Through the perfect elixir of poetry, song, and dance THE FEATHER DOESN’T FALL FAR FROM THE WING — a new play with music by Ayvaunn Penn — imagines the lives of two angels who dare to take Lucifer’s place as heaven’s minister of music after his fall from grace. Be a part of this piece’s introduction to the world through its first public reading being held at Columbia University on November 20, 2017. Actors cast for this reading will be considered for casting in the full production taking place at Signature Theatre in May 2018 as a part of the Columbia University Play Festival.
NON-UNION. OPEN ETHNICITY. AGES 18+. Seeking a diverse group of actors with: excellent singing ability; a good ear for a capella, vocal improvisation, and learning by ear; a strong sense of rhythm; and a passion for poetry.
- Lucifer (Lead) – Male. Tenor. Exceptional singer. Bold. Intellectual. Cunning. Heaven’s minister of music until he vows to forever be at odds with God.
- Lehabim (Lead) — Soprano. Exceptional singer. Lucifer’s beloved sister. Maternal. Heaven’s second minister of music. Actors auditioning for this role will also be considered for the role of Eve and have the possibility of being double cast.
- Luz (Lead) — Bass. Exceptional singer. Lucifer’s brother. Muscular. Bigger than life presence that fills the room. Heaven’s third minister of music. Actors auditioning for this role will also be considered for the role of Adam and have the possibility of being double cast.
- Abdeel (Supporting) – Male. Tenor. The garrulous angel who always supports and encourages others. Actors auditioning for this role will also be considered for the role of Adam and have the possibility of being double cast.
- Abdon (Supporting) – Male. Tenor. The angel who is the unassuming instigator. Actors auditioning for this role will also be considered for the role of Adam and have the possibility of being double cast.
- Abiah (Supporting) – Female. Soprano or Alto. The wild card. Chill. Laid back. Actors auditioning for this role will also be considered for the role of Eve and have the possibility of being double cast.
- Amana (Supporting) – Female. Soprano or Alto. The one who listens while others simply hear. Extremely intelligent.
- Adam (Ensemble) – Tenor or Bass. The first man God creates. Though this character does not sing, the actor cast in this role will sing songs and deliver lines that involve the full cast.
- Eve (Supporting) – Female. Soprano or Alto. The first woman God creates. Though this character does not sing, the actor cast in this role will sing songs and deliver lines that involve the full cast.
- Ensemble / Chorus – Additional sopranos, altos, tenors, and basses interested in contributing vocal support for songs and group lines involving the whole cast.
- Friday, November 10th 4PM – 8PM
- Saturday, November 11th 10AM – 2PM
- Location: Riverside Church, Room 12T. Click here for directions.
- Scheduled in 10 minute slots by appointment only
- What to prepare:
- A two-minute contemporary monologue. Dramatic or comedic.
- One and a half to two minutes of a song. Preferably theatrical. No accompaniment.
- Bring a printed copy of your headshot and resume
- Sides will be provided on site for cold reads
- Arrive ten minutes early to complete paperwork
- Auditions will be filmed for student archive and promotional purposes
TO SCHEDULE AN AUDITION:
- Email Director Ayvaunn Penn: PennSpeaks[at]gmail.com
- In the subject line write: “Audition, THE FEATHER – [Role(s) Seeking]”
- Specify which audition DAY(s) and TIME(s) you are available
- Attach PDF of your Headshot & Resume
- Only audition if you are available for the entire rehearsal and performance schedule.
Rehearsals will be one week. 6-9PM November 13 – 17th and 10AM-2PM on Saturday, November 18th . All rehearsals will be held on the Columbia University campus or surrounding area. *Dates and times may change due to creative team schedules and/or rehearsal space availability.
PUBLIC READING PERFORMANCE:
Monday, November 20th at 7:30PM at Columbia University Schapiro Theatre. Will be filmed for student archive and promotional purposes.
NOTE: Because this is student work, this is a non-paid opportunity.
ABOUT PLAYWRIGHT-COMPOSER-DIRECTOR AYVAUNN:
Ayvaunn Penn most recently served as assistant director to two-time Tony Award winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson at the Billie Holiday Theatre and Golden Globe winner Regina Taylor at the Tony Award winning Goodman Theatre. She is currently earning her Master of Fine Arts in Playwriting at Columbia University where she has the honor of being the School of the Arts Dean’s Fellowship recipient for the playwriting class of 2018.
