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June 28, 2017 – VIDEO AUDITION REQUEST

American Stage is actively seeking video auditions from Equity and professional Non-Equity actors for shows in our 2017-2018 Season.

The Royale by Marco Ramirez – 9/20/17 – 10/15/17 – Deadline for submission has passed
Much Ado About Nothing
by William Shakespeare – 11/8/17 – 12/10/17 – roles of HERO and BENEDICK – Deadline is August 8

A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry – 1/24/18 – 2/18/18 – Deadline is “The sooner the better”
Marjorie Prime by Jordan Harrison – 3/7/18 – 4/1/18
The Producers by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan – 4/18/18 – 5/13/18
Strait of Gibraltar by Andrea Lepcio – 5/23/18 – 6/17/18
Bad Jews by Joshua Harmon – 7/11/18 – 8/5/18

Please see the individual show description below for a link to the script & sides, and follow the instructions in our FAQ to submit a video.


May 17, 2017 – AUDITION ANNOUNCEMENT for American Stage 2017-2018 Season

American Stage is seeking Equity and professional Non-Equity actors for our 2017-2018 Season.

The Royale by Marco Ramirez – 9/20/17 – 10/15/17
Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare – 11/8/17 – 12/10/17
A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry – 1/24/18 – 2/18/18
Marjorie Prime by Jordan Harrison – 3/7/18 – 4/1/18
The Producers by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan – 4/18/18 – 5/13/18
Strait of Gibraltar by Andrea Lepcio – 5/23/18 – 6/17/18
Bad Jews by Joshua Harmon – 7/11/18 – 8/5/18

  • Auditions will be held Monday June 12, 2016 9am-6pm (lunch 1-2pm) at American Stage in Saint Petersburg, FL.
    • Check-in will be in our 2nd floor lobby.
  • For an audition appointment please send an email request to: auditions@americanstage.org.
    • Include HEADSHOT, RESUME, and PREFERRED AUDITION TIME.
  •  PLEASE NOTE: The American Stage casting team will attend the Tampa Bay Unified auditions on June 10th. Non-Equity actors, if you are attending those auditions, please know that we have seen you there and do not need to see you at our season call. If you have a particular interest in a role in one of our shows, please send an email to auditions@americanstage.org and let us know.
  • No accompanist will be present at these auditions. A separate audition for THE PRODUCERS will be held at a future time, TBA, likely in January 2018.
  • For an in-person audition, prepare no more than 2 minutes of material that shows us that you’re a good fit for a role or roles that we’re looking for.

 

The Royale

Link to Script

By Marco Ramirez
Directed by Lisa Tricomi
Rehearses August 29 – September 22, 2017
Runs September 20 – October 15, 2017

Jay: Male, Late 20’s-Early 30’s, African American. Solid/tall/powerful physique of a champion heavyweight boxer. An athlete through-and-through, but one who operates with the swagger of an artist. Cut from the same cloth that made Michael Jordan, Miles Davis, and Kanye West. A loveable bravado. Seemingly impenetrable, until it’s not. Stubborn. Kind. Complicated. – JAY SIDES

Wynton: Male, 50’s, African American. Jay’s trainer, a face that’s seen a lot. Smart enough to operate in a professional world, scrappy enough to roll up his sleeves and fight in a back alley when necessary. A paternal figure. A former athlete himself, but one born to another era. An August Wilson character in a David Mamet world. – Role is cast. We will consider actors for possible understudy or replacement.

