WORKING: A MUSICAL – EQUITY VIDEO SUBMISSIONS (DEADLINE 06.14.21)
Labor Heritage Foundation, The
Salary pending (likely SPT 2 or 3)
Directed by Shanara Gabrielle
Based on the book by Studs Terkel
Adapted by Stephen Schwartz and Nina Faso additional contributions by Gordon Greenberg Songs by Craig Carnelia, Micki Grant, Lin- Manuel Miranda, Mary Rodgers and Susan Birkenhead, Stephen Schwartz, and James Taylor.
Executive Director/Dramaturg: Elise Bryant
Choreographed by Ashleigh King
Music Director William Yanesh
Jorge Acevedo, Casting Director
Shanara Gabrielle, Director
First Rehearsal: August 10, 2021
First Preview: September 3, 2021
Closing: September 19, 2021
We are interested in building an activist minded company to tell these stories. As this production will take place at Black Lives Matter Plaza, we want this performance to inspire honest dialogue and amplify the continued efforts for racial, class, and labor justice in DC and around the country. Washington, DC is one of the nation’s most diverse metro areas and we are committed to reflecting that diversity, and the intersectional experiences that accompany it, through this production.
Equity’s contracts prohibit discrimination. Equity is committed to diversity and encourages all its employers to engage in a policy of equal employment opportunity designed to promote a positive model of inclusion. As such, Equity encourages performers of all ethnicities, gender identities, and ages, as well as performers with disabilities, to submit.
Equity actors for roles in WORKING: A MUSICAL (see breakdown). Local DC metro area actors particularly encouraged to submit.
This professional performance of Working, presented in collaboration with The Labor Heritage Foundation, based on the works of Studs Terkel with music by Broadway’s best composers, is a joyful musical theatre celebration of Workers in America. Produced to raise awareness of the labor movement, the dignity of work, and the valuable identity of workers – with a special focus on honoring front-line labor during the COVID-19 pandemic, political unrest, and continued racial injustice and systemic oppression. This outdoor performance at the AFL-CIO in the heart of Washington DC will bring visibility, honor, and joy to the labor movement. While uplifting the values of equity and labor justice, Working will serve as a means to revive live performance after the pandemic and put union artists back to work in service to the community. Reflecting on Workers’ lives, stories, and identities, the live musical theatre performance of Working resonates with hope, joy, and shared humanity – above all, reminding us that we are all connected.
PREPARATION INSTRUCTIONS: Please submit a 2-minute video of a monologue and a song of your choosing, preferably, in the style of the show. We have provided a cut of the song“If I Could’ve Been,” along with a recorded track, which could be found at https://www.dropbox.com/sh/1uwn4qy2myz0e62/AAAcVdO0ceW-aGNe6gRBK1a-a?dl=0. You are not required to sing this particular song, it is only provided for your convenience should you choose to sing this selection. Please note there are two tracks for the song, one with the melody and one without. Please use the track WITHOUT the melody for your submission.
Equity performers of all ages, racial and ethnic backgrounds, gender identities and expressions, and visible and invisible disabilities are encouraged to apply. Please include information regarding any accommodations your client/you need in an audition, rehearsal, or performance space.
SEEKING AN ENSEMBLE OF EIGHT PERFORMERS TO COVER THE FOLLOWING CHARACTERS:
Mike Dillard, Ironworker
Amanda McKenny, Project Manager
Freddy Rodriguez, Fast Food Worker
Rex Winship, Hedge Fund Manager
Rose Hoffman, Schoolteacher
Terry Mason, Flight Attendant
Frank Decker, Interstate Trucker
Raj Chadha, Tech Support
Sharon Atkins, Receptionist
Kate Rushton, Housewife
Conrad Swibel, UPS Delivery Man
Roberta Victor, Prostitute (Sex Worker)
Candy Cottingham, Fundraiser
Grace Clements, Millworker
Allen Epstein, Community Organizer
Anthony Coelho, Stone Mason
Eddie Jaffe, Publicist
Delores Dante, Waitress
Joe Zutty, Retiree
Tom Patrick, Fireman
Utkarsh Trajillo, Elder Care Worker
Theresa Liu, Nanny
Maggie Holmes, Cleaning Lady
Ralph Werner, Student
Charlie Blossom, Ex-Newsroom Assistant
SEE PREPARATION INSTRUCTIONS IN BREAKDOWN. Videos will be accepted via email from June 9 – June 14, 2021. The deadline for all videos to be received is June 14, 2021 at 11:59pm. Please note any instruments you play in your submissions email.
SPT Salary pending