Miss Penn is a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation 2017-2018 Observership Class, an inductee of Alpha Psi Omega National Theatre Honor Society, and a member of the Dramatist Guild of America. She also bears a Master of Arts in Theatre from Louisiana Tech University with a double concentration in acting and playwriting. While at Tech, she was honored with: the 2015 Lula Mae Sciro Award of the Year for Theatre Excellence, the 2015 Arthur W. Stone Playwright of the Year Award, and also won first place in the graduate level research symposium qualifying her to compete at the state level. The winning presentation unveils how William Shakespeare uses metre to define relationships between characters as well as portray a character’s nature.
For automatic updates on auditions for her work and updates on her projects, subscribe to her website at www.ThePennSpeaks.WordPress.com .
The time has come! Zarephath, A Gospel & Jazz Infused Musical opens this Friday August 11th at 7PM at Columbia University Schapiro Theatre. Click here for other show times and locations. Seats are going fast, but it’s not too late to get yours. Make your FREE reservation at the link above. This is the perfect outing for you and your family, church group, and friends. Enjoy the spiritually uplifting story of the widow who shared her last meal with the prophet Elijah and the miracle that follows — a story of how God can take what little you have and bless it into abundance with a little faith from you.
Columbia University Schapiro Theatre is located in Schapiro Hall at 605 W. 115th Street, New York, NY 10025. Click here for directions. See you at the show!
ZAREPHATH in the Press
I just have to share this amazing moment from last week’s ZAREPHATH rehearsal with you. In this video, you will see some of the cast members of my summer musical put together an AWESOME vocal beat…ON THE FLY! I still can’t believe this happened, and I honestly can’t stop listening to it. All I know is that if these amazing actors can create vocal fabulousness for something as simple as an exercise, the actual show is going to be mind-blowing. Details for the show are below. Mark your calendars, invite your friends, tell strangers, and I’ll see you there!
Auditions for my summer musical are around the corner. Drum roll please. Ladies and gentlemen! I present to you! ZAREPHATH! Click here for details about auditions taking place June 5-6, 2017 and how to register.
I have written — and will direct — this piece under the tutelage of Pulitzer Prize Winner Lynn Nottage & Tony Award Winner David Henry Hwang. ZAREPHATH is a showstopping dance-filled musical based on the Bible story of the widow woman who shared her last meal with the prophet Elijah. Thrilling to perform, enthralling to listen to, and exciting to watch, this ball of summer fun will be performed in various public spaces in NYC with at least one performance at Columbia University.
Hope to see you at auditions, my loves. Share this opportunity with your friends and family, too. We’re looking for a cast of 20-30, so don’t worry. There’s room for everyone. And if you’re not an actor, I’ll see you at the show in August 2017. Stay tuned for show dates, locations, and times to be announce via ThePennSpeaks.wordpress.com.
Lynn Nottage is making her Broadway debut with her latest play SWEAT. She’s been in the theatre game for many years with hits such as Ruined (Pulitzer Prize), Fabulation, and Intimate Apparel (starring Viola Davis), but now she is adding yet another jewel to her playwright crown — The Great White Way aka Broadway. This is already exciting news, but it’s extra exciting because Nottage is my professor at Columbia University. What a blessing it is to be one of her students at this thrilling time in her career. Check out my interview with this amazing playwright at 42nd Street Studio by watching the video below.
SWEAT opens March 26, 2017 at Studio 54, but you can catch preview tickets now. Support the work of this talented artist by purchasing your tickets today! You can do so at SweatBroadway.com.
Until next time,
Seeking versatile performers with a passion for poetry, musicality, movement and ensemble work. Performers with backgrounds in poetry, dance, gymnastics, and stage combat are strongly encouraged to audition. Details about roles, important dates, and audition steps are below in the casting notice.
KING DAVID, lauded by theatre legends Anne Bogart and David Henry Hwang, has taken on exciting transformations in form and content since the original October 2016 production at Columbia University. Imagine a dance-filled “musical” where people are the instruments, poetry is the music, and the human body serves as the building blocks of the set. That is what writer/director Ayvaunn Penn has created with this piece. It is visually stunning and an absolute ball to perform.