Nina: Female, 30’s, African American. Jay’s fierce older sister, immovable, stern, smart, loving. Born in another era, she might’ve ended up leading the Black Panthers or running for District Attorney. But given her time and circumstance, she’ll settle for raising the children who will. – NINA SIDES

Fish: Male, 18-25, African American. An amateur boxer, who becomes Jay’s sparring partner. Solid/tall/powerful physique of a heavyweight boxer; sweet, ambitious. An athlete who may be something someday, but doesn’t necessarily have the God-given talent to make him a first-round draft pick. That means he works for it. Harder and harder every day. A young man constantly reminded of his status in the world, who has the dignity to fight through it, smartly keeping his head down, waiting for a better day. – FISH SIDES

Max: Male,40’s, Caucasian. A fight promoter and referee. In some ways, the inverse of Wynton, a David Mamet character in an August Wilson world. He hitched his wagon to the train in which he saw potential–an African-American boxer named Jay Jackson. He likes making money, but more importantly, he likes the sport of it all. The excitement and sweat and agony and dinner with clients. He believes what they’re doing is important – but not in a social sense. He doesn’t care that he’s arranging a fight that’ll break racial boundaries. He cares more for the fact that this’ll go down in history. Whether his name is attached to it or not – this fight will be his biggest accomplishment. – MAX SIDES

Much Ado About Nothing

Link to Script

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Benjamin Ismail
Rehearses October 17 – November 10, 2017
Runs November 8 – December 10, 2017

This adaptation of Much Ado About Nothing will be set in the Florida Keys, post WWII, and will incorporate live music. We are specifically seeking (but not limited to) actors who move well, and/or play an instrument.

Actors may play multiple roles.

Actors of all ethnicities are encouraged to submit.

Benedick: Male, 35+. An American soldier who has recently been fighting under Don Pedro, and a friend of Don Pedro and Claudio. Benedick is very witty, and intelligent. He carries on a “merry war” of wits with Beatrice, but has a large earnest heart under his snarky charm and passionate demeanor. – BENEDICK SIDES

Beatrice: Female, 35+. Leonato’s niece and Hero’s cousin. Beatrice is “a pleasant-spirited lady” with a very sharp tongue. She is generous and loving, but, like Benedick, continually mocks other people with elaborately tooled jokes and puns. She wages a war of wits against Benedick and often wins the battles. – Role is cast. We will consider actors for possible understudy or replacement.

Hero: Female, 18-30. The beautiful young daughter of Leonato and the cousin of Beatrice. Hero is earnest, passionate, and kind. She falls in love with Claudio when he falls for her, but when Don John slanders her and Claudio rashly takes revenge, she suffers terribly. *Specifically seeking but not limited to Latina actor for this role. – HERO SIDES

Claudio: Male, 20s-30s. A young American soldier who has won great acclaim fighting under Don Pedro during the recent wars. Claudio falls in love with Hero upon his return to Messina. His unfortunately suspicious nature makes him quick to believe evil rumors and hasty to despair and take revenge.

Don Pedro: Male, 30s-50s. An important nobleman from Aragon, sometimes referred to as “Prince.” Don Pedro is a longtime friend of Leonato, Hero’s father, and is also close to the soldiers who have been fighting under him—the younger Benedick and the very young Claudio. Don Pedro is generous, courteous, intelligent, and loving to his friends, but he is also quick to believe evil of others and hasty to take revenge. He is the most politically and socially powerful character in the play.

Leonato/a: Male or Female, 50+. A respected, well-to-do, noble at whose home the action is set. Leonato is the parent of Hero and the uncle of Beatrice. As a political figure, s/he is second in social power only to Don Pedro. Strongly seeking but not limited to Latino/a actors for this role.

Don John: Male, 20s-50s. The illegitimate brother of Don Pedro; sometimes called “the Bastard.” Don John is melancholy and embittered by the success around but not upon him, and he creates a dark scheme to ruin the happiness of Hero and Claudio. He is the villain of the play; his evil actions are motivated by his envy of his brother’s social and political authority.

Margaret: Female, 20s-40s. Hero’s serving woman, who unwittingly helps Borachio and Don John deceive Claudio into thinking that Hero is unfaithful. Though she is honest, she does have some dealings with the villainous world of Don John: her lover is the mistrustful and easily bribed Borachio. She is clever and sharp wit, and loves to break decorum, especially with bawdy jokes and teases.

