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Auditions coming this week for ‘The Kentucky Cycle’

Bainbridge Performing Arts has announced two audition dates for Robert Schenkkan’s Pulitzer Prize-winning epic in two parts, “The Kentucky Cycle.”

Auditions are 6:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17 and Wednesday, Sept. 18 at BPA.

BPA is seeking an ensemble of 25 to 30 actors of all ages and ethnicities to play more than 100 characters, many being successive generations of the same family spanning 200 years.

A complete listing of characters is available online at

“The Kentucky Cycle” opens next March and will be directed by Kate Carruthers. The saga follows three families in eastern Kentucky through two centuries of American history from 1775 to 1975, and contains nine acts which are divided into two full-length plays and performed in rotation.

Auditions are by appointment only, and interested parties can email to make an appointment.

Those auditioning are required to prepare a 1- to 2-minute monologue. Participants are requested to bring a headshot or a current picture to the audition.

BPA said that because of its complete length of six hours, the fact that the two plays will open back-to-back, and the demands of the script (several dialects, extensive stage combat, the 200-year time span of the action, and character work), a rigorous rehearsal schedule is planned. The rehearsal period will begin in mid-October and rehearsals are two days per week (Tuesday and Thursday evenings) until Dec. 19. After the holiday break, on Jan. 9, rehearsals will resume again at four days per week.

Run dates are March 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23, 28, 29 and 30, plus two Pay-What-You-Can Previews March 12-13.

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