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Dominion stage's commitment to diversity

Dominion Stage celebrates the diversity found in our audiences, our community, and on our stage.  Our diversity is evident in the shows we select, the makeup of our organization, and in our casting.  If we have failed to make this clear in the past, we sincerely apologize.  

Factors that do NOT influence casting:
Factors that DO influence casting:
*unless play specifies required race

Audition Process

Auditions are usually two weeknights; pick one. Bring a resume and a headshot, but if you don't have these, we can take your picture and you can list experience on the audition form.  In the sign-in room, you'll fill out an audition form, and conflict calendar (dates you are not available for a rehearsal or performance).  There will be role descriptions, and "sides" or selected scenes from the script.  You'll be called in singly or in groups.  You may do a prepared monologue, or cold readings from the script, depending on what the director has requested. For musicals, you'll also be taught basic dance steps, and sing a song you've prepared in advance (please bring the sheet music).  Callbacks: Some actors will be "called back" for a second time, by invitation.  If you are not called back, this only means the director doesn't need to see you a second time. Casting: Actors who are cast will be notified by telephone.  Actors who are not cast will receive an email.  The date these calls and emails will be made will be clarified at the audition.

NOTE: If under 18, a parent or guardian must accompany you to the first audition.  Some shows may be limited to actors 18+.

Auditions for
August Wilson's King Hedley II

BY August Wilson
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Directed by Rikki Howie

AUDITIONS: August 22 and 23, 2022 7PM - 9:30PM
CALLBACKS (by invitation only): Thursday, august 25, 2022
AUDITIONS WILL BE HELD AT: THEATER ON THE RUN, 3700 SOUTH FOUR MILE RUN, ARLINGTON, VA

PERFORMANCE DATES: October 21, 22, 27, 28, 29 and November 3, 4, 5, 2022
All performances at 8pm
Performances will be at: Gunston Arts Center Theater 2, 2700 SOUTH Lang St, ARLINGTON, VA

Audition Process

Auditioners will be asked to perform cold readings from an August Wilson piece (may not be from King Hedley II). Sides will be available in advance on the Dominion Stage website as well as at the auditions.
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Bring an acting resume and headshot to your audition if you have them. Not having them will not disqualify you from being cast. We will need all conflicts listed at auditions, so check/bring your calendar and be prepared to list conflicts between August 30 and November 5. 

Rehearsals will be between August 30 and October 20, 2-3 day per week, and the full week prior to opening. Most rehearsals will be at the Theatre on the Run location unless otherwise specified.

*We are committed to diverse, inclusive casting. We invite and celebrate all performers of varying ages, sex, ethnicities, disabilities, race, national origin, sexual orientation, and gender identity.

Description of the Show

August Wilson’s King Hedley II is the ninth play in Wilson’s ten play American Century Cycle, and many critics consider it the darkest and most powerful in his epic saga of the urban African American experience. It was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2000 and a nominee for Best Drama at the 2001 Tony Awards. Set in Pittsburgh’s Hill District in 1985, the play tells the story of King Hedley II, an ex-con trying to rebuild his life by peddling stolen refrigerators with the feeble hope of making enough money to open a video store. King’s self-delusional quest for economic success is threatened by an old lie perpetuated by his mother regarding his father’s identity, a situation that clamors for retribution.

Roles & Character Descriptions

4 men, 2 Women | African American

KING HEDLEY II: (male-identifying)
He is the spiritual son of King Hedley from Seven Guitars. He is engaged in life and death struggles with a scar to prove it. A walking, talking, grower of seeds and dreams. He is more gravel than soil but wants to be a place where roots take hold. Big-hearted and open-throated with his communication; steeped in the effusive flow of this play’s towering, blues-inspired language. Ability to play 30s.

RUBY: (female-identifying)
King’s mother and former blues singer. She carried the secrets of the past with her. Must be able to carry a tune. Ability to play 50-60s.

MISTER: (male-identifying)
King’s best friend since grade school and sometimes business partner.  A right-hand man or hype man and partner in crime. Ability to play 30s.

TONYA: (female-identifying)
King’s wife of a few years who is pregnant and is weighed down by her reality of not wanting to bring a baby into this corrupt, crazy world. Ability to play 20s-30s.

ELMORE: (male-identifying)
An old hustler who has been carrying a torch for Ruby for more than 30 years. He exudes an air of elegance and confidence born of his many years wrestling with life. He acts in a self-serving way while trying to clear his conscience.  Ability to play 50s-60s

STOOL PIGEON: (male-identifying)
Neighborhood wise man and prophet. He sees God’s hand in everything. A newspaper-collecting history carrier and spiritual truthsayer.  Ability to play 40-70s.


Rehearsals

Rehearsals will be between August 30 and October 20, 2-3 day per week, and the full week prior to opening. Most rehearsals will be at the Theatre on the Run location unless otherwise specified.

Covid-19 Protocols

Dominion Stage follows all protocols set by Arlington County to keep our artists and patrons safe. Additionally we require that all cast, crew, and staff be fully vaccinated. Arlington County Covid-19 protocols require everyone to wear a mask regardless of vaccination status at both our rehearsal location, Theater on the Run, and our performance spaces, Theater on the Run and Gunston Theatre Two. During performances actors will wear clear face shield masks. Audience members will be required to show proof of vaccination or a negative covid test within 72 hours. Please note that Covid-19 protocols are subject to change in response to changing conditions.

Performances

Performances are Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8 P.M. There are no Sunday or Matinee performances unless noted.

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