Stanford TAPS seeks performers and an Assistant Stage Manager* for its Spring productions of Tarell Alvin McCraney’s Marcus, or the Secret of Sweet. No prior performance experience required. Academic credit available for students.
While drop-ins are welcomed, auditioners may email to sign up for a ten-minute time-slot. Be sure to include your availability (list the dates and times you are available during April 2 and 3 between 7 and 10pm).
See below on what to prepare for your audition.
*Those interested in the Assistant Stage Manager position should email Linda Apperson at email@example.com.
Marrying mythical imagery with poetic dialect, song and dance with the rhythms of the Yoruba and Louisiana, Marcus, or the Secret of Sweet stages the titular characters angst-laced journey towards self-discovery: it is at once a coming of age and coming out story that necessarily charts Marcus’ coming to terms with his multiple identities. Ultimately, the play asks what happens when a life cannot be cast in black or white terms: What are the possibilities contained within a middle space, a space that is simultaneously secret and sweet? How might the arrival of a tempest named Katrina stifle or encourage the development of new words, new languages to describe life and identity in the aftermath of loss? How might Marcus mark us?
The New York Times calls it "a new, authentically original vision. It's what people must have felt during productions of the early works of Eugene O'Neill in the 1920s or of Sam Shepard in the 1960s."
Marcus, or the Secret of Sweet runs May 16-19, 2013 in Pigott Theater.
Those auditioning should prepare a 1-2 minute contemporary monologue to present at auditions. Monologues need not be memorized, though it is preferred.
Please also look over the audition sides, available for download HERE. You may be asked to read a side after your monologue.
- Marcus Eshu: son of Elegba and Oba, sixteen; a young man of color
- Oshoosi Size: a spirt, brother to Ogun Size
- Oba: mother to Marcus; a young mother of color
- Ogun Size: brother to Oshoosi; a man of color
- Osha: daughter of Shun and Shango, best friend of Marcus Eshu, seventeen; a young woman of color
- Shaunta Iyun: daughter of Nia, best friend of Marcus and Osha, eighteen; a young woman of color
- Shun: mother of Osha, godmother of Shuanta Iyun; a young mother of color
- Elegua: aunt to Ogun and Oshoosi Size; a woman of color
- Shua or Joshua: from the Bronx nee Stratford, Connecticut; a man of color
- Terrell: a young man of color