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THEATER VOICES AUDITIONS for a Staged Reading of A LESSON BEFORE DYING by ROMULUS LINNEY

THEATER VOICES will hold early auditions for a staged reading of Romulus Linney’s A LESSON BEFORE DYING, directed by Carol Charniga.
Location:
Steamer No. 10 Theatre, 500 Western Avenue, Albany - corner of West Lawrence Street.
Times:
Sunday January 5 at 7-9pm
Monday January 6 at 7-pm
Actors will be asked to read scenes from the play. Please arrive at the start of auditions and be prepared to stay.
Performance dates May 16-18.
Rehearsals will begin in early April.

**All characters are African American except Sherriff Guidry
Needed:
Jefferson – the prisoner, 20’s-30's
Grant Wiggins – a schoolteacher and friend, 20’s to 30’s
Miss Emma - Jefferson's Godmother, 60’s to 70’s
Vivian - Grant's girlfriend and fellow teacher, 20’s to 30’s
Reverend Ambrose – a minister, 50’s to 60’s
Guidry – The Sheriff, 40’s to 60’s
All characters have Southern or Louisiana accents

Synopsis:

Set in the Louisiana backwoods in 1948, A LESSON BEFORE DYING is the story of 2 young black men. Jefferson, innocent and awaiting execution, insists that he will be dragged to the electric chair like the hog he was compared to at his trial. Grant, a schoolteacher anxious to leave the South, has a debt of honor to try to help Jefferson approach his death with dignity. Together both men learn the power of love and compassion, individual heroism and freedom as a state of mind.

Written by playwright, Romulus Linney, the play is based on Ernest J. Gaines' celebrated novel about life and justice in pre-civil rights Louisiana.

Contact info@theatervoices.org with questions.
www.theatervoices.org for more information about Theater Voices.

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