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AUDITIONS

WRITTEN BY Bruce Graham
DIRECTED BY Malinda L. Beckham

SEASON 7 | 2022–2023

Tuesday, Aug. 23 & Wednesday Aug. 24, from 7–10pm

CALLBACKS ARE INVITATION ONLY ON THURSDAY, AUG. 25, 7–10PM

Illiterate yet affable, Bobby Reyburn loves to do impressions and watch soap operas. He’s also a member of the Aryan nation sitting on death row, convicted of an unimaginable hate crime. John Brennan is an articulate, well-educated convict and editor of the prison newspaper, The Death Row Advocate. Following executions, John publishes obituaries that tell the stories of the executed but never mentions the crimes committed. John's writing draws national attention and the interest of a journalist who wants to do a story about him. As each awaits his final fate under the watchful eye of their female guard, they confront, comfort, and change each other. Inspired by the story of a real-life Texas death row inmate, Coyote on a Fence explores the questions: Can one be redeemed in the final hours of life? Is everyone redeemable even if they aren’t seeking redemption?

 

Characters (3M/1F)

All roles are available

John Brennan – (M/40s-50s/White) - A middle-aged and well-educated prisoner who feels a sense of denial about his own crime. John edits the “Death Row Advocate” from his prison cell and is a staunch opponent of the death penalty.  His obituaries written for his fellow executed inmates focuses on their dignity and not their crimes.  Based on a real-life inmate in Texas.

Bobby Reyburn (M/20s-30s/White) – An affable character who likes to do impressions. Bobby is a developmentally challenged prisoner who has suffered unspeakable abuse. However, his own crime is the most unspeakable.

Shawna DuChamps – (F/30s-50s/Any race) A prison guard who feels guilt over the deaths of the prisoners and whose own narrative drives the play and keeps the prisoners in check.

Samuel "Sam" Fried – (M/30s-50s/White) A writer for The New York Times who interviews John and informs the story with “outside” information about the inmates

The Story

Auditions are by appointment.

Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script.

Coyote on a Fence runs Oct. 21 through Nov. 5 at MATCH - Midtown Arts & Theater Center Houston. Stipends will be provided to all cast members. Note: conflicts cannot be accepted after October 15.

Auditions are Tuesday, Aug. 23 and Wednesday, Aug. 24, from 7-10pm at Beckham Insurance Agency, 15455 Memorial Dr Ste 600, Houston, TX 77079. Please send a text to 713-299-8404 when you arrive and wait in your vehicle. A member of our staff will come get you.

Rehearsal for Coyote on a Fence will begin on or about Sept. 6. The actual schedule will be determined once casting is complete, but will most likely be 4-5 evenings a week at Beckham Insurance Agency's office.

Auditions are by appointment only. To register for an audition slot, select an available time slot and provide the required contact information.

After registration, a confirmation email will be sent. Please fill out the online audition form and upload a current headshot and resume.

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“...one of the most beautifully performed operatic shows you will see this year on any stage in Houston.”

Photos by Gary Griffin

The Reviews

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“Superbly directed by Malinda L. Beckham who imaginatively keeps the tension ratcheted at ten, she has assembled a superlative team who overlay Rain with a most attractive film noir gloss.”

“This is how you electrify an audience with barely any set, a pair of brave actors, a musical genius, whipsmart lighting, and a deft directorial hand from the company's leading lady.”

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The Reaction

“...a stunning two man performance that left us reeling.”

“Just go. You won’t see a better play in Houston this year.”

“...an amazing, emotionally gripping experience.”

A Steady Rain Team

CAST

CREATIVE TEAM

Hescher

Original Score

Malinda L. Beckham

Director, Scenic & Costume Design

John Baker

Lighting Design

Gary Griffin

Photographer

CREW

Barbara Alicea-Aponte

Production Stage Manager

Trevor B. Cone

Joey

Kevin Daugherty

Denny

Jon Harvey

Sound Design

Mark Lewis

Production Manager