OPEN CALL AUDITIONS
Les Liaisons dangereuses : The Unpublished Letters
Théâtre français de Toronto
“(…) Born to avenge my sex and control yours.” – The Marquise de Merteuil
Paris, 1782, Pierre Choderlos de Laclos publishes Les Liaisons Dangereuses, an epistolary novel, recounting the decadent entertainment, the unscrupulous alliances and the perverse duels between two former lovers, manipulators and libertines, the Marquise de Merteuil and the Vicomte de Valmont. 175 authentic letters which bring together the correspondence of these two libertines, those of their victims and of their abused witnesses. Despite the shock waves caused by this tale of seduction, debauchery and betrayal, it was an immediate success.
But when a series of never-before-seen letters resurface, Laclos uncovers a brand new scandalous tale filled with intrigue, unusual power games, secret plots, and surprising alliances.
Les Liaisons Dangereuses : The Unpublished Letters is an eight-part web series that will be broadcast exclusively on TfT’s webcasting platform. This adaptation sheds a new light on Laclos’s novel as we know it.
OPEN CALL SELF-TAPE AUDITIONS:
In order to respect the sanitary measures in force and to give the greatest number of Toronto candidates a chance to make themselves known, TfT is calling for self-tapes (videos) as the first round of auditions.
Elements to be included in the submission:
- Photo and Résumé as a single PDF with your name in the file name;
Audition video (self-tape) including:
- 1 scene from sides provided for Les Liaisons dangereuses (1-2 takes);
- 1 min introducing yourself as an artist (Optional. Recommended especially for candidates who are not already known to Ms. Ricard).
Scroll down for the link redirecting you detailed instructions and sides to prepare for the audition videos.
Possible callbacks (to be confirmed).
Audition submission form : AT THIS LINK
Contact for information: Mathieu Taillardas, firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline to submit self-tapes via submission form: Monday, December 20th, 2021, 11:59 AM
TfT works under the UDA-ACT (Union des artistes) agreement. Equity Members are allowed to work under UDA-ACT for 3 contracts per year using their CAEA membership.
Interested performers MUST LIVE IN THE TORONTO AREA: upon request, they must be able to provide an Ontario health card and / or a bill with a Toronto address.
In order to reflect the multicultural richness of the Franco-Ontarian and Torontonian Francophonie, actors of various descents and identities are STRONGLY encouraged to audition. All candidates must be very comfortable REHEARSING AND PERFORMING IN FRENCH. In addition, given the sanitary measures in place, it is important that the chosen performers be able to rehearse via Zoom and work on Google Drive.
The selected performers must also provide proof of double vaccination in order to participate in rehearsals and filming.
Viewing committee: Karine Ricard, Sébastien Bertrand and Pierre Simpson (subject to change). All videos will be viewed by at least one committee member.
Les Liaisons Dangereuses : The Unpublished Letters
Adapted for filmed theatre by Sébastien Bertrand, inspired by the epistolary novel by Choderlos de Laclos
Director: Karine Ricard
Audition videos accepted until 11:59 a.m. on Monday, December 20, 2021
Possible callbacks: January 2022
Zoom rehearsals: mid-February
In-person rehearsals: February 21-28
Filming of the scenes: March 1-10, 2022
Planned digital release: Spring 2022
All these dates will be subject to change and adapted as needed to comply with the evolution of health regulations.
ROLES TO BE FILLED:
Diversity encouraged for all roles.
