2022 Season of Party

SATE announces 2022 Season of Party and Auditions for the Aphra Behn Festival.

SATE looks forward to a return to live, in-person productions in 2022, the Season of Party, with all world-premiere, original plays, including the Sixth Annual Aphra Behn Festival and Brontë Sister House Party by Courtney Bailey.

To kick off the 2022 Season of Party, SATE will present its sixth annual Aphra Behn Festival, April 29-May 1, 2022 at 8:00 PM (CST) at Centene Center for the Arts in midtown St. Louis. Established in 2017, the Aphra Behn Festival’s goal is to give women interested in directing and writing for theatre an opportunity to get more experience, experiment, and hone their craft. The Festival is named for the fascinating poet, translator, and spy, Aphra Behn, who is widely considered to be the first English woman to make her living as a playwright.

In 2022, SATE will produce three original plays written and directed by women artists. 

Go Before I Do by Hazel McIntire, directed by LaWanda Jackson
A bar in the nightlife district becomes a portal into others life as drinks are poured and memories made. A daughter lives through the loss of both of her parents in the span of a few short years, which is viewed by her faithful bartender. A view of the world seen by the often unseen, Go Before I Do is a story of growth, exploration, and understanding. 

Repurposed, by Michelle Zielinski, directed by Elizabeth van Pelt
Will a downcast visitor on a dreary day find meaning in strange modern art? And which is stranger, the art or the other people? Reply Hazy, Try Again …

The Super Fun Time Party Palace by Lize Lewy, directed by Rae Davis
The Super Fun Time Party Palace is a look into the banality of parenthood. Frankie and Jessie are first time parents who will try anything to make their 6 year old son’s birthday a success, and in doing so, chaos ensues. 

Festival Stage Manager: Emma Glose
Festival Designers: Bess Moynihan, Liz Henning, Grace Sellers, and students from East Central College.
Festival Graphic Design by Dottie Quick.

SATE’s 2022 Aphra Behn Festival is made possible by funding from the Missouri Arts Council and The Steven Nelson Memorial Playwright’s Fund. 

INTERESTED IN AUDITIONING FOR THE 2022 APHRA BEHN FESTIVAL? CLICK HERE.


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The second show in the 2022 season is Brontë Sister House Party by Courtney Bailey, directed by Keating, running August 10-27, 2022 at The Chapel. Originally commissioned by St. Louis Shakespeare Festival as part of the Confluence Writers Project 2021 cohort, Brontë Sister House Party will receive its world-premiere production by SATE. 

The Brontë sisters of Victorian literary fame (Charlotte, Emily, and Anne) are trapped in a purgatorial time loop where they must throw a fabulous house party every night for eternity. Only when they reach The Point of Celebratory Reverence, the highest point of celebration that a party can achieve, will they be released. An absurd, feminist revisionist tribute to all the women artists who’ve created under pressure and still had it in them to throw a good party. 

AUDITION NOTICE:

SATE will hold non-Equity auditions for the Aphra Behn Festival in an initial video submission round through March 4, 2022 followed by in-person callbacks on March 8, 2022 at Centene Center for the Arts, 3547 Olive Street, 63103. Actors interested in auditioning will find information and sides available here. 

SATE requires that all actors cast must be vaccinated against COVID-19. All artists will be masked throughout rehearsals, and will be covid tested the week of tech in order to perform unmasked. Please read more about SATE’s COVID policies here.

Submit your video, resume, headshot, and proof of vaccination to stl.sate@gmail.com by 11:59 PM on Friday, March 4. Actors who are called back will be notified by email on Monday, March 7 and assigned a time for callback for Tuesday, March 8, sometime between 7 PM and 10 PM. All acting positions are paid $100.

Production dates: April 29-May 1, 2022 (Friday-Sunday) at the Centene Center for Arts.

All performances at 8 PM. Tech will take place between Tuesday, April 26 and Thursday, April 28. Please come prepared with all conflicts starting on April 4, 2022.

SATE is casting the following roles (show and character descriptions provided by playwrights):

GO BEFORE I DO by Hazel McIntire, directed by LaWanda Jackson
A bar in the nightlife district becomes a portal into others life as drinks are poured and memories made. A daughter lives through the loss of both of her parents in the span of a few short years, which is viewed by her faithful bartender. A view of the world seen by the often unseen, Go Before I Do is a story of growth, exploration, and understanding.
BARTENDER: non-gender specific but rather an aesthetic of wisdom and self-confidence. Age is irrelevant; a ton of confidence and wisdom is apparent.
DAUGHTER: Fashionable woman in her mid-30’s building a life in the city; a far cry from her small-town upbringing.
DAD: A hard working, older man who seems a little out of place in the city; aged by sun and hard work. A voice of comfort with lots of soul.  

REPURPOSED, by Michelle Zielinski, directed by Elizabeth Van Pelt
Will a downcast visitor on a dreary day find meaning in strange modern art? And which is stranger, the art or the other people? Reply Hazy, Try Again…
JORDAN, an eager and enthusiastic museum docent/security guard.
DEBBIE, a distracted, melancholy museum visitor.
ESME, an eccentric, effusive, museum member.
**Three adult characters can be played by anyone without regard to gender, race, physical ability or age.

THE SUPER FUN TIME PARTY PALACE by Lize Lewy, directed by Rae Davis
The Super Fun Time Party Palace is a look into the banality of parenthood. Frankie and Jessie are first time parents who will try anything to make their 6 year old son’s birthday a success, and in doing so, chaos ensues.
FRANKIE (late 20’s-early 30’s) a very attentive first-time parent, struggles with anxiety around their performance as a parent. Can be any gender or race.
JESSIE (late 20’s-early 30’s) the “cool” parent, more laid back than Frankie (at times too laid back). Can be any gender or race.
MR. SUPER FUN TIME (17-19 years old)  an awkward and dumb teen boy who probably smells like weed and too much Axe Body Spray. The Soundcloud rapper type. He works as the clown at The Super Fun Time Party Palace. Male, any race.

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