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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 the bluest eye

by Lydia R. Diamond
from the novel by toni morrison
Directed by eleanore Tapscott

AUditions: June 10 and 11, 2021
CallBacks: June 12, 2021

Performance Dates:
August 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21

Auditions by appointment. Please sign up for an audition slot here.
Auditions (for this show only) will be at:
120 Cherry Street SE, Vienna VA 22180

Requirements

The play has an African-American cast. Casting 2-3 men (ages 30-40s), 6-9 women (20s to 50s). The children’s roles (Pecola, Freida, Claudia, Maureen) will be played by adults. White characters in the play are voiced/portrayed by members of the ensemble.

From the director

This is a play that is all about language and style. The style means that characters jump in and out of talking realistically with each other, and then commenting directly to the audience about those conversations and events. Stylized movement will be used to accentuate critical plot points. The Bluest Eye asks powerful questions concerning racism, standards of beauty, and identity with stunning grace, subtlety, and humor.

Auditions

Actors should prepare a 1-2-minute contemporary dramatic or comedic monologue and be prepared to read from the script. Please come dressed for movement. Some of the characters sing spirituals in the show; so please be prepared to sing a short song a capella.

In addition to your headshot/resume (if you have them), please bring the completed audition form and the calendar, listing all tentative and known conflicts between June 12 and August 22. A conflict will not necessarily preclude you from being cast, as the director will work around actors' conflicts to the best of her ability. Since there will be no double casting, conflicts during the last two weeks of rehearsal or during performances may affect casting decisions.

Play summary

Adapted by Lydia Diamond (Stick Fly, Smart People) from the novel by Pulitzer- and Nobel-Prize winning author Toni Morrison, The Bluest Eye is about the tragic life of a young black girl in 1940s Ohio. Eleven-year-old Pecola Breedlove wants nothing more than to be loved by her family and schoolmates. Instead, she faces constant ridicule and abuse, which she blames on her dark skin, and so she prays for blue eyes so that she can be pretty and get the love and acceptance she craves.

Roles & Character Descriptions

Rehearsals

Rehearsals will start immediately after casting and are planned for three weeknights (7-10 pm) and Saturdays (late morning to early afternoon). Rehearsals will expand to more weeknights prior to the start of tech rehearsals. Tech rehearsals start Monday, July 26, 2021. All day tech is Saturday, July 31, and attendance is mandatory. Strike is Sunday, August 22, and attendance is mandatory.

The schedule will be finalized after the show is cast and actors' conflicts have been accounted for.

Performances

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

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