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You are invited (and encouraged!) to AUDITION for

SWEAT

The 2017 Pulitzer Prize winning play by Lynn Nottage. 

Directed by Susanna Rinehart; scenic design by Tatiana Vintu; costume design by Jane Stein; light design by Yvonne Chang; sound design by Allen Sanders; fight direction by Cara Rawlings; technical direction by Daniel Holland; stage management by Quinn Sipes

Audition date and location: 

Tuesday, September 21st, 2021, between 6:30 pm and 10:30 pm 

(five-minute audition appointments are individually scheduled when you sign up on the form linked below)

in Theatre 101 at 200 College Avenue, Blacksburg 

(Theatre 101 is the glass-fronted building on College Ave. facing Gillie’s Restaurant)

** Callback auditions will be held the following evening, September 22nd, 2021 between 6:00pm and 10:00pm (in small group 30-minute appointments.) 

The list of those called back will be emailed late Tuesday night, September 21st, to all who audition **

SIGN UP now for your audition appointment here: SWEAT Audition Sign-up Form

You will receive an email from Quinn Sipes (quinns@vt.edu ) within 24 hours of submitting the form, which will include your specific audition time; and a PDF of selected monologues from SWEAT, from which you can choose ONE to perform for your audition. 

You are not required to have the monologue memorized for the audition.

We will also have hard copies of the monologues at the auditions, as well as an actor information sheet (seeking more detailed info about your schedule/availability) for you to fill out upon arrival. 

The sign-up link will stay open and available until the day before the auditions, closing at 7 pm on Monday, September 20th in order to give us enough time to reply with your appointment time and share the audition monologue selections with you.

But please remember that the sooner you sign up the better, so we can get everyone scheduled who wants to audition. 

If you miss that deadline, you can contact stage manager Quinn Sipes (quinns@vt.edu) directly to schedule. We will also try to accommodate “day of” walk-ins as best we can!

If you have any questions about auditions, signing up, or need access to the form, you can email stage management: Quinn Sipes at quinns@vt.edu

Synopsis

Filled with warm humor and tremendous heart, SWEAT takes place in Reading, PA in 2000 and 2008, and tells the story of a group of friends who have spent their lives sharing drinks, secrets, and laughs while working together on the factory floor. But when layoffs and picket lines begin to chip away at their trust, the friends find themselves pitted against each other in a heart-wrenching fight to stay afloat. Casting is for a racially, ethnically and gender diverse ensemble cast of nine.

“Scorching, keenly observed and often surprisingly funny — but ultimately heartbreaking — the work traces the roots of a tragedy with both forensic psychological detail and embracing compassion. From first moments to last, this compassionate but clear-eyed play throbs with heartfelt life, with characters as complicated as any you’ll encounter at the theater today. That the people onstage are middle-class or lower-middle-class folks – too rarely given ample time on American stages – makes the play all the more vital. Ms. Nottage is writing at the peak of her powers.” — The New York Times

 

“…passionate and necessary … a masterful depiction of the forces that divide and conquer us…SWEAT communicates its points with minimal fuss and maximum grit. Along with the rage, despair and violence, there’s humor and abundant humanity … a cautionary tale of what happens when you don’t know how to resist.” —Time Out NY.

 

“Sharp and threatening as a box cutter blade … ferociously engrossing … SWEAT never feels less than authentic — and crucial.” —Deadline.com.

 

Casting

A diverse ensemble cast of nine

Actors of all races, ethnicities, gender identities, and ages are encouraged to audition.

Actors with disabilities are encouraged to audition.

Actors interested in gaining audition experience, but unavailable to perform in this particular show, are welcome to audition.  If this is the case for you, be sure to include that information on the actor information sheet you fill out at the audition.

Prior performance experience is NOT required!

Audition Requirements

You will be asked to perform one of the monologues from the selections emailed to you with your confirmed audition appointment time. Again, you are not required to have the monologue memorized.

Once you fill out and submit the online audition form, you will be emailed your appointment time and the monologue selections, so that you have a bit of time to choose and prepare.

We will have paper copies of all of the monologue selections available at the audition.

The purpose of the audition is just to learn a bit about you and how you approach the material. Low stress, we promise!!


Rehearsals for SWEAT will be from October 4th through November 8th and performances (in Squires Studio Theatre) are November 9th through 16th .


Other questions? Please reach out to Susanna Rinehart at susannar@vt.edu or Quinn Sipes at quinns@vt.edu