Young Jean Lee’s Theater Company

 will soon be holding auditions for a new show, KING LEAR, written and directed by Young Jean Lee, which will premiere at Soho Rep (BLASTED, NO DICE) in January 2010. These are exploratory auditions for a workshop and staged reading of the piece this spring.

KING LEAR will be a loose, experimental adaptation of Shakespeare's King Lear. Warning to Shakespeare enthusiasts: the show may end up having very little in common with its source text. This adaptation will be an angry love song to fathers, forefathers, and patriarchs—a thorny and complicated exploration of the ways in which they exert control and influence. This is going to be Tragedy with a capital T.
We’ll try to figure out how to wreak the most emotional devastation possible. It is going to zero in on that chilling moment in a person’s life when they realize that their parents are aging and mortal, that they’re going to have to take care of their sick parents, and that they themselves are going to age and die.

What the company is looking for:

Women and Men of all ages (30+) and all ethnicities
Older performers (50+) especially welcome
Both AEA & Non-Equity performers
Experienced actors with great range, comedic and tragic
Experience with experimental theater a plus
Please let us know if you have experience with writing, directing, or collaborating on the development of a new show. All the text will be written for you, but we will be starting without a script and will require substantial creative input.

March 1-2 and March 3-8
Times & Location TBD

If you are interested in Auditioning, please email your current resume and headshot to:
**Please include two dates that you are available to audition**

Young Jean Lee's Theater Company's work is made possible, in part, by: Anonymous, Ars Nova, A.R.T. / NY, Association of Performing Arts Presenters, Thomas Ball, Thomas Bradshaw and Roxane Heinze-Bradshaw, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Timothy Childs, The Collapsable Hole, Alexandra Conley, Creative Capital Foundation, Nicholas Daum, John Dembrow, Ford Foundation, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Juliana Francis, Greenwall Foundation, Dan Halsted, HERE Arts Center, Amy Huggans, IRT Theater, Daniel Jackson, Jerome Foundation, Charles Kim, The Kitchen, Gina Lee, James and Inn-Soo Lee, The MacDowell Colony, Richard Maxwell, Michael Meagher, David Evans Morris, National Performance Network, New York State Council on the Arts, Norman Bel Geddes Foundation, Brooke O'Harra, The Orchard Project, Joon and Dong Soo Park, Performance Space 122, S. Ro, Rockefeller MAP Foundation, Mark Rossier, Kate E. Ryan, Dennis Schebetta, Heidi Schreck and Kip Fagan, Ryan Shams, Sonya Sobieski, Soho Rep, Caridad Svich, Time Warner, Eric Ting, Tobin Foundation for Theatre Arts, Ariana Truman, Village Voice OBIE Awards, Mac Wellman, Diane White, Yaddo, and the ZKB Patronage Prize of the Zuercher Theater Spektakel.

Young Jean Lee, Artistic Director | Caleb Hammons, Producing Director

Leah Winkler, Associate Director | Lee Sunday Evans, Associate Director

(Work by Young Jean Lee is included in the Applause books One on One:  The Best Men’s Monologues for the 21st Century and the upcoming Duo!: The Best Scenes for Two for the 21st Century—due out in June.)

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