Auditions

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March 7, 2016 – PHOTO & RESUME REQUEST for The Invisible Hand

THE INVISIBLE HAND by Ayad Akhtar

Directed by Stephanie Gularte

“…a scary (and dreadfully funny) treatise on the universality of greed.” —Variety

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Ayad Akhtar lays bare the raw, unfettered power of global finance in this intense, fast-moving, and contemporary political thriller. American banker Nick Bright finds himself in the wrong place at the wrong time when an Islamist militant group kidnaps him in Pakistan. When the United States won’t negotiate for his release, Nick offers to raise the $10 million ransom on his own by teaching his captor, Bashir, how to play the stock market. In a race against the clock to save his own life, Nick must ask: is the price of freedom something he’s willing to pay.

  • Rehearses 5/9/17 – 6/1/17
  • Runs Wednesdays through Sunday evenings, 5/30/17 – 6/25/17, with a possible extension through 7/2/17

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN

DAR: (ROLE IS CAST) Male, early 20’s, Pakistani. A lower-level captor.

NICK BRIGHT: (ROLE IS CAST) Male, 30’s.  A successful American investment banker being held for ransom.

BASHIR: Male, late 20’s-30’s, Pakistani. A more aggressive captor and interrogator. An educated man raised in London.

IMAM SALEEM: (ROLE IS CAST) Male, 40’s/50’s, Pakistani. Leader of the organization who has kidnapped Nick to raise money for the welfare of his people. A former journalist.

  • To request an in-person audition appointment, please:
  • Auditions will be held by appointment only at American Stage in Saint Petersburg, FL
    • Check-in will be in our 2nd floor lobby
  •  For an in-person audition, prepare the sides for the role you’re interested in from the list below
  • To submit a video, please record the sides, upload them to YouTube, Vimeo or other online service, and send the link, along with your headshot & resume
    • DO NOT SEND THE VIDEO FILE
    • The deadline for video submission is March 30, 2017

AUDITION/CALLBACK SIDES

DAR   |    NICK 1  |    NICK 2   |   BASHIR    |    SALEEM (no sides)

 


December 20, 2016 – Hairspray update

Thank you to the nearly 140 actors, singers, dancers, and actor/singer/dancers who attended our Hairspray auditions and callbacks on December 19th and 20th. We were truly impressed by the level of talent right here in Tampa/St. Pete. We’d love to hire you all, but that’s just not going to happen, so now it’s the difficult task of figuring out who fits best where. We have all of your information, and will reach out to you if we need to see anything further. Thanks for making it a great couple days! – Jim


 December 13, 2016 – Local auditions for Informed Consent

INFORMED CONSENT by Deborah Zoe Laufer

Directed by Benjamin T. Ismail

“A thoughtful and engrossing play…that raises questions about the potential conflicts between scientific discovery and religious beliefs.” -The Cleveland Plain Dealer

With genomic breakthroughs happening at breakneck speed, we can learn more about what our futures may hold than ever before. But how much should we know? And who gets to decide? An electrifying new play by one of the most exciting voices in American theater, INFORMED CONSENT is a powerful drama about one woman’s quest to answer the mysteries of science and her own life. Inspired by a landmark court case between one of the country’s largest universities and a Native American tribe based in the Grand Canyon, INFORMED CONSENT takes us into the personal and national debate about science v. belief, and whether our genetics defines our fate.

  • Rehearses 2/21/17 – 3/17/17
  • Runs Wednesdays through Sunday evenings, 3/17/17 – 4/9/17, with a possible extension through 4/16/17

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN

  • The script specifically calls for wide ethnic diversity in casting.
  • Audition priority will be given to actors of color. We are particularly seeking actresses of Native American descent for the role of ARELLA.

ONE/JILLIAN: Female, 30-40, Caucasian. A genetic anthropologist who is the smartest person in the room; full of life and hunger, she is racing against time to make the most of the time she has and to save her daughter; she believes in what she’s doing and is willing to do almost anything to accomplish it; would love to be close to people, but doesn’t really understand social cues or appropriate boundaries; she has to be fierce, brilliant, but breakable and charismatic.
TWO/GRAHAM: Male, 30-40, Diverse casting; Jillian’s husband; he is a children’s book author; loving, patient, sweet, funny; a romantic and an optimist.
THREE/NATALIE/ARELLA: Female 30-40, Diverse casting (actresses of Native American descent strongly encouraged to audition). Natalie is Jillian and Graham’s four-year-old daughter; Arella is the spokesperson for the tribe. Very strong, smart, and modern, this actress must be able to morph into a four-year-old and other characters.
FOUR/KEN: Male, 40-70, Diverse casting; a social anthropologist; used to be a bit of a hippie; fatherly; actor must have a strong sense of humor and charm, and be able to play many roles.
FIVE/DEAN HAGAN/MOTHER/GRANDMOTHER: Female, 40-70, Diverse casting; this actress needs to be able to play many roles, and have a strong sense of humor and charm.

