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Dark of the Moon
Red Curtain Foundation for the Arts


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  • Dark of the Moon
  • Red Curtain Foundation for the Arts
  • Non-Union Theater
  • Theater or Stage
  • Non-Union; Other Union
  • Marysville, WA
  • Project Begins: Aug 20, 2019
  • Project Ends: Nov 3, 2019

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  • Contact Person: Scott Randall
  • Primary Phone: 3603227402
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  • Mailing Address:

    9315 State Ave
    ste J
    Marysville, WA 98270


    Prefered method of submission: Email

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    9315 State Ave #J
    Marysville 98270

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Red Curtain announces auditions for the tragic Americana play, "Dark of the Moon," written by Howard Richardson & William Berney, directed by Scott Randall & Joe Goins.

Set in the Appalachian Mountains and written in an Appalachian dialect, the play centers on the character of John, a witch boy who seeks to become human after falling in love with a human girl, Barbara Allen. Originally written in 1939 as a dramatization of the centuries-old European folk song "The Ballad of Barbara Allen". John's love for Barbara compels him to give up his immortality so that he can marry her. However, she must stay faithful to him for one year, or else the spell will be broken, and Barbara will die.

This is a large cast show, similar in terms of cast breakdown to "Our Town". The play contains mature content including anti-religious sentiment, rape, occultism, death of an infant (offstage) and sexual situations.
Performances will be October 18-November 3, 2019, with shows at 8pm on Fridays and Saturdays, 2pm on Sundays. All showings are at the Red Curtain Arts Center.


Other details:
We are located in the Goodwill shopping center, with our entrance in the back, behind the cosmetology school.

The play contains mature content including anti-religious sentiment, rape, occultism, death of an infant (offstage) and sexual situations.


Character Breakdown / Project Needs
All roles are open, except for Uncle Smelicue, and Red Curtain promotes gender-blind and color conscious casting in all of our shows.

(ages listed are for characters, not necessarily the actors playing them)

*John (Witch Boy) (M 18-22) A witch who gives up his immortality to love a human girl. Primal and animalistic, yet innocent in a way.

*Barbara Allen (F 18) Young headstrong woman who falls in love with and marries John.

*Dark Witch (M/F 18-30) Mysterious and hypersexual, a former lover of the Witch Boy. Jealous of Barbara Allen

*Light Witch (M/F 18-30) Another witch who has loved the Witch Boy, also jealous of Barbara

*Conjure Man (M 40+) Mystical figure who lives on top of Old Baldy Mountain. Refuses to grant Witch Boy immortality, for fear or the repercussions

*Conjure Woman (F 40+) Mystical figure who lives on Old Baldy. Agrees to grant Witch Boy's desire to be human, but at a cost.

*Preacher Haggler (M 30+) Powerful spiritual leader of Buck Creek. Fond of moonshine and women.

*Mrs. Allen (F 35+) Barbara's mother. Wants nothing more than to see her daughter married to a good man. Plays guitar or some other instrument

*Mr. Allen (M 40+) Barbara's father. Practical and emotionally distant. Suspicious of John from the start.

*Floyd Allen (M 15) Barbara's younger brother. Mischievous and a tattle-tale. He should be able to play guitar.


*Marvin Hudgens (M 20-25) A suitor to Barbara Allen, and rival to John. He uses his fists more than his brain.

*Edna Summey (F 16-20) Bratty girl who is Barbara's nemesis

*Mrs. Summey (F 40+) the town midwife

*Mr. Summey (M 40+) owns the general store

*Miss Metcalf (F 25+) unwed woman who has her eyes on Preacher Haggler

*Burt (M 16-25) Admirer/friend of Marvin

*Greeny Gorman (F 50+) organist at the church (needs to know how to play piano/accordian/harmonium)


*Jenkins (M any age) should play an instrument
*Atkins (M any age) should play an instrument
*Hank (M any age)
*Ella (F 13-15)
*Mrs. Bergen (F 30+)
*Mr. Bergen (M 30+)
*Leafy (F any age)
*Hattie Heffner (F any age)

Audition/Interview Dates:
August 20 & 21, 2019

Callbacks or second audition/interview?
August 22, 2019

Audition Requirements:
2-minute dramatic monologue. Optional to sing (a capella or self-accompanied) traditional folk song or hymn

Monetary compensation:
There is no pay

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