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SEEING RED AUDITIONS (article first published : 2001-03-4)

Greig Coetzee has garnered numerous awards for his one-man smash hit White Men With Weapons and is currently producing this play, along with his three other one-man productions in 4-Play at the Square Space Theatre at the University of Natal, Durban.

In a distinct departure from his usual style of work, Greig Coetzee has written a new play titled Seeing Red which is to be produced by The Playhouse Company from May 15 to 27.

The play is set in a student digs in Pietermaritzburg in 1986. Itís a "Natal" story that speaks intimately of this place and its people. Although the political climate of the time is an integral part of the play, according to Coetzee, it isnít an issue-based piece or a vehicle for a political statement.

"Itís a love triangle, a coming-of-age story, an exploration of the South African identity, and an ironic look at the madness of the 80ís from the distance of this new century. This is about young people in a turbulent South Africa. Itís about their hopes and fears, their lusts and loves, the things they make, the things they break and the things they smoke."

Auditions will take place at The Playhouse Company on March 12 from 16h30 and March 13 from 10h30 in the Playhouse Sanlam Loft. All of the characters are university students in their late teens/early 20ís. Three are male (white and black) and there are two female characters (white).

Auditions are open to any full-time professional performers who consider themselves to be suitable for these roles. Anyone wanting to audition must choose a monologue from a play and prepare it for performance. It should be remembered that audition pieces must be performed and not read and between two and four minutes in length. A South African piece would be preferable, but any monologue is admissible if the character is around 20 years old and if the piece is performed using a South African accent.

Anyone wishing to audition should contact Dance and Drama Co-ordinator, Barbara Gengan, on (031) 369-9463 or e-mail bjgengan@playhousecompany.com to pre-book their audition time slot. Candidates must be available for full-time work beginning mid-April.




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