Announcing Auditions for But Not for Love,
a comedy about marriage – both gay and straight
The Flower Shop Project, in collaboration with Workhouse Theatre Company, will be holding auditions for its Fall 2012 production of But Not for Love by Matthew Everett and directed by Richard Jackson, on May 7 & 8 from 6:00-9:00p at Epworth Methodist Church (3207 37th Avenue South).
Performances will be held at Workhouse Theatre’s The Warren: An Artist Habitat on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays in October. Rehearsals will also be held at the Warren beginning at the end of August.
Auditioners will be asked to perform cold readings from the script. Please provide a resume and headshot. All roles are Non-AEA, with a $150 stipend. To schedule an audition please email Megan Murphy at firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your 30-minute audition slot, including your name, preferred audition time and phone number. You will get an email shortly confirming your audition time. For more information about the show or The Flower Shop Project, please visit www.theflowershopproject.com.
But Not for Love is a tale of two weddings – the double wedding of a straight couple and a gay couple. Siblings Ephraim and Eleanor are marrying their partners (Patrick and Roland, respectively), in a joint ceremony at the same church the siblings attended since childhood. But despite the two unions about to take place, the members of the wedding parties are divided over the individual expectations each has for their particular ceremony, and outside the church, animosity and the threat of violence simmer among a crowd of protesters and almost force both marriages to be called off. Supporting roles include a lovelorn lady minister with a secret from her past; a conflicted policeman charged to keep the peace during the ceremony; and a protesting family member leading the angry mob of religious objectors outside the church. But Not for Love is an honest, engaging comedy-drama illuminating today’s GLBT issues and the future of human equality.
Duke, Duchess, Eleanor, Roland, Ephram, Patrick – pg 36-44
Jacob, Patrick, Ephram, Eleanor, Roland, Duke – pg 79-82
Cast of Characters
JACOB – male, 20s, college student, Patrick’s younger brother
PATRICK – gay man, 30s, about to be married to Ephram
ELEANOR – female, Ephram’s sister, 30s, about to be married to Roland
EPHRAM – gay man, 30s, about to be married to Patrick
ROLAND – male, 30s, about to be married to Eleanor
DUCHESS – female, late 40s/early 50s, retired minister, formerly a man named Forest
DUKE – male, late 40s/early 50s, a policeman
BUT NOT FOR LOVE – Fall (Oct) 2012
The balance of the year will be spent preparing for our fall production, But Not for Love, another script by local playwright Matthew Everett. Visit Matthew’s site for more information on this wonderful script!
The setting of the play is a double wedding, in which two couples – one straight, one gay – each struggle with reconciling what the marriage ceremony should mean to themselves or to anyone else. FSP is beyond thrilled to have the opportunity to collaborate with Everett once again, and we cannot thank him enough for offering the company the incredible opportunity of staging this particular script in October – on the doorstep of the gay marriage amendment vote November 6. As evidenced by past shows such as Mint by Randy Wyatt and 515, also by Everett, the issue of equality for same-sex couples and families is one that FSP feels very strongly about, and we couldn’t have asked for a more perfectly-timed occasion to show our support for same-sex relationships and marriage equality.
FSP is also excited to be partnering with Workhouse Theater Company and director Richard Jackson in staging Everett’s script.
Auditions are planned for early May, so keep an eye out for postings here, Minnesota Playlist and FSP’s Facebook page for actual dates/times. In addition to the two couples, supporting cast includes a minister, a policeman, and a protester, all wrestling with personal yet related struggles of their own. Performance venue will be WTC’s The Warren Artist Habitat in Camden, North Minneapolis, in October 2012.
MAKE A DONATION
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2011 WRAP UP
The Flower Shop Project finished up its 2011 season with the October staging of Medea & Jason: Rubicon Waltz by Matthew Everett: an unlikely retelling of the epic Greek tale of tragic lovers Jason and Medea – set as a dark romantic comedy. The production was a fun and ambitious endeavor into the realm of multimedia theatre, and FSP would like to thank the phenomenal cast and production crew, the Bryant Lake Bowl, and all our contributors for making the show a success!
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