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Auditions for “The Glass Menagerie”

We will be having auditions for “The Glass Mengaerie” by Tennessee Williams, directed by Steve Josephson on Sunday, February 3 and Monday February 4, 2013. Auditions will be held at Besign Studio: Panska 8, Prague 1. The production will open in May.

Please prepare a 2 minute dramatic monologue in English and be available to read from the script if asked. Please also bring a headshot or recent photo and an acting resume (preferably in English). If you have questions or to schedule an audition time, please write to brian@pragueplayhouse.com with your preferred time.

We will consider non-native English speakers for all of the roles, but all auditioning should be proficient in English.

Play Description:
Amanda Wingfield is a faded, tragic remnant of Southern gentility who lives in poverty in a dingy St. Louis apartment with her son, Tom, and her daughter, Laura. Amanda strives to give meaning and direction to her life and the lives of her children, though her methods are ineffective and irritating. Tom is driven nearly to distraction by his mother’s nagging and seeks escape in alcohol and the world of the movies. Laura also lives in her illusions. She is crippled, and this defect, intensified by her mother’s anxiety to see her married, has driven her more and more into herself. When Tom invites a young man of his acquaintance to take dinner with the family, Jim, the “Gentleman Caller”, he is pounced upon by Amanda as a possible husband for Laura. The world of illusion that Amanda and Laura have striven to create in order to make life bearable collapses about them. Tom, too, at the end of his tether, at last leaves home.

Amanda Wingfield – (40’s-60’s) Laura and Tom’s mother. This faded Southern belle is a proud, vivacious woman. She clings fervently to memories of a vanished, genteel past. Abandoned by her husband, she can appear to be overbearing, admirable, charming, pitiable, and laughable.

Laura Wingfield – (20’s-30’s) Amanda’s daughter and Tom’s older sister. Laura has a bad leg, on which she has had to wear a brace, and walks with a limp. Twenty-three years old and painfully shy, she has largely withdrawn from the outside world and devotes herself to old records and her collection of glass figurines.

Tom Wingfield – (20’s-40’s) Amanda’s son and Laura’s younger brother. An aspiring poet, Tom works at a shoe warehouse to support the family. He is frustrated by the numbing routine of his job and escapes from it through movies, literature, and alcohol.

Jim O’Connor – (20’s-30’s) An old acquaintance of Tom and Laura. Jim was a popular athlete in high school and is now a shipping clerk at the shoe warehouse in which Tom works. He is unwaveringly devoted to goals of professional achievement and ideals of personal success.

January 15th, 2013

Acting Classes Start January 7th!

The Winter Term of the Prague Playhouse Acting Studio will start January 7th. Classes run for 12 weeks (until March 27th). Please visit acting.cz for more details!

 

December 26th, 2012

Auditions for ‘Dokola’ – 23.2, 28.2 & 29.2.2012

A Broad’s Way productions is looking for actors and dancers to audition for a new adaptation of ‘La Ronde’ called Dokola. Dokola is an intimate tale of connection (and disconnection) surrounding the intertwined sexual relationships of ten archetypal characters living in 2012 Prague.

Auditions will take place at Prague Film and Theater Center (PFTC) at Varšavská 12 in Prague 2.

DANCER AUDITIONS: Thursday 23rd February, 6.30pm – 9.30pm
The production is seeking two dancers, one male and one female to perform ten contemporary dance pieces for the live 
theatre performance as well as to participate in the film sequences. Interested dancers should prepare a contemporary 
dance piece (max 2 mins) and bring an MP3 player or CD with their chosen music. 
For more information and to book a slot at the audition: http://www.facebook.com/events/309242459125519/

ACTOR AUDITIONS: Tuesday 28th & Wednesday 29th February, 6.30pm – 9.30pm
The production is also looking for ten actors to play the roles listed below. We are looking for a wide range of characters 
of all different backgrounds, languages, and ages. Interested actors should prepare a one-minute monologue and are also 
encouraged to bring their headshot and resume. 
For more information and to book a slot at the audition: http://www.facebook.com/events/304806919575326/

Choreographer Dagmar Spain (born in the Czech Republic and trained in Germany & New York) to help artistically embody the ten dynamic relationships, Jan Fisher, (violinist with the popular Czech band „Zrni‟) to compose an original score, and PFTC filmmaker, David West, to incorporate elements of film in this colorful round. Director Jay DeYonker from New Jersey has said of this project, “When Producer Lindsay Taylor brought up the idea of making Dokola, my heart skipped a beat! I‟ve been dreaming of this production ever since I was introduced to my favorite musical of all time, “Hello Again”. The last 2 months have been a whirlwind of ideas and I am so proud and excited to be part of such an exciting production team working on this adaptation”.

February 22nd, 2012

Prague Fringe Festival 2011

Hi everybody!

At long last a word from me, Boris Wilke, alumni of Brian Caspe’s Prague Playhouse Acting Studio.

I’d like to invite you all to go see plays at the Prague Fringe this year, which will start this coming Friday, May 27th. For nine days more than 40 plays will be performed in nine venues. The style will vary wildly. But all will be a fresh alternative to traditional theater. The price of 150 Crowns for each play should also be enticing.

