Columbus Black Theatre Festival
The Columbus Black Theatre Festival (CBTF) is proud to produce plays and monologues that give dramatic voice to the diversity and the complexity of the African-American experience. Showcasing playwrights from across the United States, both individual playwrights and theatre production companies have presented their original creative works at the Festival. We strive to make the CBTF a collaborative theatre community event driven by a diverse team of creative artists. The theme of this year's Festival is, "Inclusion."
The current COVID-19 crisis has caused all of us in theatre to come up with creative ways to present live performances to our faithful audiences. In order to comply with current and possible future restrictions regarding large group gatherings and in an abundance of caution for our audiences and our performers, this year's CBTF will be presented as a live virtual event featuring a series of fully staged monologues and short 2 and 3 character plays. Therefore, all roles must be memorized. Roles are non-union with monetary compensation.
- Auditions will be held through the online streaming service, Zoom, Saturday, May 23 from 5:30p-8:20p.
- Your Zoom link to the audition will be emailed to you after you sign up for an audition time slot, either Friday evening or Saturday morning. If you have not received your Zoom link by 2 hours prior to your scheduled audition time, PLEASE CONTACT JAMES BLACKMON AT [email protected], ASAP!
- To audition, please prepare a 90 sec. monologue. You will be timed - after 90 seconds you will be stopped. Be prepared to do your monologue several times, incorporating any director's notes or suggestions into each performance of your audition piece.
- Please select an audition time slot from the choices below.
- Callbacks will be Sunday, May 24 from 2p-4p.
- Casting for the 8th CBTF includes black and white male and female actors. Age range: mid-teens through 65+.
- For specific character descriptions and a brief synopsis of each piece, see below.
8TH ANNUAL COLUMBUS BLACK THEATRE FESTIVAL PLAYS
I CAN FLY: A ten- minute monologue by Gary Sironen from Grand Rapids, MI
DIRECTOR: Joe Bishara
SYNOPSIS: A student learns the power, value, and danger of secrets. This story is an allegory intended to stimulate discussion, loosely based on the author's experience with the coming out of their transgender son.
CAST: Teri -Black Female, late Junior High or early High School age. Dress can be typical school day attire.
MAN DOWN: A ten-minute monologue by Mimi Ayers from New Orleans, Louisiana
DIRECTOR: Sean Maycock
SYNOPSIS: CRANE OPERATOR: A skilled professional responsible for operating a mobile crane to lift, move, position, and reposition loads. Must be reliable, determined, drug free, safety and goal oriented with a positive attitude. The Operator controls crane functions by depressing buttons and foot pedals as well as manipulating levers.
PERFORMANCE NOTE: The storyteller brings the audience into his world as he reconstructs his life. He may at times forget he is telling his story to strangers.
CAST: Senior Black Male
NOT NOTICING: A Dialogue in Black and White: A ten-minute play by James E. Marlow from Michigan
DIRECTOR: Ben Hartwig
SYNOPSIS: A white man with a large backpack enters a crowded bus and sits next to a black man. Both are tall and feel crowded. When the bus empties, however, a conversation begins about why the white man does not get up and move to an empty seat to give both of them more room to stretch out.
CAST: RAY, a young, tall black man. MAURICE, young, tall white man. VOICE-OVER of bus-driver.
SHE WANTED ME: A ten-minute monologue by Marj O’Neill-Butler, Miami Beach, FL
DIRECTOR: Jasmyn Green
SYNOPSIS: A teenaged girl with no family who will care for her, desperately seeks to be wanted and looked after.
CAST: Corinne, a young black girl.
THE ROPE: A fifteen-minute play by Dan Morra from Middletown, PA
DIRECTOR: Julie Whitney Scott
SYNOPSIS: Upon arriving at the outfield bleachers after being removed from a spring training game in Tampa in 1956, Cincinnati Reds teammates Brooks Lawrence, a veteran pitcher, and Ed Bailey, a young catcher, discover that a rope divides the "white" section from the "colored" one. As they sit on either side of this rope, they discuss their pasts and their futures and realize that they have far more in common than anyone would assume.
CAST: 2 males -- one Black, one white
PERFORMANCE NOTE: The only physical characteristics of significance are that each man must be plausible as a professional athlete. (Bailey was 6’2” and Lawrence was 6’; both weighed around 200 pounds.)
SAY THE NAMES: A ten-minute monologue by Andrea Fleck Clardy from Boston, MA
DIRECTOR: Ariel Wiles
SYNOPSIS: The experience and conflicting feelings of a white woman who attends Black Lives Matter vigils the first Thursday of every month.
CAST: The speaker is a white woman over forty. The time is December 2016.
CHRISTMAS GIG: A fifteen-minute play by Letha Dawson from CA.
DIRECTOR: James Blackmon
SYNOPSIS: It’s Christmas Eve. Light mist makes it hard to see on a deserted street corner where a black man and white woman wait at a bus stop. Appearances aren’t always what they seem.
CAST: Don, black man, about 22 Florence, white woman, about 55 Ashley, Florence’s daughter, about 20
|| Julie Whitney Scott