Bakersfield Mist Auditions to be held Sunday, February 25 for the third production of the 2018 Season at Ojai Art Center Theater Auditions will be held at the Ojai Art Center, 113 S. Montgomery Street in Ojai on Sunday, February 25 at 3 pm with callbacks at the Center on Monday, March 5 at 7 pm.
The Ojai Art Center Theater and director Susan Kelejian announce auditions for Stephen Sachs' Bakersfield Mist, the third production of the 2018 theater season. “What I like about this play is how it questions people’s concept of art and truth,” Kelejian said. “I’m looking for actors who will plumb the depths of these two dynamically opposed characters.”
Maude, a fifty-something unemployed bartender living in a trailer park in Bakersfield, has bought a painting for a few bucks from a thrift store. Despite almost trashing it, she’s now convinced it’s a lost masterpiece by Jackson Pollock worth millions. But when world-class art expert Lionel Percy flies over from New York and arrives at her trailer home to authenticate the painting, he has no idea what he is about to discover. Inspired by true events, this hilarious and thought-provoking new comedy-drama asks vital questions about what makes art and people truly authentic.
Bakersfield Mist is an international hit comedy/drama that is now being performed across the United States and translated into other languages and performed around the world. The play enjoyed a 3-month run on the West End in London starring Kathleen Turner and Ian McDiarmid.
Performances are on the Art Center stage beginning May 4 through May 27 (with possible previews); Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm and Sundays at 2:00 pm. For Auditions:
Please prepare one contemporary monologue no longer than 2.5 minutes, NOT from the play. Callbacks will include reading from the play and improvisation.
One Act, One Female, One Male, 40 pages continuous action, running time approx. 80 minutes Some foul language and adult themes.
Character Breakdown: BOTH ROLES OPEN
Maude: (late 40’s- mid 70’s) “ rough around the edges” kind of broad, who despite being a heavy drinker and trailer park dweller, is more importantly, a truth-seeker.
Lionel: (50’s and up) uptight, snobby, at first may come across as ego driven and confident though he is hiding a secret shame. Has a New England/ possibly British influence and sensibilities. Ivy League educated, worldly, art enthusiast and authenticate.
About the Director:
Susan Kelejian is an Ojai resident and advanced acting teacher, award winning director, actor and playwright. She is the Artistic Director of Equine Dell Arte, the only company in the world to have consistently produced Shakespeare on and with horses. She has directed traditional Shakespeare plays, new works, and old favorites in Los Angeles and Ventura County.
About the Playwright:
Stephen Sachs is an award-winning playwright and director and the co-Artistic Director of the Fountain Theatre in Los Angeles. As playwright and director, Sachs has won every theatre award in Los Angeles.