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2019-2020 Season

Equity Principal Auditions in CT

TheaterWorks      Hartford CT      SPT 10      $769/week minimum.

Producing Artistic Director: Rob Ruggiero

Casting Director: Various

Casting Associate: VariousTheaterWorks Hartford CT SPT 10 $769/week minimum.

Equity Principal Auditions:                   TheaterWorks

DATE July 15, 2019                                                      233 Pearl Street, 3rd Floor

DATE July 16, 2019                                                      Hartford, CT 06103

9:00 AM to 5:00 PM (lunch break 1-2pm)

 

No appointment necessary. The producer will run all aspects of this call. Equity audition procedures will NOT be in effect, and no Equity Monitor will be provided.

Prepare two contrasting monologues. Or a monologue and 16 bars of a song. An accompanist will be provided. Please bring two pictures and resumes, stapled together.

Seeking Actors All roles 18+, all ethnicities

Actors will be seen by:

Taneisha Duggan, Producing Associate

and/or

Eric Ort, Artistic Associate

Performances run Tuesday-Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday at 8:00pm, Saturday at 2:30pm and 8:00pm and Sunday 2:30pm and 6:30 PM

2019-2020 Season to include:


American Son (by Christopher Demos-Brown, director Rob Ruggiero)

Casting Director: Pat McCorkle, Pat McCorkle Casting

First rehearsal: September 24, 2019

Runs: October 17-November 24, 2019

Seeking:

Kendra Ellis-Connor:

Female, 40-early 50s

A professor of psychology and the mother of a teenage son; recently separated from her White husband. She is emotionally raw, but trying to keep it together behind a professional façade. A strong, confident and self-possessed woman.

Ethnicity: Black / African Descent

Scott Connor:

Male, 40-early 50s

Kendra’s estranged husband; Scott is an FBI agent of predominantly Irish ancestry; he takes pride in his family’s long tradition of military service; though he can be rigid in his views, he has a warm, sensitive side and is a deeply loving and devoted father; has obvious contained power, but when pushed can explode.

Ethnicity: White / European Descent

Officer Paul Larkin:

Male, 25-early 30s

An intelligent, congenial young police officer with bold career ambitions who lacks actual life experience; while always trying to do the right thing, he often says the wrong thing at the wrong time; his naivety can appear comic and inappropriate at times.

Ethnicity: White / European Descent

Officer John Stokes:

Male, 45-60

A tough, no-nonsense, career police officer who is used to having people listen when he talks; he has paid his dues, knows the rules, and has no hesitation enforcing them.

 

Christmas on the Rocks (conceived and directed by Rob Ruggiero)

First rehearsal: November 19, 2019

Runs: December 3-December 29, 2019

Seeking:

Man

CAST. 40s, character actor who must be able to play multiple Christmas characters who have now aged. They must be able to go from one very distinct character from another and must have great comic timing.

Woman

CAST. 40s character actor who must be able to play multiple Christmas characters who have grown up. The actor must be able to go from one very distinct character to another and must have impeccable comic timing.

Bartender

CAST. Male 60s-70s character actor. He must be the straight man for a lot of jokes, but also be able to communicate directly to the audience with subtle, simple looks. He is willing to go on whatever journey the patrons of his bar take him on. He is a great listener and must be impeccable at giving the stage over to the other two actors without distracting.

 

The Cake (by Bekah Brunstetter, director TBD)

First rehearsal: December 26, 2019

Runs: January 16-February 23, 2020

Seeking:

Della:

late 40s-late 50s. North Carolinian, born and raised. A religious and socially conservative woman. Warm, genuine, caring; she has a maternal instinct despite the fact that she has no children of her own. An old friend of Jen’s family. Married to Tim. She sees herself as openminded, but her life hasn’t brought her into contact with many people who challenge the world-view she grew up with. A prolific and enthusiastic baker, she has been chosen as a contestant for The Great American Baking Show.

Ethnicity: All Ethnicities

Jen:

early 30s. Born and raised in North Carolina, she has brought her southern manners with her to Brooklyn, where she has made a home with her fiancée, Macy. An experienced event planner with a compulsive attention to detail. Considerate, kind, and enthusiastic, she wants to see the best in people, though she doesn’t always see it in herself. Her traditional upbringing is often at odds with her newfound liberal lifestyle, and planning her lesbian wedding in her hometown brings that tension to a crisis point.

Ethnicity: All Ethnicities

Macy:

early 30s. Born and raised in New York. Progressive, sharp, outspoken. Very confident in her belief system, and she doesn’t hesitate to challenge those who think differently. Innately curious and inquisitive. She has a deep love for Jen, although she is impatient with Jen’s willingness to make allowances for her conservative southern friends and family. She is who she is, and she won’t make compromises to coddle people’s feelings.

Ethnicity: Black / African Descent

Tim:

late 40s-60. Della’s husband. A good southern boy. He’s a plumber with a great work ethic, who takes pride in providing for his household. He is comfortable in his traditional values, and has never seen any need to question his beliefs. He is loving and loved, though perhaps not completely in touch with his emotions.

