Friday, September 25, 2009

Forum with Black Rep Executive Director

Friday, October 2, 2009, 4:00-5:30 pm

Arts, Culture, and the Soul of a City
Donald King ’93, Founder and Artistic/Executive Director, Providence Black Repertory Company

Location: Rites and Reason Theatre, 155 Angell Street

Founded in 1996 by Artistic/Executive Director Donald W. King ‘93, Providence Black Repertory Company produced its first production on the third floor of an old print shop in Downcity Providence. As a native Rhode Islander, King was acutely aware of the need and responsibility to build a vital cultural institution dedicated to making an artistic, social, and political impact. Along the way, the theatre also birthed Sound Session, a major annual summer music festival organized in partnership with the city. Thirteen years later, the region and theatre face serious economic challenges. How can an innovative theatre reinvent itself, survive, and thrive in these difficult times?

Don King is the recipient of the 2009 John Hope Alumni Award for Public Service, presented by the Brown Alumni Association and Howard R. Swearer Center for Public Service. This forum is co-sponsored by the Swearer Center, the Department of Africana Studies and the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America.

Tartuffe Talkback

Join us for a post-show talkback tonight (Friday, 25th Sep) at 10.30PM with Elise Morrison!

Monitoring Moliere: Surveillance, Comedy, and Tartuffe

Elise Morrison is a PhD candidate at Brown in Theatre Arts and Performance Studies. Her dissertation, “Through the Looking Glass: Feminist Strategies in Surveillance Art,” looks at artists whose work strategically employs technologies and techniques of surveillance to create performances and installations that pose new and different ways of interacting with and understanding apparatuses of surveillance. She has also performed several of her own surveillance art pieces on the public thoroughfares of New York, Providence and the INTERNET.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Don't miss PW's First Show of the Season...

by Maria Irene Fornes
directed by Jessica Goldschmidt

Sam Alper
Daniel Gonon
Ned Riseley
and Lily Spottiswoode.

THIS Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday at 8pm, and Saturday at 11 pm.

Tickets are FREE and available online at Or get 'em at the door an hour before each performance!

Ushers needed for Tartuffe

Volunteer to usher and see the show for free!
Tartuffe opens tomorrow evening (Thursday), and will run from September 24th-27th and October 1st-4th at Leeds Theatre.
Shows are 8pm every Thursday to Saturday, and 2pm on Sundays.

Contact if interested, or swing by the Box Office in the Leeds Breezeway to sign up.

Monday, September 21, 2009

AUDITION for "Doris to Darlene!"

DORIS TO DARLENE, a cautionary valentine
by Jordan Harrison, MFA '03
Directed by Chris Tyler '10

Performs December 3 - 6 in Leeds Theatre.
Produced by the Department of Theatre Arts & Performance Studies and Sock & Buskin.


DORIS, a girl singer, mixed race, from 16 to 41.
VIC WATTS, a record producer, white, from 22 to 47.
RICHARD WAGNER, a composer, around 50.
LUDWIG II, King of Bavaria, 18. (To be played by a young woman.)
MR. CAMPANI, a dapper teacher, early 40s.

Wednesday, 9/23 from 7 - 11 PM
Thursday, 9/24 from 7 - 11 PM
Friday, 9/25 from 3 - 6 PM
Callbacks will take place all day 9/26.

Stuart Theatre (inside Faunce House)

If you can, sign-up for an audition time in advance at the Leeds Breezeway bulletin board. Audition slots on Friday are currently full, but there are plenty of slots still available on Wednesday and Thursday nights.

Unsure of your schedule? Feel free to stop by Stuart at any time on Wednesday or Thursday night and audition on the spot. If you want to audition and Friday afternoon is the only time you're available, please contact us at and we'll work it out.

NOTE: You are STRONGLY encouraged to read the play beforehand. To secure a copy of the script, please e-mail

NOTE: All plays cast under the supervision of the Department of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies at Brown University are cast without regard to race, color or ethnic identity except when such identity is central to the production's thematic content.

...oh, and did we mention JORDAN HARRISON is coming up to work on the production in rehearsal?!


For more information, please visit

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Work with Brown MFA Playwrights on NEW WORK!


a READING of Gregory Moss MFA '08's play THE ARGUMENT
Directed by Kerry Whigham

This project is part of Brown University's Katrina, Katrina Project, commemorating the 4th anniversary of the hurricane. For more information, click here.

One Day of Rehearsal/Performance - September 20

ANA and MIA: Two women, twin sisters
Ensemble of 5 - m and f - musical ability a plus - to play various roles
(one musician / actor - sax or trumpet)


a PRODUCTION of Joe Waechter MFA '10's short play Home is Another Plane
Directed by Gregory S Moss

This project is part of the MFA Playwrights Festival at Rites and Reasons, October 9 & 10.

The Littlest Girl: a precocious 10 year old.- young woman of any description
The Grown Man; her kind-hearted father - male of any description
The Narrators - Two women of any description
The Woman in the Silver Jacket - a beautiful woman
A Few Informed Audience Members - three actors, male or female
MUSICIANS - TWO - Cello, Stand-Up Bass, or Singing Saw

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Assistant Stage Managers wanted!

The production of Tartuffe is currently looking for one or two ASMs.

Tartuffe will run from September 24th-27th, and October 1st-4th. This is a show with great opportunities for technical work (sound, video) and the role of ASM will be an excellent way of getting involved in the production process.

Contact James at for more information.


A New Musical

By Nate Sloan ‘09

Directed by Lowry Marshall
Musically Directed by Andy Hertz


Friday, September 11th; 2:00-5:00PM & 7:00-11:00PM
Saturday, September 12th; 1:00PM-4:30PM
in Stuart Theatre

Staggered callbacks to be scheduled Saturday night between 6:30 and 9:30PM.

Auditions will be held in small groups. NO PREPARATION NECESSARY! We will teach you everything you need to know, right from the show! If you want to prepare a song, you’re encouraged to do so. Please bring your music! Scripts and music from the show will be available in the Becker Library before classes begin.

Sign up for an audition group outside of the Becker Library before auditions!

A note for a cappella members: Friday and Saturday are big days for a cappella groups, so plan accordingly. If you want to audition and attend a callback, please inform your group now that you may need to leave for a period of time in the blocks above! We will work with you to schedule a convenient time.

A note from Lowry and Andy for Tartuffe cast members who sing: You are strongly encouraged to audition! There is insignificant overlap between the final weeks of Tartuffe and the beginning of the Leavittsburg process, and we will create a schedule that works for you! Please support musical theatre at Brown and come out to audition for this remarkable new work!


JANE, a student at an East Coast college, originally from Leavittsburg
JAKE, Jane's boyfriend, a student at the same college, originally from New York City
FRANK, Jane's father, a landscaper in Leavittsburg
BEN, Jane's younger brother, a freshman in high school
MS. BRIGHTON, Jane's high school English teacher
COREY, Jane’s old boyfriend and Frank’s employee
EVELYN ELLIS, Jane's friend from high school, mother of infant Todd, Jr.
"BIG" TODD ELLIS, Evelyn's husband, an Army private overseas
MARLA, BETTY and GINGER, elderly ladies in the local Rotary Club
AL, ROD and CARL, their husbands
MELISSA, SANDY, BETHANY, seniors in high school
CONNIE, a bartender
MATT, KEV, and LEROY, Corey's friends


Sendspace to a draft of the script:

Note: The script is still under revision and portions may change. This is the excitement of new work!!