FREE SEASON KICK-OFF EVENT
Bartlett Theater is thrilled to announce a free night of theatre to kick-off our second season! Please join us on Friday, November 10th from 7-9pm at The Durham Arts Council building, to preview our second season and celebrate our third year as a theatre company.
Come for the sneak peek performances of this season’s plays and yummy treats, refreshments, and sensational Bartlett giveaways. You can also support us by buying some raffle tickets for fabulous prizes! Whether a new face or a familiar face, we hope to mix, mingle and revel with you during this delightful night of theatre!
Friday, November 10th, 2018
The Durham Arts Council building
120 Morris Street Durham, NC 27701
*Please RSVP to make sure we have seat for you. You can email JB@BartlettTheater.com to reserve your FREE seat.
AN OCTOROON by Brendan Jacobs-Jenkins
Paid gig. Rehearsals in Durham, NC rehearsals starting 1/15/18, opening 2/16/18 and closes 3/4/18 at the DAC PSI Theater in Downtown Durham.
Please Email JB@BartlettTheater.com to set up an appointment. Various times and dates available. Please send a headshot and resume with initial request.
AN OCTOROON is a contemporary reworking of Dion Boucicault‘s 19th century melodrama THE OCTOROON. Playwright and 2016 MacArthur Fellow Branden Jacobs-Jenkins won the Obie Award for his radical, incendiary, and subversively funny riff on Dion Boucicault’s once-popular 1859 mustache-twirling melodrama. Judge Peyton is dead, and his plantation Terrebonne is on the brink of foreclosure. George, the high-minded heir apparent, falls for the lovely Zoe, who’s one-eighth black. But the bigoted belle Dora has eyes for George, and the dastardly overseer M’Closky plots to keep Zoe and Terrebonne for himself. A spectacular collision of the antebellum South and 21st-century cultural politics, An Octoroon is “This decade’s most eloquent theatrical statement on race in America today,” says the New York Times.
SEEKING: (descriptions of color are by the playwright)
BJJ / GEORGE/ SCUDDER / M’CLOSKY:
Male, 20s-30s, African American. Young contemporary playwright struggling to make sense of Boucicault’s original. He is inquisitive but confused, idealistic but ironic. Also able to step into the classical roles of George, Scudder and M’Closky.
ASSISTANT/ PETE/ PAUL:
Male, 20-30s. Native American/mixed race actor/South Asian actor Strong and loyal.
ZOE: Female, 20s- 30s. An octoroon actress/white actress/an actress of color who can pass for white The Octoroon of the title.
BR’ER RABBIT/ CAPTAIN RATTS:
Male, any age. African American. Silent observer of the action of the play dressed as a rabbit. Also plays a salty sea captain
ROLES ALREADY CAST:
DORA: Cast Female, late 30s to mid-40s. White. A fading Southern Belle. Primary character in Boucicault’s original.
MINNIE: Cast Female, 20s. African American. A domestic on the estate, a bit slow.
PLAYWRIGHT/ WAHNOTEE/ LAFOUCHE: Cast Male, 30s-40s, Caucasian. Plays the role of Dion Boucicault, the Irish Playwright. Also plays Wahnotee and LaFouche.
DIDO: Cast Female, 30s. African American. A domestic on the estate. Dry, ironic and wise.
GRACE: Cast Female, 20s-30s. African American. A domestic on the estate. Funny and forgetful.
June 29, 2017
We are closing our Tennessee Williams-centered season with an evening of one-act plays that will be FREE to the public. We hope you can join our season closing night as we read three one-act plays, as well as hold a discussion on Williams’ influence on theatre.
May 20-21 & 27 – 29; Rain dates- June 3-4 2017
The Tennessee Williams-centered season will continue this May with a play that was hugely inspiring to the iconic playwright: Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull. Anya Reiss’s radical new comedic adaptation delves into the mysteries of the human condition and explores the beauty and tragedy of human feelings. The Seagull will be directed by Jonathan Bohun Brady and will be performed at a historic country farmhouse near the Eno River.
March 3 – 5; 10 – 12, 2017
The play follows an African-American family’s move from the American South to Brooklyn in 1950. Like Williams’ The Glass Menagerie, Crumbs from the Table of Joy is a coming-of-age memory play that examines the ability of humans to be flexible with the twists and turns of life. The production will be directed by Karen Dacons-Brock and will take place at the Durham Arts Council PSI Theater. It will run over the first two weekends of March.
Bartlett Theater’s inaugural production of Tennessee Williams’ THE GLASS MENAGERIE set a powerful precedent: an accessible American Classic that still packs a emotional punch. A drama of great tenderness, charm and beauty, THE GLASS MENAGERIE is one of the most famous plays of the modern theatre.