ONE ACT FESTIVAL
Audition for Basement Art's First-Ever One-Act Festival!
Our Slotted Shows:
"The Most Massive Woman Wins" by Madeleine George, directed by Carlyn Grande
"One Tennis Shoe" by Shel Silverstein, directed by Maxwell Barnes
"Foreplay or The Art of the Fugue" by David Ives, directed by Michael Deitz
"Rage Amongst Yourselves" by Amy Beth Arkaway, directed by Claire Vogel
"Her Jason," written and directed by Skylar Siben
"Exhibits in the Zoo" written by Matthew Harmon, directed by Cristina Holder
Rehearsals will begin after Winter Break with performances on January 17th & 18th
Sign up for an audition time at this link:
Please memorize a 1-2 minute monologue and be familiarize yourself with the sides at the bottom of this page, as you might be asked to read for a role. You will be auditioning for all of the One-Acts.
Foreplay, or the Art of the Fugue by David Ives
The play centers around three mini-golf dates of Chuck, with a different actor portraying Chuck in each scene. As the dates compound and begin to share the stage, dialogue almost interacts with one another, at one point creating almost a symphony of golf sounds, but they never interact. The different versions of Chuck try to seduce each girl with varying results in the end, using mini golf as a metaphor and wordplay as innuendo. Chuck is on a date with Amy, a flirty girl who knows Chuck’s tricks but falls for them anyway. Chuck II has Annie, a more confident, competitive girl who wants nothing to do with Chuck and all to do with the game. Finally, Chuck III has Alma, a quirky and blunt girl.. By the end, Chuck gets Amy, gets beaten and seemingly rejected by Annie, and Alma asks to leave so they can have sex.
Chuck, Chuck II, and Chuck III: Three versions of the same character on a different date with different girls. All three use smarm and charm to try to seduce their dates and think themselves word-smiths and mini golf extraordinaires. The joy comes from their success or roadblocks on their path toward sex. His noise is “puck”.
Amy: Chuck’s first date. Wary of him but eventually falls for his charms and the joys of miniature golf. Knows when Chuck flirts but rather enjoys it quite a bit. Gets competitive with Chuck. In the end, loses the game but gets seduced by Chuck. Her noise is “oooohhh”.
Annie: Chuck’s second date. Very skeptical of him. A savvy, self sure girl who has a competitive side, very onto his attempts of sauveness. Eventually beats Chuck after shrugging off his advances almost the entire game. Her noise is “nyugh”.
Alma: A weird, golf maniac. Knows exactly what Chuck is going to say and is great at mini golf, utterly destroying Chuck’s confidence. Throws wrench after wrench into Chuck’s planned dialogue. They only get halfway through the game before she offers to leave and have sex instead. Her noise is a raspberry.
The Most Massive Woman Wins by Madeleine George
Challenging, brutal and hilarious, four women of various shapes and sizes sitting in the waiting room of a liposuction clinic explore their perceptions of body image.
The women reveal their experiences dealing with the world’s issues with their weight through monologues, short scenes, and schoolyard rhymes.
From painful childhood memories to deep-rooted anger with the opposite sex, these experiences both haunt and empower these women as they imagine their way to a new vision of themselves as beautiful and whole.
Content warning for mention/description of eating disorders, self-harm, and sexual assault. Every actor will be onstage engaging with this content even if it is not their character speaking.
Each character has a two page monologue in the play.
Carly: 31, a straight-talking woman with no sentimentality, but treasures her daughter and wants more for her than what she has.
Cel (pronounced Seel): 29, in a relationship with a man who believes she is crazy, but she is not. Has a lot of truth to speak.
Sabine: 27, very hard on herself, somewhat sarcastic, with an undercurrent of anger. An intellectual
Rennie: 17, a nervous senior in high school grappling with her bulimia and her relationship to her mother.
One Tennis Shoe by Shel Silverstein
Harvey and Sylvia are a married couple out for lunch at a café. Harvey interrupts their conversation to expose to Sylvia that she is becoming a “bag lady”. Sylvia denies this accusation as Harvey brings up more peculiarities surrounding her habit of stockpiling random items. Harvey eventually points to the contents of Sylvia’s purse to reveal the extremity of her condition.
