February House

February House
Music and Lyrics by Gabriel Kahane
Book by Seth Bockley

Director: Katie Swimm
Music Director: Jeff Kimball
September 27 - October 12, 2024
BCA Black Box Theatre at The Boston Center for the Arts

February House
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Audition Dates:

  • Sunday, June 2nd from 6-10:00pm
  • Tuesday, June 4th from 6-10:00pm
  • Callbacks: Sunday, June 9th from 10:00am-2:00pm
  • All auditions and callbacks will be held at Hovey Players, 9 Spring Street, Waltham, MA 02451.

    The Treehouse Collective strongly prefers in-person auditions and callbacks. We will accept video submissions in lieu of in-person auditions for those who cannot attend due to a conflict. Callbacks, however, must be attended in-person. If an actor who we wish to call back cannot attend on June 9th, we will make all reasonable efforts to schedule an alternative. Thank you for understanding.

    Actors will be seen in five minute appointments. Please sign up for a time slot using the link below. Actors will be sent further instructions with sides (both spoken and sung) to prepare two weeks prior to the audition. The sides do NOT need to be memorized, but actors are encouraged to be very familiar with the material. A copy of the script will be sent with the sides, as well as music tracks. Actors who wish to submit a video audition should email contact@treehousecollective.us for additional instructions as well as sides.

    Please email The Treehouse Collective to request a copy of the script or with any additional questions: contact@treehousecollective.us

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    Synopsis:

    From 1940 to 1941, George Davis, an editor for Harper’s Bazaar, rented a brownstone in Brooklyn and invited a group of artists to live there as an experiment in communal living that became known as February House. American literary legend Carson McCullers, the modern poet W.H. Auden, British composers Benjamin Britten and Paul Bowles, and the famed stripper Gypsy Rose Lee all created and struggled in the house. The musical explores what it means to choose your family and create in community. Give a listen to the cast recording on Spotify here!

    Character Descriptions:

    The Treehouse Collective is committed to cultivating a diverse and inclusive community: on our stage, through our creative and technical teams, and in our audiences.

    We have noted the pronouns used in the script to refer to characters in the play. While many of these roles are written on the gender binary (he/she), we invite and encourage gender non-conforming, genderqueer, transgender, and non-binary actors to submit for the roles they most identify with.

    The characters in February House are based on their real-life counterparts. At the time the artists lived together in Brooklyn, they ranged in age from 23-34. Treehouse will consider folks of any age who can embody the spirit of these artist-intellectuals.

    Roles:

    • George Davis - a radiant New York Personality. (he/him)
    • Carson McCullers - a precocious Southern novelist. (she/hers)
    • Wystan Hugh (W.H.) Auden - British, a poet. Schoolmasterly. (he/him)
    • Chester Kallman - Jewish-American student from Brooklyn, Auden’s lover. (he/him)
    • Benjamin Britten - a British composer and musician. (he/him)
    • Peter Pears - Britten’s partner; a British tenor. (he/him)
    • Reeves McCullers - Carson’s husband. (he/him)
    • Erika Mann - a Jewish intellectual; a refugee and a cabaret artist from Germany. (she/hers)
    • Gypsy Rose Lee - the famed celebrity stripper at the height of her powers. (she/hers)

    Rehearsals and Performances:

    Note: All rehearsals and performances will be held at the BCA Black Box Theatre at the Boston Center for the Arts - 539 Tremont Street, Boston MA

    Rehearsals will begin on Sunday, September 8th, 2024.** The schedule is as follows:
    Sunday -Thursday, September 8-12: 6:00-10:00 pm
    Saturday and Sunday, September 14 and 15, 10:00-6:00 pm
    Monday - Thursday, September 16-19: 6:00-10:00 pm
    Saturday, September 21 - Thursday, September 26: Tech Week
    **Additional rehearsals may be held in August/early September to learn music; this will be based on actor availability.

    Show Dates:

    • OPENING NIGHT: Friday, September 27 - 8:00pm
    • Saturday, September 28 - 8:00pm
    • Sunday, September 29 - 2:00pm
    • Thursday, October 3 - 8:00pm
    • Friday, October 4 - 8:00pm
    • Saturday, October 5 - 8:00pm
    • Sunday, October 6 - 2:00pm
    • Monday, October 7 - 8:00pm (Industry Night)
    • Thursday, October 10 - 8:00pm
    • Friday, October 11 - 8:00pm
    • Saturday, October 12 - 2:00 pm & 8:00pm

    Due to the short nature of the rehearsal and performance period, very few conflicts can be permitted. We recognize that several of our performance dates fall on holidays for members of the Jewish community. We invite anyone interested in auditioning to note these observances as conflicts when submitting their audition form. We will make every effort to honor these conflicts during the casting process.

    Compensation:

    The Treehouse Collective believes that all members of a production team should receive pay for their labor - from the director to the actors to the musicians to the tech team. Our pay equity model aims to acknowledge the different requirements of each role on the production team both onstage and off while sharing collectively in the success of the production. Actor compensation for February House includes a share in ticket sales, estimated for this production at $250.00 Additional details about our pay equity model will be shared upon offer. Please reach out with any questions about compensation.

    The Treehouse Collective cannot provide housing or transportation for this production.