The auditions will be held Saturday, Nov. 11 at 10 a.m. and Sunday, Nov. 12 at 2 p.m. at the KZMU Studios, located at 1734 Rocky Road in Moab. There are seven singing roles for women. Come prepared to sing a cappella or with your own accompaniment. You will also be asked to read a scene. Rehearsals will take place in January and February, with a reading before the end of the year.
“Beautiful Radiant Things” tells the story of the anarchist Emma Goldman’s 50th birthday in prison, where she served time for speaking out against the draft during World War I. Other characters include the socialist Kate Richards O’Hare, also imprisoned for anti-conscription activities, along with women accused of murder, drug dealing, prostitution, counterfeiting and theft.
Written by KZMU General Manager Marty Durlin, the play is based on historical figures and real events. Set in the Missouri State Penitentiary for Women in 1919, “Beautiful Radiant Things” deals with serious issues. According to Durlin, the play has frequent moments of humor and absurdity.
Emma Goldman was born in Lithuania in 1869 and came to the United States at the age of 16 and became an anarchist when she moved to New York City at 20. The play’s title comes from an Emma Goldman quote: “I want freedom, the right to self-expression, everybody’s right to beautiful, radiant things.” Goldman is also credited with saying; “I don’t want to be in your revolution if I can’t dance.” Goldman was deported in 1920 after her release from prison. She died in Canada in 1940.
For more information, contact Durlin at KZMU by calling 435-259-8824.