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    Auditions are coming up for Silver Spring Stage’s production of Omnium Gatherum by Theresa Rebeck and Alexandra Gersten-Vassilaros, directed by Bill Hurlbut and produced by Lennie Magida. We will be casting five men and three women; please see character descriptions below.

    WHEN: Sunday, August 20, 2017, 7:00-10:00 pm and Monday, August 21, 2017, 7:00-10:00 pm. Callbacks will be on Wednesday, August 23, 2016, 7:30-10:00 pm.
    WHERE: Silver Spring Stage, 10145 Colesville Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20901
    To make the best use of everyone’s time, we ask that you go to SignUpGenius and sign up for a 30-minute audition slot.

    Silver Spring Stage is an all-volunteer community theater. All roles are open and unpaid.

    Omnium Gatherum will run four weekends from Oct. 27-Nov. 18, 2017.

    Performances will be Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., along with 2 p.m. Sunday matinees on Nov. 5 and 12.
    The rehearsal schedule will be set according to cast availability.

    If you have questions, please contact us at omniumgatherum@ssstage.org.

    Dinner is served…with a side of predictable debate that quickly devolves into a contest of wills. But where are we? And what is going on? While the dinner conversation seems ordinary enough—if a bit of talking-head erudition is common at your dinner table—disturbing things are happening outside of the room. While we try to follow the illogical leaps from capitalism to pop culture, from feminism to food, and from wealth to morality, our perfect hostess continues serving as if the chaos outside cannot penetrate the evening’s happy events. Until, that is, she springs on the assembly a surprise guest who puts it all in context and helps explain the presence of the New York City fireman at the table.

    Omnium Gatherum, a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2004, is set against the backdrop of 9/11. Then, as now, our sense of security was threatened and our values called into question. The dinner guests seem unable to reach agreement on much of anything; they all just want to “win.” This is a play for our political moment.

    Khalid (age 40-60) is a westernized Arab scholar without strong religious convictions and a moderate in his views, in the manner of Edward Said. He is professorial and tries hard to get along with everyone, to keep the party on an even keel.
    Mohammed (age 25-40) is an Islamist radical. He is sullen, menacing, volatile, and violent. The United States is his Great Satan, and turncoats like Khalid are an offense to his view of Islam.

    Suzie (age 35-45), the organizer of the dinner party, is a Martha Stewart type who excels at the decorative and culinary arts and has made a business of it. She is impeccably dressed and exudes an upper-class upbringing that makes her seem oblivious to the dangers of the conversation she encourages among her dinner guests.

    Lydia (age 25-35) is an earnest liberal feminist, vegan, and victim’s rights advocate. She is slightly butch or androgynous in appearance and dress. Though she is in a relationship with a man and professes to love him, she is also resentful of male power and power structures.

    Julia (age 35-45) is an African-American writer. Though religious enough that she likes to say grace before a meal, she does not build her life around her faith or her race. She seeks out what is “real” and without pretense. She works hard to make herself comfortable among white people, but it covers a deep discomfort with being the only black person in the room. Julia likes to sing, but she doesn’t sing well.

    Roger (age 40-60) is a novelist in the Tom Clancy mold. He is blunt and, to his own mind, clear- eyed about the perils that constantly threaten American power and cultural dominance, including those that erode it from within. He smokes, is at least a bit overweight, and is an indiscriminate foodie who is unimpressed with his hostess’s artistry.

    Terence (age 40-60) is British, a product of Cambridge, a Christopher Hitchens type of intellectual atheist, very polished and urbane. He likes the finer things in life, wine, tobacco, and conversation—especially when he can dominate. It is impossible to win an argument with him.

    Jeff (age 25-35) is a New York City fireman, big and well built, and more than a bit out of his
    depth among the dinner guests. He is a family man with plain tastes and simple needs. He is good at what he does.


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