Auditions for "A Grey Echo".
Ongoing until all positions filled.
Slavery in 1830's Brazil is harsh and unrelenting. Unlike slavery to the north, the Portuguese slavers were not interested in raising slaves, but rather 'replacing' slaves often. Nonetheless, two distinct groups of slaves began to emerge. Those who were born in Brazil as slaves and those who were constantly being brought to Brazil to replenish the fields.
In order to control the bulging slave population, stratification developed whereby Brazilian-born slaves were given what few favors could be offered which they heartily embraced. Newly enslaved people fully aware of their history, culture and status as human beings when they arrived to the sugar or tobaco 'reconcavas' - plantations, on the other hand, were a dissatisfied class prone to revolt.
Set in January 1835 Bahia, the characters of this drama Luiza Mahin, her son Luis Gama, Fatima, Joao, Sabina, Vitorio & the freedman, Dandara are about to 'toy' with their enslavers. Intertwined with Yoruban mythology, the characters personify the wisdom and reality therein as they live through and with their circumstances on the 'night of power' and the great Mal revolt which is the most important slave rebellion in the history of Brazil.
Show: June 28, 29, July 1, 2018.
Actors should bring short bio, head shot and be prepared to read a short scene.
This period piece has words in Yoruba, Portuguese, Arabic and Kiswahili.
This play has many words in Portuguese, so actors should be willing to get into character and use this language. Also some skill with Brazilian jongo dance and capoeira for some of the actors.
Please email to make an audition appointment.
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