Audition Notice: McGill Dept. of English Drama and Theatre presents “A History of Breathing”

Auditions: September 9-13 | Performances: November 22-29

Call for Actors for The Department of English Drama and Theatre Program Fall Production of A History of Breathing by Daniel Macdonald.

Audition Dates:
September 9-13, 2019

About the Play
Two boats float on a dead ocean. One boat has no paddle and carries three passengers – Turtle, Toad and Muskrat. They are waiting for the woman to fall from the sky. The other boat carries a father and daughter, with a paddle, who have escaped a cataclysmic event. God floats by in a boat with a broken motor. They barter food for the paddle. Later, on land, the characters from the boats encounter two child soldiers, with deadly consequences on all sides. At the end of the play one boat, with two characters in it, floats on the ocean.

The play engages with creation myths, faith, our ability to self-destruct and the power of storytelling to help us in our quest for meaning. It addresses the process of finding a reason to live after trauma.

This play contains difficult subject matter. Sexual assault and violence during wartime are extensively referenced and described.

Casting Requirements
The production is seeking diversity in casting to better represent all humans on their journey quest.

Applications from BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Colour), people with disabilities, and queer and trans people are welcome.

  • 7 actors to play 8 characters
  • 2 actors to play the ocean and possibly things in the ocean.
  • Dance/choreography experience an asset.
  • 1 actor, who should identify as a woman, needs to be able to sing and feel comfortable dancing.
  • 1 other actor needs to be comfortable dancing as well.

Production Dates
November 20-22 and 27-29, 2019 (no Saturday shows)
Venue: Moyse Hall Theatre, McGill University Arts Building

Rehearsal Commitment:

  • Aside from classes your schedule needs to be extremely flexible.
  • Rehearsals will run from September 16-November 19, 2019.
  • The time commitment will be considerable – 9 to 16 hours per week.
  • We will rehearse weekday evenings and Saturday afternoons.
  • We may, depending on schedules, rehearse Friday afternoon, instead of Friday evening in the first two
  • We will never rehearse Saturday evenings or on Sundays.
  • By the end of October and into November expect to be in rehearsal 5 days a week and in some cases 6.
  • Tech week is November 11-16. You would need to get a lot of your class work done before that time.

To Audition
Sign-up sheets are in the McGill University Arts Building, 853 Sherbrooke St. West (the domed building at the top of the main drive). They are on the bulletin board in the hallway left of the lobby as you enter the building.

Contact for more information. If you have questions or concerns please do not hesitate to get in touch.


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