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Date: Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Contact: Alyson Kakugawa-Leong, (808) 974-7642

For Immediate Release

Auditions scheduled for Joe Turner’s Come and Gone

Auditions for the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Performing Arts Center’s (PAC) production of Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, by African American playwright August Wilson, will be held on Tuesday, August 28th and Wednesday, August 29th at the Center. Auditions begin at 7 p.m. with actors signing up for a 10-minute time slot with the creative staff on a first come, first served basis. The play will be staged over one weekend in early November.

The production will be directed by Ken Elliott, an actor and director from Los Angeles, who settled on Hawaiʻi Island after appearing in Jason Scott Lee’s Burn This at Pu Mu in Volcano. Professor Jackie Pualani Johnson will serve as assistant director.

Wilson’s play requires an ensemble cast of characters who gather at a boarding house in Pittsburgh in 1911. They come from many walks of life to the city, looking for lost loved ones, trying to hold down jobs, all “looking for their song.”

Elliott will be auditioning for the boarding house owners, Bertha & Seth Holly, who are in their mid-30s to early 40s, a couple born of free African Americans in the North; Bynum Walker, a conjurer in his 60s; and three women and two men in their mid-20s to mid-30s, the colorful boarders who wear their histories and dreams, with one of the men needing to play the guitar. Two children, a boy and a girl circa 11 years of age, will also be auditioned along with a white male, Rutherford Selig, in the age range of mid-30s to early 40s.

Potential actors are asked to be familiar with the play; reading copies will be available for perusal in the back hallway of the PAC beginning August 20th. Auditionees may prepare a two- minute dramatic monologue or may read from selections available at the audition. Actors may bring headshots and resumes, if available.

Elliott has numerous acting credits, including the Actor’s Gang, The Long Beach Theatre, the Zephyr and Odyssey Theatres, and was in the original production of Bat Boy, The Musical. Recently, Elliott directed The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later, featuring Hawaiʻi Island actors on stage at the PAC.

For further information, contact Johnson at 974-7304 or jpjohnso@hawaii.edu.


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