FABUM will hold two auditions for its upcoming 10-minute play festival on Thursday, October 13th and Tuesday, October 25th, both from 3:00-9:00pm at the Arts Club of Washington located at 2017 I (Eye) Street NW, DC. 

Auditions will be on a walk-in basis, with potential for assigned callback slots on Oct. 25th. Performers who require a specific time window can email astrongwoman@fabum.org. 

All performers must provide headshot & resume in person or in advance by emailing them to astrongwoman@fabum.org.

Monologue optional; FABUM will provide sides to read. Non-Equity.
FEMALE ROLES*
Age
20's-30's
mid-late 40's
40's
18
late 60's
mid-late 60's
mid-late 60's
50's
50's
early-mid 20's
early-mid 20's
early-mid 20's
early-mid 20's
Descriptor
nurse
refugee
ghost
high school senior
retiree
retiree
retiree
retiree, model
painter
WWII pilot
WWII pilot
WWII pilot, fmr dancer
WWII pilot
Ethnicity
any
Nuer South Sudanese
Nuer South Sudanese
any, "American"
any
any
any
any
any
any
any
any
Chinese-American
MALE ROLES*
Age
early 20's
30's-40's
50's
50's
Descriptor
sailor, returning WWII veteran
photographer
attorney
art critic
Ethnicity
any
any
any
any
*Performers of all identities and expression are encouraged to audition. 
 
 
FABUM will premiere five 10-minute plays in a one-night festival at the historic Arts Club of Washington on the evening of Friday, December 9th. Preview and open rehearsals to be announced soon. 

The festival explores the notion of 'a strong woman', and how that is interpreted by playwrights from all over the country, from every walk of life. Of the well-over 100 (123 to be exact - great number, yes?) plays received between July 15th and August 31st, these are the finalists that FABUM will premiere later this Fall:


The Kiss by George Sapio
On Victory in Japan Day, 1945, Glenn, a sailor returning from WWII, grabs Edith, a nurse, and kisses her. Edith protests then argues with Eisenstadt (the photographer who captured the image) and Glenn about the propriety of Glenn's action and about what makes art. Edith challenges Eisenstadt to take a second picture and reverses the positions of herself and Glenn.   



Stories of a Nuer Refugee, or Raven Hansen's Totally Epic Senior Project by Morgan Trant Kinnally

Raven, a senior in high school, interviews Mary, a Sudanese refugee. As Raven asks probing questions about her past and talks frivolously about her relationship with her mother, Mary hides the strife her mother Nyamal went through during the war. Ghost Nyamal encourages Mary to share what she overcame to be where she is today. 


Eat Your Candy by Patti Veconi
Three retirees, Janet, Nora, and Carol, test the freedom of being "innocent little old ladies" by stealing candy and encouraging each other to do what they want to do with their lives. 
 

The Nude by W.L. Newkirk
Lisa's nude portrait of her friend Claire goes on exhibition. Lisa's nervous about her career and Claire's having some serious body issues. Claire mistakes passerby Brian for an art critic and is pleased when he compliments her and the painting. The real critic Jeffrey shows up, pans the painting, and offers a better review in exchange for sex... 


W.A.S.P.s by Zanne Hall
Based on true historical events, Sunny, Frankie, Maggie and Ziggie are Women Airforce Service Pilots during WWII. They swap stories in the mess hall about the discrimination they've faced, how they've adapted and adjusted Army regulations to suit women, and how even in the shadows, their achievements as aviators overshadowed the men around them. 

 
 
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Margot Manburg is a dramaturg and director dedicated to new works and Theatre for Young Audiences. A California native, Margot relocated to Washington, D.C .last year. Fittingly, Washington D.C. is where she got her start in new works. In 2011, she was named the National Runner-Up in Dramaturgy at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival and received a fellowship as one of six inaugural dramaturgy fellows at the Kennedy Center’s first annual New Play Dramaturgy Intensive. From there, she developed her skills during back-to-back internships in the literary departments of Marin Theatre Company in Mill Valley, California and Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia. 

After her internships, Margot freelanced across the San Francisco Bay Area. Favorite Bay Area credits include assistant-directing the world premiere of Lauren Gunderson’s I and You (Marin Theatre Company), directing the world premiere of Matthew Crawley’s The Mice Will Play (Left Coast Theatre Company), and dramaturging the world premiere adaptation of Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee, the Musical (Bay Area Children’s Theatre). Her production of David Lindsay-Abaire’s Rabbit Hole (Benicia Old Town Theatre Group) won her the 2013 Solano County Arty awards for Best Direction of an Adult Drama and Outstanding Dramatic Production. Residential positions include her tenure as the Literary Manager at Playwrights Foundation for the 2013-2014 season, during which she led the 37th annual Bay Area Playwrights Festival selection committee, and as Resident Dramaturg for Alter Theater’s 2015 Playwrights Lab.

Committed to making theatre arts accessible for all ages, Margot has adjudicated the San Francisco Unified School District Performing Arts Competition, dramaturged two school tour productions for Bay Area Children’s Theatre, and taught an introduction to playwriting class for middle school-aged students at Berkeley Repertory Theatre. She has facilitated audience talkbacks for audiences of all ages, including student and senior matinees. In ongoing dedication to new plays, Margot has served as a volunteer script reader for the Magic Theatre, Marin Theatre Company, and the New Harmony Project, and currently serves as a volunteer script reader for the DMV’s own Source Festival, WSC Avant Bard, and various Kennedy Center playwriting awards.

