Uptown Players announces auditions for the regional premiere of The Nance, the 2013 Tony Award and Outer Critics Circle Award winning play written by Douglas Carter Beane, which runs June 19 through July 5, 2015 at the Kalita Humphreys Theater.
The Nance recreates the naughty, raucous world of burlesque's heyday and tells the backstage story of Chauncey Miles and his fellow performers. At a time when it is easy to play gay and dangerous to be gay, Chauncey's uproarious antics on the stage stand out in marked contrast to his offstage life.
The production will star B.J. Cleveland as Chauncey Miles, the role that won Nathan Lane a 2013 Tony Award and a 2013 Outer Critics Circle Award. The production is under the direction of Bruce R. Coleman.
The following roles are open to both equity and non-equity actors. There is one additional SPT-3 principle equity contracts available for this production.
Ned - Mid to late 20s. Attractive and not terribly sophisticated. A country boy in the city. Earnest, with a great work ethic. Emotionally open and vulnerable despite his physical strength. May appear slightly dim, but is very smart. As a performer in sketches, he must have natural flair for burlesque comedy as both comic and straight man. Nudity is required.
Efram - Mid to late 50s. Jewish. A performer and a business man, runs the "artistic side" of the Irving Place Theater. A Damon Runyon quality to his speech. A natural worrier and fretter. On stage, must be able to handle "top Banana" style burlesque comedy. A tough exterior but a good heart.
Sylvie - Late 30s to late 50s. A burlesque stripper. A Catholic communist from the outer boroughs of New York who has not had an easy life. A real no-nonsense vocal quality with a New York accent. Must be comfortable moving and wearing very little clothing for "striptease sequences." She's strong, a presence, can hold her own in an argument. Some singing involved.
Carmen - Late 20s to early 40s. A burlesque stripper. Born in New Jersey but of Latin descent. She can put on and take off the Latina accent as the situation (in life or in sketch) permits. She has a big heart but has not had an easy life. Must be comfortable moving and wearing very little clothing for striptease sequences. Some singing involved.
Joanie - Mid-20s to Late 30s. A burlesque stripper. A wonderful Gracie Allen, Jean Arthur quality that makes her a natural for sketches. Borderline blasé, she sort of takes things as they come. Must be comfortable moving and wearing very little clothing for striptease sequences. Some singing involved.
Auditions will be held by appointment on Sunday, February 15 from 630pm to 930pm at the Kalita Humphreys Theater, 3636 Turtle Creek Boulevard (@ Blackburn), Dallas TX 75219. For an audition appointment, call 214-219-2718. Auditions will consist of reading selections from the script. Sides will be posted on the Uptown Players website audition page by February 8. A headshot and resume are required at auditions. Callbacks will take place on Monday, February 16 at 7pm.
Rehearsals will begin the week of May 25. The production runs June 19 through July 5 at the Kalita Humphreys Theater. For additional information, visit www.uptownplayers.org.