Saturday, May 20, 2017

audition notice - [SIC] - Mesa Encore Theatre - June 17

by Melissa James Gibson
Directed by Cody Goulder

In adjacent apartments that resemble nothing so much as broom closets with windows, the three young, ambitious neighbors of Melissa James Gibson’s [SIC] come together to discuss, flirt, argue, share their dreams, and plan their futures with unequal degrees of deep hopefulness and abject despair, all the while pushing the limits of their friendship to the max and demonstrating that language can be both an instrument of intimacy and a weapon of defense. Theo is a composer trying to create a heroic theme for an amusement park ride called the Thrill-o-Rama; Babette is a writer trying to finish—or even start—a book theorizing that temper tantrums are the major motivating force behind historical events; and Frank is a would-be auctioneer preparing for his future career by constantly practicing tongue twisters as “Sally sought some seeds to sow but sadly soon it snowed.” By exploring these questing lives in language that alternates between exhilarating structural inventiveness and loony comedy, poignant soul-searching and incisive analysis of the life that may actually exist beyond one’s four walls, Melissa James Gibson has created a unique play that is as witty and wise as it is stylistically groundbreaking and unexpected.

M.E.T at 933 – Black Box
933 E. Main Street, Mesa, AZ 85203

SATURDAY, June 17 from 11:00 – 3:30

SUNDAY, June 18 from 10:30 – 1:30

August 4 through 20, 2017
@ Mesa Encore Theatre – Black Box

Starting June 27, 2017.  There will be a Full Tech Week.

You must prepare two items:
1. A classic or contemporary monologue.
2. Prepare a dramatic recital or presentation of a song. Prepare a song as if you were performing it as a monologue. No sheet music or singing required.

CLICK HERE for more information and to schedule your audition time

HEADSHOT and RESUME are required – Please bring these with you even if you do upload them when you book your slot.


THEO: Male, 30’s.  Originally intending to be a classical composer, Theo spends his days working on an epic theme song for an amusement part ride, the Thrill-O-Rama.  But, suffers from serious writer’s block and is struggling with loneliness since his wife “disappeared” on him.  Sincere but also inadvertently intense. Lonely but also driven by his need to create.

BABETTE: Female, 30’s. Observant but also scraping to get by, Babette is constantly in the search of her next big project or ambition. Currently, her focus is on her book about theorizing the temper tantrums are the major motivating force behind major historical events.  Impulse but drive.  Independent but cooperative, Babette needs a little direction or a push into her career.

FRANK: Male, 30’s.  Anxious and at the mercy of his cats, Frank is still really from the breakup with his boyfriend and landlord, Larry.  Without cause for nonsense but also nervous about what the future holds, Frank is preparing himself for Auctioneer school, trying as hard as he can to find purpose in his life. Present but also obsessed with details, Frank struggles with simply fitting in.

AIRSHAFT COUPLE MAN: Male, 30’s.  Half of a couple in dispute.  Seems to be struggling with his real emotions and sense of lose. Deeply unable to communicate. Lives below the apartments occupied by Theo, Frank, and Babette.

AIRSHAFT COUPLE WOMAN: Female, 30’s.  The other half of the couple in dispute. Is struggling with the same issues as her husband but seems more in control of her choices. As if she is ready to explore new things but still feels emotionally drawn to her previous settings.  Suffers from the sam communication issues as Man.  Lives below the apartments occupied by Theo, Frank, and Babette.

ANY QUESTIONS: Contact Jason K. Walz at

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