Tuesday, October 27, 2009

New York Stage Casting Update: Oct 27, 2009

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(NEW) A Doll’s House, non-Equity
To set up an audition, please email headshot, resume and preferred audition date (either 10/28 or 10/29) to Anthony Castellano at anthony@hipobscurity.com. You will be e-mailed back a date and time based on availability. For auditions, if contacted, please prepare a contemporary one minute dramatic monologue. Please familiarize yourself with A Doll's House before auditioning.

Hip Obscurity will be holding auditions for its next production of an adaptation of Hendrick Ibsen's A Doll's House (directed by Anthony Castellano) on Wednesday October 28th and Thursday October 29th from 8-10pm on both nights. Performance dates are January 14-17 and 21-24th of 2010. First rehearsal will begin November 5th 2009. Rehearsals will be held evenings and weekends.

Torvald Helmer
(Late 20s-Mid 30s) is the new manager of the bank. He is married to Nora and has three beautiful children. He prides himself in being a good husband and believes that reputation and public appearance is of the utmost importance.

Christine Linde (Mid 20s-Mid 30s) is an old friend of Nora's from their school days. She comes to look for work and we find out that she was in love with Krogstad but due to a financial situation she entered into a loveless marriage. She is now over worked, tired and has nothing but still she feels the need to continue to work.

Nils Krogstad (Mid 20s- Mid 30s) works at the bank and has many other jobs in the past. He is old schoolmates with Torvald and was in love with Christine. He then married and had children but is a widower at present. Nils has a scandalous reputation and when his job is called into question he has some leverage to try to change the outcome. At times he shows no mercy but everything he does has motive and good intent.

Dr. Rank (Early 30s-40) is best friends with Torvald and Nora. He is suffering from a disease that he had inherited from his father's excessive love life, which he knows he will soon die from. He is very trustworthy and enjoys listening to Nora and her stories.

Anne (the maid) (Late 30s-Mid 40s) is the Helmer's maid and nanny to the children. She gave up her own child to be Nora's Nanny and now has stayed with the family all this time. She is wise and good at following orders. All ethnicities are encouraged to submit. PLEASE NOTE: The part of Nora has already been cast.

A Doll's House
by Ibsen, Henrik Johan

(NEW) The Red Umbrella, showcase
For consideration, e-mail picture and resume to: danisupercasting@gmail.com.

Accepting submissions for the showcase The Red Umbrella. Equity Showcase Code, approval pending; $400 stipend. Artistic Director: Roger Danforth. Writer: Jason Williamson. Director: Ed Sylvanus Iskandar. Casting: Dani Super. 1st rehearsal: December 1, 2009. Runs: December 10 – 13, at the Abingdon Theatre, 312 West 36th Street (5 performances). Auditions will be held by appointment only on November 4 and 6. Looking for actors who have the ability to collaborate and to be physically creative on a bare stage. Understanding what it is to be theatrical and having the ability to be clear, straightforward and unfussy with heightened text are key for this project. Viewpoints or moment work training is desirable, as is practice of good vocal usage

Late 20s to late 30s. Peter is an uncommonly gentle Everyman with universal appeal. The audience should feel a strong instinctive urge to take care of him. He is unwittingly irresistible. Immediately sympathetic, he is vulnerable and haunted. He is a guileless dreamer; affably off-beat, charmingly awkward and disarmingly sensitive. He is a guy’s guy, fighting fit and magnetically good-looking (without knowing it). He should not appear too airbrushed or polished. His vulnerability is the true source of his attractiveness. There is a suggestion of a man-boy about him; someone whose emotional development stalled in his teens. He is looking for direction and purpose, and we should root for him. An innocent lamb amongst wolves.

Death: 20s, should appear more youthful than either Peter or Angela. Death is a Vision. She is vivacious, ethereal, and unattainably beautiful. She is passionate, impulsive, chaotic, and incredibly lonely. She glows with compassion, empathy and love. As is often the case with unworldly beauty, she is somewhat shy, misanthropic and can be alienating. There is no suggestion of pornography or exhibitionism in her carriage, her voice or her presentation. She is a mischievous prankster who holds the wisdom of Time. An intoxicating, effervescent, forever youthful goddess. The actress playing Death will have to appear in a swimsuit. All actresses being submitted need to be comfortable with this. She should be in great physical shape, and should look healthy and immaculately groomed. Her appearance and her manner should be natural and totally effortless.

Angela: Late 20s to late 30s, a contemporary of Peter’s. Angela is a fragile survivor with a heart-rending smile. She is not brittle or cold, but yielding, pliant, warm. She is marked by great tragedy, and hides behind wit and quirkiness. She is also remarkably pretty in her own way; she should not look like second fiddle in comparison to Death. She is pragmatic, straightforward, and human. She is a realist who has found great romance in embracing the imperfect. There is something movingly honest about her. There is also great sadness within her, but this has not closed her to the world. She is a sensitive live wire who feels everything exponentially more than the rest of us. She plays no games and has no hidden agenda. She is a lost soul looking for the solace of connection. Broken porcelain held together by pure resilience.