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Auditions for “Pugilist Specialist” by Adriano Shaplin

October 25, 2009

Headless Sullivan Theater is recruiting for it’s January play, “Pugilist Specialist” by Adriano Shaplin.

The play is about four special operations soldiers on a mission of assassination, at least, that’s the set-up. There’s a lot going on in the play and what we love about it is that it’s funny, dark and very complex…it has the spirit of Catch 22 with the aesthetics of Beckett. Shaplin’s rich script provokes us to think about our relationship to our enemies, and the changing significance of war itself. Pugilist Specialist is firmly planted in the gray world we really live in; there are no easy answers or clearly-defined blacks and whites.

Adriano Shaplin wrote the play for the Riot Group, a peripatetic ensemble of theater artists that has performed in the US and Europe to some very high acclaim. Pugilist Specialist was awarded the Scotsman First of the Firsts Award and the Herald Angel award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2004.  Joyce McMillan, reviewing the Fringe production for the Scotsman, called Pugilist Specialist “a show that spares itself the effort of dumbing down or sexing up, and simply cuts straight to the dark, complex and often bitterly comic heart of the new global politics that is shaping our future, whether we like it or not.” Rachel Halliburton, writing in the Standard, said:  “The Riot Group deploys irony like a weapon of mass destruction, ripping with ease through the sentimentality and carefully constructed illusions inherent in political language.” For more on the Riot Group and their production of Pugilist Specialist, visit their site.

There are roles for three men, two between 19-35 and one up to 55,  and one woman, age 19-40.

The play will show over several weekends in mid/late January – early February. Rehearsals will work around the holiday season this fall and after New Year through opening.

Gabriela Mrvova will be directing. Gabriela is from Slovakia and is one of the founding members of Headless Sullivan Theater. She did double-duty in the Spring, starring in “The Lesson” and directing “Out at Sea” during HST’s inaugural production Two Absurdities.

Auditions are this Sunday, October 25th at 7:30pm and Monday, October 26th at 7:30pm, both nights at Headless Sullivan’s storefront theater space, 427/429 Exchange Street. Come to either night. You don’t need to prepare anything in advance. Please bring your date planners too since we’ll need to know about availability on the audition forms.

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  1. November 20, 2009 4:04 pm

    A request to join your mailing list. And I am interested in getting involved @ The Headless Theater. Let me know.
    Thanks – John Lawrence – Hobart College ’12

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