by Mélange Theatre Company
Jul. 27 (2019)
When an African-American “deserter” wanders into the camp of the Irish Brigade near Gettysburg, conflicts intensify, but the soldier carries an old statue that his family calls “Saint Somebody,” since they don’t know her real name. Based on real events at The Wheatfield, Saint Somebody suggests one solution as to how the Brigade of 600 held back Confederate troops for three days when they were outnumbered by thousands. What the Irish Brigade needed—and found—was a miracle.
A play about the women and other unsung heroes in the Civil War, Saint Somebody explores a part of history that has not been dramatized. It confronts the brutalities of war (to include behind-the-battlefield issues), and the characters demonstrate love’s resilience and the necessity of hope to keep the spirit alive in dire straits.
(image: "Charge of the Irish Brigade" via SaratogaFlag.com]
Mélange Theatre Company is holding auditions for Saint Somebody, by Rita Anderson.
WHERE: G. W. CARVER MUSEUM
1165 Angelina Street
AUSTIN, TX 78702
SATURDAY, JULY 27, 2019, 1:30-4:00 PM.
Performances: November 14-December 1
Contracted cast, paid.
Contact the director firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up for a 10-min. time slot.
CALLBACKS BY INVITATION (date TBA).
***PLEASE ARRIVE 15 MINUTES BEFORE YOUR TIME TO FILL OUT AUDITION FORM. ACTORS SHOULD PREPARE A 1-2 MIN. DRAMATIC MONOLOGUE. ***
Roles available for 3 women, 3 men.
All actors except FREDERICK DEE must do an Irish brogue.
EILEEN: novitiate, plays 19.
SR. KATHLEEN: hardnosed nun who hobnobs with Colonel but her moves are strategic, plays 50s.
FREDERICK DEE: wounded African-American soldier, plays 18.
MULLIGAN: hard-drinking artilleryman, plays 27.
COLONEL: Pampered leader who resents being in the field but needs it for advancement. Suffers from Munchausen-by-Proxy, plays 35.
[Also plays DEAD UNCLE PADRICK, an apparition.]
SETTING: Camp of the Irish Brigade (69th from NYC) at Gettysburg. Fictionalization of events that transpired July 2-5, 1863.