The play is adapted from the Langston Hughes’ novel of the same name originally published in 1930. Set primarily in Lawrence, KS of 1910 and loosely based Hughes’ life, it is the story of one young boy’s journey from a small town to Chicago in order to become a writer. The script was written by Syl Jones and through a couple of email correspondences, he said his motivation for this adaptation was how similar he found the experiences to his own life. It deals with his family; absent father, working mother, religious grandmother, wealthy aunt and his aunt who dreams of being on the stage. The script also has strong moments dealing with the racial tensions of the time.
NO PREPARED MONOLOGUES NECESSARY. The audition reading cuts are below.
Here is a link to the Harriet singing track and all auditioning for the role must be prepared to sing the song:
The script can be found HERE.
For auditions, ALL will read from:
MEN: Sandy & BMused, script page 7 to 9 (middle of page after “Music!”) or Carny page 40 (Caucasian men)
WOMEN: Hagar & Tempy, script bottom of page 50 (start with Hagar “How’s you and…”) to 52 (skip Sandy’s lines and end with Hagar “Oh, honey…There, there!”) or Teacher, script page 55 (Caucasian women)
KCACTF participants CAN audition!
Due to the abbreviated time and KCACTF, rehearsals begin the week before spring semester and ALL must be available for this portion of rehearsals.
The protagonist; represents Langston Hughes as a child (10-12)
Friend of Sandy (10-12)
Narrator type; represents Langston Hughes as an adult (30-40)
Sandy’s father, generally portrayed as irresponsible (25-35)
A rich man who marries Tempy (25-35)
Aunt Hager Williams
Annjee’s mother and Sandy’s grandmother, a conservative Baptist (50-60)
Hager’s neighbor and friend
Sandy’s mother (24-34)
Annjee’s rich sister (24-34)
Sister of Annjee; MUST SING, a blues singer (24-34)
Female child friend of Sandy (10-12)
Sunday, January 7, 6-9 pm
Jan. 14 Designer Watch
Jan. 18 Crew Watch
Jan. 28 First Tech
Feb. 1 Opening Night
Feb. 2-11 Run of Show