  • To schedule an in-person audition appointment, please:
  • Auditions will be held Monday January 9, 2017 12pm – 3pm at American Stage in Saint Petersburg, FL
    • Check-in will be in our 2nd floor lobby
  •  For an in-person audition, prepare the sides for the role you’re interested in from the list below
  • To submit a video, please record the sides, upload them to YouTube, Vimeo or other online service, and send the link, along with your headshot & resume
    • DO NOT SEND THE VIDEO FILE
    • The deadline for video submission is January 6, 2017

AUDITION/CALLBACK SIDES

ONE/Jillian    |    TWO/Graham    |    THREE/Arella, Natalie    |    FOUR/Ken    |    FIVE/Dean Hagan


December 13, 2016 – Joe Turner’s Come and Gone is FULLY CAST

Thank you to all the talented actors who auditioned for Joe Turner’s Come and Gone. At this time, all casting decisions have been made. Please come see our production in February-March 2017.


October 21, 2016 – Local auditions for Hairspray

American Stage is seeking Equity and experienced, local non-union actors for roles in the American Stage in the Park production of Hairspray.

HAIRSPRAY

  • Rehearses 3/28/17 – 4/21/17
  • Runs Wednesdays through Sunday evenings, 4/19/17 – 5/14/17

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN

  • Actors choosing to audition for roles marked (ROLE IS CAST) may be considered for possible understudy/replacement.

TRACY TURNBLAD: (mezzo, belt) Outgoing, unstoppable, goodhearted with a vibrant, lovable, spirited personality. Loves to dance. A “pleasantly plump” teenager who dreams of fame and fights to racially integrate The Corny Collins Show. Girls of all shapes and sizes will be considered for this role.
EDNA TURNBLAD: (ROLE IS CAST) (second tenor/baritone or female contralto) Tracy’s kind, plus-sized mother – typically played by a male. Edna runs a laundry business out of her home. A working class, devoted, loving housewife with dreams of her own. Sincere, not campy.
AMBER VON TUSSLE: (female soprano) Bratty, selfish resident princess of The Corny Collins Show, despite her lack of talent. She is willing to do anything to win the Miss Teenage Hairspray pageant.
VELMA VON TUSSLE: (mezzo belt) A former beauty queen, Amber’s mother, and producer of the local TV teen dance show. Upscale, attractive, prejudiced snob who always wants her daughter in the spotlight. Funny, biting, manipulative.
PENNY PINGLETON: (female mezzo, belt) Tracy’s slightly dorky, devoted, neurotic and perky best friend.
LINK LARKIN: (male second tenor/baritone) A teenage heartthrob and one of The Corny Collins Show Council Members who falls in love with Tracy.
MOTORMOUTH MAYBELLE: (female alto or male counter tenor, or second tenor/baritone) The owner of a downtown record shop and a host on The Corny Collins Show; self-described as “big, blonde and beautiful.” Seaweed and Little Inez’s mother. Powerful and inspiring, with an infectious, brassy personality. African American.
SEAWEED J. STUBBS: (male tenor) A hip dancer. His dance lessons help Tracy get chosen for the local TV teen dance show. Cool, attractive, street smart, good hearted. Son of Motormouth Maybelle who becomes Penny’s boyfriend. African American.
WILBUR TURNBLAD: (male baritone) Tracy’s goofy father; owns the Har-De- Har Hut joke shop and is still madly in love with his wife, Edna. He encourages Tracy to follow her dreams. A working class inventor with a sweet, childlike personality. Adores his family.
CORNY COLLINS: (male tenor) Host of the local TV teen dance show. Handsome, charming, engaging, smooth.
LITTLE INEZ: (high mezzo belt) Seaweed’s younger sister, who tries to audition for The Corny Collins Show but is turned away because she is black. Spunky, tough, streetwise, outgoing, older than her years. African American.
FEMALE AUTHORITY FIGURE: The Matron guarding The Big Dollhouse, the Gym Teacher, and Prudy Pingleton: Penny’s overprotective and often close-minded mother. May be played by one or several actresses.
MALE AUTHORITY FIGURE: One actor plays various zany roles including a nervous businessman; a condescending high school principal; a flamboyant fashion boutique owner; a cop; and a corrupt prison guard. May be played by one or several actors.
MR. PINKY – (male baritone) Owner of Pinky’s Hefty Hideaway (dress shop).
THE DYNAMITES: 3 sassy singer/dancers, inspired by the Supremes.
THE CORNY COLLINS DANCERS: IQ, Shelly, Brenda, Sketch, Fender, Tammy, Lou Ann, Brad
ENSEMBLE: to play high school students and citizens of Baltimore, all races, all types.

