FALL SECOND STAGE AUDITIONS

AUDITIONS for ``VOICES OF THE EARTH: FROM SOPHOCLES TO RACHEL CARSON AND BEYOND``

BY RUSH REHM + CHARLIE JUNKERMAN | TAPS FALL SECOND STAGE

ABOUT VOICES OF THE EARTH

Compiled by Rush Rehm and Charles Junkerman, Voices of the Earth deals with the troubled relationship between humans and the natural world. Along with powerful wilderness images and soundscapes, the staged reading features environmental pioneers (Muir, Carson, Stegner), great nature writers (Thoreau, Snyder, Abbey), playwrights who turn to the environment for inspiration (Sophocles, Chekhov, O’Neill), native American voices (Crowfoot, Chief Luther Standing Bear, Walking Buffalo), poets who honor the earth (Li Po, Rumi, Neruda, Levertov, Oliver, Lorde), environmental activists (Mendes, Saro-wiwa, Maathai, Goodall, McKibben), climate change deniers who insist we face no crisis (who could these be?), and scientists who know better. Voices of the Earth brings home the threat that looms, even as it lifts the spirit and calls us to action.

This production performs November 1-2 at 8pm and November 3 at 2pm in Pigott Theater.

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR

Rush Rehm

Rush Rehm is a Professor of TAPS and Classics at Stanford. He is also the Founder and Artistic Director of Stanford Repertory Theater (SRT), where he has overseen the work of this professional company for the past 21 years. In October 2018, he directed SRT’s Four Sided Triangle, his adaptation of Ivan Turgenev’s A Month in the Country, for the Turgenev bicentennial festival in St. Petersburg, Russia. In February 2019, he directed SRT’s Democratically Speaking at Marines Memorial Theater in San Francisco. In July and August, 2019, Rush produced SRT’s 21st summer festival, The Environment and Social Justice, in collaboration with Planet Earth Arts. For the festival, he directed Polar Bears, Black Boys & Prairie Fringed Orchids, a new play by Vincent Terrell Durham, and Voices of the Earth: From Sophocles to Rachel Carson and Beyond, which he compiled with Charles Junkerman, Emeritus Dean of Continuing Studies.

Rehm’s books include Aeschylus’ Oresteia: A Theatre Version (Melbourne 1978); Greek Tragic Theatre (Routledge: London 1992, paper 1994, modern Greek translation 1999; a new edition entitled Understanding Greek Tragedy came out in 2016); Marriage to Death: The Conflation of Marriage and Funeral Rituals in Greek Tragedy (Princeton 1994, paper 1996); The Play of Space: Spatial Transformation in Greek Tragedy (Princeton 2002); and Radical Theatre: Greek Tragedy and the Modern World (Duckworth: London 2003). His Eurpides: Electra, the final volume in the Duckworth Companion to Greek and Roman Drama series, will appear in 2021. Recent contributions to edited volumes include Looking at Antigone(Bloomsbury), Aeschylus’ Tragedies: The Cultural Divide and the Trauma of Adaptation (Brill), The Brill Companion to Euripides, The Brill Companion to Sophocles, The Cambridge Companion to Greek and Roman Theatre, The Oxford Handbook of Greek Drama in the Americas, Rebel Women (Methuen), Aeschylus’ Agamemnon in Performance (Oxford), Sophocles and the Greek Language (Brill), Antigone’s Answer (Helios Supplement), and Post-Colonial Classics (Oxford). As well as courses on ancient theater and culture, Rehm teaches courses on contemporary politics, the media, and U.S. imperialism. Rush received the Dinkelspiel Award for outstanding service to undergraduates in 2014.

ABOUT AUDITIONS

STEP #1 | SIGN UP FOR A TIME SLOT

If you cannot make these audition dates but would like to audition, email TAPSinformation@stanford.edu. 

Be advised that you should arrive at least ten minutes prior to your scheduled time to fill out necessary paperwork.

STEP #2 | WHAT TO PREPARE

Auditioners should Prepare any two of the 11 sides linked to on the right in the “Resources” section.

WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR

Looking for 2 – 3 actors, any nationality, race, gender. Ability to do accents (e.g. Scottish, English, French, East African English) useful, but not necessary. Everyone plays many roles.

AUDITION DATES/TIMES

Tue/Wed Oct 1 + 2 at 7-10PM

CALLBACK DATE/TIME

If needed, callbacks will be held on the evening of the October 3.

WHERE TO GO

Auditioners should report to Memorial Auditorium Room 129 at least ten minutes prior to their scheduled time.

IMPORTANT RESOURCES

Read The Play
Audition Sides
Rehearsal Schedule
Tech Schedule