TITLE: SEVEN GUITARS
AUTHOR: August Wilson
DIRECTOR: Rovin Jay
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR: Sonya Randall
RUN: May 18th – June 15th, 2019
Fridays & Saturdays 8pm, Sundays at 2pm. Special performances on Thursday and Sunday nights may be added for private parties and special events.
This is a community theater production. Non-Equity. There is no pay.
Dates: Monday, March 25th and Tuesday, March 26th, 2019
Times: 7pm – 9pm
Location: Long Beach Playhouse
Date and Time: Wednesday, March 27th, 7pm – 10pm, by invitation only.
First Read-Through: Saturday March 30th, Noon – 3pm
Regular Rehearsal: Starts Monday, April 1st, Monday through Thursday nights, 7pm – 10pm. Sunday Evening Rehearsals, 5pm – 9pm.
Location: Long Beach Playhouse
Bring headshot and resume. Sides will be provided at the audition for cold readings.
From the master playwright of Fences, August Wilson, comes this story in his decade-by-decade exploration of the black experience in America. In a Pittsburgh tenement in 1948, friends gather to mourn the sudden death of a blues guitarist who has died on the verge of his musical success. Flashing back to the busy week preceding Floyd “Schoolboy” Barton’s demise, we learn the reasons for his tragic fall. Mixing the genres of dark elegy, bawdy comedy, and mystery, Schoolboy’s story has a depth and richness that will touch the souls of all Americans who have fallen just short of their dreams.
CASTING THE FOLLOWING ROLES:
LOUSIE (F, 40+, African American) The no-nonsense matriarch of the ensemble; she has her nose in everyone’s business, and though sometimes misguided, her advice, actions and intentions are mostly for good. A realist who knows what it is to be used up and left, yet somehow still glows with a few embers of life’s possibilities; she is fiercely devoted to Vera.
CANEWELL (M, 35+, African American) A harmonica player. Floyd’s best friend yet still feeling the sting of Floyd’s betrayal. He is edgy, cautious and has a big heart. He is fiercely devoted to Vera. (Ability to play harmonica a plus.)
RED CARTER (M, 35+, African American) Floyd’s friend and drummer. A simple, steady man who indulges superstitions. Currently in the middle of seven years of bad luck because of a mirror he broke. He hails from Alabama and truly enjoys a good time.
VERA (F, 30-40, African American) A true woman in temperament. Necessary independence, body and soul. She is still in love with Floyd while gratefully indulging the love of Canewell. She is fiercely protective of her own heart ever being broken by Floyd again.
HEDLEY (M, 60+, African American) A Hill District entrepreneur where he sells this and that, including sandwiches from chickens which he raises and butchers himself. He has Haitian roots, and increasingly suffers from the ravages of tuberculosis fever, which drives his vision of a past and future glory for the black man, including the realization of his dream to have a son to carry on his legacy.
FLOYD BARTON (M, 30+, African American) a blues singer and guitarist with big aspirations. He has deep flaws, yet benefits from a personal epiphany as a result of his recent stay in prison. He is a deeply talented musician, passionate, hopeful and as in love with Vera as much as he is in love with his own ambition. (Ability to play blues guitar a plus.)
RUBY (F, 20 – 29, African American) Louise’s niece. Young and fiercely independent. Fatally attractive and in search of solutions for her already deeply troubled young life.