URI Theatre announces auditions for Unbound

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KINGSTON, R.I.–January 26, 2010—The University of Rhode Island Theatre Department announces upcoming audition dates for Unbound. Bryna Wortman, URI associate professor of theatre, will direct.

Auditions are open to the public. Call URI Theatre at 874.5921 or sign up for an audtion outside the theater office on the second floor of the Fine Arts Center, 105 Upper College Road, Kingston.

Unbound is based on the journals of British actress Fanny Kemble (1809 to 93). Playwright Laura Marks portrays a life of a remarkable woman of artistry, curiosity and humanity in the Rhode Island premiere of this powerful play. In the 1830s on a tour in New York City, Fanny falls in love with the charming, wealthy gentleman Pierce Butler and happily and willingly gives up her theatrical career to become his wife and soon the mother of his two daughters. Despite his resistance, she wins him over to the notion of leaving northern society for life on his family plantation in Georgia where who and what she encounters changes her forever. The depth of her understanding of what it means to live off of others’ labor creates a moral dilemma and painful life decision that is the heart and soul of Unbound.

Here are some details:

Requirement: Actors should prepare and memorize a 2-minute monologue that either tells a story or strongly expresses a feeling and/or idea to which they feel emotionally connected. Actors should try to read the play prior to their audition. There may be some reading of the script at auditions. Copies of the script are available in the URI Theatre Office. Please arrive 20 minutes prior to your scheduled audition time to complete required paperwork.

Auditions: Tuesday, Feb. 2 and Wednesday, Feb. 3 from 6 to 10 p.m.

Location: G Studio, Fine Arts Center, 105 Upper College Road, Kingston.

Callbacks: Thursday, Feb. 4 from 6 to 10 p.m.

Rehearsals Begin: March 9.

Performances: Thursdays through Saturdays, April 22 through 24 and April 2 through May 1 at 7:30 p.m. and April 25 and March 2 at 3 p.m.