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BEST FRIEND, by Celeste Mari Willams
Parley

  • BEST FRIEND, by Celeste Mari Willams
  • Parley
  • Non-Union Theater
  • Theater or Stage
  • Non-Union; Other Union; Open to All
  • Seattle, WA
  • Project Begins: Jul 25, 2017
  • Project Ends: Aug 29, 2017
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  • Contact Person: Hannah Merrill, Associate Playwright


  • Prefered method of submission: Email

    Submission instructions:
    Contact parleyplays@gmail.com to receive audition sides. Please see video sub-mission guidelines above.

PARLEY is casting the world premiere workshop of BEST FRIEND, a new play by as-sociate playwright Celeste Mari Williams and directed by Rebecca Tourino Collinsworth.

ABOUT THE PLAY:
Does your car talk to you?
Chelsea’s friendship with her Honda, Bluella, is the longest relationship she’s ever had.
But when faced with a big choice about her own future, Chelsea embarks on a road trip that will determine Bluella’s fate … only to discover that Bluella’s got opinions and plans of her own. Who’s driving who, here? Can Chelsea and Bluella remain road buddies much longer?

REHEARSALS:
Tuesday, July 25, 8:30 – 10:30 pm
Saturday, July 29, 11 am – 1 pm
Tuesday, August 1, 8:30 – 10:30 pm
Saturday, August 5, 11 am – 1 pm
Monday, August 7, 8:30 – 10:30 pm
Saturday, August 12, 11 am – 1 pm
Monday, August 14, 8:30 – 10:30 pm
Saturday, August 19, 11 am – 1 pm
Monday, August 21, 8:30 – 10:30 pm
Saturday, August 26, 11 am – 1 pm
Tech/Dress: Tuesday, August 22, 7 – 11 pm
PERFORMANCE: Tuesday, August 29 at 7 pm. Actor call on the day of performance is 4 pm.

BEST FRIEND will be Parley's 36th world premiere by local Seattle playwrights since 2014.

 

Other details:
ABOUT THE PROCESS:
Our process is unconventional; it is designed with the needs of new work in mind. We rehearse our plays twice a week for four consecutive weeks in order to allow the playwright ample time to observe the process, absorb the actors' discover-ies and challenges, and use that information to inform and inspire a revision pro-cess. In the final week, we perform and celebrate.

MISSION:
Parley is a weekly playwrights' group as well as a producing entity. The term "par-ley" derives from the French verb "parler": to speak. Historically, a parley was a meeting between adversaries in order to negotiate an end to battle. To signal a will-ingness to talk peaceably, armies would run up a white flag. Writing is a solitary act. It's easy for playwrights who feel isolated to become defensive. Our group seeks to cure that condition. By committing to a process of reading, discussing, and producing one another's work, we surrender the lone struggle and move creatively forward together.

Make plays, not war.
Rebecca Tourino Collinsworth
Creator/Artistic Director
Get to know the artists of Parley:
www.parleyproductions.com

 

Character Breakdown / Project Needs
Please note: We encourage ALL ETHNICITIES and ALL GENDER IDENTITIES to audi-tion for any role!

CHELSEA: Female (30's - 40's) Independent, strong, occasionally depressed. Wants to move forward from her past but often finds herself in a state of stagnation. She is on a literal and figurative journey with her car, which she has owned for twenty years.

BLUELLA: Female (20's - 40's) The soul Chelsea's car. Intelligent, opinionated. Has observed Chelsea's relationships and life choices over the past twenty years, while ab-sorbing some of Chelsea's human emotions. Resentful about her age and condition.

(Note: All male characters to be played by the same actor)

JOHN: Chelsea's ex-husband. (30's - 40's) Affable, unambitious, naive, financially unsta-ble. Believes love will conquer all.

GUY: A casual (sexual) relationship from Chelsea's past. He occasionally appears in her fantasies.

AUTO DETAILER: Positive. Loves his job. Sees the beauty in all cars of all ages. Also dances.

SAM: Kind, compassionate, giving, mysterious. Almost too good to be true. Also dances.
How should they submit? Email submissions

Audition/Interview Dates:
We are seeking VIDEO SUBMISSIONS ONLY for first round auditions. The deadline to submit a video audition is MONDAY, JULY 17TH.

Callbacks or second audition/interview?
N/A

Audition Requirements:
Audition requirements:
VIDEO SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:
Contact parleyplays@gmail.com to request audition sides and we will send them ASAP.
No fancy equipment required! You can use your smart phone and record your au-dition all by yourself, or ask a friend to help. When recording, make sure to . . .
1. Slate. (Give us your name.)
2. Make sure you’re lit and we can see / hear you.
3. Check the rehearsal, tech, and performance dates. Please notify us of any po-tential conflicts when you submit.
4. Email your video in Quicktime (or comparably simple) format or a YouTube/Vimeo/similar link of your recording to parleyplays@gmail.com by MONDAY, JULY 17TH .

Monetary compensation:
All actors will receive a $25 stipend.

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