Tacoma’s theater companies are trying to diversify their offerings and their acting troupes — but Marilyn Bennett and Michael Kula think there’s room for more improvement.
Bennett, director of indie theater company Toy Boat, and Kula, writer and faculty member at the University of Washington Tacoma, are bringing their organizations together to mount a UWT-based production of “Anon(ymous),” a 2006 play by Naomi Iizuka that reworks Homer’s “Odyssey” into a gritty story of immigration and interculturalism.
And they’re looking for a cast.
At auditions on Monday and Tuesday (March 2 and 3), Bennett (who will direct the play) will be looking for 11 actors of a variety of ethnicities and ages (high school and older) to play the characters in Iizuka’s poetic work: the nameless immigrant man Anon, his long-lost mother Penelope, and the mythical monsters and goddesses translated from Homer’s original into sleazy sweatshop owners, poverty-stricken workers and more. Actors who can sing or play an instrument are particularly encouraged to show up, as are production crew members. The production is partly funded by a city of Tacoma Spaceworks grant.
From the news release: “ ‘Anon’ is a moving reflection of the diversity of UWT, our city, and our region, and is written to be accessible to broad audiences in age, ethnicity, and experience. … The vision for this project is that it function as a pilot program for UWT as the university continues to develop its performing arts programming, and may serve as the first step toward expanding this university/community collaboration model of theatre.”
Auditions are 6:30-9:30 p.m. Monday (March 2) and 4-7 p.m. Tuesday (March 3); actors may arrive any time up to an hour before the end of either session. Callbacks are 4-7 p.m. March 4. No preparation is necessary; auditions will entail reading short scenes from the script. Rehearsals begin March 8, and performances are May 7-9 and 14-16. Everything will take place in the UWT broadcast theater, 007 Cherry Parkes, 1918 Pacific Ave. (immediately behind Indochine Restaurant).
For more information, contact Bennett at firstname.lastname@example.org.