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Square Top Repertory Theatre to hold auditions in Durango tonight

Square Top Repertory Theatre will hold an open audition today, Nov, 12, at 5:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Durango for the spring 2010 premier production of “The Sun is in the West.” by the southern playwright and poet Damon Falke.

STRT seeks one 25- to 40-year-old man for the remaining role in the three-member ensemble. Actors are asked to prepare one 60-90 second dramatic monologue and to bring a current resume and photograph to the audition. Actors will also be asked to read from the script.

Rehearsals for the show begin in January with an anticipated regional tour to run April-early June 2010.

Local theatre artist Felicia Meyer, adjunct instructor at Fort Lewis College’s theatre department, and John O’Hagan, assistant professor of theatre at the University of Wyoming in Laramie, round out the cast for the new production, which will be directed by STRT Producer Charlie Pepiton.

Square Top is excited to present “The Sun is in the West,” by Damon Falke, a contemplative and provocative new play set on the American Gulf Coast after the storm. The show blends old world storytelling, live music, and a superb sense of poetry. It explores stories of the coast and the power of that land from three distinct perspectives. This is the company’s second collaboration with Falke. In 2008, STRT produced the first staged reading of his play “Canaan.”

Damon Falke is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and St. John’s College in Santa Fe, N.M. Damon resides in Marshall, Texas. His poetry and prose have been widely published in such publications as The Chattahoochee Review, Ruminate, Wisteria, and The Canyon Country Zephyr among many others. Most recently, his poetry was featured in the journal Louisiana Literature.

At the core of STRT’s mission is a strong dedication to creating new and enduring performances for the live stage. Each year, the company stages a world premier production. In 2007, Shane Fuller’s “$100 Gummi Bears” provoked audiences with a touching coming-of-age story. In 2008, the STRT original adaptation of Cervantes’ “Don Quixote” had audiences roaring with laughter as the world of the knight errant met the modern office cubicle. Last spring, regional audiences dove into the development process with the 2009 New Works Festival where playwrights from all across the country came to Pagosa Springs to present their new plays.

Actors interested in auditioning for “The Sun is in the West” are urged to call STRT Producer Charlie Pepiton at (940) 782-6586 for details about the audition and to read excerpts from the script. St. Mark’s Episcopal Church is located at 910 E. Third Ave. in Durango.