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  • Andrew Lippa's The Wild Party
  • Pullman.vs.Paxton
  • Non-Union Theater
  • Theater or Stage
  • Open to All
  • Seattle, WA
  • Project Begins: May 14, 2017
  • Project Ends: Aug 27, 2017

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  • Contact Person: Georgina Spelvin/Dustin Schisler
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Synopsis: Andrew Lippa’s The Wild Party is an off-Broadway musical based on the 1928 book-length poem by Joseph Moncure March. Lovers Queenie and Burrs decide to throw a decadent and deadly all-night party. After the arrival of a slew of guests living life on the edge, Queenie's wandering eyes land on a striking man named Black. As the moral decay reaches a climax, so does Burrs' jealousy, which erupts and sends him into a violent rage. Gun in hand and inhibitions abandoned Burrs turns on Queenie and Black.

Pullman.vs.Paxton’s Vision:

With our production of The Wild Party, we are interested in exploring themes of voyeurism and nighttime stories.

The audience will assume the role of the voyeur, looking in at the party from outside a transparent 4-walled container similar to a giant fish-tank. Inside the container, we have Queenie and Burrs’ apartment – a seedy midcentury double motel room connected by an interior door.

We want to defamiliarize the theater-going experience, that is, what we are familiar with, we cease to “see”. Drawing on the work of Frank Castorf and Bert Neumann and the principles of Artaud’s Theatre of Cruelty, we aim to create a sensory theatrical experience that bridges the gap between stage performance and cinema, what is viewed live and what can be manufactured to manipulate your senses. In addition to live action performance, we will project pre-recorded video elements as well as a live video stream that capture the party from varying perspectives. Our production will push the boundaries of what is acceptable in live theater in terms of how we show acts of sex and violence. Think 1970s exploitation film meets David Lynch meets Nicolas Winding Refn.


Character Breakdown / Project Needs
*** We welcome actors of all gender identities, sexualities, ages, and races.

*** TRIGGER WARNING: This show contains multiple R-rated scenes with consensual sexual violence, rape, physical violence, as well as sexual themes surrounding a minor (though this character will be played by an adult). These scenes will be played to a cinematic level detail – think Nicolas Winding Refn, Gaspar Noé, and David Lynch.

** The roles of Queenie, Burrs, Kate, and Black all require partial nudity during sexually explicit scenes (women = topless with pasties and in underwear; men = shirtless and in underwear). This show will make use of live and pre-recorded video segments that may enhance these moments (i.e. close-ups, etc).

**All roles contain some sexually explicit moments. Actors need to be comfortable with body-to-body contact while dancing (The Juggernaut) and intimate moments between characters.

Queenie (F3-F5): Young, beautiful singer with an innocent face. Sexually ambitious.
Burrs (G2-A4): Violent and handsome clown. Sadist. Has a damning obsession with Queenie that eats away at his sanity.
Black (F2-G4): An enigmatic loner.
Kate (F3-E5): Wild, young and nihilistic, but autonomous. Deeply flawed. Commands a room with her presence. Queenie’s friend and rival.
Eddie (A2-G4): Pugilist. Mae’s boyfriend.
Oscar (A2-B4): Phil’s brother and lover.
Phil (A2-B4): Oscar’s brother and lover.
Nadine (F3-E5): Precocious minor (actor playing this role must be 18 or older). Think Iris Steensma (Taxi Driver), Mathilda Lando (Léon The Professional).
Madeline True (F3-E5): Dry-witted lesbian with a cruel mouth.
Mae (F3-E5): Eddie’s girlfriend. Beautiful and dumb.
Dolores (F3-E5): Prostitute.
Sam (A2-G4): Shady, weak-willed producer.
Jackie (Flexible): Dancer or other talent. Has no tongue.

Audition/Interview Dates:
Mondays, March 13 & 20

Callbacks or second audition/interview?
Monday, April 3

Audition Requirements:
Please send a headshot, resume and performance/vocal recording (if possible). For the audition, you are asked to prepare one verse and chorus from a character appropriate song (to be performed a cappella) and one of the character monologues linked below.

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Monetary compensation:
A small stipend will be available.

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