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Upcoming auditions for Bend In The Road

Bend In the Road
Written & Directed by Michael Sokoloff
Music composed by Nathan Basinger

Performance Dates:
March 12-14 & 19-21, 2010
on the Johnson County Fairgrounds at the
Iowa City Community Theatre Building (A)

Audition Dates:
January 22 (6:30pm) & 23 (1:00pm)
at the Robert A. Lee Recreation Center

January 24 (6:30pm) at the ICCT Barn (Johnson County Fairgrounds, Building A)

Michael Sokoloff

Over 30 years in the Theatre, Michael Sokoloff has worked in New York (on Broadway and off), in Chicago store-fronts, and everywhere in between. He was the Fight Director for the Steppenwolf Theatre Company’s Tony-winning production of The Grapes of Wrath starring Gary Sinise. He conceived and directed Judas Goat for the Organic Theatre in Chicago, where he was an Artistic Associate. In addition, Sokoloff has extensive regional theatre credits at top-tier theatres including Actor’s Theatre of Louisville, the Arena Stage, the Denver Center Theatre, the Goodman Theatre, and others.

Since returning to the state, Sokoloff has been a full-time Theatre Artist in eastern Iowa, Directing, and creating Stunts and Swordplay for Riverside Theatre, The Old Creamery, Theatre Cedar Rapids, Classics at Brucemore, Grinnell Productions, U of I Summer Rep, Eulenspiegel Puppet Theatre, and Moongarden Acting Company. Before starting his own company (the Aggravated Assault Ensemble), Sokoloff was an Artistic Associate at Riverside Theatre in Iowa City for 6 years, where directing credits include Equus, Under Milkwood, The Memory of Water, RUTHLESS!, Sideman, Boy Gets Girl, and The Last 5 Years. Sokoloff s Aggravated Assault Ensemble has appeared in Chicago, and at Fringe Festivals in Kansas City, Des Moines, and twice at the Minnesota Fringe Festival in Minneapolis.

The Characters

JOE BUCK, a young adventurer, strong, handsome.

BILLY PERSON, his friend, also young and strong, but not as handsome.

MATTIE MAY MONTANA, a down-at-heel fancy woman, fortune teller, and proprietress of MATTIE’S MEDICINE WAGON.

POTTS, a middle-aged degenerate, also the narrator.

DAPHNE DEERE, a big, raw-boned girl, a farmer’s daughter, longing for more life than she’s got.

ENSEMBLE, 3 or more actor/acrobat/musicians, MATTIE’s minions (gender breakdown discretionary), who double as a rag-tag frontier klezmer band (The songs and incidental music for BEND in the ROAD should be rowdy, raucous, rough-edged, really ‘down-an’-dirty’). ‘ENSEMBLE’ lines provide the basis for an overlapping, patch-work choral effect, and should be assigned among them to that end.

In addition, there are 2 SOLDIERS, a SCOUT, a MOUNTAIN MAN, and a splendid CAPTAIN OF THE GUARD.

The Setting

A bend in the road, Oregon Trail, mid-1800’s, western Nebraska, butte country, Chimney Rock, Scotts Bluff, dusty, dry, wind blowing chill, fall settling in, Harvest Moon. The Gold Rush is in full dance, and the trail is littered with graves of the fallen, and the discarded chattels of discouraged travelers, an amazing assortment of items.

Want to read the script?

A few copies of the script may be found at the IC Public Library.  Please check with library staff at the second floor information desk.

See you at auditions!