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Auditions for our 2017 Winter Staged Reading Series

Announcing auditions for our Winter Staged Reading Series. This  is a collaboration with TheatreFirst's T1 Presents performance series.  These staged readings are presented as a companion to our main stage production of Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest, opening Jan 20th, 2017 at Live Oak Theatre.

The Wilde Life
curated and directed by Robert Estes
One night only:  January 30th, 2017 at 8 p.m.
Live Oak Theatre, Berkeley

Gross Indecency:  The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde

by Moises Kaufmann
directed by Laur Raag
One night only:  February 6th,2017 at 8 p.m.
Live Oak Theatre, Berkeley

Auditions (for both evenings): Monday Jan. 23rd, 2017, 7-10 p.m.
Auditions at Urban Mattress, 1325 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702 (at Gilman)
Performances at Live Oak Theatre, 1301 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94709

The first mainstage production of Actors Ensemble of Berkeley 2017 seaon (celebrating our 60th anniversary) is Oscar Wilde's classic comedy, The Importance of Being Earnest, A Trivial Comedy for Serious People, Wilde's most popular and enduring play - one of the finest comedies of all time,  of which it has been said "It is of nonsense all compact, and better nonsense, I think, our stage has not seen".  The production opens January 20th, 2017 at Live Oak Theatre.

As a celebration of Oscar Wilde's life, and in collaboration TheatreFirst's T1 Presents performance series, we are presenting two staged readings which will help to further illuminate the timeless work and tragic life of this giant of English letters.

The Wilde Life is a one night reading on Monday, January 30th, 2017 of selections from Wilde's prose, poetry and plays. Auditions will be on Monday, January 23rd, at the same time and place as the auditions for Gross Indecency.  There will be selections from his work for cold read at the auditions, or you can bring in a selection from his work that you would like to present. For the most part, the evening will be of readings by solo individuals, but there will be some sides with dialogue available for cold read. If you know that there is a poem, or a selection from an essay or letter, or a monologue that you would like to present, so much the better. But we're also very happy to hear your read from the selected sides.  You are encouraged to audition for both evenings, and audition material prepared for one of the two evenings will in all likelihood also be appropriate for the other.

There will be a rehearsal on the evening of Sunday, January 29, with the performance on Monday, January 30th, 2017 at 8 p.m. at Live Oak Theatre.  There may also be individual rehearsals with the director Robert Estes that will take place in the Berkeley area at times to be determined. The spirit of the evening is to celebrate Wilde, so if his love his work, please consider coming out to audition! 

Robert Estes is the artistic director of Anton's Well Theatre Company https://antonswell.org/ as well as a board member of Actors Ensemble.  He is well versed in the life of Oscar Wilde, having given numerous Grove Talks on the subject for California Shakespeare Theatre in Orinda.

Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde uses trial transcripts, personal correspondence, interviews and other source materials to tell the story of the three trials, beginning with Wilde's accusation of the Marquess of Queensbury, culminating with his conviction and subsequent imprisonment for "gross indecency with male persons".  Featuring a large cast, the play is "A dazzling coup de theatre, at once compelling history and chilling human drama." —Time Magazine. "Stunning…taut, shattering, yet delightfully exuberant…altogether fascinating." —NY Newsday.

Gross Indecency will be perfomed Monday, Feb. 6th, 2017 at 8 p.m. at Live Oak Theatre.  Rehearsals will be Wednesday, Feb. 1st and Sunday Feb. 5th.  The auditions will be on January 23rd, at the same time and place as the auditions for The Wilde Life.  There will be sides available for cold read, but you may also bring your own material.  You are encouraged to audition for both evenings, and in general material selected for either evening will be adequate audition material for the other. 

Directed by Laur Raag (also performing the role of Lane in our production of The Importance of Being Earnest), a performing artist and the artistic director of Stray Dog Theater Co. in Oakland, CA. He most recently starred in Stray Dog’s Macbeth and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, as well as working with various theater groups in the Bay Area including foolsFURY and Ragged Wing Ensemble.
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Non-AEA/no pay.  Actors Ensemble does not discriminate w/r to race, gender, etc. and will consider (and often do) non-traditional casting.  We realize this is rather short notice, so if for some reason you cannot make one of these dates but are interested in the show, we may be able to make alternate arrangements.

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Thank You

Actors Ensemble of Berkeley is delighted to acknowledge the Berkeley Civic Arts Program and Civic Arts Commission's support in the form of a grant of $8,000.00 awarded in 2017. Also, a thank you to Theatre Bay Area for a grant of $2,500.00.

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