We have the following casting call:
November 12, 2021, Montreal, QC
AUDITION CALL: Black and Blue Matters
About the play: Black and Blue Matters is a hip hop musical that takes place in The OPC: Oppressed People’s Court. A fluid, surreal, purgatory like place that exists within the subconscious of DJ Sam I AM and David who are bonded through trauma.
Sammir Frederique (Aka: DJ SAM I AM) is a Black teenager of Haitian descent. He is a gifted Hip Hop DJ fighting for his life in a hospital bed. He is in a coma, possessed by dreams of vengeance and returning to the waking world. Our story takes place within the limitless magical realism of his Hip Hop saturated subconscious. David Harrison/Horowitz is a white presenting police officer in his early thirties. The son of the Real City police chief, David Harrison senior, David has been stuck in an alcohol-fused depression and is suffering from PTSD after shooting DJ Sam I Am 9 times after mistaking his iPhone for a gun. He, like Sam, is hopelessly stuck in a moment deep within his mind. The shared trauma of both David and his victim Sam I Am find themselves in the midst of a shared nightmare within each other’s collective subconscious.
Black And Blue Matters runs along the same timeline as Omari Newton’s previous hit play Sal Capone: The Lamentable Tragedy Of. While Sammy’s surviving friends and fellow band members are dealing with the shooting and his potential demise, Sammy fights for his life and for his will to live.
Character breakdown: LEGBA: Black Female/Male/Non-binary (Age: mid 30’s +) – Ruler of the OPC, Judge and Master of Ceremonies for the evening. A trickster with a wicked sense of humour and an explosive presence. Legba communicates through poetry and movement, Hip Hop Lyrics, direct address, Song and/or music (i.e DJ’ing/scratching / live looping)
Rehearsals starting in Montreal January 3, 2022
Run in Montreal from Feb 20-March 6, 2022 (possible extension March 7-13, 2022)
Run in Ottawa at the NAC from March 14-27, 2022
Auditions: All auditions to be held virtually at the artists and directors convenience the week of Nov 22-26, 2021. Actors are asked to submit a headshot and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org Selected artists will be asked to prepare provided sides.
Ethnocultural mandate or casting statement: From its inception, Black Theatre Workshop fosters a diverse and inclusive approach to all its activities and projects. We encourage submissions from individuals of all backgrounds, cultures, genders, identities and abilities. If you require additional assistance during the audition process, please let us know and we will accommodate your individual needs.
Black Theatre Workshop is Canada’s longest running Black theatre company and is committed to reflecting Black culture and community by developing and providing visibility for Black Canadian artists. Black Theatre Workshop is an award-winning English-speaking theatre company based in Montreal, Quebec.