We Are Pussy Riot – Audition Prompts and Sides

This is a heavily ensemble-based piece which calls for significant imagination and some devising. In person auditions will be groups of 8 in thirty-minute blocks and will consist of the below cold reads from the script, a short movement call, and an ensemble exploration of a protest. Please bring a headshot and resume.

__________________ALL ROLES please prepare and read the following: __________________

In your own protesting style, deliver the following (you may do it in repetition, or rearrange to your liking):

Church! State! Separate!
Virgin Mary, Chase Putin Away!

(As a wise storyteller, the more descriptive and emphatic, the better. This narrative will accompany a significant movement piece. Play the positivity while speaking to the brutality): It is a very old history – a happy story, full of hope – you will celebrate with me. It is about a woman, about how we enter this- a tribal woman, on the steps had an infant, a boy – it was little Genghis. There is only one way into this world. And oh, many centuries pass, and on the 3rd September, 1530, comes Ivan the Terrible! He united all of Russia and in a rage killed his own son. Another hundred years and from the Romanov Family, 1672, the arrival of Peter, Peter the Great. He as a very tall guy, too, Peyer. Okay so he killed those with beards. Nevertheless…. Three hundred more years pass, many wars, diseases, progress, world trade and treaties, maps and missions, many children born, many buried… until in a cramped communal apartment in Leningrad on 7th October in the years 1952, our current czar entered this

(As an American reporter): “Three female punk rockers who derided President Vladimir Putin in a forty-eight-second protest in Christ the Savior cathedral are on trial today. – And the whole world is watching. Their performance was spart of the biggest opposition protests of Putins twelve0year rule, ahead of his March election to a new six-year presidential term-The case has also prompted a fresh discussion about links between the church and the kremlin in pr4edominantly Orthodox Christian Russia, where ties between church and state go back more than a millennium.”

________________________Additional sides for featured roles________________________

FOR THE MARILYN MONROE ROLE: Please prepare a reenactment of her famous “Happy Birthday Mr. President” performance

FOR THE MADONNA ROLE: Please prepare an impersonation with the following lines:

“I always saw myself as a freedom fighter and I have definitely paid for and been punished for speaking my mind. I truly believe we have a moral obligation to stand up for anyone being persecuted down the street or on the other side of the world. And I feel lucky to live I a country where I can do what I feel, wear what I want, and say what I think. – for now anyways!”

FOR THE PUTIN ROLE: Please prepare the following in a Russian Accent:

“When people push boundaries too far, it’s not because they are strong, but because they are weak. Don’t you think when people push boundaries too far it’s because they are weak? But maybe weakness is not the worst quality of a woman?”

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