Kwame Kwei-Armah is a long standing supporter of Talawa and the work we do. He commented on Talawa's Unzipped 08, a showcase of readings by some of the UK’s emerging BAME playwrights, "... the most encouraging thing for me was hearing many young writers articulating ideas that really chimed. No longer the old idea: 'I'm a writer, not a Black writer.' Instead, many ... are proud to write from their cultural 'lens', not seeing Black as something you needed to drop in order to succeed or not be ghettoised. Indeed, many saw their cultural specificity as an avenue to absolute universality."Kwame Kwei-Armah on Unzipped 08
Now, Center Stage Artistic Director Kwame Kwei-Armah, is working on a world premiere musical based on the life and music of Bob Marley. Here's a piece from the Guardian where Kwame talks about the musical.
After a failed attempt on his life, Marley left Jamaica 1976 for London, where he spent nearly two years in self-imposed exile. 'Marley', a world-premiere musical, chronicles the events surrounding this earth-shaking moment ...
HOW TO AUDITION FOR MARLEY:
- Please submit a video of yourself via LET IT CAST
- All audition instructions are included.
- The exact link for ‘MARLEY’ is located at https://letitcast.com/en/castings/2099677083-marley
WHAT ARE THE DETAILS?
Theater: Baltimore CenterStage
Artistic Director: Kwame Kwei-Armah
Director: Kwame Kwei-Armah
Book: Kwame Kwei-Armah
Music: Bob Marley
Music Director: Kenny J. Seymour
Casting Director: McCorkle Casting, Ltd.
Agreement: LORT B
Rehearsals:March 24, 2015
Opening:May 13, 2015
Close: June 14, 2015
New York City Workshop: December 8-11, 2014
SEEKING (All roles are paid):
BOB MARLEY 30s. Charismatic leader of the Wailers. Icon of the common sufferer. Jamaican, intelligent, wanderer, deeply spiritual understanding of the world. He is an enigma – a deep sense of responsibility and love for the people and an equal sense of independence. He belongs to no one and everyone. Must sing.
DON TAYLOR 30s / 40s. Jamaican - Bob’s manager. Worldly, has the ability to seamlessly code switch between his rude boy Jamaican / British executive and American nomenclature. He has the business at the forefront and can be frustrated by the whims of his artist.
RITA MARLEY 30s Jamaican. Bob’s wife, a member of the I Threes and mother of the modern Rasta movement. She is Bob’s consciousness and conscience. She is earth. She is beautiful, solid, rooted, dark skinned, a nurturer. Rita pushes Bob to remember his responsibility in this world to family and the sufferer. She loves him but also releases him to the world. Must sing.
NEVILLE GARRICK 30s Jamaican / Rasta. Bob’s right hand, photographer and art director He is smart, funny, and most importantly loyal. When all else is failing, Neville is there to help guide the ship and to gently remind Bob of importance of the band.
MARCIA 20s / 30s, Jamaican. One of the members of the I Threes. She is a Rasta, with backbone. Believes in the music and the movement, but not willing to risk her life unnecessarily. Pushes the difficult conversations on behalf of the band, and moves from a place of love and self-preservation. Must sing.
JUDY 20s 30s, Jamaican / Rasta. One of the members of the I Threes. A dreamer, deeply loyal. Must sing.
MICHAEL MANLEY 50s. Jamaican. Prime Minister of Jamaica. Leader of the People’s National Party. Thin, sprite, deeply charismatic man. Affluent, educated, politically adroit, occasionally ruthless. His has the unique ability to be both deeply sincere and yet feed his self-interests.
CINDY BREAKSPEARE/AS CAST 20s 30s Fair skinned Jamaican. Reigning Miss World, a beacon of European Beauty in a Jamaican woman, intelligent, sexy. She knows that her beauty is a currency, but just underneath is a dynamic, warm, intellect that makes her irresistible. She understands and matches the passion, dreams, and goals of Bob’s heart.
DIANE/AS CAST 30s. Jamaican/ Rasta. Bob’s Lawyer. Brilliant, funny, loyal. She has Bob’s best interest at heart, a woman with a backbone successful in a man’s world.
CHRIS BLACKWELL/AS CAST 40s. White Jamaican Born / British Record Executive. He is understands instinctively what and who Bob can be in the music industry and gently pushes him towards open markets. He is clever, passionate.
FAMILY MAN/AS CAST 30s / 40s. Jamaican / Rasta. A band member. Stays with Bob through the exile.
SKILL COLE/AS CAST 30s / 40s. Jamaican / Rasta. Professional footballer. Bob’s best friend and another iconic Jamaican figure. Deeply spiritual, he immigrates to Ethiopia to be closer to the motherland. He is Bob’s confidant in his most vulnerable moments.
CLAUDIE MASSOP/AS CAST 30s – 50s. Jamaican. Charming, dangerous, lead enforcer for Seaga and the JLP. He is a friend to Bob in as much as a political Don can be a friend. He cares for the music and his people to the extent that it does not cause him or his employer any inconvenience.
TEK LIFE/AS CAST 30s – 50s. Jamaican. Muscle man, second in command in the JLP’s enforcer guard. His buttons are pushed easily, a trigger hair temper, sense of humor and is a stone cold killer.
TONY WELSH/AS CAST 30s – 50s. Jamaican. Rational, dangerous, intimidating, lead enforcer for Manley and the JNP.
STEVIE WONDER/AS CAST 20s / 30s Musical genius. Must sing, Should be able to deliver believable American, British, and Jamaican accent.
DON LETTS/AS CAST 20s Jamaican, loving life in the Great Britain. He is a wildly different from the other Rasta’s in his forward youthful energy and embracing of punk culture. Warm, funny, connected to the pulse of contemporary music scene.
ENSEMBLE 20s – 40s M/ F Jamaican / Rasta actors. Must be able to switch seamlessly between British & Jamaican dialects.