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Auditions for our Winter 2020 Staged Reading Series

Plays with the theme 2020 Vision!
The Mammaries of Tiresias : Free with admission to BAMPFA, January 12th at 5 p.m.
Priscilla Dreams the Answer : January 21st at LaVal's Subterranean Theatre, 8 p.m. Pay-What-You-Will
Machinal: January 27th at LaVal's Subterranean Theatre, 8 p.m.  Pay-What-You-Will

Auditions Monday and Tuesday, December 9th and 10th
7-10 p.m., Playground Playspace, 3286 Adeline Street #9, Berkeley, CA 94703.
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Produced in conjunction with our main stage production of She Kills Monsters by Qui Nguyen, directed by Kayla Minton Kaufman - January 10th - February 1st

The Mammaries of Tiresias, by Apollinaire, translated by Maya Slater
Directed by Meryn MacDougall
One night only, Sunday, January 12th, 2020, 5 p.m.
Free with admission to the Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archie (BAMPFA)

Priscilla Dreams the Answer, by Walt McGough 
Directed by Michael J. Hawkins
One night only, Monday, January 20th, 2020, 8 p.m. LaVal's Subterranean Theatre

Machinal, by Sophie Treadwell
Directed by Hilary Buffum
One night only, Monday, January 27th, 2020, 8 p.m. LaVal's Subterrean Theatre

2020 Winter Staged Readings Auditions GraphicActors Ensemble announces auditions for our Winter 2020 Staged Reading Series, produced in conjunction with our main stage production of She Kills Monsters, running at LaVal's Subterreanean Theatre from January 10th through February 1st, 2020.  Auditions are December 9th and 10th, from 7-10 p.m. at Playground Playspace, 3286 Adeline Street #9, Berkeley, CA 94703...  Non-AEA/No Pay.  Auditions are cold-read.  Please be prepared to read from sides.  We encourage folks new to or returning to theatre to audition - we will help you through the process!  We regularly cast cross-gender and cross-type.  We actively seek actors of all ages, races, genders, and persuasions.

Please write This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for an appointment.  We will schedule 2-3 folks in 15 minute blocks.  If there is someone you'd like to audition with, let us know and we'll see if we can make that happen.  If you cannot make these dates but are still interested, contact us and we may be able to make other arrangements.

Below are detailed information on the plays/roles/directors, etc.  We list age ranges and genders for characters as a general guide for what should be realized in the characterization, not necessarily as a restriction on who could be cast to play the role.  Rehearsals for Priscilla and Machinal will be the Tuesday and Sunday evenings prior to the reading, (so Tuesday January 14th and Sunday January 19th for the January 20th reading, and Tuesday January 22nd and Sunday January 26th for the January 27th reading).  Rehearsals for The Mammaries of Tiresias are TBD.

The Mammaries of Tiresias:

SURREALISM PERFORMED: Join Actors Ensemble of Berkeley in a special performance at the Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA), in conjunction with their exhibition Strange, in a performance of this rarely performed French surrealist play by Guillaume Appollinaire.  In his correspondence in preparation for its debut performance, Appollinaire concocted the word "Surreal" to describe it, a word which was subsequently appropriated by Andre Breton to describe the entire movement.  The Mammaries of Tiresias turns sexual identity, gender norms, and the need for 1900's French society to repopulate after WWI on its head.   Watch the dream world collide with the waking as these absurd words come to life!

    -Husband:  Male/Male Presenting, No Age Preference
   -Director/Stage Directions: No Gender Preference, No Age Preference
   -Tireasias: Female/Female Presenting, No Age Preference
   -Policeman: No Gender Preference, No Age Preference
   -Preso/Son: No Gender Preference, No Age Preference
   -Lacouf/Journalist: No Gender Preference, No Age Preference
   -Zanzibar: No Gender Preference/No Age Preference
   -Clowns 1&2 : if you would like to be considered for these roles please prepare a 30 second physical comedy piece. 

Rehearsals are TBD in the interval between December 29th and January 12th, with the performance to be 5 p.m. January 12th at BAMPFA.

