Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Announcing our cast!

DORIS: Lauren Neal ‘11
VIC WATTS: Sean Patrick McGowan ‘12
LUDWIG II: Liz Rothman ‘11
RICHARD WAGNER: Gordon Sayre ‘12
THE YOUNG MAN: Ben Freeman ‘13
MR. CAMPANI: Mark Brown II ’09.5

Thank you to everyone who auditioned - we were thoroughly impressed by your warmth, bravery, and spirit!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

HEY!

If you can, sign-up for an audition time in advance at the Leeds Breezeway bulletin board. Audition slots on Friday are currently full, but there are plenty of slots still available on Wednesday and Thursday nights.

Unsure of your schedule? Feel free to stop by Stuart at any time on Wednesday or Thursday night and audition on the spot. If you want to audition and Friday afternoon is the only time you're available, please contact us at doris2darlene@gmail.com and we'll work it out.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Auditions.

CASTING:
DORIS, a girl singer, mixed race, from 16 to 41.
VIC WATTS, a record producer, white, from 22 to 47.
RICHARD WAGNER, a composer, around 50.
LUDWIG II, King of Bavaria, 18. (To be played by a young woman.)
MR. CAMPANI, a dapper teacher, early 40s.
THE YOUNG MAN, 16.

WHEN?
Wednesday, 9/23 from 7 - 11 PM
Thursday, 9/24 from 7 - 11 PM
Friday, 9/25 from 3 - 6 PM
Callbacks will take place all day 9/26.

WHERE?
Stuart Theatre (inside Faunce House)

HOW?
If you can, sign-up for an audition time in advance at the Leeds Breezeway bulletin board. Audition slots on Friday are currently full, but there are plenty of slots still available on Wednesday and Thursday nights.

Unsure of your schedule? Feel free to stop by Stuart at any time on Wednesday or Thursday night and audition on the spot. If you want to audition and Friday afternoon is the only time you're available, please contact us at doris2darlene@gmail.com and we'll work it out.

No preparation necessary. Sides will be provided.

NOTE: You are STRONGLY encouraged to read the play beforehand. To secure a copy of the script, please e-mail doris2darlene@gmail.com.

NOTE: All plays cast under the supervision of the Department of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies at Brown University are cast without regard to race, color or ethnic identity except when such identity is central to the production's thematic content.

...oh, and did we mention JORDAN HARRISON is coming up to work on the production in rehearsal?!

The play.

A beautifully brainy love letter to the transformative power of love and music, Jordan Harrison’s Doris to Darlene is a soulfully crafted trio of love stories that follows the transpositions of one timeless song across three quite dissonant decades. In the candy-colored 1960s, biracial schoolgirl DORIS is molded into pop star Darlene by a whiz-kid record producer (VIC WATTS) who culls a top-ten hit out of Richard Wagner's "Liebestod.” Rewind, then, to the candy-colored 1860s, where RICHARD WAGNER is writing the melody that will become Darlene's hit song…thanks in no small part to the ardent patronage of LUDWIG II. Fast-forward, finally, to the not-so-candy-colored present, where a YOUNG MAN obsesses over Darlene's music to make sense of the confusing world in which he exists. To the tune of the “Liebestod,” we observe as sweet-natured Doris falls in love with ambitious Vic, fragile Ludwig pines for aloof Wagner, and the na├»ve Young Man yearns for his jaded music appreciate teacher, MR. CAMPANI. Just as Wagner’s opus dictates, though, love (liebe) cannot exist without death (tod), and, as relationships crumble, the song converts the young lovers’ dreams into disaster, erotically unleashing pain, turmoil and longing across the centuries. In the end, time and music travel backward until the transcendent melody is safely lodged out of the world, undreamed of and unsung.

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”Doris to Darlene: A Cautionary Valentine is a quirky and enjoyable love letter to music and its seductive power to make us lose ourselves…Harrison's language is by turns so punchy, poetic and observant.” NY Daily News

“Mr. Harrison’s play has an affectionate, music-loving heart.” New York Times

“Doris to Darlene has much going for it: Harrison’s intelligence, originality and passion.” Time Out New York

“Harrison’s teasing, rapturous chamber opera of a play spins and crackles like a beloved old 78 under a bamboo needle...Doris to Darlene is that rare thing: a rarefied theatrical experiment that has the glow of pure entertainment and the warmth of a folktale.” Newsday