Should I Audition for Book-It Generals?

25 Mar

books-and-heart-jpegI’ve never auditioned for Book-It Repertory Theatre before. I suppose, full-disclosure, I haven’t auditioned for many of the longer-term, more established theatres in town (although given the recent (ongoing?) recession, that any were left standing is something of a small miracle). In one respect, I’m fairly lucky to work regularly as an actor without auditioning all that much. But then I often find myself dissatisfied with the projects I’ve been asked to work on. But there is something that keeps me from auditioning for certain theatres in town. It’s not that I don’t want to work for them, but rather something more twisted: if I don’t audition for them, at least I can list THAT as a reason why I’ve never worked for them. That whole fear of failure/success thing. SO not original.

At any rate, I threw my hat in the ring back in 2010 to audition for Book-It and even got a slot, with the instructions for the specifics on how to put together a Book-It audition. I began to wrack my brain for characters in novels that I felt were good parts for me…sometimes a thing that is in contrast to novels I am moved by (I love HORROR and speculative fiction). I sort of half-assedly ordered a new copy (I’d given my first one away to my sister) of Audrey Niffenegger’s The Time-Traveller’s wife, thinking I could find some text from the wife, and also being really excited about getting to do something that was 1.) speculative fiction and 2.)from a book whose ending made me SOB UNCONTROLLABLY on an AIRPLANE.

Buuuut…with one thing and another, I kept putting off crafting the audition piece and time was drawing closer and closer, and then it was the week before the audition and I found myself without a piece, and feeling really intimidated by slapping something lame together at the last minute. I ended up doing the thing we’ve all done before: sending the theatre an email with some carefully-crafted excuse about why I’d be unable to make the audition. I know: this totally sucks and I may have caused someone who was ready a slot. However, I *did* cancel several days ahead of time, long enough for them at least to try and have someone else fill my slot (but now, in hindsight, maybe not with time-enough to prepare a Book-It Style monologue.

In 2011, I was in a short play as part of a female play festival, directed by an extremely well-connected local director, who, in turn, invited some of her colleagues, many of them artistic directors of some of the aforementioned “more established theatre” iMyra_atPianon town. The AD of Book-It was among these directors who came to see the show and afterwards, complimented me on parts of my performance she had enjoyed. On the heels of this, the director of my short play urged me to sign-up for an audition slot at Book-It again, since the AD had seen my work. My heels felt draggy again, but I realized this was an opportunity, so I signed up for a slot…and never heard anything back. I wondered if I had been blacklisted, due to my cancellation in 2010. Oh Well.

In 2012, I was so overwhelmed with other projects that when I saw the notice for Book-It generals come down the pipes, I just shrugged, and told myself “Well, I’m blacklisted there, so probably wouldn’t get a slot anyway”.

Well, now it’s 2013. I’m not sure when Book-It generals are, but I’m thinking probably mid-May or thereabouts. And this year, I have no excuse: for the moment, I’ve got no projects beyond the end of March, and even better: tonight, I’m going to a two-hour workshop hosted by eSe, taught by one of the co-AD’s of Book-It, Myra Platt. Since “knowledge is power”, I hope to figure out how to craft that Book-It audition monologue I’ve been putting off for the past few years, maybe get an audition slot, and this year, finally put my money where my mouth is, as the saying goes.

Anyone want to join me? I think there may be a slot or two left, and still several hours to register online.

eSe Teatro is also offering several other opportunities to learn under the tutelage of local as well as national seasoned theatre artists. Find out more here.


Written by Carolynne Wilcox, PR Coodinator and Company member, eSe Teatro.

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