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Medicine Show: Open Auditions

The Sixth Act is pleased to announce open auditions for our upcoming staged reading of the 1939 living-newspaper play MEDICINE SHOW. MEDICINE SHOW presents in dramatic form a thesis-driven argument for government-subsidized health care. Heavily influenced by the political theatre coming out of eastern Europe in the first half of the twentieth century, living newspaper plays are raucous cobblings of primary documents intended to raise consciousness of broad issues of public concern. Interestingly, the issues and even some of the language in this 1939 pageant play ring familiar today.

Open auditions will be this coming Monday, January 31, from 2-4 p.m., in the Black Box at MCC. We’re looking for 2 males and 2 females to play a wide variety of characters. We’re also looking for one male or female to read the stage directions. No audition appointment is necessary; just come when you can. No preparation is necessary either. You’ll simply read from the script. We welcome all members of the MCC community.

The performances, in readers-theatre format, will be Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, March 10-12, at 7 p.m., in the North Atrium at MCC. Each performance will be followed by a panel-led audience discussion designed to promote dialogue and debate about this important topic.

We’ll have two rehearsals a week during the weeks of 2/14, 2/28, and 3/7. The rehearsals will likely run from 4-6 p.m., though this isn’t certain. We’ll also have an initial read-through one evening during the week of 2/7.

Remember: this will be readers theatre. There will be no memorization involved. If you’d like to see a copy of the script ahead of time or have any questions, please contact Maria Brandt at "" or 292-3394.

Maria Brandt
The Sixth Act