Holla Back!

Posted on June 14, 2012 by Haymaker


Auditions are scary as hell.

Last month, we attended the Triangle-wide auditions at Manbites Dog Theater in Durham, where more than a hundred actors showed up to peddle their wares to a panel of directors. We don’t envy actors who have to stand up in front of strangers and pour their soul out for no more than sixty seconds. We watched for four hours while auditioners told stories of murder, love gone wrong, and murder because of love gone wrong (note: these were not autobiographical stories).

And the talent, not to mention the guts, was pretty amazing. We’ve all lived in bigger cities with more actors and more theater companies, and the Triangle talent depth stands up with any of them. So way to go, actors.

But we’re doing more than just casting a show or two; we devise our plays, which means we build them together in rehearsal. It’s not enough to call back a few actors to read from a script, to see a few pairings, and to make a snap decision from there. We need collaborators, people we want to work with again and again, people who are game and interesting and fun to have a beer with.

So over the next few weeks, we’re going to start inviting some actors from that brief (but dramatic!) snapshot in the audition to play with us for a night. We’ll ask them to take a crazy text and make a tiny play out of it. We’ll ask them to make a dinner scene on the moon with us. We’ll ask them to declare their love to a teddy bear. We’ll ask them to bring in the music they like or their favorite food or an unbelievable story.

And when we’re done with all of that, we hope we’ll have new operatives for our A-Team. Without the right folks, the trick don’t work.

Those of you who are coming, we can’t wait to (re)meet you. And those of you we missed, drop us a line and we’ll invite you in.

Let’s do this thing.