Harvey – Husband to Sylvia. A posh, white-collar metropolitan man. Deeply concerned for his wife. Rhetorical and demanding. Astutely organized, carrying a sad sense of urgency in his questions.
Sylvia – Wife to Harvey. A pathological hoarder. Self-righteous and defensive. Unable to see the ramifications of her bad habit. Unreactive towards criticism, but only to a point.
Exhibits in the Zoo by Matthew Harmon
Exhibits in the Zoo centers on one day in the life of Mendel, a mute, 8-year-old Jewish boy living under Nazi rule in Warsaw, Poland in 1941. Due to his father Eli’s injuries, Mendel has to beg at the city center for food and change to help feed his family. When his two friends Shlomo and Shmuel are caught smuggling food by Nazi soldiers, Mendel and two beggars run to swipe the food the boys dropped. During the chaos, a German soldier drops his camera and Mendel, fascinated, grabs the camera instead, unlocking a world of creativity and potential for him. Everything around Mendel molds to his vision when looking through the camera. When Mendel returns home, his mother Liba and bed-ridden father Eli are already ecstatic due to Liba’s acquisition of three soup kitchen tickets for the evening. Joining in the celebration, Mendel shows his parents his new toy and their faces go gray. Liba and Eli grapple with letting Mendel keep the camera, knowing the danger they’re putting their son in. They agree to let him play with it only in the courtyard. Mendel takes it to the courtyard to show Shlomo and Shmuel, who are recovering from their encounter with the soldiers earlier. They all play with the camera, reveling in the moment of carefree joy. Liba and Eli tell Mendel to put his camera back in the apartment but he sneaks it in his pocket, wanting to return to the square to use it. While walking to the soup kitchen, Mendel gets separated from his parents. He takes out the camera to play but notices soldiers and shoves the camera up his shirt. The soldiers see the boy and, assuming he’s smuggling food, interrogate him but he can’t respond. The world freezes with Mendel in control of the camera. He plays, laughs, and eventually says goodbye to his frozen parents as he returns to reality and tries to escape with the camera. The soldiers shoot Mendel in the back and Eli attacks a soldier. The lights fade out as the soldiers lift the butts of their rifles at Liba and Eli.
MENDEL: Eight year old Jewish boy. Has aphonia and has been mute since birth. Incredibly inquisitive.
LIBA: Mendel’s mother. In her 40s. Strong in her beliefs. Protective.
ELI: Mendel’s father. Late 40s-early 50s. Light-hearted despite the hunger growing inside of him.
SOLDIERS: Speak only German. SOLDIER 1 is a tourist, visiting and taking pictures of the Ghetto.
THE DANCER: Street performer. Wants to see the people of the Ghetto smile.
BEGGARS 1 AND 2: Male and female duo. Both have a knack of the dramatic flair. Tweedle-Dee and Tweedle-Dum.
SHMUEL: Seven years old. SHLOMO’s younger brother. A follower. Stubborn yet joyful.
SHLOMO: Twelve years old. SHMUEL’s older brother. Prideful and wise beyond his years.
BEGGAR 3: At wits end, desperate for something to eat.
SHOESHINE MAN: Put together to give off the air of professionalism.
Rage Amongst Yourselves by Amy Beth Arkawy
Rage Amongst Yourselves by Amy Beth Arkawy is a 20 minute one act play about a court mandated group therapy session. When the therapist fails to show up, the audience gets a peek into the lives of the members that make up this group.
Max: A nervous guy, referred to as “Mad Max” for a reason.
Gilda: A gruff, “Street-wise” woman
Tess: A well dressed woman, all business, with a heart
Eddie: Referred to as “Quiet Eddie,” the new guy
Her Jason By Skylar Siben
Her Jason is a modern take on the Medea myth as told by Euripides.
It is 3:30 AM in an apartment, almost completely packed away, when Jason comes crashing back into Maddie's life, forcing her to face the horrific implications of her past actions. This play explores what brings passionate relationships to places of toxicity and just what constitutes the ideas of revenge and even murder in our day and age.
MADDIE, 27, highly intelligent and impressively foul-mouthed, has a vengeful spirit but the capacity for love.
JASON, 27, looks to others for assurance and to place blame, sensitive underneath his charm, a coward to the end.