Friday, July 31, 2009

Master Harold auditions

Dreamwell - If you can play a 16 year old boy, you may wish to audition for the role of "Master Harold" for Athol Fugard's Master Harold... and the Boys August 2 at 2 pm and August 3 at 7 pm in Room C at the Iowa City Public Library. Rehearsals will begin on August 6. For further information about auditions and performances, call the director Rachael Lindhart at 319-337-2206 or e-mail lindhrach@aol.com.

The roles of Sam and Willie have already been cast. We are pleased to announce that the roles will be played by Roe Lloyd and Patrick Rashad, both Iowa City actors. Auditions will be held for the role of "Master Harold" who is a schoolboy about 15 or 16 years old. This is a complex and intriguing role for a young actor. Actual age will be considered, but an older (than 16) actor who looks younger could be cast. The play turns on the complex emotional and psychological interaction between the brothers, who have known Hally since he was a young boy, and Hally as he begins to turn from a boy to a man.

Performances will be at the UU Society (at Iowa Avenue and Gilbert Street) on September 25 & 26 and October 2 & 3; all performances are at 7:30 pm.

Continuing Dreamwell's Season of Inciting Theatre, this is a play set during the darkest time of apartheid in South Africa, the 1950s. It premiered in the US in 1982 shortly after it was written, but was not performed in South Africa until later. It takes place in a tearoom in Port Elizabeth, owned by an invalid white man, the father of "Master Harold" a young student, known as Hally. Long-time employees are really running the place since the owner is hospitalized. They are Sam and Willie, black men in their 30's or 40's, who are brothers.