Unusual Casting Call, Anime Straight from Japan 

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Unusual Casting Call

It doesn't usually happen like this.

Typically, stage shows and film projects cast themselves separately. But the spirit behind this one is collaborative, part of a larger movement in North Charleston to make a home for the arts.

The producers of three independent movies and a full-length play are hosting a casting call at the South of Broadway Theatre on Jan. 17 and 18 from 1-5 p.m.

The call will also stock a company of eight actors for the return of Theatre /verv/, which recently announced that it's taking up residence under the new name Theatre RE/verv/ at the Park Circle venue.

Holy City is one of the films. It's a full-length, horror-noir set in a Charleston inhabited by vampires, werewolves, and such. J.C. Conway wrote the screenplay. Nick Smith (a contributor to City Paper) is the director. Auditions are cold readings from the script.

Small Altars is the other full-length indie. It's a dark comic fantasy about a 30-ish artist with Peter Pan syndrome pursued by demons and zombies. Eric Vincent is directing. He wrote the screenplay with Smith. Casting is for principals and supporting roles. Readings are cold from the script.

A third movie is a short and thus far unnamed. It's directed by Mark Gorman with assistance by Trident Technical College. Gorman is also producing a full-length play called Season 2 Season, about the lives of Jackson Pollack, the abstract expressionist, and his wife. The casting is for two men (in their 30s and 40s) and three women (30s through 60s).

RE/verv/ is looking for eight people to act in its 2009-2010 season. Starting in the fall, the company plans to stage four shows, probably three light comedies and a darker one. To audition, prepare two contrasting contemporary one-minute monologues. For more information, call (843) 343-6560, or go to www.southofbroadway.com.

Anime Straight from Japan

Summerville's Azalea Square Stadium 16 is one of hundreds of movie theaters nationwide showing Sword of the Stranger on Thurs. Feb. 5 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at www.fathomevents.com.

Japanese anime studio BONES (creators of Cowboy Bebop, Full Metal Alchemist, Soul Eater) made Sword of the Stranger. A young boy named Kotaro and his loyal dog Tobimaru meet a nameless samurai who is haunted by his past — a memory so terrible he has vowed to never draw his sword again. —John Stoehr


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