Heroes of the Fourth Turning by Will Arbery
July 31st & August 1st, 2021: 2pm-6pm
*callbacks, if necessary: August 8th from 12-4pm
Heroes of the Fourth Turning
Time Commitment: 8 weeks
Rehearsal Dates: August 30th – September 29th
Production Dates: September 30th – October 24th
Company members needed:
JUSTIN (38) : ex-military, plays guitar, writes stories
EMILY (25) : empathic, walks with a cane, appears to suffer from Lyme disease
KEVIN (28) : lost, drunk mostly, recites poetry, pines
THERESA ( 29) : ambitious, coke-fueled, writes a neo-conservative blog
GINA (64) : professor, Goldwater Girl, mentor or mother to the others
Auditions will consist of prepared sides, and cold readings from the script.
Prepared monologues under 2 minutes are welcome, though not required.
To request a copy of the script, sides, or to schedule an audition contact Barry at: email@example.com
***All artists working at the BLUEBARN are required to have been vaccinated for COVID-19***
Casting Statement of Principle
BLUEBARN Theatre acknowledges the historic exclusion and lack of opportunity for artists who identify as Global Majority (Black, Indigenous, and people of color), LGBTQIA2S+, neuro-diverse, and artists with disabilities. We are committed to identity-conscious casting, and actively working against the field-wide implicit bias and systemic inequities that result in default white, cis, heteronormative casting. BLUEBARN is likewise committed to countering ablism, agism, sexism, sizism, lookism and other modes of discrimination in casting that continue to create barriers to participation in the theatre.
Casting Notes Specific to Heroes of the Fourth Turning
BLUEBARN encourages actors of all identities to audition, with the following caveat: this play is, in part, about Whiteness and the way it operates in America. Each character is implicated. When considering actors who identify otherwise, an openness to investigate ‘passing’, ‘assimilation’, ‘adoption’, ‘erasure’, etc. is required in approaching these characters. Both the creative team and interested actors should enter the process with intentionality with regards to that responsibility.
Actors from their early 20s to early 40s are encouraged to audition for Emily, Kevin, Justin, and Theresa. Relative rather than specific ages are sought. Actors from their early 50s to early 70s are encouraged to audition for Gina.
About Heroes of the Fourth Turning
August 19th, 2017. Two days before the solar eclipse. One weekend after the Charlottesville riots. It’s nearing midnight in Wyoming, where four young conservatives have gathered at a backyard after-party. They’ve returned home to toast their mentor Gina, newly inducted as president of a tiny Catholic college. But as their reunion spirals into spiritual chaos and clashing generational politics, it becomes less a celebration than a vicious fight to be understood. Heroes speaks to the heart of a country at war with itself.
High Risk Element Disclosure
Heroes of the Fourth Turning features physical violence, trauma-inflected character work (particularly Emily), emotional violence, and language and ideas that are potentially harmful to a number of intersecting identities (particularly the TGNC and BIPOC community). BLUEBARN is committed to a creating a community of care around this production with the appropriate professionals and an intentional process to mitigate harm and provide a safe space for this work and the artists engaged in it to thrive.
For more information, contact Barry Carman at firstname.lastname@example.org or (402) 345-1576 ext 4
BLUEBARN Theatre strives to present programming that is as diverse and inclusive as the communities it serves. We recognize that representation matters and are committed to casting choices that honor a given character’s identity. We are also committed to actively working against implicit bias in casting decisions where a given role is open or neutral. BLUEBARN does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, national origin, religion, or disability. Rather, BLUEBARN embraces these distinctions and celebrates these differences.
BLUEBARN Theatre is committed to fostering a culture of civility, dignity and respect as a right and responsibility of all who walk through its doors. Employees, guest artists, volunteers, and patrons are entitled to and responsible for maintaining an environment of mutual trust- free from intimidation, exploitation, harassment and discrimination. Offensive, abusive or unwelcome verbal or physical conduct will not be tolerated. Adhering to this standard is vital to the BLUEBARN’s mission: “to provoke thought, emotion, action, and change.”