  • For an audition appointment please email your headshot & resume to auditions@americanstage.org.
    • Indicate the role(s) you’d like to be considered for
    • and your preferred audition time.
  • Auditions will be held Monday December 19, 2016 9am-5pm (lunch 12-1:30) at American Stage in Saint Petersburg, FL.
    • Check-in will be in our 2nd floor lobby.
    • Dance callbacks will be held Monday December 19, 2016 6pm-9pm. Dancers may come directly to the dance callbacks. Some may be asked to sing afterwards.
    • Acting/Principal callbacks will be held Tuesday December 20, 2016 9am-1pm.
  • For an in-person audition, prepare a short selection in the style of the show, or prepare the sides for the role you’re interested in from the list below.
  • To submit a video, please record the sides, upload them to YouTube, Vimeo or other online service, and send the link, along with your headshot & resume.
    • DO NOT SEND THE VIDEO FILE.
    • The deadline for video submission is December 12.

AUDITION/CALLBACK SIDES

Amber   |   Corny   |   Dynamites   |   Female Authority Figure   |      Little Inez   |   Link

Male Authority Figure   |  Motormouth   |   Penny   |   Seaweed   |   Tracy   |   Velma   |   Wilbur


2016/17 Season Audition Information

Remaining Show Dates
Joe Turner’s Come & Gone  – Jan. 18th – Feb.19th
Informed Consent  – March 15th-April 9th
Hairspray  – April 19th-May 14th
The Invisible Hand  – May 31st-June 25th
Sex with Strangers  – July 12th- Aug. 6th

INFORMED CONSENT
Rehearses 2/21/17 – 3/15/17
Runs Wednesdays through Sundays, 3/15/17 – 4/9/17, possible extension to 4/16/17

Actor 1  – Jillian: Genetic anthropologist looking to cure Alzheimer’s
Actor 2 – Graham: Jillian’s husband; children’s book author
Actor 3 – Natalie: Jillian and Graham’s four‐year‐old daughter/ Arella: spokesperson for the Havasupai tribe;
mother of a four‐year‐old; in her thirties
Actor 4 – Ken: Jillian’s co‐worker; a social anthropologist; in his seventies/ Lawyer / Little Girl at the Book
Nook / Joan: a preschool mom
Actor 5 – Dean Hagan / Jillian’s Mother / Sheila: a preschool mom

THE INVISIBLE HAND
Rehearses 5/9/17 – 5/31/17
Runs Wednesdays through Sundays, 5/31/17 – 6/25/17, possible extension to 7/2/17

Dar: early twenties; a lower‐level captor
Nick Bright: thirties; a successful American investment banker being held for ransom
Bashir: mid to late 20s; more aggressive captor and interrogator; an educated man raised in London
Imam Saleem: 40s/50s; leader of the organization who has kidnapped Nick to raise money for the welfare of
his people; a former journalist

SEX WITH STRANGERS
Rehearses 6/20/17 – 7/12/17
Runs Wednesdays through Sundays, 7/12/17 – 8/6/17, possible extension to 8/13/17

Olivia : 39 then 41; smart, sexy, outwardly strong but covering some fragility; American but spent many years
living abroad
Ethan : 28 then 30; very charismatic, sexy, a fast talker, used to being the center of attention; from Chicago

If you are unable to attend please mail hard copies of your headshot/resume to American Stage PO Box 1560 , St. Petersburg, FL 33731 and indicate the shows you’re interested in.


American Stage is an Equity theatre company. Our mainstage production operates under the SPT Tier 7 contract. American Stage in the Park operates under an LOA-agreement.

No phone calls, please.

If you missed our General Auditions but would like to be considered, please mail your headshot, resume, and production choice to:

Casting
American Stage Theatre Company
PO Box 1560
St. Petersburg, FL 33731

auditions@americanstage.org