King Hedley II Auditions

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King Hedley II

by August Wilson

OPENING RUN: The Historic Douglass Theatre, 355 Martin Luther King Blvd. Macon, GA 31201



Play Synopsis:

Pittsburgh, the Hill District. Often thought of as the most tragic of Wilson’s plays, King Hedley II is the ninth play in August Wilson’s Pittsburgh Cycle. The play follows King, an ex-con who is desperately trying to make $10,000 to open a video store by stealing stolen refrigerators. We also meet his mother Ruby, his wife, Tonya, his best friend, Mister, his next door neighbor, Stool-Pigeon, and Ruby’s ex-lover, Elmore.  The play takes place in the 1980s, a time of excessive violence amongst and against African-Americans. Touching many of the same themes that Wilson brings up in his other plays, King Hedley II explores what happens when black men feel worthless and black women feel forgotten. King spends a lot of the play scraping at the dirt, trying to plant seeds where nothing can grow: this becomes the perfect metaphor for his life as well as the general African-American experience of the time.


SETTING: Pittsburgh, the Hill District

TIME: 1985

CHARACTERS: 2 Women / 4 Men

AUDITION DATE: December 12, 2017 @ 6:30PM,  Location: (Upon registration, location details will be sent to you). 

  1. KING (KING HEDLEY II) – Has a vicious scar running down the left side of his face. Spent seven years in prison. Strives to live by his own moral code. (Age: Thirties)
  2. RUBY – King’s mother, former big band singer who recently moved back to Pittsburgh. (Age: Sixties)
  3. MISTER – King’s best friend since grade school and sometimes business partner. (Age: Thirties)
  4. ELMORE – Ruby’s longtime, but sporadic flame. A professional hustler. (Age: Sixties) 
  5. TONYA – King’s wife of a few years. (Age: Thirties)
  6. STOOL PIGEON – King’s next-door neighbor. The Hill’s spiritual and practical truthsayer. (Age: Late sixties)

Tentative Production Schedule:  

Auditions: December 12, 2017 @ 6:30PM

CallBacks: December 19, 2017 and December 21, 2017 @ 6:30PM



*THIS IS A COLD READING AUDITION: You will perform lines/scenes from a script that we provide. You will be given 5 minutes to look over the material before being called to the rehearsal room. After your audition, please wait in the waiting room. You may be requested for a Call Back after your audition. 

(SELECTED INDIVIDUALS) – CALL BACKS:  DECEMBER 19 and 21, 2017 AT 6:30PM. LOCATION: (Upon registration, location details will be sent to you).   (PLEASE CLEAR YOUR SCHEDULE IN CASE YOU ARE SELECTED FOR CALLBACKS) 


1. Rehearsal Starts on/and the week of Monday January 8, 2018 @ 6:00PM – 9:00PM

Regular Rehearsal Schedule: (Location: Macon, GA) 

1. Tuesdays: 6:00PM – 9:00PM

2. Thursday: 6:00PM – 9:00PM

3. Saturdays: 1:00PM- 5:00PM



Director: Thelron Pleas

Stage Manager: Christopher Graddick

Asst. Stage Manager (Props):

Asst. Stage Manager II: – (Costumes): TBD

Scenic Designer: TBD

Lighting Designer: TBD

Technical Director: Butch McCrary

Musical Director: Issac Gibson

Production Coordinator I: Bridgitte Jones

Publicity Coordinator: Dr. Thelma Dillard

Season Graphic Designer: Christopher Marcs Designs,