Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Auditions for Rep's upcoming Equus

Auditions for Repertory Philippines’ production of Peter Shaffer’s “Equus” will be held at the Rep office, C2-A, Building C, 2316, Karrivin Plaza, Pasong Tamo Extension, Makati City.

Auditions for all roles (except Allan Strand) will be on MONDAY, MARCH 8, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Auditions for the role of ALLAN STRAND will be on SATURDAY, MARCH 13, from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The production is in search of actors for the following roles:

ALLAN STRANG
Age: 18 to 27 (can pass for 17)
Height: between 5'5" to 5'9"

Proficient in the English language
Acting/theater experience a plus

A “lean boy of seventeen,” who is arrested after blinding six horses at Harry Dalton’s stable where he works. He appears very troubled; in his first session with psychiatrist Martin Dysart, Alan will only respond by singing advertising jingles. Alan has developed a complex ritual of devotion to the god Equus, which he practices through ecstatic midnight rides on Dalton’s horses.

DORA STRANG
Age: 40 to 50

Alan’s mother, a former school teacher (Alan declares proudly to Dysart, “She knows more than you”). She is religious, frequently talking to Alan about the Bible (much to the frustration of her atheist husband, Frank). Dora also feels she married beneath herself socially, a regret that shows itself in various ways. She comes from a “horsey family,” while Frank finds riding to be an affectation of “upper class riff-raff.” She did not want Alan to work in a shop because “shops are common.”

FRANK STRANG
Age: 40 to 50

Alan’s father, a printer by trade. He is a self-declared atheist, which goes hand-in-hand with his political beliefs (Dysart calls him an “old-type Socialist. Relentlessly self-improving”). He frequently quotes Karl Marx’s adage, “Religion is the opium of the people” in response to his wife’s religious beliefs. As an atheist, he sees religion as “just bad sex,” holding his wife responsible for Alan’s psychological condition.

HESTHER SALOMON
Age: 30 to 50

A magistrate. She brings Alan to Dysart after pleading with the court to allow the boy a psychiatric evaluation. She is a friend to Dysart and hears him out as he relates his personal problems, many of which he has been forced to face as a result of treating Alan. She tries to persuade Dysart that his psychiatric work has value and that curing Alan is an important task: “The boy’s in pain, Martin,” she observes. “That’s all I see. In the end.”

HARRY DALTON
Age: 40 to 60

A stable owner. He is bitter about Alan’s blinding of his horses and feels the boy should be in prison, not “in a hospital at the tax-payers’ expense.”

JILL MASON
Age: Must look like in her 20’s

“Pretty and middle class.” Jill introduced Alan to Harry Dalton, helping the boy get a job in Dalton’s stables. Her sexual encounter with Alan catalyzes the play’s dramatic action.

HORSEMAN
Age
Height: between 5'10 and above
Build: lean, cut
Must be able to follow choreography

The Horseman, who Alan describes as “a college chap,” and Frank later calls “upper class riffraff,” provides six-year-old Alan his first experience riding a horse. The same actor who plays the Horseman also plays Nugget, one of Dalton’s horses that Alan takes for his midnight rides. This actor is among the chorus of six actors who depict horses.

HORSES
Height: between 5'10 and above
Build: lean, cut
Must be able to follow choreography

Auditionees are requested to pick up the reading material for the roles they auditioning for at the Rep office.

Those interested to audition are requested to bring their bio-data and one close-up and one full body photograph. For details, call Ria Pangilinan at 8870710.

“Equus” opens on July 9 and will run until July 25 at Onstage, Greenbelt 1, Ayala Mall.

Audie Gemora directs.


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