Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Seeking Fearless Female Cast Member for Measure Back

Media Contacts:
Shaunda Miles, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
Diana Roth, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust


Produced and Co-Directed by Christopher McElroen & T. Ryder Smith
October 22nd – October 26th | Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts

PITTSBURGH, PA:  The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announced that the organization is seeking a fearless actress of range and versatility, comfortable with audience interaction and improvisation to perform in Measure Back from October 22nd to October 26th at 8 p.m. in the Baum Building, Fifth Floor, 818 Liberty Avenue, Downtown Pittsburgh. Measure Back is a theatre-event produced and co-directed by Christopher McElroen and T. Ryder Smith.  McElroen is an award-winning Brooklyn based theatre producer and director. T. Ryder Smith is a Drama Desk award-winning actor who has appeared on Broadway, regional theatre, TV and radio. The production is part of the Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts, four weeks of diverse programming featuring acclaimed international companies and artists premiering works never before seen in the United States.

“We are excited to premiere this work in the great city of Pittsburgh, and join its rich theatrical history,” shared producers and co-directors Christopher McElroen and T. Ryder Smith. “Included in our 3-person cast will be a member of the local theatre community, and we hope to reach out to local audiences as well, especially those who might not be in the habit of going to the theatre.”

The production is seeking an actress between the ages of 20 to 30; of Asian, South Asian, African American, Caribbean, Latin American, or Middle Eastern heritage; must be comfortable speaking, acting, and ad-libbing in a language other than English. Fluency not strictly required. Stage combats experience a plus. Sense of humor a big plus. Play contains no nudity, but does deal with sexual situations, violence, and profanity.

The actress hired for this role will be deliberately under-rehearsed, and perform with their relative uncertainty about “how to do this” as a thematic part of the event.  The actress will be required to memorize, in a foreign language, one monologue from the play, one dialogue scene, and several individual lines. This is required BEFORE they start rehearsal.

The performer will rehearse 2 days with the cast once they arrive in Pittsburgh on October 21, 2013 and will perform for five shows, October 22 – 26, 2013.

All interested candidates must send their headshots and resumes to measureback@gmail.com no later than October 4, 2013.

What does it mean to say we are at war?  Can we, as "non-combatants", change the course of war? The visceral and thought-provoking work Measure Back seeks a path between the citizen-as-spectator and the citizen-as- participant.  Set in an immersive theatrical environment to examine scenes of conflict ranging from Homer’s The Iliad to today's headlines, Measure Back uses audience participation to probe how war is constructed and performed - from conception through consensus to action. Measure Back is a theatre event, produced and co-directed by Christopher McElroen and T. Ryder Smith, written by T. Ryder Smith.
* Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts (PIFOF), a project of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, is a city-wide, 16-day performing and visual arts festival featuring exclusive U.S. and World premieres by highly-acclaimed international artists and contemporary performing arts companies. Festival events offer intimate experiences for audiences at various traditional and non-traditional performance venues within the downtown Cultural District and throughout the city.  For more information, visitwww.TrustArts.org/Firsts.

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has overseen one of Pittsburgh’s most historic transformations: turning a seedy red-light district into a magnet destination for arts lovers, residents, visitors, and business owners. Founded in 1984, The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a non-profit arts organization whose mission is the cultural and economic revitalization of a 14-block arts and entertainment/residential neighborhood called the Cultural District. The District is one of the country’s largest land masses “curated” by a single nonprofit arts organization. A major catalytic force in the city, The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a unique model of how public-private partnerships can reinvent a city with authenticity, innovation and creativity. Using the arts as an economic catalyst, The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has holistically created a world-renowned Cultural District that is revitalizing the city, improving the regional economy and enhancing Pittsburgh’s quality of life. Thanks to the support of foundations, corporations, government agencies and thousands of private citizens, the Trust stands as a national model of urban redevelopment through the arts.

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