SPRING second STAGE AUDITIONS

sunday feb 4 + monday feb 5 AT 7-10:30PM | MEMAUD 129
THE WORLD OF EXTREME HAPPINESS BY Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig

SPRING second STAGE PRODUCTION

AUDITIONS SUNDAY FEB 4 + MONDAY FEB 5 at 7-10:30PM
CALLBACKS FRIDAY FEB 9 AT 4-8PM
memorial auditorium room 129

about the WORLD OF EXTREME HAPPINESS

Unwanted from the moment she’s born, Sunny is determined to escape her life in rural China and forge a new identity in the city with dreams of reaching America. As naïve as she is ambitious, Sunny views her new job in a grueling factory as a stepping stone to untold opportunities. When fate casts her as a company spokeswoman at a sham PR event, Sunny’s bright outlook starts to unravel in a series of harrowing and darkly comic events, as she begins to question a system enriching itself by destroying its own people.

The rehearsal work will be twofold: First, we explore the complex consciousness that has emerged in contemporary ‘rising-superpower’ China out of several decades of economic and political reform following the traumatic events of Mao’s socialism. How do these characters conceive of themselves and their communities in such a rapidly shifting political, economic, hence sociocultural landscape? Second, we interrogate the play for its critiques and challenges on our own lives, not just empathetically, but also in recognizing the influence that the Western gaze has on the characters in the play. How are the actions and struggles in our lives intertwined with those of Sunny Li?

This production is co-produced by Stanford Asian American Theater Project (AATP).

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR

Vineet Gupta (‘18, vineetg@stanford.edu) is a student director and is heavily immersed in the theater community at Stanford. He is also an international student and a senior at Stanford, double majoring in TAPS and Mathematics.

He has always sought to make theater which gives voice to unheard stories; recently, he has specifically turned his attention toward transnational work that explores how global hierarchies and systems of power intertwine seemingly disparate lives in complex, potentially imperialistic, ways. He served as the Artistic Director of the Asian American Theater Project in 2016-17, and views AATP as his artistic home base on campus. The World of Extreme Happiness will be his fourth directing gig, following Angels in America: Millennium Approaches (Theater Lab), Durango (AATP), and Yellow Face (AATP). His other theater credits include acting in Marat / Sade (Theater Lab), The Many Faces of Farce (TAPS), Equivocation (Theater Lab), The Duel (TAPS), and Stop Kiss (AATP), and working on The Tempest (ASM, TAPS) and Into the Woods (ATD, AATP), among others.


ABOUT AUDITIONS

SIGN UP FOR A TIME SLOT

Click the button on the right to sign up for a 15-minute audition 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.

WHAT TO PREPARE

Please bring a prepared contemporary monologue 1-2 minutes in length that you have a real connection with. Though preferable, these do not have to be memorized. Be advised that during the audition I will likely ask you to perform the monologue multiple times, potentially once or twice very differently than you have rehearsed.

If invited for a callback, you will likely not be asked to prepare anything in advance. The length of callbacks will be determined following auditions, but please aim to be as flexible as possible.

WHAT WE'RE LOOKING FOR

We are looking 6 actors for the following roles:

  • SUNNY, 18-20. (Female). Migrant factory worker.
  • PETE, 16-18. (Male) / RAN FENG, 20-36. (Male). Sunny’s brother. / Coal miner.
  • LI HAN, 25-45. (Male) / JAMES LIN, 51. (Male). Sunny’s father, a Coal miner. / Factory owner.
  • OLD LAO, 65. (Male) / GAO CHEN, 50. (Male) / MR. DESTINY, 60. (Male). Head of Sanitation at Shenzhen Factory. / Public Security Officer. / Self-help guru.
  • ARTEMIS CHANG, 52. (Female) / WANG HUA, 40-60. (Female). Vice President of Price-Smart China / Midwife turned fix-it woman.
  • QING SHU MIN, 26. (Female) / XIAO LI, 22. (Female) / MING-MING, 23. (Female). Police officer. / Sunny and Pete’s mother. / Factory worker.


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    where to go

    Auditioners should report to MEMAUD 129 (at the back of Memorial Auditorium, accessible via Memorial Way) at least ten minutes prior to their scheduled time.



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