AUDITIONS FOR THE BLUE DEATH
by Bill Cissna
directed by Cheryl Ann Roberts
ABOUT THE PLAY
In this new play by Bill Cissna, voices from the past step forward to recount a vicious influenza that swept across the world in 1918-19. In less than two years, an estimated 500 million people had been infected and 50 million had perished. This is the story of a small region in America - North Carolina’s Piedmont Triad - and how it faced a pandemic that would become known as the Spanish Flu … and the Blue Death.
Video auditions are due by Sunday, October 18.
Please read all of the details below before submitting your audition video.
Character descriptions are below.
Please submit a 75-90 second video including:
The role(s) for which you would like to be considered (optional)
Whether someone who is living with you is also auditioning
Your reading of this portion of script:
"November 11th, 1918 should have been a great day. It was a great day, really, but it had unintended bad results, you might say. The Armistice was signed that day. People who should have been nervous and concerned about the slightly quieter Blue Death instead threw caution to the wind and gathered together in loud, sweaty, excited crowds, in which you probably couldn’t hear the coughing and hacking that was undoubtedly there. They celebrated with great excitement the end of what was admittedly a terrible, drawn-out conflict. So, while October had been unbelievable and November was finally calming down the rampant disease around the world, December turned out nearly as bad as October. We had not learned a thing since the beginning of the year. The charts spiked once again, and we were back in the fire of it."
Email the video, along with your contact information (phone/email) to firstname.lastname@example.org by Sunday, October 18. If you have trouble sending the file, try using WeTransfer.com. In your email, please let us know if you have any conflicts for rehearsals.
Rehearsals begin Thursday, October 22 via Zoom.
The video performance will premiere on Facebook and YouTube on Friday, November 20 at 7:30 pm.
Roles are available for 5 men and 3 women, ages 16+.
Some actors will play one role, while others will play multiple roles.
Dr. D.C. (Dallas Clearborn) Speas
Bethania, NC, age 32
Dr. William M. Jones
Greensboro, NC, Head of the Guilford County PublicHealth Department, founded 1911 (first in the state). age 40s-50s
Newspaper Seller/Younger Person Two/Guilfordian Two
Male, age 25-40
Lady on the Street 1/Nurse Morgan/Citizen Two
Nurse Annie Saunders/Lady on the Street 2/Citizen One
Soldier One/Man on the Street/Carl Jones/Bishop Rondthaler/Citizen Three
Soldier Two/Younger Person One/Dan Tonkel/Guilfordian One
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