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Auditions for Our Time: A Play About Williams

Tue, December 3rd, 2019
5:00 pm
- 9:00 pm

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This Winter Study, we’ll be developing a play about Williams College in the years after World War II, when Sondheim was a student here, and the college’s demographics shifted dramatically. Williams began to transform from an institution that unquestioningly perpetuated white patriarchal privilege to one that confronted difficult questions about its purpose, its values, and who belongs. By challenging its traditional systems, Williams became a stage for this country’s ideological conflicts.

Although many of the characters in this story are white men, that won’t reflect our cast. To paraphrase what’s been said about “Hamilton,” this is the story of Williams then told by Williams now. We’re looking for students interested in thinking and talking about the spirit of this place, and taking the long view of an institution almost as old as America itself.

This will be an exploration of who we are today—have your say!

This Winter Study course will be an opportunity not only to workshop a new play, but also to learn how to prepare yourself for the stage.

Students have the option to sign up to participate in our Winter Study workshop without auditioning for the Spring 2020 production.
Last chance registration is November 20-24 (Seniors: Wednesday, November 20 @ 12:00 am – Sunday, November 24 @ 11:59 pm; All other students: Thursday, November 21 @ 12:00 am – Sunday, November 24 @ 11:59 pm).

AUDITION SPECIFICS

For your audition, prepare a 200-word text of your choosing. This may be poetry or prose, a speech from a dramatic work, a passage from classical or contemporary literature, or an original piece written by you. The Spring production of the play will begin rehearsals February 5, 2020, with performances as part of the Sondheim @ 90 Festival in March 2020.

The Spring production of the play will begin rehearsals February 5th, 2020, with performances as part of the Sondheim @ 90 Festival in March 2020. Students may join the Winter Study course as a Second Winter Study on January 6 & 7. They have the option to participate in both the Winter Study workshop and the Spring production, or may opt to participate in the Spring production only, if cast after auditions.

Auditions will take place in the Adams Memorial Theater, Tuesday, December 3 between 5-9pm; Friday, December 6 between 5pm-9pm; Saturday, December 7 between 1pm-2pm and 5pm-9pm. Each student should sign up for a 20-minute slot on the sheet located on the theater board in the ’62 Center lobby.

Additional inquiries can be addressed to osangare@williams.edu.

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