FALL MAIN STAGE AUDITIONS + ASSISTANTSHIPS
ABOUT THE SHOW
MAINSTAGE | Parentheses of Blood
by Sony Lab’ou Tansi
directed by Edris Cooper-Anifowoshe
Sony Lab’ou Tansi’s Parentheses of Blood is a darkly humorous satire set in a country with a brutal and authoritarian government, with a growing and threatening rebellion. On orders from the Capitol, soldiers set out to arrest and kill rebel leader, Libertashio. The only problem is that Libertashio is already dead! But that does not stop the Capitol and its minions from trying as they terrorize the citizens and Libertashio’s family. Deeply funny, this absurdist postcolonial farce from the Congo too readily reflects our own nation’s problems: where rumor betters facts and rebellion looms from many sides.
Course credit is available for those cast.
Content Notice: Parentheses of Blood deals with state-sponsored violence and moments of physical touch.
ABOUT THE REHEARSAL PROCESS
From The Director:
“The rehearsal process is the most important aspect of the production for me and is one of discovery. My process seeks to be organic, collaborative and inclusive. A play from the Congo, an African play, offers so many new avenues of expression. I am interested in the play’s theatricality, its language and how we can make the most of it. I am eager to see what the play can teach us about ourselves and the world we inhabit. Lastly, I hope to embody, in the process, African values of community, respect and celebration of life.”
In addition to its scheduled performances, this production may be live-streamed or recorded for public viewing.
Stanford TAPS seeks to build a diverse cast for this production and encourages members of any race, gender identity, and ability to audition. If any accessibility accommodations are needed please email firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
Edris Cooper-Anifowoshe is an award-winning director, actor and writer. Edris has directed at SF Playhouse, Exit Theatre, SF Mime Troupe, Z Space, Word for Word, Magic Theatre Trinity Rep, Magic Theatre, TheatreWorks, WaterTower Theatre/Dallas, Mark Taper Forum, Southern Rep/New Orleans and Alabama Shakespeare. Edris has acted with the SF Mime Troupe, Aurora Theatre, SF Playhouse, Art Theatre Ibadan, Nigeria and for 11 years was a lead artist for Rhodessa Jones’s The Medea Project; Theatre for Incarcerated Women. Edris’s solo performances have been seen at Northwestern University, Penn Museum, University of Illinois, University of Florida, San Francisco’s Afro Solo Festival, Intersection for the Arts, Eastside Alliance and Brava Theater where she is a resident artist. Her play, Adventures of A Black Girl In Search of Academic Clarity and Inclusion is published in the anthology solo/black/women. In addition to her own company, Edris is a member of Campo Santo and Word for Word theater companies. Photo by Joan Osato.
STEP #1 | SIGN UP FOR A TIME SLOT
These auditions have passed. For information on upcoming performer opportunities, visit our auditions page.
Be advised that you should arrive at least five minutes prior to your scheduled time to fill out necessary paperwork. If you cannot make these audition dates but would like to audition, email TAPSinformation@stanford.edu.
STEP #2 | WHAT TO PREPARE
We encourage auditioners to prepare something – a monologue, a poem, a song – the director is open to all presentation types. If you are unable to prepare something of your own, sides from the show are available here.
This production aims to cast between 9-11 performers.
- Kalahashio: wife of Libertashio
- Ramana, Aleyo, Yavilla: Libertashio’s daughters
- Martial-Makaya: Libertashio’s nephew
- Le Fou: The Fool
- Five Soldiers (double as the following characters): Dr. Portes, Madam Portes, The Priest and other wedding guests.
TAPS is also seeking design and rehearsal assistants for this production. Applications are due via email to Production Manager Jane Casamajor (janecasa [at] stanford.edu). General crew and behind the scenes inquiries are welcome as well!
Monday + Tuesday, September 26-27
WHERE TO GO
Auditionees should check-in at the Roble Gym Lounge at least five minutes prior to their scheduled time.
Thursday-Saturday, November 17-19 in the Harry J. Elam, Jr. Theater
Must be logged in on an @stanford.edu account to view
If any accessibility accommodations with auditions or callbacks are needed please email email@example.com for assistance.
This production is made possible in part by the Pigott Fund for Drama, the May Ellen Ritter Production Fund, and the Drs. Ben and A. Jess Shenson Fund