Thursday, July 6, 2017

The Role You’re Meant For – The Cruel World of Typecasting

By Elisabeth McGowan

        Calling all actors – do you feel like you’ve been type-cast…again? The sweet and soft-spoken love interest of the strong knight? The aggressive familiar to the Hulk? The shrill-sounding, snobby, upper class husband/wife? The damsel in distress? A role that seems externally similar to another – it’s exhausting, and can definitely get boring. But hey, don’t take it personally. In a sense, not only do actors face typecasting a lot, but basically everyone else in the world does too, in another way. 

         Have you been outside of the country? Let’s say anywhere in Europe – Italy specifically. Let’s say you and your group that you went with are all from New York, with or without the several types of the distinct “accent” New Yorkers may have. Let’s say you all walk into a coffee shop to try some genuine Italian espresso, and the cashier asks where you’re all from – and once you reply, they answer “Oh yeah, that makes sense.” You know what they were thinking? “Ugh, loud Americans.” That memory will never escape me… 

      Americans. We mean well, but think about it – we’re typically thought of as the loud, rambunctious, and cheeseburger-eating culture. That is precisely how we are typecast. But it’s all good – cultures typecast each other. It’s become a commonality. We use each other for certain characters in film and theatre. Nothing personal. But, it happens a lot. 

      Playwright, Adam Delia, depicts this entire element of typecasting in his romantically-complex and educational play, Type Cast. Following student Lana and her T.A. Varrick in the midst of “the morning after,” Delia of the Five Flights Theater Company dabs at the idea of typecasting as these two actors-in-training discuss several things – from Varrick’s lost phone, to their aspirations in school, and to hints at each other’s ethnic and cultural backgrounds, Lana and Varrick maintain an energetic buoyancy in their entire conversation throughout this production. 

      Would you like to see what happens between these two? Will they be able to move past their presumed roles as actors? But more importantly…will they ever find Varrick’s phone in Lana’s small Brooklyn apartment? 

      Comment below and come to the Riant Theater’s Strawberry One-Act Festival July 13th, 16th, 22nd, and the 25th at the Theater at St. Clement’s, 423 West 46th Street, New York.

TYPE CAST By Adam Delia
It’s bad enough to be type cast or stereo typed in everyday life, but after waking up together, Lana and Varrick find out they are guilty of type casting each other.

Thursday, July 13th at 9pm
Sunday, July 16th at 7pm
Saturday, July 22nd at 9pm
Tuesday, July 25th at 7pm

Tickets: $25 Online, $27 at the Box Office
Premium Seats: $30 Online, $35 at the Box Office

At the Theatre at St. Clement's
423 West 46th Street, NYC
Between 9th & 10th Avenue 

For tickets, click here

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