January 29, 2013

"Bus Stop" Auditions Feb. 7 and 9

William Inge Center for the Arts*

Inge Festival seeking "Bus Stop" actors for Inge Centennial production
"Bus Stop" takes stage at the 2013 William Inge Theatre Festival, and the call is out for area actors for a several roles in this beloved Inge play.
Open auditions are scheduled beginning 7 p.m. Thursday Feb. 7, and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday Feb. 9 at the Music Hall, Room 122, in the Fine Arts Building at Independence Community College.
To keep wait times to a minimum, reservations are strongly suggested. They made be made by contacting Emily Smith at esmith@indycc.edu or calling the Inge Center at (620) 332-5491. Those unable to make a reservation are invited to arrive, and they will be seen as time permits in the schedule. Auditionees need attend only one of the audition dates.
The director is Erma Duricko, who has directed off and off-off Broadway in New York City and at theatres all across the country. A member of the Society of Stage Directors/Choreographers for over 20 years, she is the founder and Artistic Director of Blue Roses Productions, Inc. and Artistic Associate for Circle East Inc. (formerly Circle Rep).
Rehearsals begin mid-March.
"Bus Stop" is one of Inge's most performed plays, and additionally famous because of the 1955 film version starring Marilyn Monroe. A full production of "Bus Stop" launches the 32nd annual William Inge Theatre Festival on May 1.
The "Bus Stop" cast will be a combination of local, regional, and professional actors. Actors are sought for the following roles at the Feb. 7 and 9 auditions.
Female roles: Cherie—late teens-early 20s; Grace—mid 30s-mid 50s; Elma—late teens. Male roles: Will—mid 30s-mid-50s; and Carl, mid-30s-mid-50s.
The Inge Festival at Independence Community College runs May 1-4 and celebrates William Inge, on the occasion of his 100th birthdate. On May 2, following "Bus Stop," there will be a concert reading of a new play by Otis Guernsey New Voices winner Samuel D. Hunter.
Friday May 3 is the 100th anniversary of Inge's birth in 1913, and the evening will be appropriately themed as a birthday party celebration.
The 32nd Inge Festival concludes Saturday May 4, with a salute to the achievements of William Inge and his legacy.
Tickets will be available on line starting March 1st at www.ingecenter.org or by calling (800) 842-6063 ext. 5835.
The Inge Festival is named for the late William Inge, an Independence native who won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama ("Picnic") and Oscar for Best Screenplay ("Splendor in the Grass.")
Major funders of the Inge Center are the National Endowment for the Arts, the William Inge Festival Foundation, the Independence Chamber of Commerce, and Independence Community College; the Inge Center's host and chief sponsor.

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