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR:  Meryn MacDougall is a Bay Area actress, fight choreographer, and director that works in theatre, film, and voice over. She is excited to partner with BAMPFA to bring this surrealist art alive. 

Priscilla Dreams the Answer:

Priscilla, a lonely woman who works at a hobby shop, is so empathetic that she cries nightly while watching game shows. But her evening routine gets weird when she starts receiving 3 AM phone calls -- from aliens. When she finally picks up, the aliens ask her a big favor: to save the world. In this fantastical play examining loss, love, and the search for answers, Priscilla looks to the only expert she knows, her favorite game show contestant Simon, to save both worlds before it's too late.

Priscilla: Ever curious and sometimes over-emotional, Priscilla truly cares about the world. Female/identifying, age 21-35 
Simon(One): Quiet, but not timid or weak. Simon just wants his world to stay the same. Change scares him. Male/identifying, age 21-40. Role can be split
Harry(Two):  Gruff, mostly insensitive and lost in his own complex delusions of worth (or lack thereof). Male/identifying, age 40-70. Role can be split.
Zip(Three): This alien being is happy, excited about almost everything, and dedicated to helping those with underwhelming intelligence. Gender-fluid, can be split in two roles.
Zop(Four): This alien being is focused on cultural enjoyment, believing most of the lesser intelligent races will destroy themselves anyway. It’s best to enjoy their entertainment while it lasts, preserving it for the future. Gender-fluid, can be split into two roles.
OneTwoThree, and Four are very similar to a greek chorus in style, and will all have similar presentation.

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR: Michael James Hawkins wrote, produced, directed, and even voiced thousands of commercials along with spinning actual records and making funny noises in padded rooms. Michael escaped broadcasting and commercial production to go back to college, earning a fine arts degree in 2014. His knees, legs and backside can be seen on Westworld, as well as other minor background moments with no face-time. Michael executed his own Escape From L. A. to the Bay area in 2016. Michael continues to write, teach voice, act, direct, create commercials, and puppeteer (recently as "Fish" in Cat in the Hat for Palo Alto Children's Theater). He also formed a production company this year in an effort to make something more than commercials. 


Machinal by Sophie Treadwell is a play that tells the story of a young woman who goes through the phases of her life where she comes up the mechanized structures of society and patriarchy as she searches for what she truly desires. The expressionistic play uses rhythm and dialogue to create the mechanized feel of the play. She through the course of her journey makes a series of choices against or with the status quo culminating in the murder of her husband. 

- Young Woman (Helen)
- George H. Jones/Clerks (court scene)/Barber 1
- Stenographer/Nurse/Defense Lawyer/Matron
- Filing Clerk/Bellboy/Boy(table 2)/2nd reporter
- Adding Clerk/Man (table 2)/1st reporter/Barber 2
- Telephone Girl/Baliff/Jailer
- Mother/Woman (table 1)/Judge/
- Doctor/Man (table 1)/Court reporter/2nd guard
- First Man (table 3)/third reporter/1st guard
- Second Man (table 3)/Prosecution lawyer/priest

1. Young woman (Helen)- young woman caught in the machine of society. Works as a stenographer at Mr. Jones company to support her mother. 
2. George H. Jones (husband)- Vice president at the company. Middle aged man.
3. Filing Clerk- "boy not grown, callow adolescence" Works at Mr. Jones company
4. Stenographer- "is the faded, efficient woman office worker." 
5. Adding clerk-The stenographer's male counterpart
6. Telephone Girl- "young, cheap and amorous" She is young and she likes to go out and have fun. gives the impression she has many lovers
7. Doctor- Male, dismissive of the nurse.
8. First Man- Young woman's lover who she has an affair with. He woos her with a story of how he escaped a revolution in Mexico. 
9. Second Man- Married, having an affair with Telephone girl. Uses first man as his wingman. 
10. Mother- nags her daughter. Doesn't listen to what she has to say, is always talking over her. 

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR: Hilary Buffum is a Bay Area actor and director and an alum of the San Francisco State Theatre department. She has directed short new works including most recently Enough by Haunah King. She also co-produced two Shakespeare plays with HearthFire theatre company in 2015 and 2016. She is excited to be directing this staged reading of Machinal.
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