Upcoming Auditions: Frost and Dodd Festival, Summer 2020

UPCOMING AUDITIONS

The Frost & Dodd Student Play Festival, Summer 2020:
Spaceship 99 by Naomi Lam '21
N.I.G.G.A by Armond Epps Dorsey '20
Little Circles by Savannah Miller '21


ABOUT THE PLAYS AND THE PRODUCTION

Spaceship 99, by Naomi Lam '21
The 2020 Dodd Playwriting Competition winner  
Because of the declining habitability of the earth, humanity's last hope is to colonize another planet. However, only a select few will be taken on this journey. Spaceship 99 follows four people as they go through the selection process to earn a place in humanity's next frontier.
Read the most recent draft of the script HERE

N.I.G.G.A, by Armond Epps Dorsey '20
One of two 2020 Eleanor Frost Playwriting Competition winners.
A verse novel play about seven Black Boys who enter a seemingly normal barbershop and learn lessons in manhood. The play centers on Black masculinity--its traditional definitions, how Black men embody or adapt aspects of traditional Black masculinity, and challenges to Black masculinity.  
Read the most recent draft of the script HERE

Little Circles, by Savannah Miller '21
One of two 2020 Eleanor Frost Playwriting Competition winners.
The devoted mother, the violent outsider, the prodigal daughter, the closeted son—these are the characters brought back together by a global pandemic. Over several weeks, family ties are tested… and broken.
Read the most recent draft of the script HERE

All three pieces are one-act plays.

All rehearsals and performances will be taking place using distance technology. Spaceship 99, which under normal circumstances would be mounted as a fully-produced production, will be directed by Professor Carol Dunne; rehearsals will begin in early July. N.I.G.G.A and Little Circles, which will be produced as staged readings, will be directed by Niegel Smith '02; rehearsals for both will begin on August 2 and extend over a single week. Participation in a Frost staged reading does not require memorization.

Spaceship 99 will perform on Friday, August 7 at 8 pm; N.I.G.G.A and Little Circles will perform Saturday, August 8 at 8 pm. All three performances will take place via distance technology.

Students are encouraged to read the script prior to auditions! Scripts are available for viewing via the links above (Note: these are perusal copies only; absolutely NO printing!)

AUDITION DETAILS

No previous performance experience is necessary!

Auditions for the 2020 Frost & Dodd Festival are taking place via video submission; the submission deadline is Monday, July 6. To create your video audition for:

  • Spaceship 99: audition sides (selections from the script) can be found HERE. Please choose the side for the character that you are most drawn to, and record yourself reading that side. You will need a partner to read with you; please have that reader position themselves off-camera.
  • N.I.G.G.A: audition sides (selections from the script) can be found HERE. Please choose the side for the character that you are most drawn to, and record yourself reading that side. No reading partner is required!
  • Little Circles: audition sides (selections from the script) can be found HERE. Please choose the character that you are most drawn to, and record yourself reading BOTH sides for that character. You will need a partner to read with you; please have that reader position themselves off-camera.

There is no need to memorize sides for your audition. PLEASE NOTE: You do NOT have to be enrolled in Summer 2020 term classes in order to submit an audition! All rehearsals and performances will be taking place remotely, so all students are welcome to audition regardless of enrollment.

CLICK HERE to fill out an audition form and upload your audition video submission. Alternately, audition videos may be submitted via google drive, dropbox, or any other cloud storage system; email your audition link to jennifer.collins.hard@dartmouth.edu.

Questions can be directed to Professor Carol Dunne at carol.dunne@dartmouth.edu.

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN/AVAILABLE ROLES

Spaceship 99

LAUREN: 20, female. Public Health student at Wellesley. The child of two doctors. 
JAIME: 20, any gender. A commuter student from Sarasota, at New College of Florida. When they relocated to take the selection exam, they took a temporary job to keep supporting their family. 
OLETA: 36, female. An investigative journalist. Intelligent, cynical, and seeks to explore issues that affect others. She hasn't been in a relationship before. 
MARCO: 36, male. A mechanical engineer who just came out of a divorce and is trying to be the best dad he can be to his two kids. 
DR. LU: female. A member of the selection committee. She has a PhD in psychology. She's in a wheelchair. She is trying her hardest to pick the best people for Spaceship 99. 
OTHERS: Reporter, any gender.

N.I.G.G.A

A: Black male. Early twenties. College student-athlete. Takes up space physically, but he can't help it. Less grounded in his beliefs than his burliness would suggest. Kaepernick has a good point, but why sacrifice his career for it...oh, I never saw it that way. Straight.
Q: Black male. Late teens to early twenties. College student. Nervous around other Black men, but only if they're straight. More confident in himself than he first appears. Equality for some, but not all Black people is privilege. Queer, bi.
H: Black male. Early twenties. Self-taught student and scholar (or so he says). Loves ankhs more than he loves Black women. Preaches about equality, but does he mean it for all Black people? BLM. Str8.
T: Black male. Twenties. Unemployed, but knowledgeable of illegal money-making methods in "urban neighborhoods:. Well-known, but not well-loved. Rough around the edges because he has to be. 4/20 friendly. Str8.
WW: Light-skinned Black male. Late teens to early twenties. College student and frat boy. Nervous around other Black men who aren't of the suburban milieu, but prone to appropriate "ghetto" Black folk. Prone to overcompensation. Not all white people are bad. Str8.
F: Black male. Late teens to early twenties. Local college student. Not afraid to show others who he is. Takes up space verbally. I'm authentically me, baby. Queer, gay.
M: Black male. Late teens to early twenties. A college-educated young man who has always worked hard and went into...consulting. Always the best dressed with wavy hair, but he never worked for them. Surprisingly neutral, when he isn't countering. I'm here for a good time, not a long time. Str8/modern-day metrosexual--pretty boy.
Barber: Black male. Middle-aged. Narrator and secret agent of N.I.G.G.A. who sparks up the arguments and discussions throughout the play. His charisma is almost mystical... If y'all won't start something, I will. Straight, traditional Black American man, but make it well-dressed and understanding.

LIttle Circles

CURTIS: Blunt, brash, at times violent; masculinity above all; likes Miller Lite. Also plays CALLER
JULIA: Former single mom; arts teacher; naïve at times 
KENNY: Fun high school junior waiting for graduation; wants to go to the beach
REAGAN: Twenty-year-old just trying to survive; fan of blackmail