Blues for an Alabama Sky by Pearl Cleage
Directed by Renee van Nifterik with assistance from Jeff Merriman
It is the summer of 1930 in Harlem, New York. Angel Allen is a down-and-out back-up singer who has recently lost her job at the Cotton Club and is drowning her bad luck in booze. Once again, she must depend upon her friend Guy Jacobs for support. Guy is a brilliant costume designer who dreams of sailing off to Paris to design clothes for Josephine Baker. Across the hall lives Delia Patterson, a dedicated young social worker, who is being courted by Sam Thomas, a local doctor, who embraces Harlem’s nightlife in order to forget his unending workdays and the grinding poverty of his patients.
New in town is Leland Cunningham, a young man who has just moved from a small town in Alabama following the death of his wife and unborn child. He is a hard-working, God-fearing Christian. He meets and is smitten with Angel.
These five characters include winners, losers, and users who all struggle as Guy says, “to look beyond 125th Street” for the fulfillment of their dreams.
Gas Stipend available for those who qualify.
Please prepare a short monologue and be prepared to read from the script. Please bring resume and headshot as well as any conflicts.
*If auditioning for Angel, please prepare a few bars of a blues song.
AUDITION DATES AND TIMES:
- November 18 @ 3pm
- November 19 @ 7pm
- Performances: January 25 - February 10, 2019
- First read through: November 29 @ 7pm
- Rehearsal begin: December 10
- Tech week begins: January 20
Angel Allen – a thirty-four-year-old black woman who looks five years younger; former back-up singer at the Cotton Club. Self-absorbed, relies on her charm and sex appeal to get what she wants. Singing voice required.
Guy Jacobs – a thirtyish black man; costume designer at The Cotton Club who dreams of dressing Josephine Baker in one of his original creations. He is flamboyant, larger than life, and believes in living life to the fullest.
Delia Patterson – a twenty-five-year-old black woman; social worker on staff at the Margaret Sanger family planning clinic. Bright-eyed and full of idealism.
Sam Thomas – a forty-year old doctor at Harlem Hospital. Jovial and big-hearted.
Leland Cunningham – a twenty-eight-year old black man from Alabama; Devout, conservative, Christian. Recently widowed and newcomer to Harlem.
For more information on auditions, please feel free to contact us.