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Smoke & Dust
Macha Theatre Works produced in association with Theatre Off Jackson

  • Smoke & Dust
  • Macha Theatre Works produced in association with Theatre Off Jackson
  • Non-Union Theater
  • Theater or Stage
  • Non-Union; Other Union
  • Seattle, WA
  • Project Begins: Jan 23, 2018
  • Project Ends: Apr 16, 2018
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  • Contact Person: Madison Gordon
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    7001 Seaview Ave NW Suite 160-825
    Seattle, WA 98117


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    Subject: Smoke & Dust audition



Intrigue surrounds Barbara Strozzi, an ambitious 17th century composer rumored to be a courtesan. Her brilliance and musical talent are dismissed in a male-dominated profession that stifles female musicians. In Smoke And Dust, a modern acting troupe explores Strozzi’s music and the personal life of this historical figure: was she a victim, or an empowered woman defying society’s moralistic expectations? Playwright McCullough-Carranza deftly weaves together past and present as characters in both timelines struggle against the limits society places on a woman’s ambition.


Other details:
Performances will be at Theatre Off Jackson. Rehearsal will be eves and weekends in South Lake Union and International District.
If you are not available for rehearsals or performances during February - April please do not audition for this play.


Character Breakdown / Project Needs
Smoke and Dust Character Breakdowns:

Note actors will be playing 2 parts, the 'actor' in the play as well as there 17th century 'character'.

LIV, female, early-mid 20s (also plays BARBARA STROZZI, Italian Baroque Opera Singer/composer. An aspiring actress, passionate about her craft and struggling to balance it with the realities of her life. Strong Opera singer (mezzo-soprano). Passable Piano skills. Older half-sister to PIPER.

JOSH, male, early-mid 40s, (also plays GIOVANNI VIDMAN, Barbara’s lover). The director of the play. Witty, sardonic, occasionally abrasive. Ex-husband of MAGGIE, newish boyfriend to LIV.

MAGGIE, female, early to late-40s (also plays ISABELLA, maid in Strozzi household and Mother of Barbara). The writer of the play. Frank and forthright, but warm. Burlesque performer. Ex-wife of JOSH.

RACHEL, female, late teens (also plays COSIMA, Barbara’s daughter). The stage manager of the play. Fastidious, obedient, and eager-to-please, but with a hidden darker side.

PIPER, female, early teens. LIV’s half- sister, a popular teenage YouTube vlogger. Uses an upbeat demeanor to mask deep insecurities. Appears only on pre-recorded video.

DOUG, male, mid-late 50s (also plays GIULIO STROZZI, A Nobleman, adopted & biological father to Barbara). Affable, upbeat, a bit of a joker.

MARCO, male, mid-late 20’s, Barbara’s accompanist (also plays PIETRO and NICOLO). Blunt and occasionally prickly, but a good advisor and confidante to LIV. Needs to have medium to good piano playing ability.
Any actor, who feels drawn to any of the characters, is encouraged to audition. We do not have a preconceived plan of how these actors look. This is a play within a play. A fringe theatre company, in Seattle, is putting on a play. We would like the actors to represent our community.

All interested actors are strongly encouraged to audition.

Italian accents will NOT be used in the play.

This play deals with themes of female sexuality (1600’s & 2017)

All roles are open.

Audition/Interview Dates:
Dec 3rd 10a-6p; Dec 4th 6p-9p. Email for Appt

Callbacks or second audition/interview?
TBD Dec 8th-12th

Audition Requirements:
2 min monologue, reading from scripts, 16 bars if you are auditioning for Liv.

Monetary compensation:

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