This play explores the tragedy that befalls King David’s family in a way he never expects when his son, Amnon, rapes his beloved young daughter, Tamar. Will David have the strength to tell his daughter that his past actions are the cause of her pain? Through contemporary free verse poetry and dance we dive into David’s mind revisiting the mental battle fields of his past where the fate of his daughter is determined.
- SEEKING NON-UNION ACTORS / OPEN ETHNICITY / AGES 18+
- Friday, December 9, 2016
- Tuesday, December 13, 2016
- Thursday, December 15, 2016 (Callbacks)
- 8:30AM — 3:40PM each day at
- Riverside Church 490 Riverside Dr., New York, NY 10027, Room 12T
- Auditions will be scheduled in 10 minute slots
- TO BOOK AN AUDITION SLOT:
- Email Director Ayvaunn Penn at:
- PennSpeaks [at] gmail [dot] com
- In the subject line write: “Audition, King David”
- Specify which ROLE you are auditioning for
- Specify which audition DAY(s) and TIME(s) you are available for
- Attach PDF of your Headshot
- Attach PDF of your Resume
- NOTE: Auditions will be filmed
- Email Director Ayvaunn Penn at:
- CHARACTER BREAKDOWN: All roles include ensemble work
- King David – Male. 18-50. King of Israel; Wrestles, often, with his divided conscience — literally; Stage combat skills a plus
- David’s Good Conscience — Male. 18-50. The physical manifestation of King David’s good inner voice; Always at odds with the bad half of King David’s conscience; Stage combat experience a plus
- David’s Bad Conscience — Male. 18-50. King David’s naughty inner voice; Always at odds with the good side of King David’s conscience; Stage combat experience a plus
- Bathsheba – Female. 18-35. The married woman King David falls for and ultimately rapes; Stage combat experience and moderate singing ability a plus
- Ziba – Female. 40-50. Head of the palace staff; Full of wisdom; The only person brave enough to challenge King David’s choices and tell him when he’s wrong
- Jezreel – Male. 18-50. Faithful servant to King David — maybe too faithful
- Tamar – Female. 18-20. Daughter of King David; Full blood sister of Absalom; Raped by her half-brother, Amnon; Experience in stage combat a plus
- Amnon – Male. 18-30. King David’s son; Half-brother of Tamar and Absalom; Rapes Tamar; Experience in stage combat a plus
- Absalom – Male. 18-30. Son of King David; Full blood brother of Tamar and half-brother of Amnon; Wants to keep Tamar’s rape a secret
- Nathan – Male. 30-50. The prophet who foretells King David’s punishment for his actions
- Ensemble – Males & Females. 18-50. Always actively functioning as equal parts narrator, musical underscore (with poetry & bodily percussion), dance, scenic elements, and soundscape. Requires basic rhythm and the ability to follow simple choreography and carry a tune (if you can hum “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” you’re good).
- Individuals interested in auditioning for ENSEMBLE ONLY should be athletic and able to maintain high energy and rhythm. Above average vocal, dance, and gymnastics skills are a plus.
- AUDITION PREP / WHAT TO EXPECT
- Arrive 10 min. early for your audition time to
- Fill out paper work
- Have a list of any conflicts you may have during January 3 – March 12, 2017. If you are cast, any conflicts you fail to disclose in advance will not be excused.
- Turn in a printed copy of your headshot/resume
- Receive an audition number and sides
- Fill out paper work
- Do not prepare a monologue
- This is a cold read audition
- Come prepared to experiment and play
- Arrive 10 min. early for your audition time to
- Start the week of January 1, 2017 (post-holiday)
- End March 6, 2017 (opening night)
- Rehearsals will take place 4 times a week
- 3 weekdays 6-9PM
- 1 weekend day 10AM-2PM.
- For dates prior to January 17, 2017, weekday rehearsals will take place before 5PM
- All rehearsals will be held in the area around Columbia University.
- Dates and times may change due to creative team schedules and/or rehearsal space availability.
- PUBLIC PERFORMANCE SHOWS:
- March 6-12, 2017
- Show times TBA
- Columbia University Schapiro Studio