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LE GRIFFON, a supernatural love story by Sterling Houston, premiered at Jump-Start Theater in 2000 and was directed by Steve Bailey.  Set in New Orleans between 1803 and 1810, LE GRIFFON reframes the Frankenstein story.  A “monster” is created by a white doctor from the parts of deceased African American men who had been enslaved.  The play is a literal and metaphorical deconstruction of race.  Like the original Frankenstein, the plot follows the awakening and eventual demise of the creature, but through a lens of Blackness, slavery and struggle for freedom.  The play, again directed by Steve Bailey, is being revived for the city-wide Sterling Houston Festival. 

Audition Dates and Times:  Thursday, May 5 between 7 and 9 PM or Sunday, May 8 between 2 and 4 PM.

Rehearsal Dates:   May 15 – June 16.

Show Dates and Times:  June 17, 18, 19, 2022 at 8 PM .

For inquiries, more information, and to schedule an audition time slot, contact Steve Bailey (director) at  Please include a current resume and role(s) you are interested in. Once you have scheduled your time slot with Steve, the Zoom link and sides will be sent to you.

Artists will be paid.



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Producer - Jump-Start Performance Co.

Co Producer - Sterling Houston Festival

Playwright - Sterling Houston

Cast & Crew or Characters Needed

TANTE: Older Black female. The "narrator" of the play, a griot. From the swamps of Louisiana, a healer and medicine woman. PAULETTE: Younger Black female of mixed heritage. Half-sister of and assistant to François. Protector of Griffon. GRIFFON: Younger Black male. Created from parts of Black male slaves. Spends part of the play semi-naked. AHMAD/HERMIT: Younger Black male. Ahmad is from royal African heritage (Benin) and a friend of François from school in France. Hermit is blind and lives in the swamp. Hermit must be able to sing. FRANÇOIS: Younger white/Latinx male, the "Dr. Frankenstein" of the story. A scientist. ELIZABETH: Younger white/Latinx female, betrothed to François.

Show Days & Times - June 17, 18, 19 8:00 PM

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May 5, 2022 , 07:00 PM to
May 8, 2022 , 04:00 PM


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