Borachio: Male, 20s-40s. An associate of Don John. Borachio is the lover of Margaret, Hero’s serving woman. He conspires with Don John to trick Claudio and Don Pedro into thinking that Hero is unfaithful to Claudio. He’s big, loud, charming and loves a good party. He’s not total ass but he’s far from a gentleman.

Conrade: Any gender, 20s-40s. One of Don John’s more intimate associates, entirely devoted to Don John. Serves to intensify Don John’s feelings of being a social outcast and therefore motivate his desire for revenge.

Dogberry: Any gender, Any age. The constable in charge of the Watch, or chief policeman, of Messina. Dogberry is very sincere and takes the job seriously, but has a habit of using exactly the wrong word to convey his meaning. Dogberry is one of the few “middling sort,” or middle-class characters, in the play, though the desire to speak formally and elaborately like the noblemen becomes an occasion for parody.

Verges: Any gender, Any age. The deputy to Dogberry, chief policeman of Messina.

Antonio/a: Male or Female, 55+. Leonato’s elder sibling and Hero’s uncle. S/he is Beatrice’s parent.

 

A Raisin in the Sun

Link to Script

By Lorraine Hansberry
Directed by L. Peter Callender
Rehearses January 2 – 26, 2018
Runs January 24 – February 18, 2018

Walter Lee Younger: Male, 30-40, African American. The protagonist of the play; Walter is a dreamer; he wants to be rich and devises plans to acquire wealth with his friends, particularly Willy Harris; when the play opens, he wants to invest his father’s insurance money in a new liquor store venture; he spends the rest of the play endlessly preoccupied with discovering a quick solution to his family’s various problems.  – WALTER LEE SIDES

Beneatha Younger: Female, 19-25, African American. Lena’s daughter and Walter’s sister; Beneatha is an intellectual; twenty years old, she attends college and is better educated than the rest of the Younger family; some of her personal beliefs and views have distanced her from conservative Mama; she dreams of being a doctor and struggles to determine her identity as a well-educated black woman. – BENEATHA SIDES

Lena ‘Mama’ Younger: Female, 55-65, African American. Walter and Beneatha’s mother; the matriarch of the family, Mama is religious, moral, and maternal; she wants to use her husband’s insurance money as a down payment on a house with a backyard to fulfill her dream for her family to move up in the world. – LENA SIDES

Ruth Younger: Female, 29-37, African American. Walter’s wife and Travis’s mother; Ruth takes care of the Youngers’ small apartment; her marriage to Walter has problems, but she hopes to rekindle their love; she is about thirty, but her weariness makes her seem older; constantly fighting poverty and domestic troubles, she continues to be an emotionally strong woman; her almost pessimistic pragmatism helps her to survive. – RUTH SIDES

Travis Younger: Male, 9-12, African American. Walter and Ruth’s sheltered young son; Travis earns some money by carrying grocery bags and likes to play outside with other neighborhood children, but he has no bedroom and sleeps on the living-room sofa. – TRAVIS SIDES

Joseph Asagai: Male, 24-34, African American. A Nigerian student in love with Beneatha; Asagai, as he is often called, is very proud of his African heritage, and Beneatha hopes to learn about her African heritage from him; he eventually proposes marriage to Beneatha and hopes she will return to Nigeria with him. – ASAGAI SIDES

George Murchison: Male, 29-36, African American. A wealthy, African-American man who courts Beneatha; the Youngers approve of George, but Beneatha dislikes his willingness to submit to white culture and forget his African heritage; he challenges the thoughts and feelings of other black people through his arrogance and flair for intellectual competition. – GEORGE SIDES

Mr. Karl Lindner: 35-50, Caucasian. The only white character in the play; Mr. Lindner arrives at the Youngers’ apartment from the Clybourne Park Improvement Association; he offers the Youngers a deal to reconsider moving into his (all-white) neighborhood. – LINDNER SIDES

