by Theatre en Bloc
May. 04 - May. 05 (2019)
Somewhere in America, an army of pre-teen competitive dancers plots to take over the world. And if their new routine is good enough, they’ll claw their way to the top at the Boogie Down Grand Prix in Tampa Bay. But in Clare Barron’s raucous pageant of ambition and ferocity, these young dancers have more than choreography on their minds, because every plié and jeté is a step toward finding themselves, and a fight to unleash their power.
Critic’s Pick! A blazingly original play from the insanely talented Clare Barron. Directed and choreographed with gloriously rough magic by Lee Sunday Evans, marvel at how close what you see cuts to the bone.
—BEN BRANTLEY, THE NEW YORK TIMES
I have seen the future, and it is Dance Nation.
—PETER MARKS, THE WASHINGTON POST
DANCE NATION @ The Long Center
August 29 - Sept 15 | Performances Thursday - Sunday at 8pm
Saturday, May 4th: 2 pm - 6 pm
Sunday, May 5th: 2 pm - 6 pm
or other arrangements can be made if those times don't work
All roles are paid. AEA and Non-Equity contracts available.
Auditions will consist of readings from the script.
For a copy of the script, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
To schedule an audition time, please email: email@example.com
IMPORTANT CASTING NOTE:
All characters except Dance Teacher Pat and The Moms are between the ages of 11 and 14 years old. However, they will be played by adult actors (for the most part) and should range in age from 12 to 75+. There is no need for any of the actors to resemble teenagers. This is a ghost play.
All abilities, ethnicities, races highly encouraged!
No dance talent needed!
As the playwright says:
Cuteness is death. Pagan feral-ness and ferocity are key.
DANCE TEACHER PAT, The head of the dance studio
AMINA, The star dancer
ZUZU, Always second best
CONNIE, A talented dancer who thinks she should play the role of Gandhi
LUKE, The only male dancer on the competition team
MAEVE, The oldest and least talented dancer on the team
SOFIA, Knows what’s up
ASHLEE, Future president of a post-apocalyptic USA
VANESSA, Could've been a phenomenon
(aka THE CRUMPLED SAILOR)
THE MOMS, Means well. Grown up Wendy