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Visiting Cezanne
Burien Actors Theatre

  • Visiting Cezanne
  • Burien Actors Theatre
  • Non-Union Theater
  • Theater or Stage
  • Burien, WA
  • Project Begins: Jan 6, 2019
  • Project Ends: Mar 10, 2019

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    Audition Location:
    Burien Actors Theatre
    14501 4th Ave SW
    Burien, WA 98166

    Submission instructions:
    For audition appointment, please email or call 206-242-5180.

Depressed unknown artist Nora Baker visits the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2016. Through the magic in a paintbrush, Nora is whisked back to 1900 southern France and the studio of artist Paul Cezanne, who didn’t fully achieve fame until after he died. Nora desperately wants to get back to 2016, but Cezanne, who has his own problems, is not being cooperative.

Enter young art historian Bessie Shaw, who is in France to interview artists for a book about the new French Modernism. Struggling with her own need for success, Shaw strikes up an unlikely and helpful friendship with Nora. Added to the mix is Cezanne’s clever but impoverished gardener, Germain Vallier, who is determined to find the money for his seriously ill wife’s medical care and his daughter’s future.

Cezanne and Nora explore what it is that keeps an artist going when it all seems pointless, and what represents success or failure for an artist. This magical meeting changes both history and their artist careers.

Burien Actors Theatre (BAT) is thrilled to be casting Duane Kelly’s Visiting Cezanne. The script calls for a strong ensemble cast of four actors, two male and two female. Actors do not have to be the ages indicated, but must be able to convincingly portray them. BAT is seeking actors of all races, ethnicities, gender identities, gender expressions and physical/mental ability for all roles.

Performances are at BAT in Burien from Feb. 15 through March 10, 2018. Showtimes are Friday and Saturday nights at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.

Rehearsals begin Jan. 6 at BAT on Monday through Thursday evenings, plus Saturday afternoons or Sunday afternoons or evenings, exact times to be determined, until tech week.

BAT has free on-site parking and is two blocks from the Burien Transit Center.

The director is Marc “Mok” Moser.


Character Breakdown / Project Needs
NOTE: Seeking actors of all races, ethnicities, gender identities, gender expressions and physical/mental ability for all roles. Actors do not have to be the ages indicated but must be able to convincingly portray them.

Nora Baker (42): An unknown artist who sees her art going nowhere. She is passionate about art and about making art. Nora is also at her wit's end with trying to make ends meet as an artist, which challenges even her strong drive and spirit. She begins the show in deep despair about her life. Has a perceptive sensitivity that helps her solve the figurative puzzles before her.

Paul Cezanne (61): An artist. There is not a minute in the day when he does not think of himself with brush in hand—every object around him becomes the subject of his observation and contemplation for his artwork. Feels rejected by and alienated from the art world and artists of his time. Hampered by poor health and age, he feels he will never succeed as an artist and is struggling not to give up. Strongly opinionated, often abrasive. Has French accent.

Germain Vallier (40): Paul Cezanne’s gardener, and a subject of Cezanne’s artwork. Pragmatic and clever, Vallier is more than a match for the argumentative Cezanne. Poor, but completely devoted to his family, and determined to find money to get medical care for his seriously ill wife and give his daughter the bright future he wants for her. Has French accent.

Bessie Shaw (26): A Mormon from Utah, who has had a much harder life than her demeanor suggests. An art historian, Bessie is in France to interview artists, including Cezanne, for a book about the rising movement of Modernism in French painting. Smart and hopeful despite deep wounds, and driven by those wounds to succeed with her book. Her spiritual beliefs allow her to connect with Nora and believe the 21st-century woman’s story about being from the future. Doubles with Bessie 2017 (20s), great granddaughter of 1900 Bessie Shaw.

Saul: A dream creature. Role is performed by actor playing another role, other than Nora.

Audition/Interview Dates:
Auditions Wednesday, Dec.12 from 7 to 10 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 15 from 1 to 4 p.m.

Callbacks or second audition/interview?
Callbacks are Monday, Dec. 17 from 7 to 10 p.m.

Audition Requirements:
Auditions are in 10-minute slots. Please prepare two contrasting contemporary monologues (serious/comedic) totaling no more than 3 minutes. Please also bring resume and headshot. Callbacks consist of cold readings from script--sides will be provided in advance.

Monetary compensation:
$200 stipend

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