Ethnicity: All Ethnicities

 

TBD (by TBD, director TBD)

Casting Director: TBD

First rehearsal: February 25, 2020

Runs: March 19-April 26, 2020

 

The Who and the What (by Ayad Ahktar, director TBD)

Casting Director:

First rehearsal: April 28, 2020

Runs: May 21-June 28, 2020

Seeking:

Zarina:

Female, 32

Afzal’s eldest daughter, American born of South Asian origin-brilliant, elegant, wry, wounded, stubborn and charismatic, a Harvard grad, now an aspiring writer, but also the older sister taking care of the family in the wake of her mother's passing, the guiding consciousness of the play.

Ethnicity: Asian

Mahwish:

Female, 26

Zarina's younger sister, American born of South Asian origin -very cute, very sassy, very loyal, very loving, eager to marry her boyfriend of ten years, but beholden to her father's will, which has it that she cannot marry her boyfriend until her older sister marries, equally comfortable as the cheerleader in high school as she is in the mosque on Friday afternoons.

Ethnicity: Asian

Afzal: Male, 60 a Pakistani man who has immigrated to the U.S. and has made a life in Atlanta, owner of a large fleet of taxis, quick-witted, traditional, expansive, gregarious, for those who know the culture, he is the quintessential Punjabi, large hearted, large mouthed, generous, emotional and volatile, is the loving father of Zarina and Mahwish, and every bit the charming and benevolent immigrant patriarch. Note: The following role has been cast. Auditioning performers will be considered as possible replacements, should any become necessary.

Ethnicity: All Ethnicities

Eli:

Male, 30-35

a convert to Islam, and now an Imam in a disenfranchised part of Atlanta, committed to community service, able to lead a congregation as well as connect one on one with people, grew up in a very rough and urban section of Detroit and identifies himself with the plight of the poor and urban American, serious, smart and sensitive, a romantic at heart, but also a certified plumber who is as comfortable with a wrench in his hand as he is with a book. Note: The following role has been cast. Auditioning performers will be considered as possible replacements, should any become necessary.

Ethnicity: White / European Descent


Fun Home (music by Jeanine Tesori, book and lyrics by Lisa Kron, director Rob Ruggiero)

Casting Director: Pat McCorkle, Pat McCorkle Casting

First rehearsal: June 30, 2020

Runs: July 23- August 30, 2020

Seeking:

Medium Alison:

Female, 16-20

a freshman at Oberlin College, discovering her sexuality; an incredibly well-read, hyper-intelligent teenager; her uncertainty about who she is makes her socially awkward at times; must be a strong singer who can move seamlessly in vocal quality from speech to song; strong mix-belt to C and effortless mix to E.

Ethnicity: All Ethnicities

Christian:

Male, 10-15

Alison’s older brother; oldest of the three children; strives to be the leader, but is sometimes overshadowed by Alison’s strong personality; seeking a singer (pre-pubescent) with a natural sound, good sense of harmony and pitch.

Ethnicity: All Ethnicities

John:

Male, 6-9

Alison’s younger brother; like most boys his age, he is full of energy with a quirky imagination; looks up to his siblings; seeking a singer with a natural sound, good sense of harmony and pitch.

Ethnicity: All Ethnicities

Bruce:

Male, 40-49

high-school English teacher, funeral home director, spends his spare time on the historic restoration of his home; complex man with a hot temper as a result of years of repression; can be caring and attentive to his children but is also quick to anger; must be a strong singer who can move seamlessly in vocal quality from speech to song; range B to G.

Ethnicity: All Ethnicities

Roy/Pete/Mark/Bobby/Jeremy:

Male, 20-30

Roy, a young man Bruce hires to do yard work; Pete, a mourner who visits the funeral home; Mark, a high school junior; Bobby Jeremy, the lead singer of a band in Alison’s imagination; singer with a strong clean 70s pop sound - to a B.

Ethnicity: All Ethnicities

Older Alison:

Female, 30-49

narrator; now a self-aware adult, she is able to reflect insightfully on her own life and her relationship with her father before his tragic death; must be a strong singer who can move seamlessly in vocal quality from speech to song; range = low E to light belt C sharp.

Ethnicity: All Ethnicities

Helen:

Female, 30-39

Alison’s mother; frustrated, exhausted by her tumultuous marriage; has spent her life trying to be a good mother and wife while turning a blind eye to the irreverent activities of her husband; must be a strong singer who can move seamlessly in vocal quality from speech to song; range = A flat to strong mixed E.

Ethnicity: All Ethnicities

Joan:

Female, 18-20

student at Oberlin; exudes a confident, sexual energy, with a dry sense of humor; unlike Alison, Joan is very comfortable in her skin and openly identifies as a lesbian; must be comfortable with harmony singing, alto lines.

Ethnicity: All Ethnicities

Small Alison:

Female, 8-10

Alison Bechdel as a child; precocious and opinionated; on the cusp of finding herself and forming her own views on how a girl her age should behave and dress; confident and intelligent; strong singer who can move seamlessly in vocal quality from speech to song, natural sound, B to B.

Ethnicity: All Ethnicities


Theater’s statement: “We consider actors of all races and ethnicities.”