Upcoming Audition: Bla(n)ck Piranha, Fall 2019

Studio Lab Performance, Fall 2019:
Bla(n)ck Piranha: An Exploration into the Sexual Terrorscape of Black Femininity 
by Stella Amuzu Asa '22

CLICK HERE to sign up for a group audition slot!

Sunday September 29, 12:00-1:15 pm and 1:45-3:00 pm 

Rehearsal Room, Hop 14 (basement level)

"Bla(n)ck Piranha" is an original work written by Stella Amuzu Asa ‘22. Based on her own life, the show follows main character Dot as she understands the multiple violences that befall her own black body. Dot grapples with falling in love, making her way through addiction, and figuring out how to process the recent death of her mother throughout the journey of the play. This is a story about the power of healing through love, the pain of self-actualization, and ultimately, the ramifications of asserting individuality in a society that will not hesitate to erase and homogenize black female identity. Through a combination of spoken word poetry, interlude, epilogues, music, and dialogue, "Bla(n)ck Piranha" is set in many locations, spaces, and figments in Dot’s imagination, memories, and thoughts that play out as physical manifestations on the stage.

This will be a Studio Lab Staged Reading project, directed by Dr. Shamell Bell with Sam West '19 as Sound Designer; the project will be stage managed by Millenah Nascimento '21. The project will encompass roughly 30 hours of rehearsal over 2-3 weeks, culminating in a staged reading performance in the Bentley Theater on Friday, October 18 as part of a "New Works Weekend" performance project.

No previous performance experience is neccesary!

***NOTE Auditions will be held outside the traditional individual auditions format. For this production there will be two avaliable GROUP time slots for all auditioning students. Instead of a formal audition, this will be an OPEN REHEARSAL for all those interested. Interested individuals should come prepared, having read the play (available below) and chosen 1 or 2 sides (selections from the script) for character(s) they have the most interest in (sides are available via the link below). Individuals may be asked to read for characters outside those personally chosen.***

Sign up for a GROUP time slot online HERE; please plan to arrive 10 minutes before your scheduled time slot. All participating students must also fill out an online form, available HERE

Students are strongly encouraged to read the play prior to the open rehearsal; the script is available HERE for viewing (Note: no printing please!). All sides are available HERE.

Bla(n)ck Piranha takes place in modern day. Roles will be open to all People of Color (POC). It should be noted that every member of the CHORUS is a part/piece/manifestation of Dot, the protagonist.  

Dot: Young Black Woman. This role will be played by Stella Asa.

Available Roles:

   Colon  *Self identifying pronouns of he, him, his
   Ellipse *Self identifying pronouns of he, him, his