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Big Love by Charles Mee
Fifty brides flee their fifty grooms and seek refuge in a villa on the coast of Italy in this modern re-making of one of the western world's oldest plays, The Danaids by Aeschylus. And, in this villa on the Italian coast, the fifty grooms catch up with the brides, and mayhem ensues: the grooms arriving by helicopter in their flight suits, women throwing themselves over and over again to the ground, pop songs and romantic dances, and, finally, unable to escape their forced marriages, 49 of the brides murder 49 of the grooms-and one bride falls in love. About the same odds as today.
Seeking self-tapes for Big Love by Charles Mee, to run February - March 2024 at Chicago Dramatists, independently produced by Amy Carpenter, Elena Tubridy, and Taylor Dalton.
CW: This play depicts sexual acts, violence, and contains some nudity for all characters other than BELLA and PIERO.
Please submit a tape for the character that resonates/excites/challenges you the most.
BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, and non-binary actors are heavily encouraged to audition.
LYDIA, 20s (she/they): hopeful romantic
OLYMPIA, 20s (she/they): frivolous exhibitionist
THYONA, 20s(she/they): praying for a fight
BELLA, 60s (she/they): wise guy
PIERO, 40s (he/him): willfully ignorant
GIULIANO, 30s (he/she/they): snarky angel
CONSTANTIN, 20s (he/him): a traditional man
NIKOS, 20s (he/they): a traditional man
OED, 20s (he/they): a clown
The original script and audition sides can be found here
All principal actors and understudies will receive a $1000 stipend.
All understudies will have 1 guaranteed performance, some understudies will cover multiple tracks.
MRE provided to principal actors outside of tech and opening weekend.
Self-tapes are due by June 15. Callbacks will be held in person, details TBD.