Audition for the Next Best Show Hitting NYC – THE FEATHER DOESN’T FALL FAR FROM THE WING

Through the perfect elixir of poetry, song, and dance The Feather Doesn’t Fall Far from the Wing my new play with music reimagines the fall of Lucifer described in scripture. The piece brings into fantasy a sister who ultimately takes Lucifer’s place as heaven’s new minister of music and a jealous brother who cannot be trusted to keep her secrets. This new work is being featured at none other than New York’s acclaimed Signature Theatre in May 2018 as a part of Columbia University’s Playwrights’ Thesis Festival. Book your audition appointment today for auditions!

CASTING:

NON-AEA ACTORS ONLY. AGES 18+. My team and I are looking for a diverse cast of athletically built actors with excellent singing and dancing ability. A good ear for a capella, vocal improvisation ability, and a strong sense of rhythm are key. Actors must also be willing to wear fitted costumes and body paint. We also seek elegant, strong vocalists for our vocal orchestra. Note: Vocal orchestra members will have a less rigorous rehearsal schedule and perform in dress attire.

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN:

  1. Lucifer (Lead) – Male. Tenor. Exceptional singer & dancer. Bold. Intellectual. Cunning. Heaven’s minister of music until he vows to forever be at odds with God.
  2. Lehabim (Lead) — Soprano. Exceptional singer & dancer. Lucifer’s beloved sister. Maternal. Heaven’s second minister of music.
  3. Luz (Lead) — Bass. Exceptional singer and dancer. Lucifer’s brother. Muscular. Bigger than life presence that fills the room. Heaven’s third minister of music.
  4. Amana (Lead) – Female. Soprano or Alto. Good singer & dancer. The one who listens while others simply hear. Extremely intelligent.
  5. Abdeel (Supporting) – Male. Tenor. Good singer & dancer. The garrulous angel who always supports and encourages others.
  6. Abdon (Supporting) – Male. Tenor. Good singer & dancer. The angel who is the unassuming instigator.
  7. Abiah (Supporting) – Female. Soprano or Alto. Good singer and dancer. The wild card. Chill. Laid back.
  8. Phim /Adam (Supporting) – Male. Tenor, Bass, or Baritone. PHIM: Sera’s twin brother. A mystical angel who speaks primarily through dance. Exceptional dancer. Double cast as Adam. ADAM: The first man created. Tenor, bass, or baritone. Exceptional dancer.The first man God creates. Though this character does not sing, the actor cast in this role will sing songs and deliver lines that involve the full cast.
  9. Sera / Eve (Supporting) – Female. Soprano or Alto. SERA: Phim’s twin sister. Also a mystical angel who speaks primarily through dance. Exceptional dancer. Double cast as Eve. EVE: The first woman created. Exceptional dancer.
  10. Vocal Orchestra – Males & Females. Sopranos, Altos, Tenors, Basses, and Baritones. Exceptional singing ability. Elegant. Distinguished. Poised.

AUDITION DETAILS: Appointment only. Ten minute slots.

  • Dates & Locations:
    • Friday, February 23rd 12PM – 6PM
      • Columbia University Schapiro Theatre
      • 605 W. 115th Street, New York, NY 10027
    • Saturday, February 24th 9AM – 3PM
      • Riverside Church, Room 12T
      • 490 Riverside Dr, New York, NY 10027
      • Use the 91 Claremount Ave. entrance
      • Click here for directions
    • Sunday, February 25th 11AM – 3PM (CALLBACKS)
      • Columbia University Schapiro Theatre
      • 605 W. 115th Street, New York, NY 10027
  • What to prepare:
    • 1 minute of a song of your choice from any of the following genres: Contemporary, RnB, Folk, Indie, or Gospel. Theatre songs are permissible as well. No musical accompaniment permitted.
    • Prepare a 30 second to 1 minute dance sequence that showcases your range of ability and technique. Musical accompaniment can be used for this portion of the audition. NOTE: This does not apply to those auditioning for the VOCAL ORCHESTRA
    • For those auditioning for an acting role, the rest of auditions will consist of cold reads and dance/movement exercises
    • Please wear fitted athletic clothing with a polished appearance and shoes that allow you to dance. If you are AUDITIONING FOR VOCAL ORCHESTRA ONLY, simply wear something polished.
    • Bring a printed copy of your headshot and resume
    • Arrive ten minutes early to complete paperwork

TO SCHEDULE AN AUDITION:

  1. Email Director Ayvaunn Penn: PennSpeaks[at]gmail.com
  2. In the subject line write: “Audition, THE FEATHER – [Role(s) Seeking]”
  3. Specify which audition DAY(s) and TIME(s) you are available. NOTE: You must be available for the full callback audition time.
  4. Attach PDF of your Headshot & Resume
  5. Only audition if you are available for the full callback time and the entire production schedule.

