Auditions for Shopping and F***ing by Mark Ravenhill at Laughing Pig Theatre
We are looking to cast three roles for this show. Performers will be paid a $75 stipend.
Rehearsals will begin on January 13, running Mon-Tue-Wed from 7:30-10:00 PM. Performances will be March 20, 21, 27, 28 at 7:30 PM. Rehearsals and performances will take place at the Mesa Arts Center Acting Studio, locates at the top of the lit stairs, the second floor of the Studios South building.
Auditions take place between 1:00-4:00 PM on Sunday, January 5th at the Mesa Arts Center Drama Studio. It is accessible from the elevator and stairwell by the Registration/Box Office. If necessary, callbacks will be the next evening. Auditions will consist of 1-2 minute contemporary monologue in the style of the play (so adult language is not discouraged). Preference is for monologues that are NOT from the play. Please email or print a headshot and resume.
For more information, please email Stage Manager Tony Moschetti at email@example.com
Show Synopsis The play explores how consumerism has become our new value system which reduces everything else to a mere transaction, as shopping malls become the new cathedrals of Western consumerism. The plot follows a crowd of drifters and sex traders in a seedy area of London in the 1990s. Five main characters are linked loosely and intermittently and at the center of the play is an ever-changing love triangle of petty criminals. It is a gritty, grimy urban society, a depressing microcosm of drugs, shoplifting, prostitution, and sexual adventure. The characters have shunned morality and conduct hedonistic and destructive lives in this shocking, humorous, nihilistic play that examines a completely corrupted society.
Character Breakdown The roles of Gary and Robbie have previously been cast. We are seeking to cast the roles of Lulu, Mark, and Brian. Actors of all ethnicities and genders (conforming and non-conforming) are encouraged to audition.
Lulu (plays late teens/early 20’s)-Down and out and desperate. Lulu says she wants to become an actress, which has not worked out. She has turned to shoplifting (TV dinners!), selling drugs, and phone sex. She will do most anything to make a buck without much regard to anyone else.
Mark (plays late teens/early 20’s)- Mark is a recovering heroin, and possibly sex, addict who was at one time fairly successful, until his habit caught up with him. Mark is the “master” of Lulu and Robbie and is the more dominant of all five characters. Just like everyone he is trying to make a buck to support his habits. Must be comfortable kissing men and with male sex scenes.
Brian (plays mid 20’s/early 30’s)- The older of the bunch, a drug dealer, possible murderer. Money obsessed. He is a master manipulator. We first meet him as he “auditions” Lulu for an infomercial, convincing her to strip down, and then giving her a job selling drugs for him.
*Although there will be no nudity in this play, ALL actors must be comfortable in their underwear as well as the sexually graphic scenes and extreme adult language in the play. It is imperative that actors research the show before committing/auditioning. If you have questions or concerns about the content, please reach out, we will be happy to discuss it with you.