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 Episode

Moses the Black

February 19 & 23

Rehearsals Begin

February 26

Recordings Begin

Up to $225

Per day of recording
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Overview

Moses the Black

Alexandria, Egypt, 358 AD. In the Roman Empire’s most raucous city, wealthy aristocrats live side by side with the poorest slaves. One man, released by his master, follows a life of murder, robbery and crime.

This is the story of Moses the Black.An original audio drama series from The Merry Beggars. Written by Academy Award nominee Tim Reckart.

Rehearsals

Moses the Black

Rehearsals for Moses the Black will take place on Monday, February 19, 1:00PM-4:00PM CT, and Friday, February 23, 9:00AM-10:30 AM CT. Rehearsals are conducted via Zoom.

Recording

Moses the Black

The recording session for Moses the Black will be on Monday, February 26, 8:00am-5:30pm CT, in person at our studios in Lincolnshire, IL.

Payment

Moses the Black

Session fee: Up to $200/day + $20/hr for 4.5 rehearsals and dialect coaching.

Instructions

Moses the Black

Decide! Determine which show you will be auditioning for by choosing from the list on our audition page. Then, look through the character breakdowns and choose which character you'd like to audition for. You can audition for multiple roles.

Sides! Within the dropdown for each character description, you'll find downloadable PDFs of the audition sides for that character. Download the sides. Review the sides until you are familiar with them and comfortable performing them.

Hide! Next, set up your space. Find a quiet space and prepare to record your audition using whatever recording software is available to you. This can be done on your phone if access to a studio or home-recording equipment is limited. Please record only your own lines, not those of the other characters in the scene(s).

Recording

MP3 audio recordings preferred. Video auditions will be accepted if you can't record audio only.

If recording your audition as a video, please ensure that you're in a quiet environment with a neutral background. If recording your audition as audio, please send raw audio with no special effects or music. We'd prefer not to hear a reader reading with you, and there's no need for you to read the other characters' lines.

Delivery

Deadline: Friday, February 2, 2024

Please slate prior to each side: "Your Name, Character, Side #". Each character should be recorded separately and uploaded as its own mp3 file. Please label your files CHARACTER NAME-Your Name-Side#s (Your Location)

Ex: MOSES-Actor Name-Sides1&2 (Chicago)

Once you submit, you should receive an automated acknowledgement from [email protected]. Please add that address to your recognised contacts so that the confirmation is not directed to your junk mail folder. Thank you!

Please note that we are looking for local-hire actors for all roles.

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Roles

Moses the Black
Moses
(
Lead
Male
20-40, 75
African dialect
)
Double Cast
Description

Large-framed, muscular. Smart, shrewd but illiterate. Athletic man who has lived a life of crime. Voice is deep, resonant, strong.

30-55
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Aurelia / Prostitute / Old Woman
(
Supporting
Female
20-80
)
Double Cast
Description

AURELIA. 40-60. Roman. Light Italian dialect. Silly Roman noblewoman who squawks for comedy effect when she's being robbed. Think Carlotta from Phantom of the Opera.

PROSTITUTE. 20-40. Light Arabic dialect. Seductive voice of a prostitute in Moses's memories.

OLD WOMAN. 70-80. Light Arabic dialect. Victim whose voice we hear in Moses' memory.

30-55
Captain / Br. Anthony / Theophilus
(
Supporting
Male
40-80
)
Double Cast
Description

CAPTAIN. 40-60. Light Italian dialect. Pomponius's captain of the guards. An upstanding soldier, faithful to duty.

BR. ANTHONY. 70-80. Light Italian dialect. Very old monk at the monastery who's a bit batty. Delightful old coot. Look at Arsenius the Great.

THEOPHILUS. 40-50. Greek dialect. An archbishop: Imperious, proud; very zealous for the church.

30-55
Claude / Br. Leo
(
Supporting
Male
20-50
)
Double Cast
Description

CLAUDE. Light Arabic dialect. Of the thieves, he's the slow one, a dimwitted lunk (name sounds like "Clod"). Should sound kind of stupid.

BR. LEO. Light Arabic dialect. One of the brothers at the monastery. A bit of a gossip, judgmental.

30-55
Cutter
(
Supporting
Male
30-50
Subtle Arabic dialect
)
Double Cast
Description

Sharp-witted but cowardly criminal. Betrays Moses, then attempts to rob him later. He should have a distinctive voice. Takes on the name Nathanael as a monk later on in the series.

30-55
Guard 1 / Br. Innocent
(
Supporting
Male
20-50
)
Double Cast
Description

GUARD 1. 20-30. Light Italian dialect. Younger guard in training.

BR. INNOCENT. 20-50. Light Arabic dialect. Another brother at the monastery. Pious, a bit naive.

30-55
Isidore
(
Supporting
Male
50-80
Greek dialect
)
Double Cast
Description

Wise old priest. Yoda or Gandalf figure to Moses. Gentle, calm, peaceful voice, with a disarming sense of humor. Look at St. Paul of Thebes.

55+
Lazy Eye
(
Supporting
Male
20-40
Light Arabic dialect
)
Double Cast
Description

Cheerful criminal. Always ready to help or play a supporting role. Later takes on the name Theodosius, as a monk.

30-55
Pomponius / Berber Leader
(
Supporting
Male
20-60
)
Double Cast
Description

POMPONIUS. 50-60. Roman. Light Italian dialect. A slimy official of the Roman government, and Moses's original slavemaster. Think Alan Rickman.

BERBER LEADER. 30-40. Berber (North African). Arabic dialect. Barbarian warlord. All we hear him do is shout to kill people.

GUARD 2. 20-30. Light Italian dialect. More aggressive than Guard 1.

30-55

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