Theater: Plays

'Awake And Sing'

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The Nuance Theatre Company
John DeSotelle Studio, prod.; Clifford Odets, writer.

Production Description

Casting "Awake And Sing.' Synopsis: Three generations of the Berger family live under one roof. The mother, Bessie, is the glue that has held the family together during difficult times. She is fearful that she, like an old woman on nearby Dawson Street, will be evicted from her home, her belongings put out on the street around her. Bessie, whose father, Jakob, a left-leaning idealist, lives in her house, has a subdued husband, Myron, and two children, Ralph and Hennie. She has also taken in a boarder to enhance her slim budget. Appearances mean everything to Bessie, who wants little more from life than respectability. Her decent existence is severely threatened. She has already coped with one assault on her family’s respectability, her daughter Hennie’s pregnancy out of wedlock, but she forces Hennie into a loveless marriage to the boarder to whom she rents a room. The son, Ralph, is appalled by the shotgun union his mother has engineered. An unemployed idealist, Ralph sides philosophically with his grandfather. Jakob rails against families, saying, “This is a house? Marx said it—abolish such families.” Ralph complains that life should not be printed on dollar bills. The vernacular Odets achieves in this play is precisely the vernacular of the kinds of people around whom he grew up and whose speech patterns imprinted themselves indelibly on his mind.

Rehearsal and Production Dates & Locations

Rehearses June-July; runs July 11-27 in NYC (see full rehearsal and performance schedule).

Compensation & Union Contract Details

Small stipend provided (most likely $100-$150).


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Full rehearsal and performance schedule

Rehearses June 2-6, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; June 9-13, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; June 16 & 17, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; June 18, 6-10 p.m.; June 19, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; June 20 & 23, 6-10 p.m.; June 24, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; June 25, 6-10 p.m.; June 26, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; June 27, 6-10 p.m.; June 28, 2-6 p.m.; June 29, 2-6 p.m.; June 30-July 3, 6-10 p.m. No rehearsal July 4; load-in July 5 (no actors). Tech rehearsal July 6; full dress rehearsals July 7-10. Performances run July 11 at 8 p.m., July 12 at 3:30 & 8 p.m., July 13 at 5 p.m., July 18 at 8 p.m., July 19 at 3:30 & 8 p.m., July 20 at 5 p.m., July 21 at 7:30 p.m., July 25 at 8 p.m., July 26 at 3:30 & 8 p.m., and July 27 at 5 p.m. in NYC.