Audition Notice: Mortar Theatre seeks black males for Fall 2012 production of Mr. Welfare

Mortar Theatre Company, in production with Pegasus Players, is searching for Black Males between the ages of 20-60 years old, for their upcoming world premiere production of Mr. Welfare by Wendell Etherly.

Auditions will be held Tuesday June 19th with callbacks on the 20th.  Please send headshot and resume to: stephanie@mortartheatrecompany.org for time slot.  All auditionees should prepare one contemporary monologue no more than 90 seconds long.

Character Breakdown:
Joe – Black Male, Early 40’s, Tavern Owner
Kenny – Black Male, 21, Bartender
Mr. Rainey – Black Male, 60, Regular Customer
Leon – Black Male, Early 40’s, Functioning Alcoholic, Regular Customer
Reginald – Black Male, Mid 50’s, Indigent
Thomas – Black Male, Late 30’s, Professional, Friend and Business Partner of Joe’s
Rashied – Black Male, Late 20’s, Zealous, Young Muslim
Alderman Phillips – Black Male, Early 50’s, Alderman of the Ward

Synopsis:
During one of the most volatile periods in Black America, the 1960s, a Chicago tavern owner gives in to his alderman and provides shelter to some of the local homeless. Mr. Welfare is a powerful snapshot of a turning point in our history that asks questions of accountability for yourself and your community.

Production Timing:
Mr. Welfare
will premiere in the Fall at the Hull House Theatre in Uptown Chicago. Rehearsals begin late July. The production run is mid September through mid October.

Mr. Welfare received a stage reading at the 3rd Annual Black Playwrights Festival, hosted by the Black Ensemble Theater in December 07′; Selected to the Nat’l Black Theatre Festivals Reading Series in August 09′; Finalist of the 2009 Eugene O’Neill Playwrights Conference. It was developed through Mortar Theatre’s Graphite Series play development program.

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