Bobo: Male, 30-40, African American. One of Walter’s partners in the liquor-store plan; Bobo appears to be as mentally slow as his name indicates. – BOBO SIDES

Mrs. Johnson: Female, 40-60, African American. The Youngers’ neighbor; Mrs. Johnson takes advantage of the Youngers’ hospitality and warns them about moving into a predominately white neighborhood; nice cameo role. – JOHNSON SIDES

 

Marjorie Prime

Link to Script

By Jordan Harrison
Directed by Stephanie Gularte
Co-Production with Capital Stage, Sacramento, CA
Rehearses February 13 – March 9, 2018 at American Stage
Runs March 7 – April 1, 2018 at American Stage and May 2 – June 3, 2018 at Capital Stage

Marjorie: Female, 85, – Role is cast. We will consider actors for possible understudy or replacement.
Walter: Male, early 30s, Marjorie’s handsome companion
Tess: Female, 55. Marjorie’s daughter. – Role is cast. We will consider actors for possible understudy or replacement.
Jon: Male, 55. Marjorie’s son-in-law.

 

Strait of Gibraltar

Link to Script

By Andrea Lepcio
Directed by Jim Sorensen
Rehearses May 1 – 23, 2018

Runs May 23 – June 17, 2018

Miriam Rosenberg: 20’s Female. A lovely 20-something Jewish Woman.
Sameer Fakhoury: Non-White 20’s Male. A handsome 20-something Moroccan Man.
Actor 3: 20’s Male. Tripp Bacon a 20-something lawyer friend, Prosecutor, Waiter, Cop, Guard.
Actor 4: Non-White 20’s Female. Asra Fakhoury Zameer’s sister, Prosecutor, Waiter, Cop, Guard.
Actor 5: 40+ Female. Selma Sassman Miriam’s Mother, Announcer, Cop, Guard.

 

Bad Jews

Link to Script

By Joshua Harmon
Director TBA
Rehearses June 19 – July 13, 2018

Runs July 11- August 5, 2018

The following character descriptions are taken directly from the published script:
Daphna Feygenbaum: 22, Liam & Jonah’s first cousin. 2/3 body, 1/3 hair. Thick, intense, curly, frizzy, long brown hair. Hair that clogs a drain after one shower. Hair you find on pillows and in corners of the room and in your refrigerator six months after the head from which it grew last visited. Hair that could not be straightened even if you had four hours and three hairdressers double-fisting blow driers. Hair that screams: Jew.
Liam Haber: 25. Daphna’s cousin: his mother is the sister of Daphna’s father. Wire-rim glasses. U of Chicago Asian studies Ph.D. student. Former Fulbright scholar in Japan. Has as much of a sense of humor as an overdue library book. – Role is cast. We will consider actors for possible understudy or replacement.
Jonah Haber: 21, Liam’s younger brother. Sometime-UVM sophomore. Less lanky than his brother. Less brainy. More brawn. More heart.
Melody: 24, Liam’s girlfriend. Short, stick-straight blonde hair. Which she wears with a barrette. To be extra cute. Mousy. She looks like someone who would have been abducted when she was nine but returned to her parents unharmed. Works for a non-profit.

 

American Stage in the Park

The Producers

By Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan
Music and Lyrics by Mel Brooks
Director TBA
Choreographed by Shain Stroff

Runs April 17th-May 13th

Max Bialystock: Mid 40’s – 60’s. A sleazy, washed up Broadway producer seducing little old ladies for their money. A loveable rogue who is desperate to return to his former glory days. Must have great comedic timing. Range: Baritone, low Bb to high Eb – Role is cast. We will consider actors for possible understudy or replacement.

