Piccolo Spoleto Festival
Auditions for Vincent John Doe By Robert Maniscalco
to be presented as part of the
2018 Piccolo Spoleto Festival
Directed by Barbara Pitcher
Performance Dates: June 2, 3, 4 2018
Performance Location: Charleston City Gallery at Waterfront Park, 34 Prioleau St, Charleston, SC 29401
Auditions: April 30th and May 1st
Notifications: May 3, 2018
Rehearsals between May 14 and June 1, 2018 Please come prepared with any and ALL conflicts you will have between May 14 and June 4, 2018
Auditions: Please send a photo (can be a selfie), resume, with contact info to firstname.lastname@example.org, indicating your preferred audition time, blocks between 6, 7 or 8 pm. We will get you as close to that as possible. Also, indicate for which role(s) you would like to read. You will receive confirmation and location time and place via email. Any questions, please call 313-689-2993.
At the Audition: Be prepared to bring your favorite monologue — 3 minutes is fine. You will be reading from sides, which will be available to you to read a half hour prior to your scheduled audition.
Note: the part of Vincent is cast, but all other parts are currently available.
About the play:
Vincent John Doe is a multi-media, multi-disciplinary play which ponders the question, “What if Vincent Van Gogh showed up in our world today?” The action follows Vincent, as he is being committed to a mental hospital, fighting for his “truth.” We never quite know for sure if this individual really is Van Gogh or just another delusional. As Vincent longs for a return to his own time he finds he must also fight for acceptance in the present. The people he encounters on his visit into the future help him to see his place in the universal order. Meanwhile, as the audience wonders whether the play is a piece of science fiction or a psychological thriller, they have become embroiled in a high stakes existential battle about the real meaning of freedom and truth.
At first, VINCENT VAN GOGH is what we might expect of the great artist, who believes he has been transported to the future. He is disoriented but firm in his convictions and intentions. Is he really who he says he is or just another delusional? Is anyone really who they think they are? The real existential question for Van Gogh, however, is not who he is but why he is? VJD is a portrait of the thoughtful, insightful man behind the legendary mad genius.
DR. KEN FISHER is a published psychiatrist who has developed idiosyncratic methods to help delusional patients in finding their true identity. Though he is never convinced that he is sitting across from the actual Vincent Van Gogh, he is hard-pressed to accomplish his goal of convincing his patient.
MS. MINDA is an ardent art therapist who believes sincerely in the power of creativity to unblock those struggling with mental illness, even someone as far gone as Vincent seems to be. She has absolute faith in art as the key to breaking through to the truth.
RONNIE is a fellow patient. He is a brilliant sociopath with a sardonic wit, troubled by anger, who seems to have a remarkable grasp of reality, as long as it conforms to his skewed world view. If not, it is fake news and must be destroyed.
ANGEL is a floor nurse who does not believe in medicating people simply because they do not conform to society. She has lost faith in the effectiveness of the mental health system. Carrying a secret connection to Van Gogh from childhood, she makes it her mission to help Van Gogh in his quest to understand his role as an artist and his place in society, past and present. Is she an agent of God or just one of a million well-meaning fans with her own nefarious agenda?
TURTLE is a resident/graffiti artist, wanting to make his mark on the world, though he has remarkably little to actually say about it, through his art. He longs for celebrity. The only problem is that his work is anonymous.
PATSY SIMMONS is a highly influential art dealer, who knows how to spin an effective narrative and capitalize on the talents of others.
ART CRITIC is a cynical yet deeply sincere in his longing for something deeper.
DOCENT speaks to us from a humanistic version of heaven, giving us a mock tour of a very special museum.