OCTOBER 17-18, 2011
7PM – 10PM
Dayton Street Theatre / 1468 Dayton St. / Aurora, CO 80010
SHAKIN’ THE MESS OUTTA MISERY
Drama by Shay Youngblood
Afterthought Theatre Company
Directed by Stephanie Hancock
The story of a young Black girl’s coming of age in the South in the 1960’s. Daughter is the main character, a 25 year old narrator whose mother died when she was very young. She was raised by the women in the community, some blood related, some not, and at the age of 12, she began her journey to womanhood guided by these very diverse, non-traditional, older Black women. As she reflects, Daughter becomes a child again, reliving her vivid memories of growing up, recalling the rituals, the faith healings, the stories she was told and the lessons she learned about survival, healing, faith and mystery.
CHARACTER SYNOPSIS: All African-American Women
DAUGHTER – Black woman, mid to late 20’s (acts as a child in scenes and as narrator)
BIG MAMA – Daughter’s guardian
AUNT MAE – Big Mama’s sister
MISS CORINE – A hair dresser and professional maid
MAGGIE – A con woman (also plays Miss Rosa)
MISS MARY – A maid with unearthly powers (also plays Miss Tom)
MISS TOM – A carpenter and Prayer Circle member (also plays Miss Mary)
MISS LAMAMA – A maid with an African husband and ways
DEE DEE – Daughter’s fast cousin and know-it-all (also plays Miss Rosa and Maggie)
YOUNG WOMAN – On bus as maid [no dialog] (also plays Fannie Mae and Miss Shine)
Begins Oct. 31 – Dec. 4
M-T-W-FRI. 7 – 10PM
Tech Week: Dec. 4 – 9
7PM – UNTIL
Dec. 9 – Jan. 7
FRI. AT 7:30PM – SAT. AT 2PM & 7:30PM – SUN. AT 5:30PM
SPECIAL PERFORMANCES ON DEC. 25TH & 31ST
WHAT TO PREPARE: Please prepare a 2 minute monologue comedic/dramatic. Bring headshot and resume and list of conflicts. Callbacks on the 18th will include a cold reading from the script.
ALL AUDITIONS BY APPOINTMENT ONLY!
CALL 303-856-3797 TO RESERVE OR FOR MORE INFORMATION.
STIPEND PAID TO ALL ACTORS.