THE LBP 2019 NEW WORKS FESTIVAL
TITLES: Plays: SHRUTI GUPTA CAN TOTALLY DEAL &
THE DYING DECLARATION OF MADGE OBEHOLTZER
AUTHORS: J. Stephen Brantley (Shruti Gupta Can Totally Deal)
& Raegan Payne (The Dying Declaration of Madge Obeholtzer)
DIRECTOR: Evan Battle (Shruti Gupta Can Totally Deal),
Holland Renton (The Dying Declaration of Madge Oberholtzer)
RUN: Friday, March 29, 2019 (Shruti Gupta Can Totally Deal),
& Saturday, March 30, 2019 (The Dying Declaration of Madge Ober holtzer)
This is a community theater production. Non-Equity. There is no pay.
Dates: Wednesday, Feb. 27 (One night only for both plays.)
Times: 7pm – 9pm
Location: Long Beach Playhouse
There will be 3-4 rehearsals before the stage reading arranged between the directors and the actors cast.
Bring headshot and resume. Sides for cold readings will be provided at the auditions.
NEW WORKS FESTIVAL INFORMATION:
This annual festival nurtures emerging and established playwrights to develop new scripts. Reading 100+ scripts a year, the New Works Literary Committee chooses two top plays to receive a stage reading with critical feedback from professional theatre critics and audience talk back.
As it is a stage reading, there will only be 3-4 rehearsals, and actors will not need to memorize their scripts. The stage reading of their show will only happen one night, and there will be a talk back with the audience after the reading.
THE SHOW: SHRUTI GUPTA CAN TOTALLY DEAL
by J. Stephen Brantley
DIRECTOR: Evan Battle
Shruti Gupta is a DACA recipient in her senior year of medical school.
But when Irish actor Liam appears in Shruti’s patient communications simulation exam, a cross-cultural romance blossoms that finds them having to navigate cultural traditions and what it means to be ‘American’.
CASTING THE FOLLOWING ROLES:
SHRUTI: (F, 18+) A med student and DACA recipient, living very efficiently in Jackson Heights, Queens.
RAJ: (M, 18+) Her brother, gay, the prince of the family.
KEVIN: (M, 18+) Latino, an attorney and Raj’s fiancé.
BABA: (M, 40+) Shruti’s father, owner of a jewelry story, a gentle joker.
DEEPSIKHA: (F, 40+) Shruti’s somewhat stern mother, elegant and cool.
PATRICE: (F/M/NC, 18+) Shruti’s best friend and fellow medical student.
STEVE: (M, 18+) Shruti’s classmate who fancies himself a player.
LIAM: (M, 18+) Charming Irish actor and musician Shruti falls in love with.
CINNAMON: (F, 18+) Musical theatre actor and Liam’s ex-girlfriend.
THUGS 1&2: (M, 18+) Anti-immigrant thugs.
PROFESSORS A&B: (M/F, 18+) Instructors at Shruti’s school.
CONDUCTOR: (M/F, 18+) Racist train conductor.
MAN: (M, 18+) ICE Officer
Shruti Gupta Can Totally Deal is written to be performed by nine actors, with three taking on multiple roles:
PROFESSOR A/KEVIN/THUG 2
THE SHOW: THE DYING DECLARATION OF MADGE OBERHOLTZER
by Raegan Payne
DIRECTOR: Holland Renton
Taking place in Indiana between the years of 1915 – 1925, the play follows the story of Madge as she navigates the social, racial, and gender inequalities of the era.
CASTING THE FOLLOWING ROLES:
DECLARATION – (F, any age/type) . A survivor telling her story.
MADGE OBERHOLTZER(F, late 20s). Works in the Indian Government’s literacy program. A fiercely independent woman.
ERMINA MORE – (F, 30s). Madge’s best friend. Loyal and independent.
D.C. STEPHESON (M, 30s). Grand Dragon of the KKK in Indiana. Noted liar, millionaire, ambitious and charming.
MATILDA OBERHOLTZER (F, 50 – 60). Member of the Women’s Temperance League. The concerned mother of Madge.
GEORGE OBERHOLTZR (M, 60s). Postal worker and Madge’s father. A bit ahead of his time.
ASA SMITH (M, early 30s). Lawyer. Fought Germans outside of Paris where his eyes where his eyes were damaged by mustard gas. Noted KKK enemy.
MRS. JOHNSON (F, 50 – 60). A busy body. Neighbor and friend of Matilda.
LILLIAN REED (F, 20s – 40s). Hotel Maid and reluctant witness. (Actor will also act as the “narrator,” reading the necessary stage directions.)
SWING (M, 30s – 40s). This actor will portray 5 characters:
Dr. Kingsbury, the family doctor; Governor Jackson, the KKK backed Governor of Indiana; Earl Klink, former deputy sheriff and D.C.’s body guard Minister, KKK recruiter, Shorty, D.C.’s henchman.