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The Liberation, a new play by Cate Wiley
Co-Production of The 1448 Partner Projects and Ghost Light Theatricals


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  • The Liberation, a new play by Cate Wiley
  • Co-Production of The 1448 Partner Projects and Ghost Light Theatricals
  • Non-Union Theater
  • Theater or Stage
  • Non-Union; Other Union
  • Seattle, WA
  • Project Begins: Sep 1, 2018
  • Project Ends: Nov 18, 2018

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  • Contact Person: Kathryn Stewart
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    Ghost Light Theatricals
    The Ballard Underground
    2200 NW Market St
    Seattle, WA 98107

    Prefered method of submission: Email

    Audition Location:
    Email or submit through TPS for an appointment. Audition time slot and location will be confirmed via email, along with a copy of the script and relevant sides.

Set against the background of terrorist attacks in Paris, The Liberation asks how far women have come from the sexual double standards of the past. Marianne Turner is an accomplished historian whose career has been destroyed. She is now living in Paris in order to reinvent herself, as she writes a book on the French women accused of horizontal collaboration (sleeping with Nazi soldiers) during World War II.

Marianne hires Sunny Day, an enthusiastic young American, as her research assistant. Sunny majored in French in the US and hopes to attend graduate school in French History, so the job with Marianne is a dream come true. Marianne and Sunny share a deep love for Paris, and outrage at the sexism which women continue to battle. Marianne has arranged an interview with an elderly survivor of the head-shavings in 1944, and she and Sunny are eager to jump into this research documenting women’s oppression and resilience.

Just when she thinks she has put her past to rest, Marianne gets a visit from the son of Bernie Goldman, her former lover. Joel Goldman— a naïve college graduate whose mother has recently died—hopes to find identity as a writer in Paris. He lands on Marianne’s doorstep, to her annoyance, but is befriended by the more sophisticated Sunny, who decides to help him learn his way around the city. She invites him to a concert at the Bataclan nightclub on November 13, 2015….

In The Liberation, Marianne and Bernie will face their past and determine their future, in a debate as complex as it is explosive. As members of the younger generation, Joel and Sunny will have to come to terms with the older generation’s betrayal on levels both personal and political. How, indeed, can any of us know if we’re sleeping with the enemy, or when the past might repeat itself?

Rehearsals will begin in September. The show opens November 2 and closes November 17, with Thursday-Saturday evening performances, Industry Night on Monday, November 5, and a matinee on Sunday, November 11. Strike will occur on the morning of November 18.

Directed by Kathryn Stewart


Other details:
This production will feature an original score by Seattle legend Michael Owcharuk.


Character Breakdown / Project Needs
Marianne Turner (50’s) is a smart and slightly angry academic. She has published several books on women in French history and is at home in Paris, speaking fluent French and living in her French grandmother’s apartment. Effortlessly sexy and elegant, she has come to terms—for the most part—with living single and childless. She does not tolerate bullshit. Actors of color are strongly encouraged to audition.

Sunny Day (mid/late 20’s) is determined to make her way in Paris, a city she adores for its beauty and human scale— where people take time to talk to each other. She is proud of her fluent French and her city smarts. Her ambition and intellectual brightness are matched her warmth and willingness to create new relationships. Actors of color are strongly encouraged to audition.

Joel Goldman (early 20’s, Jewish) is younger than his twenty-two years, having been over-protected as the only child of intellectual, successful parents. He was very close to his mother, whose recent death from cancer has yet to hit him. He is desperate to write and to claim his independence and has romantically chosen Paris as his launch pad into adulthood. He admires Sunny’s sophistication as he figures out who he wants to be.

Bernie Goldman (50’s, Jewish) is troubled by his lack of connection to his son, and the realization that he married the wrong woman. He is professionally ambitious, having risen in academia from faculty in the history department to dean of the college, and is proud of his position. He is not a devout Jew but is horrified by the rising anti-Semitism in France and genuinely fears for Joel’s safety in Paris. His biggest fear, however, is being alone.

Audition/Interview Dates:
July 18, 7 pm - 10:30 pm; July 20, 1-6 pm

Callbacks or second audition/interview?
July 21, 1 - 6 pm

Audition Requirements:
Sides for auditions will be provided once appointment has been confirmed. No monologue required.

Monetary compensation:
Actor stipend $200 plus a share of proceeds.

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