REHEARSAL SCHEDULE:

  • April 4, 2018 – May 7, 2018
    • Sundays 12 – 5PM
    • Mondays off
    • Tuesdays – Fridays 5:30 – 9:30PM
    • Saturdays 10AM – 3:00PM
    • TECH REHEARSAL
      • May 8th 9AM – 6PM at Signature Theatre
    • With the exception of the tech rehearsal above, all rehearsals will be at or in the area of the Columbia University Campus

SHOW DATES & LOCATION:

  • May 9th at 2:30PM
  • May 11th at 8PM
  • May 12th at 2:30PM
  • All shows are at Signature Theatre

*Dates and times may change due to creative team schedules and/or rehearsal space availability.

Auditions, rehearsals, and shows will be filmed and photographed for student archive and promotional purposes.

NOTE: Because this is student work, this is a non-paid opportunity.

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Feeding Your Inner Spirit with Your Inner Artist – FREE Classes in Theatre, Dance, & Song (NYC)

Prepare to engage the Bible through acting, dance, and/or song through the class of your choice while also relaxing the body and nurturing the spirit. Using scripture for inspiration, classes will develop a short piece of performance art live in the room. Under my instruction, get ready to not only meditate on scripture but activate it with your body and retain it through stimulation of your imagination through art forms integral to theatre.

DATE: Saturday, January 20, 2018
LOCATION: Columbia University Schapiro Studio
605 W. 115th Street, New York, NY 10027
REGISTRATION STARTS: January 5, 2018
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Register for FREE by clicking the classes below!

Class Descriptions

DEVISED THEATRE

  • Skill Level: Any
  • Age Level: 18+
  • This Class is For: People of any skill level who want to engage the Bible through acting
  • Focus: Scripture study, meditation, relaxation, nurturing the spirit, activating the body, stimulating the imagination

DEVISED DANCE

  • Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate
  • Age Level: 18+
  • This Class is For: people desiring to explore the Bible though dance. You do not have to be a trained dancer to enjoy this class. However, dance experience is a plus.
  • Focus: Using dance to aid in understanding and retaining scriptural messages; relaxation; nurturing the spirit; activating the body; stimulating the imagination

DEVISED SONG

  • Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced
  • Age Level: 18+
  • This Class is For: People excited to use singing to explore and delve deeper into the Bible. You do not have to be a trained singer to enjoy this class. However, your singing ability should range from good to exceptional. If you do not profess to be a singer or feel comfortable singing around others or in public, you probably will not be comfortable in this course.
  • Focus: As a group, improvising song from scripture to aid in understanding and retaining Biblical passages; scripture study; relaxation; nurturing the spirit; and activating the body

What Does “Devised” Mean?

In terms of performing arts, “devised” is used to refer to works that are developed collaboratively. Such works can be inspired by anything. Using scripture for inspiration, “Inner Spirit Inner Artist” classes focus on building a short piece of performance art developed live in the room from the contributions of participants. ~

NOTE: “INNER SPIRIT INNER ARTIST” IS A PART OF RESEARCH I’M CONDUCTING IN THE THESIS YEAR OF MY MASTER OF FINE ARTS AT COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY. ALL PARTICIPANTS MUST: COMPLETE A COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF THE ARTS – THEATRE “HOLD HARMLESS” FORM PRIOR TO CLASS PARTICIPATION; FILL OUT A SURVEY AT THE END OF EACH CLASS THEY PARTICIPATE IN; AND AGREE TO BE PHOTOGRAPHED AND FILMED FOR AYVAUNN PENN’S ARCHIVAL AND PROMOTIONAL PURPOSES. 

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See you there!

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Upcoming Event: My latest play The Feather Doesn’t Fall Far From the Wing, A Play with Music opens May 9, 2018 at the prestigious Signature Theatre. Enter your email address in the “Follow” section to receive updates on auditions and show times.

My Song for the #MeToo Movement – “We Will Not Be Silenced”

I wonder how many women there are who can’t identify with the #MeToo movement. It seems like there are WAY too many who can, and this is reflected in some of the characters I have written as a playwright. Characters inspired by women in scripture…women I have witnessed in my own life…women I want to give a voice through my work, because they cannot speak for themselves publicly without suffering backlash.

I wrote the song — “We Will Not Be Silenced,” featured in the music video above — last year for my play King David: The Original Musicless Musical. In this story adapted from the Bible story of King David, the characters Tamar and Bathsheba are both violated by men of power who were also men they thought they could trust — men they were forced to continue living with due to the social structure of that time. I originally wrote this ending for Tamar and Bathsheba, because I wanted them to at least have each other – to have a sisterhood – someone else they could identify with. Even if they couldn’t speak openly, they could confide in each other.