I will be in a play, too. It’s called “Hotel Red Cello“. It’s a collage of monologues full of desire, clashes between these soliloquizing loners that really long to be with someone and video-projections that combine all the elements into a juicy whole.

If you want to know a little more, read on!

Hotel Red Cello

We will perform in the Trick-Bar on the second floor of the Malostranské beseda (Malostranské náměstí 21 
Malá Strana, Praha 1; Nearest Metro – Malostranská and Anděl; Trams – 12,20,22 to Malostranská naměstí).

Our days will be the 2nd, 3rd and 4th of June from 17.30 to 18.30 hours (, i.e. the last three days of the Fringe from Thursday onwards).

This is a link to “Hotel Red Cello” on the official website. Click here! And click here for our presence on facebook!

Genre: Music, comedy, video/Text based but visual/adult material

Welcome to “Hotel Red Cello” with its unique panache of eccentric hotel residents; their confessions, accompanied by some delicious live music. The hotel with the sonorous name conceals a collection of ‘PLEASE DON’T DISTURB!’-rooms overridden with self-spreading rumors and weird story-yarn spun by even more peculiar hotel-employees… Let yourselves be led into a cesspool of desire!

If you think that this might something for you, feel free to reserve tickets through the Fringe-website!

For more information, also on how to reserve tickets directly via “Ticket Stream” or through Markus Nieden, the play’s director, please study the poster further up in this blog-entry!

PS: Last, but not least, here you can go to a website that features Nicola Pavone’s video-art on “Hotel Red Cello”.

May 25th, 2011

Acting Classes are Starting This Week!

We’re starting our Spring Term of acting classes this week! If you’re interested in taking class, we welcome you to come by the studio and check out what we’re doing. Classes are Monday through Thursday nights at the Prague Playhouse Acting Studio (Frantiska Krizka 1, 3rd floor).

The Spring Term is 5,000 Kc and runs until the end of June. For more information, check out our web pages: http://acting.cz

April 12th, 2011

Microsoft Casting, Monday Oct 18, 2010

Nancy Bishop is casting a Microsoft commercial and is having an open call on Monday, October 18th at the Prague Film School. Please go if you fit the description for one of the roles below:

CASTING ANNOUNCEMENT

MICROSOFT COMMERCIAL

Shoots in Prague: 24-28 Oct, 2010

Roles:

CLAUDE: Can be any nationality. Comic. Lead Role. 20s or 30s. He is very awkward, and always says or does the wrong thing. He desperately wants to be liked but people avoid him. Need accomplished, funny actor who is physically and comically talented.

DANA. American. Mid 30s, mid- higher lever Executive. Smart, capable, not afraid to speak her mind.

ROB. American. Mid 30s. He works for Dana. Smart, nice, helpful, honest normal guy.

LIZA. American. Early 20s, study-abroad college student. Pretty, sweet, warm. Not modelly

MOM+ DAN. American. Liza’s parents. 50s. Normal wholesome Americans. Conservative types

ANNA. American. Early mid 20s. Cool and funny. Good looking and funny. Mary-Lynne Rajskub type.

DAVE. American. Her friend and also early 20s. Good looking, stylish, social, likeable.

THIEF. Any nationality. Steals laptop computer. Must have driver’s license and be able to ride Vespa.

*Fee Structure:

CLAUDE, 18,000kc/day + 120,000kc buyout

DANA, ROB, LIZE, MOM, DANA, ANNA: 18,000kc/day + 40,000kc buyout

DAVE, THIEF: 6,000kc/day + 20,000kc

*PLEASE NOTE ALL FEES INCLUDE AGENCY FEE!!!


Casting Info:

Where: Prague Film School Annex Building

Pstrossova 15, Prague 1, 4th floor

Near Narodni Divaldo tram stop or Narodni Trida Metro

Time: 10– 18:00

Date: Monday, 18 Oct

For info please call Misa Formanova: 723 704 659

Callbacks will be: Tuesday, 19 Oct.

October 16th, 2010

New Acting Website: acting.cz

I’ve started a new website for acting and the acting studio: acting.cz.

I will be migrating over the information here about the classes to there, but you should check out the new classes that we’ll be rolling out over the fall and into the winter semester.

We have also moved to a brand new studio in Prague 7, so be sure to come and check it out! Frantiska Krizka 1, 3rd Floor, right next to Vivid Casting!


September 20th, 2010

Upcoming English-language Theater Auditions

Two English-langauge theater companies will be having season auditions next Saturday, June 12.

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Blood, Love and Rhetoric have produced Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, The Memorandum, Chekhov and will be doing the Birthday Party June 9-12. They will be having auditions June 12 at Divadlo Inspirace (Malostranske nam 13) from 12-5pm. For more information email info@bloodloverhetoric.com or visit the facebook event:

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Local theatre company AKANDA is holding auditions on the 12th (Saturday) of June for it’s original production of Cabaret Macabre.

The performances will be held weekly and will begin on the 16th of July.

Looking for both male and female performers who can sing and act (or vice versa).
The performances are paid.

