Wednesday, April 29, 2009

New York Stage Casting Update: April 29, 2009

The Drama Book Shop Stage Casting is Sponsored by

(NEW) Superhero Celebrity Rehab: The Musical
Auditions by appointment: Sat, May 2nd and Sun, May 3rd, from 2PM-5PM, Shetler Studios, 244 West 54th St., NYC. Prepare 32 bars of best singing and sides to be provided ahead of audition to prepare. For an appointment, please email headshot and resume to AEA Basic Showcase Code (pending), stipend for AEA members.

Empty Space Productions is casting a workshop production of Superhero Celebrity Rehab: The Musical by William Segal and Brendan Snow, a new musical comedy about a substance-abusing superhero (and his superhero friends) fighting addiction while trying to fight crime. The show is directed and produced by Matt Johnston. Performances will be held June 4-7, evening Thursday - Saturday, Matinees Saturday and Sunday (5 performances total). Rehearsals will begin on approximately May 16th. Performances of the show will take place at The Access Theater, downtown Manhattan.

Male, white, late 20s, tenor, extroverted and clueless, a total bro, LEAD

Dr. Bonnie/Black Hole: Female, white, 30's, mezzo-soprano, mousy, no more the superheroine she was

The Scarett Letter: Female, Pref. Nonwhite, Late 20's, kind but very promiscuous

Critter/Nova's Brother: Male, white, mid 20's, tenor, dumb and warmhearted

The Great Fondue/Nova's Father: Male, white, late 20's, Baritone, overblown in vocabulary, ego, and body

Nightmare The Nightstallion/Commish. Brooks; Male, Pref. Nonwhite, 30's, bass/baritone with falsetto, bizarre, mysterious, and obsessed with secrets.

(NEW) Norman Mailer’s The Deer Park
Casting for a staged reading at The Nuyorican Poets Café (236 E.3rd St.) of Norman Mailer’s The Deer Park. Reading will take place on Monday, June 15. Please note, this is a labor of love so there is no pay, but this will be the last production with his personal imprint so you could say it has some historic import. (He had asked me to co-direct a film of it with him and be in it after our last outing at Makor/ 92nd St.Y in 2007, which Norman attended.). We are using this staged reading to get producers to look at the play for a full production as a tribute to Norman’s legacy. The day I’ve picked is an off-night so that people could more easily fit it into their schedule and the commitment on the part of the actors is fairly minimal. The performance will be Monday June 15@ 7PM. Do not address submissions directly to The Nuyorican Poets Café, (they are the presenters but not the producers so no phone calls to them). Our plan is to attract producers for a full run in a major venue. Since the play ran for sixty-six performances in the 60s when it premiered at the Lucille Lortel this is a very real possibility. The play is timeless and powerful and takes on all the big issues: mortality, ambition, obsessive love, sexuality, power, wealth, integrity. It takes place in Hell while the characters in it think they are leading their lives in the Palm Springs of the fifties.

Still Seeking:Teppis - (late 60's). Runs the studio - based on Louis B.Mayer. Powerful. Very ethnic. Supplies the humor of the play. He has a pungent combination of blatant manipulation and danger. A tough streetfighter used to engaging in psychic mortal combat. Epitomizes 'old school'. Almost like an Edward G.Robinson or Meyer Lansky.

Also, The Nuyorican Poets Cafe has graciously offered us more dates so now we have June 8 @ 7PM and June 14 @ 5PM and June 15 @ 7PM. It should be noted that Dan Lauria (The Wonder Years) has committed (subject to availability of course ) to play Eitel on June 8.

The Deer Park
by Mailer, Norman

Friday, May 8, 2009, 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM, Lunch from 1 - 2. Actors' Equity Association Audition Center, 165 West 46th Street, 2nd Floor, New York City. EPA procedures. Equity Monitor provided. Please prepare a brief Shakespeare monologue. Please bring a recent picture and resume, stapled together. OPEN (Equity/non) Auditions (no appointment necessary) will be held on Saturday, May 9 from 10 – 6 at Nola Studios, 250 West 54th Street, NYC (Theatre’s monitor begins sign-up at 9 AM) and on Monday, May 11 from 10 – 3 at The Performing Arts Conservatory of New Canaan Rehearsal Studios, 237 Elm Street, New Canaan, CT (Theatre’s monitor begins sign-up at 9:30). The producer will run all aspects of the calls on May 9 and 11. Equity audition procedures will NOT be in effect, and no Equity Monitor will be provided on May 9 and 11. Callbacks are planned for May 12th from 10 – 5 at Nola Studios, 250 West 54th St., NYC.

Equity Principal Auditions are being held for Summer Theatre of New Canaan’s production of The Taming of the Shrew in New Canaan, CT. Production Contract: LOA (approval/salary level pending; 2008 minimum weekly salary: $350). Artistic Director: Melody Libonati. Author: Shakespeare. Director: Allegra Libonati. 1st rehearsal: May 26, 2009. Rehearses in NYC and New Canaan, CT. Runs June 19 – July 12 in Waveny Park, New Canaan, CT.

The "shrew". Sharp-tongued, quick-tempered and delightfully fierce.

Bianca: Soft-spoken, sweet and unassuming.

Petruchio: Gentleman from Verona. Loud, boisterous, eccentric, quick-witted and frequently drunk.

Baptista: Father to Bianca and Kate. Good-natured, miserly and overwhelmed by his daughter.

Lucentio: Young student from Pisa. Starry-eyed lover.

Tranio: Lucentio’s servant. Wry and comical. Pretends to be Lucentio.

Gremio: Gentleman of Padua. Elderly, comical suitor to Bianca.

Hortensio: Gentleman of Padua. Friend to Petruchio and suitor to Bianca. Musician.

Grumio: Petruchio’s servant. The fool of the play.

Biondello: Lucentio’s second servant. Security guard-like.

Christopher Sly: Drunken tinker.