CVRep’s Youth Outreach Production of PUSH will run September 20 through September 30, with rehearsals starting August 29.
PUSH by George Cameron Grant, confronts the issues of bullying and the potentially fatal toll it takes on the self-esteem of the youth in our culture.
Directed by Jeanette Knight*
Seeking the following roles:
- Eve: 16, the protagonist. Her older brother Billy has committed suicide because he was bullied and she is now contemplating the same fate.
- Billy Fortunato: 18, Eve’s older brother. A Varsity ball player as well as an idealist and romantic. Confesses to his family that he is in love with a young man and eventually commits suicide by jumping in front of a Bronx subway train. Billy is bullied by other teens because of his sexual orientation.
- Female Teenager #1: 18, gossip ringleader.
- Female Teenager #2: 18, also engages in gossip and slurs.
- Male Teenager: 18, the main bully. Puts on a show as a real “tough guy.”
- Mother: Late 30’s, early 40’s. Desperately trying to protect what’s left of her family.
- Father: Late 30’s, early 40’s. Initially a mean-spirited narrow-minded patriarch who comes to understand Billy’s death is partially due to his angry reactions to Billy’s coming out.
- Javier: a well-dressed Spanish man in his early 20’s. Billy’s love interest.
Actors who are cast will receive a $200 travel stipend. CVRep will work with the student actors schools to get them credit for being in the play as well as accepted morning absences from school on the dates of performances.
Open auditions will take place at CVRep on Saturday, August 13, 2016 from, 1:00-4:00 pm.
Please bring a headshot and resume and prepare a 1- to 2-minute monologue. If you do not have a monologue, please be prepared to cold read from a supplied monologue. You may be asked to stay and read from sides.
For more information, please call 760-296-2966 ext. 101
* Jeanette Knight is part of the theatre faculty for the Idyllwild Arts Academy and former Education Program Manager for the McCallum Theatre Institute.