For more information, please contact Melanie Rada via mobile (723 085 650) or email (mellrada@yahoo.ca)

1 comment June 6th, 2010

Meisner Acting Class Blog on “Meisneritiousness”

Hi everyone!

I’m Boris Wilke and member of the Prague Playhouse Meisner acting group. I blog about our class activities.

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Let me be short and concise again today!

In the last few weeks there were several incidents in class that led certain members to become slightly wary of the Meisner technique.

Some of the repetition exercises bordered on the insane, vicious or at least very insensitive.

While I am aware that that is mighty scary and leaves one unsatisfied, I must insist that this has very little to do with the technique. In fact, Brian rightly pointed out to me that the Meisner technique provides you with all the tools you need.

One example: I felt attacked and cornered once. My reaction was to withdraw into “critic mode” and to lament my partner had not played by the rules. (I was being Meisner-righteous. That’s an expression Tzvi came up with.)

But in fact, there are no rules, except this one: No physical violence.

So let me present you with a remedy to feeling bad about the technique: Be Meisneritious!

If somebody attacks you, call them on it: “You’re attacking me!” “You’re cornering me!” “You take pleasure in hunting me down!” etc.

If somebody calls on things that are not in the moment like: “You’re always so arrogant!” or “You dismiss everything I do!”, look at how they say it! Stay in the moment – at least you! Call them on the way they say it: “You are insistent!” “You are holding on to things!” “You don’t see me!” “You sound indignant!” “You are petulant!” etc.

Non-Meisner-like behavior should incite Meisneritiousness of the first order! Take it personal! Pinpoint your partner’s behavior! Don’t let them get away with it! But then drop it to be open for the next moment.

It takes two to tango. If one partner stumbles, help them by picking them up. In the Meisner-world that means, as always: Be honest, even if you think the truth will hurt! Have trust in your partner, no matter how he scares you! Feel free to react accordingly, though. There is always a door you can leave through!

I insist: Take things personal! Own them! Brian called that kind of taking things into your own hands selfish – I call it Meisneritious!

Please remember: The Meisner technique is supposed to help us broaden our palette of behavior, to act out the most outrageous states of mind.

One needs to let go of fear, rules, self-centeredness, false sensitivity.

Meisner is not for the faint-hearted. But it is for the Meisneritious!

And being Meisneritious means to me to fully make use of the technique. It is there to serve us, not the other way round!

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General stuff:

Our acting class consists of some twelve new and not so new active members, who meet every Monday and Wednesday from 6.30 pm to about 9.30 at the Prague Film School. We do Meisner. And the Meisner-technique really rocks!

If you want to connect with your inmost feelings, expressing them freely in an acting environment and thus getting to know yourself better and better, feel free to join us! If you do, be prepared for some serious thrills! Class will not convene in the week from May 17, neither the one from May 24. And due to Mark Wakeling’s weeklong seminar we also won’t have regular classes from June 7 through 11.

 

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About the author:

 

I am Boris Wilke, a German expat in Prague.

I am a writer at large and have been studying Meisner since January 2008. If any of you know of any kind of acting work that befits a laddish, tall 41-year-old, please leave a note!

May 14th, 2010

Theater Workshop “Hotel Red Cello” May 28th – 30th

The Czech-German theatre-ensemble “POET’S CABARET” is offering a theater workshop weekend on the topic of  hotel stories !

Based on improvisation studies (Keith Johnstone and others) we are going to create a crossover theater collage, accompanied by some experimental music scores.

Where?

Divadlo Kámen,

Nekvasilova 625/2, Prague 8 – Karlín

Metro Station Invalidovna (B-line)

When?
Friday 28th – Sunday 30th of May 2010
daily between 10 to about 6 pm.

We offer valuable theater experience FOR FREE!

We’re inviting interested artists simply to email us a soon as possible.

Who you are and which artistic discipline  you’re following doesn’t matter!
All actors, actresses, singers, dancers, musicians – no matter if amateur or professional! – of all ages, with or without theater experience are invited to this workshop!

You

– have some knowledge of English or German

– are open for a nonprofit  artistic experience

– are possibly but not necessarily of Eastern European origin!

– if musician, you would bring your instrument with you (piano ready to play in theatre itself)

Please contact us by email markusnieden@yahoo.com

or call 774168801 (English and German speaking)

Every email will be answered!

And just have a look at www.rhiz.eu!

In the search box above right you put in: “Hotel Red Cello”

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If you consider coming, please everybody bring some personal object related to a hotel or a private room with you that could be for example…

door key(s), book, mirror, item of clothing like jacket, shirt, cap, hat or shoes…

object from daily life like umbrella, mobile phone, letter to post, other documents, passport…

bracelets or rings, hairdryer, soap, shampoo, razor…

calendar, price list, urgent files, magazines, bottle of wine, champagne, vodka (empty, of course), suitcase…

You name it!

We need it to play with in some way.

Thanks a lot!

DONT FORGET TO CONFRIM YOUR PRESENCE BY EMAILING OR CALLING ME!

See you then and there, hopefully!

MARKUS

markusnieden@yahoo.com

774168801

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