Through the perfect elixir of poetry, song, and dance The Feather Doesn’t Fall Far from the Wing — a new play with music by Ayvaunn Penn — imagines the lives of two angels who dare to take Lucifer’s place as heaven’s minister of music after his fall from grace. Be a part of this piece’s introduction to the world through its first public reading being held at Columbia University on November 20, 2017. Actors cast for this reading will be considered for casting in the full production taking place at Signature Theatre in May 2018 as a part of the Columbia University Play Festival.
NON-UNION. OPEN ETHNICITY. AGES 18+. Seeking a diverse group of actors with: excellent singing ability; a good ear for a capella and vocal improvisation; a strong sense of rhythm; and a passion for poetry.
- Lucifer (Lead) – Male. Tenor. Exceptional singer. Bold. Intellectual. Cunning. Heaven’s minister of music until he vows to forever be at odds with God.
- Lehabim (Lead) — Soprano. Exceptional singer. Lucifer’s beloved sister. Maternal. Heaven’s second minister of music. Actors auditioning for this role will also be considered for the role of Eve and have the possibility of being double cast.
- Luz (Lead) — Bass. Exceptional singer. Lucifer’s brother. Muscular. Bigger than life presence that fills the room. Heaven’s third minister of music. Actors auditioning for this role will also be considered for the role of Adam and have the possibility of being double cast.
- Abdeel (Supporting) – Male. Tenor. The garrulous angel who always supports and encourages others. Actors auditioning for this role will also be considered for the role of Adam and have the possibility of being double cast.
- Abdon (Supporting) – Male. Tenor. The angel who is the unassuming instigator. Actors auditioning for this role will also be considered for the role of Adam and have the possibility of being double cast.
- Abiah (Supporting) – Female. Soprano or Alto. The wild card. Chill. Laid back. Actors auditioning for this role will also be considered for the role of Eve and have the possibility of being double cast.
- Amana (Supporting) – Female. Soprano or Alto. The one who listens while others simply hear. Extremely intelligent.
- Adam (Ensemble) – Tenor or Bass. The first man God creates. Though this character does not sing, the actor cast in this role will sing songs and deliver lines that involve the full cast.
- Eve (Supporting) – Female. Soprano or Alto. The first woman God creates. Though this character does not sing, the actor cast in this role will sing songs and deliver lines that involve the full cast.
- Ensemble / Chorus – Additional sopranos, altos, tenors, and basses interested in contributing vocal support for songs and group lines involving the whole cast.
- Friday, November 10th 4PM – 8PM
- Saturday, November 11th 10AM – 2PM
- Location: Columbia University. Room TBA.
- Scheduled in 10 minute slots by appointment only
- What to prepare:
- A two-minute contemporary monologue. Dramatic or comedic.
- One and a half to two minutes of a song. Preferably theatrical. No accompaniment.
- Bring a printed copy of your headshot and resume
- Sides will be provided on site for cold reads
- Arrive ten minutes early to complete paperwork
- Auditions will be filmed for student archive and promotional purposes
TO SCHEDULE AN AUDITION:
- Email Director Ayvaunn Penn: PennSpeaks[at]gmail.com
- In the subject line write: “Audition, THE FEATHER – [Role(s) Seeking]”
- Specify which audition DAY(s) and TIME(s) you are available
- Attach PDF of your Headshot & Resume
- Only audition if you are available for the entire rehearsal and performance schedule.
Rehearsals will be one week. 6-9PM November 13 – 17th and 10AM-2PM on Saturday, November 18th . All rehearsals will be held on the Columbia University campus or surrounding area. *Dates and times may change due to creative team schedules and/or rehearsal space availability.
PUBLIC READING PERFORMANCE:
Monday, November 20th at 7:30PM at Columbia University Schapiro Theatre. Will be filmed for student archive and promotional purposes.
NOTE: Because this is student work, this is a non-paid opportunity.
ABOUT PLAYWRIGHT-COMPOSER-DIRECTOR AYVAUNN:
Ayvaunn Penn most recently served as assistant director to two-time Tony Award winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson at the Billie Holiday Theatre and Golden Globe winner Regina Taylor at the Tony Award winning Goodman Theatre. She is currently earning her Master of Fine Arts in Playwriting at Columbia University where she has the honor of being the School of the Arts Dean’s Fellowship recipient for the playwriting class of 2018.
Miss Penn is a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation 2017-2018 Observership Class, an inductee of Alpha Psi Omega National Theatre Honor Society, and a member of the Dramatist Guild of America. She also bears a Master of Arts in Theatre from Louisiana Tech University with a double concentration in acting and playwriting. While at Tech, she was honored with: the 2015 Lula Mae Sciro Award of the Year for Theatre Excellence, the 2015 Arthur W. Stone Playwright of the Year Award, and also won first place in the graduate level research symposium qualifying her to compete at the state level. The winning presentation unveils how William Shakespeare uses metre to define relationships between characters as well as portray a character’s nature.
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