With the burst of the #MeToo movement, I found hope. Not only for myself, but for Tamar, Bathsheba, and all the women they represent past and present. I was inspired to record this updated remix of the song to reflect the new hope women who have been sexually assaulted or harassed now find in this current time.

May this song of hope bless your spirit and set women free to be fearless. Ladies, may it remind you that if you are violated by a man, you do not have to remain silent. Share this with someone who needs to hear it.

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Upcoming Event: My latest play The Feather Doesn’t Fall Far From the Wing, A Play with Music opens May 9, 2018 at the prestigious Signature Theatre. Enter your email address in the “Follow” section to receive updates on auditions and show times.

Get a FREE Sneak Peak of Ayvaunn’s Latest Play: THE FEATHER DOESN’T FALL FAR FROM THE WING

You are Invited to the FREE Public Reading Performance of:

The Feather Doesn’t Fall Far from the Wing 

Columbia University Schapiro Studio
605 W. 115th Street, New York, NY 10027
November 20, 2017 at 7:30PM
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Through the perfect elixir of poetry, song, and dance The Feather Doesn’t Fall Far from the Wing — a new play with music — reimagines Lucifer’s fall from heaven while bringing into fantasy a sister who takes over and a jealous brother who can’t be trusted to keep her secrets. Be a part of this piece’s introduction to the world through its first public reading performance.
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Calling All Actors Who Sing! Audition for THE FEATHER DOESN’T FALL FAR FROM THE WING

 

Through the perfect elixir of poetry, song, and dance THE FEATHER DOESN’T FALL FAR FROM THE WING — a new play with music by Ayvaunn Penn — imagines the lives of two angels who dare to take Lucifer’s place as heaven’s minister of music after his fall from grace. Be a part of this piece’s introduction to the world through its first public reading being held at Columbia University on November 20, 2017. Actors cast for this reading will be considered for casting in the full production taking place at Signature Theatre in May 2018 as a part of the Columbia University Play Festival.

CASTING:

NON-UNION. OPEN ETHNICITY. AGES 18+. Seeking a diverse group of actors with: excellent singing ability; a good ear for a capella, vocal improvisation, and learning by ear; a strong sense of rhythm; and a passion for poetry.

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN:

  1. Lucifer (Lead) – Male. Tenor. Exceptional singer. Bold. Intellectual. Cunning. Heaven’s minister of music until he vows to forever be at odds with God.
  2. Lehabim (Lead) — Soprano. Exceptional singer. Lucifer’s beloved sister. Maternal. Heaven’s second minister of music. Actors auditioning for this role will also be considered for the role of Eve and have the possibility of being double cast.
  3. Luz (Lead) — Bass. Exceptional singer. Lucifer’s brother. Muscular. Bigger than life presence that fills the room. Heaven’s third minister of music. Actors auditioning for this role will also be considered for the role of Adam and have the possibility of being double cast.
  4. Abdeel (Supporting) – Male. Tenor. The garrulous angel who always supports and encourages others. Actors auditioning for this role will also be considered for the role of Adam and have the possibility of being double cast.
  5. Abdon (Supporting) – Male. Tenor. The angel who is the unassuming instigator. Actors auditioning for this role will also be considered for the role of Adam and have the possibility of being double cast.
  6. Abiah (Supporting) – Female. Soprano or Alto. The wild card. Chill. Laid back. Actors auditioning for this role will also be considered for the role of Eve and have the possibility of being double cast.
  7. Amana (Supporting) – Female. Soprano or Alto. The one who listens while others simply hear. Extremely intelligent.
  8. Adam (Ensemble) – Tenor or Bass. The first man God creates. Though this character does not sing, the actor cast in this role will sing songs and deliver lines that involve the full cast.
  9. Eve (Supporting) – Female. Soprano or Alto. The first woman God creates. Though this character does not sing, the actor cast in this role will sing songs and deliver lines that involve the full cast.
  10. Ensemble / Chorus – Additional sopranos, altos, tenors, and basses interested in contributing vocal support for songs and group lines involving the whole cast.

AUDITION DETAILS:

  • Friday, November 10th 4PM – 8PM
  • Saturday, November 11th 10AM – 2PM
  • Location: Riverside Church, Room 12T. Click here for directions.
  • Scheduled in 10 minute slots by appointment only
  • What to prepare:
    • A two-minute contemporary monologue. Dramatic or comedic.
    • One and a half to two minutes of a song. Preferably theatrical. No accompaniment.
    • Bring a printed copy of your headshot and resume
    • Sides will be provided on site for cold reads
    • Arrive ten minutes early to complete paperwork
    • Auditions will be filmed for student archive and promotional purposes

TO SCHEDULE AN AUDITION:

  1. Email Director Ayvaunn Penn: PennSpeaks[at]gmail.com
  2. In the subject line write: “Audition, THE FEATHER – [Role(s) Seeking]”
  3. Specify which audition DAY(s) and TIME(s) you are available
  4. Attach PDF of your Headshot & Resume
  5. Only audition if you are available for the entire rehearsal and performance schedule.

