckage. Anybody else want to claim a part? As Drama Club director (until there’s a coup), I’m all for double casting.
From: Etheridge Knight, Inc. [firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Thursday, December 08, 2011 10:43 AM
Subject: Arts Press Release Auditions for Amiri Baraka’s ‘Dutchman’
Audition Press Release
Etheridge Knight Theatre holds auditions for Amiri Baraka’s Dutchman.
A shocking one-act play, which takes place “in the flying underbelly of the city,” in a subway train, is an emotionally charged and highly symbolic version of the Adam
and Eve story in which a naïve bourgeois black man is murdered by an insane and
calculating white seductress. This play is one of mythical proportions, a ritual drama
that has a sociological purpose: to galvanize his audience into revolutionary
The play consists of two primary characters: Lula, a thirty-year old insane, flirtatious, calculating white seductress, and Clay, a twenty-year old naïve bourgeois black man, and an ensemble: riders of coach, white and black; young black man; black conductor; and
Auditions will be held: Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 2-5 pm, Spades Branch Library (Upper Level), 1801 Nowland Ave, Indianapolis, Indiana 46201, and Saturday, January 21, 2012 at 2-5 pm, Irvington Branch Library, 5625 East 25th Street, Indianapolis, Indiana 46219. Call backs will be on Saturday, January 28, 2012 at 2-5 pm, Spades Branch Library (Upper Level), 1801 Nowland Ave, Indianapolis, Indiana 46201.
Please prepare a two minute monologue. This audition is for non-Equity actors only.
Etheridge Knight, Inc.
PO Box 18043, Indianapolis, IN 46218