Thursday, January 14, 2010

New York Stage Casting Update: Jan 12, 2010

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(NEW) Somewhere In Between, non-union
Please only submit if you feel you are truly "right" for one of the roles listed. Auditions will be held by appointment ONLY on Thursday, January 21 from 6:00-10:00. Please prepare a contemporary monologue no longer than two (2) minutes in length. Be prepared to read from the script. Callbacks will be held on Sunday, January 24. Email headshot and resume to for consideration.

Collaborative Stages is holding auditions for Somewhere in Between – World Premiere Production. Written by Ryan Sprague. Artistic Director: Brian Letchworth. Executive Director/Producer: Sarah Jane Arnegger. Synopsis: Following the death of their mother, two estranged brothers reunite with a plan to move forward. But when a secret from the past emerges, their inability to assess reality provides a glimpse of what may truly be hell on Earth. Rehearsals begin Saturday, February 13, 2010. Rehearses evenings and weekends in Manhattan. Runs March 11-21, 2010 for 11 performances at the 78th Street Theatre Lab. Non-Equity/No Pay

Seeking highly versatile and trained actors for the following roles:
Joshua – Male - Mid to Late 20s: Intelligent and thoughtful, yet introverted and private. A writer of inspirational books for the religiously inclined. He is devoutly Catholic, though his allegiance to the faith is built upon shame and fear. He is married and wants to be thoroughly settled into life. He is generally uptight and difficult to crack. He avoids conflict and is always aware of the quickest exit in the event something goes wrong. Joshua always seems to be carrying the weight of the world on his shoulders, much to the dismay of his wife and brother. He has a guilty conscience and wants to do by right by everyone who comes his way.

Greg – Male - Early to Mid 20s: Joshua's younger brother. Complete opposite of Joshua. Plays the part of a trouble maker well, but he is actually very kind and extremely generous. He does have "big kid" tendencies with a propensity for cracking jokes and generally disrupting the peace. However, he is very much the smartest person in the room – the only one with the courage to tell things as they are. Looks up to Joshua. Greg is socially promiscuous, but we get the sense that he probably doesn't have many friends. Spent much of his childhood in juvenile detention and boarding schools. An amateur photographer. He is humorously cocky and arrogant.

Lissa – Female - Mid to Late 20s: Joshua's wife. A professional volunteer, Lissa thinks her purpose in life is to help others. Rigid and virtuous, she believes in God's plan. Straightforward and conservative. Often comes across as a bitch. When she steps off her high horse, she is quite vulnerable and, for lack of a better word, human: prone to mistakes and mix-ups. She is attractive, but extremely modest. She is looking for direction and guidance.

(NEW) The Passion Play, open call by appt.
Saturday, January 16, 2010 — OPEN Auditions (Equity/non) by APPOINTMENT 12 PM — 4 PM. For appointment, call 201-865-6980, x10, M–F, 10–4, beg. 1/4. If unable to call during those times, leave message w/desired time slot & contact method; Theatre will accommodate you on a 1st-come, 1st-served basis. A monitor will not be provided. The producer will run all aspects of this audition. Location: Park Performing Arts Center, 560 32nd Street, Union City, NJ 07087. Five minutes outside of the Lincoln Tunnel. See website for directions and public transportation options: Please prepare a short classical or semi-classical monologue, and a song (except for Pilate, who doesn’t sing). Best song choice would be a contemporary ballad or dramatic pop song. Bring sheet music; accompanist provided. Please bring a picture and resume, stapled together.

Park Performing Arts Center, Union City, NJ, is holding an open call by appointment for The Passion Play. Expected salary: $15 per hour for rehearsal, $75 per performance, plus pension contribution. LOA approval and salary level pending. 2 Equity Principal contracts available; 1 Equity Chorus contract may also be available. If unable to attend auditions, please send picture and resume via email to Producer: John P. Lewis. Music/Lyrics: Jules Rotella, Jr., Marty Rotella, Ed Sansanelli. Additional Lyrics: Meryl Tanner. Book Contributors: James Maxwell, Frank Siano, Dave Crandall, Eric Hafen, Rev. Kevin P. Ashe. Musical Adaptation: Meryl Tanner and Maria Fricke. Director: Carl Gonzalez. Musical Director TBD. 1st rehearsal: On/about January 23, 2010. Current rehearsal schedule: Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays (7 – 10 PM), Saturdays (10:30 - 2:30). Additional days in March for tech (nights/Saturdays). Full rehearsal schedule available at auditions. Performances: March 13, 14, 20, 21, 27 at 2 PM; March 25 at 10 AM. Producer’s statement: “The Director and Producer are committed to non-traditional casting. All three of these roles are open to actors of any ethnic background.”

Jesus: Mid 20s – mid 30s. Seeking an actor/singer. Jesus is a charismatic leader in a time of occupation. Able to command attention without raising his voice. Actor must be able to bring a contemporary zeitgeist to the life of Jesus while remaining true to the scriptural readings on which much of the character is based. The Jesus of the play is a real man facing real choices. Actor must appear in the show clad only in a wrapped, loin cloth-like garment while on the cross. Physical stamina is important, as Jesus is in most scenes and must perform physical tasks such as carrying the cross and standing on the cross for protracted periods. Acting is the primary focus of casting. Actor must sing (baritone – mostly ballads). Music for the show is available in three keys, so a wide range of voices can be accommodated.

Judas: Mid 20s – mid 40s. Seeking an actor/singer. Judas is a man of conviction, doing what he thinks his beliefs require of him. Actor must be believable in making the journey from conviction to questioning. The very real conflict between personal beliefs and personal loyalties plays out onstage. Sings in a rock musical style. Baritone/high baritone or tenor – music for the show is available in three keys, so a wide range of voices can be accommodated.

Pilate: 30s – 50s. Actor. No singing. The ultimate representative of Rome. A lifelong bureaucrat, stuck on the fringe of the Roman Empire, hoping to get through his tour of duty with minimum risk to his long-term career. While intellectually intrigued by Jesus, he makes decisions that are in his own best political interest despite being beset by events, the Pharisees and an aggressive wife.