Iowa City - Union and non-union actors are being sought for a staged reading of a new adaptation of Ralph Ellison’s seminal novel Invisible Man. An honorarium of $100 will be paid to each cast member. The book won the National Book Award in 1953. Oren Jacoby has adapted the novel for the stage, and director Christopher McElroen is preparing for the world premiere of the play, set for early 2012 in Chicago, with an extended residency at the University of Iowa. The staged reading is part of that residency.
Auditions will take place on Monday, November 7 at 6 p.m. in Shambaugh Auditorium, located in the UI Main Library. The reading will be performed on Saturday, December 3 at 7 p.m. in Shambaugh Auditorium.
Those who are cast must be able to attend the majority of rehearsals. Rehearsal dates and times are:
November 28, 1-6 p.m.
November 29, 1-6 p.m.
November 30, 11-3:30 p.m.
December 1, 3-8 p.m.
December 2, 11-4 p.m.
December 3, 4-7 p.m., with public reading to begin at 7 p.m.
McElroen is seeking: Three African American males ranging in age from mid-20s to late-50s; two Caucasian males ranging in age from mid-20s to mid-50s; two African American females ranging in age from mid-20s to mid-40s; and one Caucasian female ranging in age from mid-20s to mid-30s.
Actors are asked to prepare a two-minute monologue of their choosing. Those with questions may contact Hancher Executive Director Chuck Swanson at 319-335-1133.