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Oct. 18, 2011

Actors sought for staged reading of script adapted from Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man

Union and nonunion actors are being sought for a staged reading of a new adaptation of Ralph Ellison's seminal novel, Invisible Man.

Ellison's novel won the National Book Award in 1953. Oren Jacoby has adapted the novel for the stage, and director Christopher McElroen is preparing for the world premiere of the play, set for early 2012 in Chicago, with an extended residency at the University of Iowa.

Auditions will take place at 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 7, in Shambaugh Auditorium, located in the UI Main Library. The reading will be performed at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, in Shambaugh Auditorium.

Those who are cast must be able to attend the majority of rehearsals. Rehearsal dates and times are:

--Nov. 28, 1-6 p.m.
--Nov. 30, 11-3:30 p.m.
--Dec. 1, 3-8 p.m.
--Dec. 2, 11-4 p.m.
--Dec. 3, 4-7 p.m., with public reading to begin at 7 p.m.

McElroen is seeking three African-American males ranging in age from mid-20s to late-50s; two Caucasian males ranging in age from mid-20s to mid-50s; two African American females ranging in age from mid-20s to mid-40s; and one Caucasian female ranging in age from mid-20s to mid-30s.

Actors are asked to prepare a two-minute monologue of their choosing. An honorarium of $100 will be paid to each cast member.

The staged reading is the centerpiece for a series of UI events that explore the impact of Ellison's work, the African American experience at the university, and the intersection of the arts and academics. The university's Hancher performing arts program is sponsoring the initiative with campus and community partners.

Those with questions may contact Chuck Swanson, Hancher executive director, at 319-335-1133. Anyone interested in auditioning should email Swanson at confirming that they will attend the audition.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACTS: Rob Cline, Hancher, 319-335-3827,; Steve Parrott, University News Services, 319-384-0037,