Thursday, May 24, 2007

back in the saddle again

Hello Devoted Friends of The Brothers-

It's been a long time and I apologize for the absence, but life is just one theatrical whirlwind after another! A few quick notes regarding the Bros and our whereabouts today, but do look forward to a more regular return to posting from yours truly, Brother Moe.

-Oedipus at Palm Springs is BACK!!!!

Yes, folks, it's true. If you missed the original production or if you just can't stop thinking about that creepyfun play, you will have the chance to see it all again in a brand spanking new production this fall. Thanks to the generous dedication of our good friends and partners in crime at Theater Offensive, Boston will be the host city for the premiere of the all-new, all-girl Five Lesbian Brothers Ladies Auxiliary production of Oedipus at Palm Springs!

This fantastic new production will include two Original Flavor Brothers (my naked colleague Babs Davy and myself) and we are in the exciting process of recruitment of three new colleagues for the Ladies Auxiliary. As time has gone on it has become more and more difficult to maintain our original fiveness, what with Tony awards to be nominated for and Hollywood calling and mortgages to freak about and thinking about trying to get a bun in the oven. When does a girl have time to scoop the litter box, much less consider touring a show? Thus the Ladies Auxiliary is being initiated to keep the public happy by continuing to bring you quality lesbian theatre for the masses.

We're delighted to be working with some of the most excellent advocates, supporters and champions of our work at Theater Offensive and a HUGE shout of gratitude goes out to Abe and Eve and to Nikki who have toiled long and hard over several years to make this show finally come to be. I know I am neglecting the many others who have given generously of their time and efforts and my apologies that my rush of typing has left you on the threshing room floor. But that is where the kernels are to be found and know you are in good company. Thanks, all the folks at T-Off!

So, before I say anything else, let me call out to any ladies in the Boston area who are theatrically inclined and might want to audition for the show! No kidding! Have a look:

The Five Lesbian Brothers with The Theater Offensive seek
non-equity Female Actors of all ethnicities (and any sexual orientation) for the New England Premiere & Touring Production of the Brothers’ newest play,
“Oedipus at Palm Springs”!

Written by The Five Lesbian Brothers
Co-commissioned by The Theater Offensive, Out North and The National Performance Network and supported by a Project Ensemble Grant from the Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP).

All actors are paid.
Auditions Monday June 11 6-9pm and Tuesday June 12 6-9pm at the Boston Center for the Arts’ Artist Studios building in Boston's South End.

Auditions by appointment only.
To schedule an appointment:
· Email your resume and headshot to maureen.angelos@gmail.com
· Please include your audition availability and full contact information (including email), so that we can send you materials to prepare for the audition.

[If you do not have email access or electronic files, please mail hardcopies to: O@PS Auditions, c/o The Theater Offensive, 43 Thorndike St #14, Cambridge MA 02141]

PREPARE:
· Monologue required
· You may be asked to read from the script
· Review rehearsal & performance schedule (below).
· Bring list of any known or tentative schedule conflicts

SCHEDULE & LOCATION (2007):
Rehearsals take place at the Boston Center for the Arts weekday evenings and weekend days, Sept 17- Oct 21.
Tech week begins October 22.
Performance Schedule: Preview October 24 at 7.30pm; Evening Shows October 25-28 plus Saturday matinee in the Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts.

NOTE: Possible touring gigs in 2008.

SYNOPSIS
Two lesbian couples in long term relationships meet for a weekend of fun and sun away from their busy lives in Los Angeles. Set in “an exclusive desert resort for women”, the four friends attempt to recapture their more carefree days, before things like mortgages, child-rearing and career focus were not in the picture. CON and FRAN have been together 17 years and are using the weekend to try and reconnect sexually after focusing their energies on their new son. PRIN and TERRI have been together seven years and PRIN seems finally ready to commit to TERRI, who is struggling to find her birth mother. The mixture of sunshine, golf, outlet shopping, cocktails and a little soothsaying from JONI, the blind innkeeper, bring tensions to the surface and a birthday surprise turns the four friends’ weekend getaway into an unforeseen tragedy.

Character Breakdown (Some nudity required.)

PRIN: aged 52. PRIN is a handsome stone butch, who is successful in business, works hard and lives the resulting upper-middle class lifestyle proudly. She has been a “playah” in the past but is clearly crazy about TERRI. They have been together for seven years, a record for PRIN.

TERRI: aged 36, but must be believably 16 years younger than PRIN. Younger hottie is the key. TERRI is an adorable femme, fashionable and usually upbeat in that SoCal way. She is literally searching for her identity and trying to locate her birth mother. TERRI is in school, getting a degree in communications. She is crazy about PRIN.

CON: aged 44, strong-willed femme. CON came of age during feminism’s peak and enjoys the unexpected gifts that middle class life has given her. She works as a hospital administrator. She has been with her partner FRAN for 17 years and is the non-bio parent of their three year old son, Basil.

FRAN: aged 40-something, butch light. FRAN is the bio-mom of her and CON’s young son Basil and has made life choices in order to facilitate that, signing up for stability instead of risk by taking a desk job. She is very bonded to her bio-son and is also exhausted by motherhood. She’s an old friend of PRIN.

JONI: aged 50+. JONI is from Canada but has worked as a lesbian resort manager in the States during the winters for decades, a “snow bird”. She is blind. She considers herself artistic and clairvoyant, in the way lots of people can think of themselves in Southern California. She’s “woo-woo” and kinda odd, a mysterious loner drawn to the desert.


Note: No housing is available to out-of-area performers. The roles of Joni and Fran are already cast.

Actors of color are encouraged to audition. The Theater Offensive and The Five Lesbian Brothers are EOE.

So that's the story friends. Please stay tuned and I will be back at it here, giving you the blow-by-blow from the queer theater circuit. Thanks for being loyal and please send this audition notice to any theater-type ladies who might be interested in working with the 5LBs! Or two of us anyway...

peace and italian ices,
moe.

 
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