Since moving to D.C., Margot has had the honor of reviewing for the 2015 Capitol Fringe Festival, directing Georgette Kelly’s Ballast for the 2016 Source Festival, dramaturging James Still’s Miranda for WSC Avant Bard, and dramaturging Dayna Smith’s The Weathergirl at the Kennedy Center’s first annual  Undergraduate Playwrights’ Workshop. Margot holds a B.A. in Anthropology, Theatre Arts minor from Sonoma State University. 

 
 
Between June 15th and July 31st, when the submission window closed, we received well over 100 scripts from playwrights all around the country. FABUM will produce 5 plays this December for our "A Strong Woman: 1Night/5Plays" festival, which will be announced in the coming weeks. Currently, we are pleased to announce 20 semi-finalists whose dynamic scripts made the first cut! They are:


ANGELA'S RESTAURANT BY CHIP BOLCIK 
Angela is about to close and discontinue her Italian restaurant when Amelia arrives, in search of a good meal and a taste of home. 

BANTER BY BARRY EITEL 
In the 1920's, burgeoning writer Pearl, moves towards acclaim ahead of her male colleagues. 

CUSTOMER SERVICE BY PHILIP W. HALL 
When George calls customer support about his TV package, Suzanne gives him more of a reality check than support. 

EAT YOUR CANDY BY PATTI VECONI 
Three retirees, Janet, Nora, and Carol, test the freedom of being "innocent little old ladies" by stealing candy and encouraging each other to do what they want to do with their lives. 

EGYPTIAN SONG BY JAMES CHRISTY, JR. 
Zahia navigates between traditions and radical change as she comes of age in Egypt during its battle for independence from British colonialism.. 

F4 BY ELIN HAMPTON 
In the aftermath of a devastating tornado, Wallis, an eager first time EMT, finds Crisco trapped in the rubble of his house. Can her skills save him and redeem herself? 

GRAM SCAMS BY CARY PEPPER 
A young man tries to scam Grandma into giving him an exorbitant amount of money but her senility sends him in circles. 

JIGSAW CACTUS BY CAITLIN TURNAGE 
After searching across the country for her mother, Cherry crashes her father's house to force him to talk about her estranged mother. Paul wants to Cherry to be just like her mother but Cherry wants to be everything her mother wasn't. 

LITTLE OLD LADY FROM TALAFOFO BY TONY PASQUALINI 
Kayana, a one-person town, is courted by presidential candidates for her tie-breaking vote. Will one of the candidates win her vote and the presidency before a rising flood washes them away? 

PEGGY'S PROPERTIES BY MJ HALBERSTADT 
Peggy, a math teacher, encourages her students to explore mathematical equations and gradually starts teaching solutions to real life problems instead. 

SIXTEEN17 BY JASON RAINEY 
On the eve of Dena's seventeenth birthday, Dena and her mother Cass clash over what adulthood and maturity really mean. 

STORIES OF A NUER REFUGEE, OR RAVEN HANSEN'S TOTALLY EPIC SENIOR PROJECT BY MORGAN TRANT KINNALLY 
High school senior Raven interviews Mary, a Sudanese refugee. As Raven asks probing questions about Mary's past, Mary tries to keep the interview superficial to hide the strife her mother Nyamal went through during the Sudanese civil war. 

TELL ME WHAT YOU SEE BY RICHARD MANLEY 
While on a train, Mary, a foremost Emily Dickinson scholar, reveals the truth behind the poetry of a famous, recently deceased poet whose work is worshipped by Elizabeth, a fellow passenger and scholar. 

THE INFAMOUS 2006 KENNY ROGERS / DOLLY PARTON BOOTY CALL BY DANIEL GLENN 
Dolly Parton uses tough love and a little flirtation to remind a drunk and depressed Kenny Rogers of how glamorous their lives are and how hard they worked to get there. 

THE KISS BY GEORGE SAPIO 
On Victory in Japan Day, 1945, veteran Glenn grabs Edith, a nurse, and kisses her while Eisenstadt photographs the iconic moment. Edith protests, and challenges the men about the propriety of their actions and about what makes art. 

THE NUDE BY W.L. NEWKIRK 
When Lisa's nude portrait of her friend Claire goes on exhibition, Lisa worries about her career and Claire worries about the reception of her aging body. As they await the art critic, Claire's confidence soars during a conversation with a passerby who praises more than just her body. 

THE STORY OF OUR LIVES BY MADELEINE BUTLER 
With the help of her daughter Sarah, Alice cleans out her home so she can move across country now that her husband is dead. When Sarah discovers an old photograph of Alice, she learns what Alice gave up to give her a "normal" life. 

THREE GHOSTS OF ELIZABETH BATHORY BY ANNE FLANAGAN 
Mina, a teenager with a report due the next day, is awoken in the middle of the night by the subject of her report: the ghost of Elizabeth Bathory. Elizabeth went down in history as a murderous psychopath and now she wants to set the record straight. 

W.A.S.P.S BY ZANNE HALL 
Sunny, Frankie, Maggie and Ziggie are Women Airforce Service Pilots during WWII. When they overlap in the mess hall, they swap stories about the discrimination they've faced and how they've adapted Army regulations to fit their needs as women pilots. Based on historical events. 

YOURS AND MINE BY GLENN ALTERMAN 
Pamela has felt distant from her husband Sheridan for a few years now. When she learns he's been sneaking around to write a play, she likens the preoccupied time to an extramarital affair and reveals a secret of her own.