The Ohio State University at Newark


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Launch LeFevre Hall

2020-21 Season at the Black Box Theater

Black Box Theater’s Pandemic Players Announce
Fall Reader’s Theater of Zoom

The Tragedy of Macbeth by William Shakespeare
With additional dialogue by and directed by Edie L. Norlin

Auditions Announced

ROLES: 16M, 6F, 1 boy (6-9 years of age)
(some roles are combined and double cast)

Before requesting an in-person, video or Zoom audition, please complete the Audition Contact Form and email back to Edie.

IN-PERSON AUDITIONS
DATES: Sept. 8 & 9, 2020
7-10 p.m.
Black Box Theater,LeFevre Hall, 1199 University Drive, Newark campus

AUDITION PREPARATION: A prepared Shakespearean monologue is appreciated but not required and cold script reads. COVID-19 masks are required
AUDITION PROCEDURE: Actors are asked to reserve an audition slot by emailing Edie at norlin.123@osu.edu asap. Before requesting the audition, please complete the Audition Contact Formand email back to Edie. Actors who don’t have a reservation may have to wait an extended time during auditions.

VIDEO OR ZOOM AUDITIONS
DATES: Videos must be submitted via email by or Zoom auditions must be completed by 5 p.m., Sept. 8, 2020 at the latest.
Videos may be submitted at any time and Zoom appointments are available immediately (email to request one). See specific instructions below:

VIDEO AUDITION INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Videos or video links MUST be submitted via email with a completed Audition Contact Form and theater resume.
  2. Videos should be no longer than 3 minutes.
  3. Provide a brief introduction to yourself.
  4. Then expressively read a Shakespearean monologue.
    1. Men choose any monologue by Macbeth, Macduff, Malcolm or the Porter.
    2. Woman choose any monologue from Lady Macbeth, Hecate, Lady Macduff or any monologue from A Midsummer's Night Dream.
    3. Boys choose any short passage from A Midsummer's Night Dream.
ZOOM AUDITION INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Email Edie for a Zoom appointment with day and time preferences. Edie will then email you your Zoom appointment time with ID number.
  2. Before Zoom appointment email your completed Audition Contact Form and theater resume.
  3. During appointment provide a brief introduction to yourself. Then expressively read a Shakespearean monologue.
    1. Men choose any monologue by Macbeth, Macduff, Malcolm or the Porter.
    2. Woman choose any monologue from Lady Macbeth, Hecate, Lady Macduff or any monologue from A Midsummer's Night Dream.
    3. Boys choose any short passage from A Midsummer's Night Dream.
  4. Afterward, you may be asked to read other passages from Macbeth.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
ADDITIONAL ACTOR SKILLS DESIRED: Zoom literacy

IF CAST, REQUEST YOU PROVIDE THE FOLLOWING AT EACH REHEARSAL AND THE VIDEO PERFORMANCE: your own mask, your own reliable laptop, 16-24 foot extension cord. If possible, a small table that can accommodate your script and laptop and any black fabric you might have for your background.

REHEARSAL SCHEDULE: There will be 8-10 rehearsals from approximately Sept. 20-Nov.21. Frequency will be about once a week excluding tech week. As always, be accurate about conflicts on your Audition Contact Form. Most of our videoing will be done on Saturday, Nov. 21.

VIDEO PERFORMANCE DATE: Saturday Nov. 21, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Actors will read from their scripts for the reader’s theater-styled performance while participating in a Zoom conference.

ABOUT THE PLAY: The five-act tragedy was written in 1606–07 and first published in the First Folio of 1623. The play chronicles the rise of 11th century Macbeth from military leader to King of Scotland, whose
seizing of power and subsequent destruction are the result of his blind ambition. One of the darkest of Shakespeare’s plays, the show features some of the most iconic roles in Western Theater. Macbeth is also the shortest and most accessible of his works. No previous Shakespearean theater experience required, but it will be helpful.

COVID-19 NOTE: Throughout auditions, rehearsals and the videoed performance all COVID-19 precautions will be adhered to including the use of masks and social distancing. Each participant is responsible for providing and being in possession of their own mask at all times. All participants will be required to follow The Ohio State University COVID-19 guidelines and precautions or you will not be allowed to participate.

If you would like to be added to our email or mailing list, please send an email to Edie at norlin.123@osu.edu.

2019-20 Season Performances

— November 2019 —

DADDY LONG LEGS

Based on the 1912 novel by Jean Webster
Book by John Caird, Music and Lyrics by Paul Gordon
Directed by Edie L. Norlin
Music directed by Paul D. Sanders

A family-friendly musical charts a young female orphan's coming of age and education with help from a mysterious benefactor.

"Daddy Long Legs is a beautiful 2 person musical based on the 1914 epistolary novel of the same name by Jean Webster. I first read it as an adolescent and fell in love with the plucky young orphan who becomes the ward of a mysterious benefactor. When I heard it had been made into a stage show I was very leery at first but traveled to Pittsburg to see it. It was amazing, capturing the characters and the spirit of the book perfectly! I decided then and there to produce it when I could. A small, quiet show, it’s score is simply lovely. A treat for the whole family!" - Edie L. Norlin, Director

Starring: Abigail Sexton as Jerusha Abbot and Ben Marteney as Jervis Pendleton

Performance dates
Nov. 14 - 17, 2019
Nov. 21 - 24, 2019

Presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International

— April 2020 —

FIVE MILE LAKE (performances cancelled)*

By Rachel Bonds
Directed by Edie L. Norlin
A drama about the complicated relationship between two brothers, one who left home, the other who stayed.

Admission
General admission is $10 and student tickets are $5.
Tickets may be purchased at the door.

All performances are at The Black Box Theater located in LeFevre Hall, 1199 University Drive, Newark campus. For more information: norlin.123@osu.edu
Presented through special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.


2018-19 Season Performances

— April 2019 —

The AUTHENTIC LIFE OF BILLY THE KID

A drama by Lee Blessing
Directed by Edie L. Norlin

Performance dates
April 4 - 7, 2019
April 11 - 14, 2019

— February 2019 —

The premiere of
A READER'S THEATER FOR THE DECLINING ACTOR

Directed, written and starring local favorites Edie L. Norlin & Dennis Kohler

Performance dates:
Thurs., Feb. 14 through Sat., Feb. 17

— November 2018 —

CROSSING DELANCEY

A romantic comedy by Susan Sandler
Directed by Edie L. Norlin

Performance dates
November 8 - 11, 2018
November 15 - 18, 2018

Presented through special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.


2017-18 Season Performances

April 2018

GOODBYE CHARLIE

By George Axelrod
Directed by Edie L. Norlin

Performance dates
April 5 - 8, 2018
April 12 - 15, 2018

Presented through special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.


November 2017

DOUBT: A Parable (Drama)

By John Patrick Shanley
Directed by Edie L. Norlin

With a special appearance by Equity actor, Susan Pingleton* as Sr. Aloysius Beauvier

*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States, appearing under a Special Appearance Contract

Performance dates
Nov. 9 - 12, 2017
Nov. 16 - 19, 2017

Presented through special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc.


February 2018

LOVE LETTERS

By A. R. Gurney

Starring local favorites, Dennis Kohler & Edie L. Norlin

Spend Valentine's Day with your sweetheart at the theater!
Performance dates
Wednesday, February 14 - 16, 2018

Presented through special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc.