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CARSON, Calif: – California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) extends an open-casting call to would-be actors as they prepare to hold auditions for the world premier of “Detox,” a rock musical written by Rex Heuschkel, CSUDH professor of theatre arts, with music and lyrics by Jake Fleder. The play has been adapted by CSUDH alumna Sunee Foley. Auditions are scheduled for Monday and Tuesday, March 1 and 2, at 7 p.m. “Detox” is slated for performances on April 23, 24, 30 and May 1 at 8 p.m., and May 2 at 2 p.m. in the University Theatre.
Directed by Sydell Weiner, CSUDH professor of theatre arts, “Detox” paints a vivid picture of the obstacles and victories of life in an alcohol and drug detox center. The play mixes drama, music and humor and ties these components together as the main characters flirt with the realities of life and substance addiction while exploring emotions of love and compassion.
“I wrote the first draft of ‘Detox’ many years ago while in an alcohol recovery program,” said Heuschkel who heads “Dominguez x 12,” a 12-step, self-help substance recovery network, which meets weekly on campus, based on the program of Alcoholics Anonymous. “It was my way of trying to put a disjointed life experience into some kind of responsible order. Upon my first draft of ‘Detox,’ I had discovered the one link to recovery that has kept me reaching to this day, hope. Hope in things getting better so long as I am willing to accept responsibility for who I am and what I do.”
Heuschkel said his life and the play’s script have gone through dynamic changes since the original draft. “A year ago, I took ‘Detox’ off the shelf, knocked off the dust and shared it with my colleagues,” Heuschkel continued. “I called in a former student who had a gift for dramatic writing, Sunee Foley, and she helped create a playable, dramatic structure.” Heuschkel has since recruited Jake Fleder to compose the play’s musical score and completed re-writes with Foley to bring “Detox” to the stage. Heuschkel said he is very nervous as the opening day draws closer.
Auditions are open to the public for six men and four women between the ages of 20 - 45. Four of the roles must be filled by actors who can sing. Prospective actors can check out copies of the script by calling the University Theatre office at (310) 243-3588 or by calling the play’s director at (310) 243-3534.
Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST), the
CSUDH Department of Theatre Arts participates regularly in the American College
Theatre Festival. The University is a member of both the California Educational
Theatre Association (CETA) and the Southern California Educational Theatre
Association (SCETA). Moreover, actors compete each year for national recognition
by auditioning for both the University/Resident Theatre Association (U/RTA)
and the League of Professional Theatres.
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Last updated Thursday, January 15, 2004, 2:58 pm, by Stephanie Brown (sb)