LA MARQUISE DE MERTEUIL, YOUNGER (Female, 35-45 years old)
Intelligent, seductive, narcissistic. The Marquise de Merteuil is a widow, which allows her to be libertine. At a young age, she already possessed a disarming intelligence to penetrate the secrets and hypocrisies of high society. Her relationship with Valmont is an intellectual, narcissistic and seductive bond. Superior to her confidant, she feels both pride and sadness. Her cold and calculating mind is continually animated by a burning and consuming passion - that of the flesh, of seduction, of pleasure in all senses. She hates love because it allows men to exercise power over women. However, in this version of the story, Merteuil has a secret. She will therefore manipulate the Vicomte de Valmont by taking other women as accomplices to accomplish her stratagem. (Diversity encouraged, intimate scenes possible)
LA MARQUISE DE MERTEUIL, OLDER (Female, 65+)
Intelligent, seductive, narcissistic. The Marquise de Merteuil is a widow, which allows her to be libertine. At a young age, she already possessed a disarming intelligence to penetrate the secrets and hypocrisies of high society. Her relationship with Valmont is an intellectual, narcissistic and seductive bond. Superior to her confidant, she feels both pride and sadness. Her cold and calculating mind is continually animated by a burning and consuming passion - that of the flesh, of seduction, of pleasure in all senses. She hates love because it allows men to exercise power over women. However, in this version of the story, Merteuil has a secret. She will therefore manipulate the Vicomte de Valmont by taking other women as accomplices to accomplish her stratagem. (Diversity encouraged)
MADAME DE TOURVEL (Female, 25-35 years old)
Austere, religious, loving. Mme de Tourvel is a true devotee by virtue of her various remarkable qualities. She is young and has been married for two years. She is a faithful wife, very devoted to her duties and discreet. Mme de Tourvel is the complete opposite of Mme de Merteuil and everything that attracts Valmont - the many obstacles to overcome, gives him all the more reasons to conquer her. Mme de Tourvel is a woman who embodies the values of her religion. She is neither proud nor vain. In this version of the story, Mme de Tourvel also has a secret and will therefore call on Mme de Rosemonde and Merteuil to achieve her ends. (Diversity encouraged, intimate scenes possible)
CÉCILE DE VOLANGES (Female, 18-25)
Young, innocent, in love. Daughter of Madame de Volanges, Cécile grew up sheltered in the convent. Her mother intends to marry her to the Comte de Gercourt. Through the Marquise de Merteuil, Cécile meets the young Danceny who gives her music lessons. They innocently fall in love with each other. In this version of the story, Cécile will be the accomplice of the Marquise de Merteuil in order to trap Valmont and avoid her forced marriage to Gercourt. (Diversity encouraged, intimate scenes possible)
MADAME DE VOLANGES (Female, 35-45)
Authoritarian, protective, mother to Cécile and cousin to Madame de Merteuil. Attached to strict education and social and religious morality, Volanges sent her daughter Cécile to the convent and now wants to see her married. She explains to her that “you shouldn’t talk too much” as she is entering society. Volanges is also protectress then confidante to Madame de Tourvel. She wants to get her away from the Vicomte de Valmont, judging that, as she is already married, he is not suitable for her. In this version of the story, Volanges reveals a much more libertine and frivolous side when in the presence of her cousin the Marquise de Merteuil. She will be an accomplice in the ploy to corner Valmont and protect Cécile. (Diversity encouraged, intimate scenes possible)
MADAME DE ROSEMONDE (Female, 55-70)
Far from being a woman who has become severe through her experience, Mme de Rosemonde is a skilled confidante to Mme de Tourvel. She does not judge the Valmont-Tourvel relationship which reminds her of the adventures of her youth. Indeed, Mme de Rosemonde knows men well and she warns Tourvel of their selfishness and superficiality. Unlike women, they only care for their own happiness and pleasure. In this version of the story, Rosemonde is a miresse: a woman who concocts herbal medicines, who heals and who has more than one trick up her sleeve in her countryside workshop. (Diversity encouraged)
VICOMTE DE VALMONT (Male, 35-45)
Exceptional seducer, libertine, narcissist. He asserts himself as a libertine and develops extensive strategies for seducing women he despises for a purely narcissistic purpose. At first, the vicomte refuses the Marquise de Meurteuil’s request to seduce the girl who is to marry Gercourt, the young Cécile de Volanges (Merteuil’s ploy is to humiliate Gercourt by delivering him a young woman who is no longer a virgin). The vicomte prefers to concentrate his efforts on another woman, austere and religious, the Presidente de Tourvel; seducing her is a much more difficult challenge for him. Then, upon learning that Madame de Volanges is speaking ill of him to “his beautiful Devotee”, he decides to obey Merteuil and seduce Volanges’ daughter (Diversity encouraged, intimate scenes possible)
CHEVALIER DANCENY (Male, 20-30)
Naive, shy, in love. Chevalier Danceny is inexperienced. When he meets Cécile de Volanges at the opera, he immediately falls in love with her. Sensitive and sentimental, he overcomes his shyness by declaring his feelings to Cécile. Although a nobleman, and a knight of the Order of Malta, the very young Danceny is not particularly wealthy. He gives Cécile singing and harp lessons. In this version of the story, Danceny will take part in Merteuil’s ploy without quite understanding where it will lead him. It is only towards the end that he will challenge Valmont to a duel, driven by blind jealousy and love for Cécile. (Diversity encouraged, intimate scenes, possibility of suggested nudity)