REHEARSAL SCHEDULE:

Rehearsals will be one week. 6-9PM November 13 – 17th and 10AM-2PM on Saturday, November 18th . All rehearsals will be held on the Columbia University campus or surrounding area. *Dates and times may change due to creative team schedules and/or rehearsal space availability.

PUBLIC READING PERFORMANCE:

Monday, November 20th at 7:30PM at Columbia University Schapiro Theatre. Will be filmed for student archive and promotional purposes.

NOTE: Because this is student work, this is a non-paid opportunity.

ABOUT PLAYWRIGHT-COMPOSER-DIRECTOR AYVAUNN:

Ayvaunn Penn most recently served as assistant director to two-time Tony Award winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson at the Billie Holiday Theatre and Golden Globe winner Regina Taylor at the Tony Award winning Goodman Theatre. She is currently earning her Master of Fine Arts in Playwriting at Columbia University where she has the honor of being the School of the Arts Dean’s Fellowship recipient for the playwriting class of 2018.

Miss Penn is a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation 2017-2018 Observership Class, an inductee of Alpha Psi Omega National Theatre Honor Society, and a member of the Dramatist Guild of America. She also bears a Master of Arts in Theatre from Louisiana Tech University with a double concentration in acting and playwriting. While at Tech, she was honored with: the 2015 Lula Mae Sciro Award of the Year for Theatre Excellence, the 2015 Arthur W. Stone Playwright of the Year Award, and also won first place in the graduate level research symposium qualifying her to compete at the state level. The winning presentation unveils how William Shakespeare uses metre to define relationships between characters as well as portray a character’s nature.

For automatic updates on auditions for her work and updates on her projects, subscribe to her website at www.ThePennSpeaks.WordPress.com .

Reserve FREE Seats for ZAREPHATH Musical Opening Friday at Columbia

Click Here to Reserve FREE Seats

The time has come! Zarephath, A Gospel & Jazz Infused Musical opens this Friday August 11th at 7PM at Columbia University Schapiro Theatre. Click here for other show times and locations. Seats are going fast, but it’s not too late to get yours. Make your FREE reservation at the link above. This is the perfect outing for you and your family, church group, and friends. Enjoy the spiritually uplifting story of the widow who shared her last meal with the prophet Elijah and the miracle that follows — a story of how God can take what little you have and bless it into abundance with a little faith from you. 

Columbia University Schapiro Theatre is located in Schapiro Hall at 605 W. 115th Street, New York, NY 10025. Click here for directions. See you at the show!

ZAREPHATH in the Press

Broadway World: http://www.broadwayworld.com/article/New-Musical-ZAREPHATH-Brings-Free-Summer-Fun-to-NYC-20170617

All Christian Newshttp://allchristiannews.com/christian-playwright-offers-free-musical-columbia-university-august/ 

Your Black World: http://yourblackworld.net/2017/05/09/new-gospel-jazz-infused-musical-coming-august-2017/

 

(Video) Listen to How Much My ZAREPHATH Cast Rocks!!!!

I just have to share this amazing moment from last week’s ZAREPHATH rehearsal with you. In this video, you will see some of the cast members of my summer musical put together an AWESOME vocal beat…ON THE FLY! I still can’t believe this happened, and I honestly can’t stop listening to it. All I know is that if these amazing actors can create vocal fabulousness for something as simple as an exercise, the actual show is going to be mind-blowing. Details for the show are below. Mark your calendars, invite your friends, tell strangers, and I’ll see you there!

-Ayvaunn

Columbia University Schapiro Theatre
F r e e   A d m i s s i o n  
August 11, 2017 – 7PM
August 12, 2017 – 12PM
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A showstopping, dance-filled, gospel and jazz infused musical based on the Bible story of the widow woman who shared her last meal with the prophet Elijah. ZAREPHATH is written and directed by Ayvaunn Penn under the tutelage of two-time Pulitzer Prize Winner Lynn Nottage & Tony Award Winner David Henry Hwang. Thrilling to perform, enthralling to listen to, and exciting to watch, this ball of summer fun will also be performed in various public spaces in NYC. To receive automatic updates on where the show will appear next, follow this blog by entering your email address at the bottom of this webpage.