The creative team behind the one woman show USE YOUR WORDS! is holding auditions for a musician to join them at the development level. This short play is a physical comedy that makes extensive use of sound and absolutely no words. We are looking for a musician with comedic sensibilities, a playful demeanor, improvisational skills and a desire to be a part of the early development of a unique and ground-breaking work.
A portion of this play was performed as part of Emerging Artists’ New Works Festival in 2014 to an enthusiastic crowd and positive audience feedback. Development rehearsals are in progress in preparation for performances in 2015 as part of an NYC festival, followed by a short Off-Broadway run funded by Kickstarter. Musicians should own and play a brass instrument, woodwind instrument, violin, and/or accordion; be enthusiastic about collaborating on and willing to contribute their time and talent to a project in the early stages of development. Payment will be deferred until production. During development, rehearsals will take place one to two times a month, usually in Brooklyn. Since this work thrives on collaboration, after an initial screening, we would like interested musicians to attend a 30 minute rehearsal in Manhattan (or Brooklyn if it suits!) to see if our sensibilities fit.
Karen Eleanor Wight (SAG/AEA/AFTRA) is a NYC-based actress, dancer, and improviser. She most recently co-starred in the Off-Broadway production and national tour of “The Screwtape Letters” an adaptation of C.S. Lewis’s book, a two-person play in which she created the role of a demon-creature, Toadpipe, as well as 7 additional characters all portrayed using physical transformation. She has been improvising for 17 years and is one-half of the wordless improv duo Imp with Asaf Ronen–think Chaplin meets Looney Tunes. Imp performs long-form improv at festivals around the country including the Mainstage at CIF, Seattle, Toronto, Austin, LA, and San Francisco. For clowning and mime, she has studied with Christopher Bayes (of Julliard, Kennedy Center, and NYU), Christopher Eaves (student of Marcel Marceau), and Stanley Allan Sherman (student of Jacque Lecoq).
Melissa Attebery is a director of new plays with a background in TV development and production at Paramount and Granada. She directed the award-winning comedy Larry Gets the Call (15-Minute Play Festival), also featured at DaDaFest, Liverpool, along with Screw You Jimmy Choo!, which she originally premiered at Gasworks Arts Park, Melbourne, Australia, then at the Kennedy Center. She AD’d for Tina Howe at the 24 Hour Plays on Broadway and produced A Celebration of Women in Theatre: Miss Representation, a rousing and thought-provoking evening addressing the representation of women in media and the arts. She is a producer of On Her Shoulders, working to reveal the rich tradition of female playwrights. She has an MFA in Directing (Actors Studio Drama School) and is the Associate Artistic Director at Emerging Artists Theatre.