Casting Notice “The Meeting”

05/10/2010

Casting 3 african American male actors | CO

AUDITION NOTICE

“THE MEETING” by Jeff Stetson

Afterthought Theatre Company is holding auditions for “The Meeting” – a one-act play by Jeff Stetson, which is a fictional account of a debate between Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. The play is set in a Harlem hotel on Valentine’s Day in 1965, a week before Malcolm X was murdered.

The performances are scheduled for Friday – Monday, June 18-28, 2010 at the Festival Playhouse in Arvada. This is a paid performance.

Character Synopsis:

Malcolm X – While in prison for burglary, Malcolm Little adopted the Black Muslim faith and became a minister of the Nation of Islam upon his release in 1952. As Malcolm X, he was a charismatic advocate of black separatism who rejected Martin Luther King, Jr.’s policies of non-violence. At first a follower of Elijah Muhammad, Malcolm X broke with the Nation of Islam in 1964. That same year he made a pilgrimage to Mecca and shortly afterwards he embraced orthodox Islam and took the name El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz. He recanted some of his earlier more strident viewpoints on race, though he remained a staunch advocate of “black power.” He was shot to death by a group of men while giving a speech in New York City in 1965; some of the men had connections to the Nation of Islam, though a formal tie between that group and the assassination was never proven.

Martin Luther King Jr. – Martin Luther King, Jr. was born on January 15, 1929 at his family home in Atlanta, Georgia. King was an eloquent Baptist minister and leader of the civil-rights movement in America from the Mid-1950s until his death by assassination in 1968. King promoted non-violent means to achieve civil-rights reform and was awarded the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts.

Rashad – Malcolm X’s bodyguard.

Looking for: 3 African American males (understudy roles are also available)

What to bring: Please prepare a two minute dramatic monologue and bring a current headshot and resume.

For more information, or to schedule an audition please call 303-537-4259, or log on to www.afterthoughttheatre.com

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