Where do they come from? Auditions for Marq as Unread

As I begin casting my workshop of my all male version of Les Liaisons Dangereuses; Marq as Unread.  I have to think about the inspiration that made it happen.  Where did it come from? Where do these inspirations come from?

The first one happened on the week of Christmas 2008.  A friend of a friend called me from a Foreign Land, where  he was with his family for Christmas.  This person hardly knew me at the time, but they had just fallen in love with a friend of mine.

But my friend had a secret.  I never thought that my friend would keep this secret from a lover.  And that he would not tell them until after the fact was crushing.  I have to say I never looked at this friend in the same way again.

That holiday season, I was actually reading the novel Les Liaisons Dangereuses (as I often do) and it stuck with me.  That sense of betrayal that is in the novel colored my experience of that phone call.  How is it that people can whether through fear or pre-knowledge play with people’s sense of security.  How can sex be used as a weapon?

The idea came then, but didn’t manifest itself until I was throwing ideas back and forth with Andrew Glaszek, an actor i know, and he said… “wow,that sounds intriguing.”

I began to work the play.

At that time, I found out about another person, this person was in a long time relationship.  One day I get a phone call from this person, and he asked me some questions about computers, through some prodding and questioning; I gathered that this person’s long time partner had been answering craigslists ads for sex.  Again, fear or just the ability to get away with it… still the same sense of Betrayal.

I was working on the play at the time, and all of this went right into the play.  These two stories are actually central to Marq as Unread, while a faithful adaptation of the novel, I was surprised how so much of .  One, it is a technological heavy play, it has about forty eight projections, and explores our need to make human contact sexually through technology.  And also how technology makes it easy to betray those you make promises to.   And the other is about the sense of darkness and shame that some gay men have about their sexuality.

It deals with sexual anorexia, sexual addiction, sexual self-hatred, disconnection and love, but it’s also very funny.  Well, until the end, the end not so much with the funny.

As I transition hats towards direction.  I am looking forward to exploring all these issues with my future cast.

Speaking of which.  I am accepting headshots for the workshop of the play, which will be in April.

So if you’re an actor in New York, and will be in New York  through the summer.  Submit your headshot.  It will be an exciting project to work on.  And I am sure an unforgettable experience for the audiences that will see it.

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Award Winning Playwright
Montserrat Mendez

“A Comic Masterwork!”
Backstage
Thoroughly Stupid Things

“Stunning! The most lavish production I’ve
seen at Manhattan Theatre Source”
NyTheatre.com
Billy Carver and the Children in Mind.

is casting a Workshop
of his new play

Marq as Unread

The story has been told before, but never quite in this way.

Choderlos de Laclos classic Les liaisons Dangereuses;
a timeless novel of love, revenge and betrayal has been adapted by
every generation.

and now it will come to New York in a completely different way.

Set in the present summer, and taking place between  Provincetown and
The Pines in Fire Island.  It’s the story of…

Marq Mertuil – a well to do gay attorney looking for a delicious summer of revenge
and his ex-lover Victor Valmont; a party boy who at thirty feels something that has eluded him all his life…
LOVE.

The most dangerous muscle is the heart
and these hearts hold deep secrets
And what begins as a game leads to the most Dangerous Liasons yet.

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Auditions will be scheduled at a later date for.
a workshop in APRIL and will be by appointment.

You can send headshots until This friday, March  18th, 2011.

As always, I like to work with a cast from workshop
through production.  So it’s a very involved but
ultimately rewarding process.

and, just so you know, once in Production.THERE WILL BE NUDITY.
and there will be Men making out with Men.
I mean, all over the place.  So don’t submit if you’re skittish. or
homophobic in ANY WAY.

2 roles require the knowledge of Piano or Guitar.  Preference would
be given to those who can play either, really, really well.

To submit, send your digital headshot and resume to
Me at  Mendez@amzcreative.com
CLEARLY STATE WHICH ROLE YOU ARE SUBMITTING FOR.

CAST IS A FOLLOWS:  (in order of most nude scenes!)

Victor Valmont:
30’s, Devishly Handsome, very rich and
spends an obscene amount of time at the gym.

“I know he loves me.  But all I have is proof of his strength to resist me. “

Marq Marteuil:
30’s, Rich young attorney, very ambitious and driven.  Very well put together
and distant, He is completely respected by his friends and all who know him. He also
has an innocent charm that belies his true personality.  Still Waters run deep after all.

“Gay men are never that secure in themselves, the minute you say you like them, they’ll think something is wrong with them.”

Adam Tourvel:
30’s,  Very handsome and very sweet. Adam is a recovering
alcoholic and drug addict.  So he has given up the lifestyle and is an extremely committed
relationship. That is until Victor comes along.

“People think that love leads to happiness.  I can tell you that it does not.  It’s very peaceful not to feel those feelings.”

Cy Volange:
Must look 15 years old.   Innocent EMO type.
15 year old music prodigy (must play GUITAR and or PIANO) I know, I’m so demanding.
has come to spend the summer in New York with his
brother Madison, an attorney in Marq’s firm.  He’s completey naive and innocent
but Marq sees him as completely corruptable.

“My brother tells me that it is wrong for two men to fall in love.  But why?  It’s New York, almost every man is in love with another.”


Emilio:
20’s, Victor’s best friend, Emmy is a Tony Award Winning Musical Theatre Actor
and loves to have fun, he’s extremely flamboyant or as Marq puts it,

“He is one chop and an estrogen syringe away from being a woman.”

Madison Volange:
35-45,Straight, attorney at Marq’s firm, and Marq considers him his enemy, uses his
good looks to land gay clients, as he considers their expendable income something
he should get his hands on.  His little brother Cy has been found out to be gay
and has been sent to spend the summer with Madison so he can be brotherly to him, a job
he leaves to Marq.“Victor never takes an action without carefully plotting the damage
he will cause.  There is no one he’s ever encountered that hasn’t had a reason to regret it.”

Rosemonde:
40’s – 50’s,  Ex-drag queen, now dying of lung cancer after years of smoking.
He was and is Adam’s sponsor. A very good man, who still wants to smoke more than anything.

“Those who are worthy of love are rarely made happy by it.”
Charlie Danceny:
23, intern at Marq and Madison’s law firm.  He’s an ex-juilliard graduate, now
in law school.   MUST PLAY THE GUITAR and or the PIANO, as he will be
playing two songs and the music through transitions.  Falls for the very young Cy.

“To tell you the truth, I was kind of consumed with hopeless worry.  I don’t know what’s wrong with me. He’s a kid.”

As I am Puerto Rican, MINORITIES are so encouraged to send in their headshots!!!!
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One Response to “Where do they come from? Auditions for Marq as Unread”

  1. Just had to say, I’m LOVING this idea. 😉

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