Special Opportunity for Local Professional Actors to Explore Chekhov with Olympia Dukakis

July 25th, 27th, or 28th

One-Day Opportunities

Equity actors with a minimum of ten years of professional experience are invited to apply to be one-day participants in the national Lunt-Fontanne Fellowship Program.

This July, Olympia Dukakis and the 2011 Lunt-Fontanne Fellows (master actors nominated by theatres across America) will explore the works of Anton Chekhov. July 25-28, Olympia will lead in-depth explorations of all four of Chekhov’s major plays. Olympia and the Fellows will spend a day on each play, in the order in which they were written. The actors will read Acts I & II during the first 3-hour session of the day (scripts in hand, sitting, moving around), will break for lunch/dinner, and will then work on Acts III & IV. In Olympia’s words, it’s “a chance to move through the plays without directorial concept as a guide or obligation, feeling out what you make of these parts, what you make of yourselves in these parts.”

In order to accomplish her approach to the week, Olympia took on the task of “casting” Lunt-Fontanne Fellows in all four of the major plays. However, most of the four major works have more than ten substantive roles. Open roles will be filled through this application process, giving local actors the opportunity to spend a day exploring Chekhov with Olympia Dukakis, one of the most passionate and accomplished Chekhov experts in America.

Monday, July 25th:
The Seagull
10am to 5pm (with lunch provided)
Male Actor to play:
• Shamrayev, husband, father, and an admirer of those connected to fame and fortune. His demeanor towards his daughter and wife, however, is argumentative and embarrassing.
• Yakov, a humble worker.

Wednesday, July 27th:
Three Sisters
2pm to 9pm (with dinner provided)
Female Actor to play:
• Anfisa (Nurse), a nursemaid, old, frail, andan eternal worker who is considered a nuisance by some.
Male Actor to play:
• Ferapont, the door keeper at the local council offices, an older man who is hard of hearing and often blurts out random facts.
Male Actor to play:
• Tuzenbach, a Lieutenant in the army, headover-heels in love, with poetic inclinations and romantic advances towards Irina.

Thursday, July 28th:
The Cherry Orchard
10am to 5pm (with lunch provided)
Female Actor to play:
• Dunyasha, a romance-seeking chambermaid who is innocent and naïve.
Male Actor to play:
• Semeonov-Pishchik, a charming neighbor who constantly tries to swindle money, but in a delightfully comedic fashion.
• Postal Worker, a reluctantly invited guest who joins in a ballroom dance.
• Passerby, a drunk citizen.
Male Actor to play:
• Yasha, a proud, comfortable servant, who keeps his love affair a secret in order to take advantage of the circumstances.

What is the Lunt-Fontanne Fellowship Program?

The Lunt-Fontanne Fellowship Program is a national program to serve American theatre. Every year, Fellows participate in an 8-day immersion master class and retreat with a worldrenowned and respected Master Teacher. The 2011 Lunt-Fontanne Fellows are: René Augesen (American Conservatory Theater); James Craven (Penumbra Theatre); Nike Doukas (South Coast Repertory); Rick Foucheux (Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company); Mark Harelik (South Coast Repertory); John Judd (Chicago Shakespeare Theater); Mary Martello (Arden Theatre Company); Austin Pendleton (Steppenwolf Theatre Company); James Pickering (Milwaukee Repertory Theater); Vilma Silva (Oregon Shakespeare Festival); Sally Nystuen Vahle (Dallas Theater Center).

APPLY by email by June 10th to Foundation President, Sean Malone, at smalone@tenchimneys.org with the following information: Name, address, phone, email, current headshot, current résumé. Please indicate if you are a member in good standing of Actors Equity Association. Please confirm that you have been a professional actor for 10+ years. Brief comments detailing your interest are welcome.

Please note: Workshopping roles are for one day only. You may apply for a specific role(s) or indicate “any available.” Please indicate which day(s) you are fully available: Monday, Wednesday, and/or Thursday.