Leo Bloom: Mid 20’s – late 30’s. A timid, unassuming, naive, neurotic accountant yearning to become a Broadway producer and live life to the fullest! Must have great comedic timing and the ability to sincerely take it all in and react. Tap dancing a plus! Range: Tenor/Baritone, low A to high F

Ulla: 20’s: early 30’s. The voluptuous Swedish actress ready to be an overnight star! A triple threat. Must be able to stop the show, belting and dancing her solo, and deliver comedic lines with a Swedish accent. The ideal candidate would be taller than Leo. Range: Mezzo/Alto, low Bb tohigh Eb, great belter.

Roger De Bris: 40’s – 60’s. The flamboyant gay director desperate for the true recognition of his theatrical talent. The ideal candidate would be tall & statuesque for the evening gown scene & have the comedic schmaltz necessary to play Hitler (German accent for Hitler) Range: Baritone, low G to high G. – Role is cast. We will consider actors for possible understudy or replacement.

Carmen Ghia: 20’s–late 40’s. Roger’s significant other. The ideal candidate would be shorter than Roger and have the moves of a cat and the soul of Norma Desmond. Range: Tenor/Baritone, low C to high F, good falsetto.

Franz Liebkind: 40’s. The Nazi author of Springtime for Hitler who has never left WWII behind. A good German accent & the ability to play big comedy seriously are necessary. Range: Baritone/Tenor, low A to high G.

Ensemble: Nine men & nine women of all ages to play a multitude of roles, such as Roger’s entourage, Mr. Marks, the judge, little old ladies, show girls, first nighters, male accountants, male & female prisoners, storm troopers, etc. Most chorus people will be in at least five to six numbers. Four excellent tapping showgirls needed for “I Want to Be a Producer.” Lone Storm Trooper begins “Springtime for Hitler” (tenor solo). These chorus parts are fun with plenty of stage time and lots of variety!

 

 


 

2016/17 Season Information

Remaining Show Dates
The Invisible Hand  – May 31st-June 25th
Sex with Strangers  – July 12th- Aug. 6th

All shows for the 2016/17 season have been fully cast.

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


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Does American Stage hire non-equity actors?
Yes. We work with both Equity and Non-Equity professional actors.

What is your AEA contract?
American Stage operates under the SPT Tier 7 contract on our Mainstage and under an LOA Agreement at American Stage in the Park.

When do you hold auditions?
Our season auditions are held in June each year, and we hold other auditions & callbacks throughout the year as needed.

I missed your season call – can I still be considered?
If you missed our General Auditions but would like to be considered, please mail your headshot, resume, and production choice to: auditions@americanstage.org.

  • When submitting your headshot, please make sure your stage name is either printed on the photo, or part of the file name (or both!)

Do you provide housing for out-of-town actors?
Yes. American Stage has a limited number of housing spots available to out-of-town artists.

Will you accept a video audition?
Absolutely! Here are the VIDEO AUDITION GUIDELINES:

  • Your video must be specifically recorded for American Stage – please no “Here’s the same video that I submit to every theatre who will take it.” or “Here’s my reel.”
  • — If there are sides available, they will be posted with the character descriptions above. Please record all listed sides for your character.
  • — If no sides are available, please choose your own material.
  • — Audition material should be tailored to a specific role(s). Please don’t send us your Medea monologue if you want to be considered for Mame.
  • If there is no audition submission date listed, assume the date is “The sooner the better”.
  • Film yourself standing, with your scene partner(s) off camera. If the scene calls for you to be sitting, make sure we can see more than just your face. Alternately, you can start by slating your name and having the camera show you from head to toe.
  • Please send a LINK(s) to a YouTube, Vimeo, or other video-sharing service file to: auditions@americanstage.org
  • — On YouTube, please make your video setting Public or Unlisted, not Private (as we can’t share those with the rest of the artistic team.)
  • — On Vimeo, please set your viewing settings to Anyone or Only people with a password, and supply us your password.
  • DO NOT send the actual file. Video files will not be downloaded or watched.
  • Make sure to also send your headshot & resume.
  • Last, please let us know whether or not you will require local housing if hired.