Seeking voiceover artists for the 16th Street Theater production of an audio play, RASTUS AND HATTIE by Lisa Langford, directed by Lanise Antoine Shelley.
This audio play will be rehearsed virtually over 10 days beginning August 3 (see schedule below), with one day of recording in Chicago plus one day of any overdubs. SAG-AFTRA Contract for all talent is at $125 per day, though talent need not be part of SAG-AFTRA to be cast.
Needra and Marlene enjoy a perfect post-racial friendship until two problematic robots walk into their christening celebration. These automatons, based on Westinghouse’s 1930 brown-skinned robots, and a glitch in the time-space continuum place them at opposite ends of society in an alternate past. This provocative comedy moves swiftly from the outrageous to the profound as it delves into our traumatic legacy and explores new ideas about how to move forward.
August 3rd, 10-4pm
August 4th, 10-4pm
August 5th, 10-4pm
August 6th, 4-8pm
August 7th, 4-8pm
Day off August 8th
August 9th, 4-8pm
August 10th, 4-8pm
August 11th, 4-8pm
August 12th, Record 11-6
August 13th, Record 11-6
THE ANSWERS TO FAQ
-Memorization will not be required as this is an audioplay.
-The character’s age matters. The actor’s age does not. (You may be 50 but can sound 30)
-Black characters will be played by Black actors. White characters will be played by White actors.
-The roles of RASTUS, HATTIE and STOREKEEPER have an Alabaman dialect.
-DAVID sounds like a regular Midwesterner for most of the play. During the courtroom scene he turns into Matlock, with a touch of White Southern country privilege
-Actors may be SAG or not.
-16th Street Theater adheres to the Chicago Theatre Standards
-16th Street Theater acknowledges past failings. Read Ann Filmer’s Statement here.
Those auditioning are asked to please read the entire script: read full play here on New Play Exchange (NPX) If you do not have a subscription, we encourage you to get one as it is an incredible resource for all actors and theater artists at $10/$12 per year. If money is a barrier, you may read the play here at this link.
Prepare one side from below
Email audio mp3 as a link to casting(at)16thstreettheater
Do NOT email mp3 as an attachment
DEADLINE: Monday July 20 at 5:00 PM Central
Click on character name to access sides:
NEEDRA SIDE– African American, female late 30s, new mom, geneticist, fiercely smart.
MALIK SIDE– African American, male late 30s, Needra’s husband. Country boy.
MARLENE SIDE– White, female late 30’s, Needra’s best friend.
DAVID SIDE– White, male late 30’s, Marlene’s husband, a lawyer.
RASTUS SIDE– African American, male late 50’s, robot.
HATTIE SIDE– African American, female late 50’s, robot.
DEAN and STOREKEEPER SIDE– White, male 50-60, academic, Needra’s advisor. Also plays STOREKEEPER
$130 per day for up to 12 days of work.
Email casting(at)16thstreettheater.org with any questions.