Managing Carmen by David Williamson
Directed by Bianca Butler Reynolds
Brent is the star player of the AFL. His manager, Rohan, wants to cash in on Brent’s fame with celebrity endorsement deals, but there’s just one problem: Brent can’t act. Rohan hires therapist Jessica to loosen Brent up for the cameras, but Jessica unravels an enormous secret. In his spare time, Brent likes to masquerade as Carmen, a glamorous party girl. With Brent’s career on the line, Rohan and Jessica struggle to keep Carmen under wraps, while Brent’s girlfriend Clara and sports journalist Max grow increasingly suspicious. Managing Carmen is a light-hearted look at football, fame and the power of accepting people exactly as they are.
- Brent Lyall (Male, 18-35): A star on the football field, withdrawn and awkward in real life. Doubles as Carmen, Brent’s lively and confident female alter ego. The actor cast in this role will be required to wear makeup and heels, and must be willing to shave his legs.
- Jessica Giordano (Female, 18-35): A therapist hired by Rohan to bring Brent out of his shell. Conservative and professional, but with a genuine warmth and empathy for others.
- Rohan Swift (Male, 40-60): Brent’s manager. Cocky, successful and motivated by money. A blokey bloke who’s so smooth he’s a bit greasy.
- Clara Salope (Female, 18-35): An escort turned model, hired by Rohan to play Brent’s live-in girlfriend. Sassy, self-possessed and used to getting her way.
- Max Oldfield (Male, 40-50): A sports journalist always on the lookout for a new scandal. Not afraid to be underhanded to get what he wants. Blokey like Rohan, but not quite as slick.
There will be two group auditions: Monday 10 September, 7:00pm-9:30pm; and Wednesday 12 September, 7:00pm-9:30pm (register for ONE of these sessions).Auditions will be held at the Play Shed, next to the car park behind Merthyr Road Uniting Church, 52 Merthyr Road, New Farm. Access is via the path next to the church or via Amity Street.
Please prepare a brief comedic monologue of your choice, 2 minutes maximum. No Shakespeare.
Two evenings per week (usually Tuesday and Thursday), plus a half-day on Sunday. Fewer rehearsals some weeks.
November 16, 17, 23, 24, 30; December 1, 7, 8 at 7:30pm. December 2 at 2:00pm.
TO BOOK AN AUDITION
Email director Bianca at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please provide a headshot and phone number indicate (A) which audition session you wish to attend, and (B) which role/s you are interested in.
Nash Theatre, New Farm, Queensland