By Maria-Jose Subiria
Experienced and non-experienced actors are needed for a play that highlights serious issues, including the negative effects of domestic abuse.
Auditions for the play entitled, "Determined to Live, Determined to Love," will take place on Jan. 27, and Jan. 28, from 7 p.m., to 10 p.m.; and Jan. 29, from 10 a.m., to 1 p.m. The auditions will be held at New Life Presbyterian Church, 6600 Old National Highway, College Park, said Mark-Anthony Hines, founder and innovative director of KreAtiv Inergy & Associates, a professional image development non-profit corporation.
Auditions for actors who are called back for a second audition, will take place on Jan. 31, at 7 p.m., at the church, Hines said.
There are 17 roles overall, for children, teenagers and adults, from ages 7, to 97, the playwright said.
There is no acting experience necessary for the auditions, Hines said. Actors do not need to bring headshots and resumes, but should be prepared for cold readings, he advised.
"One of my gifts is to work with raw talent," said Hines.
He said he is also in search of backstage assistance, including make-up artists, hair stylists and stage hands.
Hines said "Determined to Live, Determined to Love," is a three-act, two-hour dramatic play about a woman named Loretta, and her determination to end a domestic abuse cycle, which affected her for more than 40 years. The abuse was passed down from generation to generation in Loretta's family.
Loretta experienced different types of domestic abuse, including physical, verbal and sexual abuse.
"It [play] starts in the present, and go backs 40 years, when she [Loretta] was 7 years old," said Hines.
The play will also address race discrimination, past and present, he said.
"You are going to see her [Loretta's] courageous story," he added.
Hines said he wrote the play, and he will direct it as well.
"This play came out of just a writing binge that I was on, in 2009," he said with enthusiasm. He said domestic abuse is the nucleus of his play, because he felt its negativity needed to be addressed.
"Domestic abuse is just one of the issues consistently crippling our families and our relationships," said Hines.
The play will be ready for the spotlight, on May 6, May 7 and May 8, at 7:30 p.m., said Hines. Tickets will be $15 in advance and $20 at the door, he said.
Hines added that the play's location has not yet been determined, but it will occur somewhere in south Fulton County.
"I just think people are going to come and see it...and are going to walk away and see themselves, or someone they know," he said.
Hines said his goal is to assist in eliminating the existence of domestic abuse.
Hines added that he also produced a play in Riverdale entitled, "God's Child," in November 2010.
For more information, call (404) 558-6033.