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May 25, 2017 – AUDITION ANNOUNCEMENT Clarification for Non-Equity Members
- Per our agreement with Actors’ Equity Association, we are only able to offer appointment times to AEA members in good standing for our upcoming season auditions on June 12th.
- Non-Equity members will be seen on a first-come, first-served walkup basis on the day of the audition, as time permits. We do expect to have time to see both AEA and Non-AEA members that day.
- Please note: if you have recently attended the 2017 FPTA auditions in Sarasota, or plan on attending the Tampa Bay Unified Auditions on June 10th, 2017, we will not need to see you at our local call.
- If you do plan on attending, please take a moment to fill out this audition form. This will speed up the process for us on the day of the call, and allow us to see more non-AEA actors.
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: email@example.com.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
By Marco Ramirez
Directed by Stephanie Gularte
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.
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.
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.
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.
Much Ado About Nothing
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Benjamin Ismail
Rehearses October 17 – November 10, 2017
Runs November 8 – December 10, 2017
Actors may play multiple roles.
Benedick: A lord and soldier from Padua; companion of Don Pedro
Beatrice: “niece of Leonato” – Role is cast. We will consider actors for possible understudy or replacement.
Don Pedro: Prince of Aragon.
Don John: “the Bastard Prince,” brother of Don Pedro.
Claudio: of Florence; a count, companion of Don Pedro, friend to Benedick.
Leonato: governor of Messina; Hero’s father
Antonio: brother of Leonato.
Balthasar: attendant on Don Pedro, a singer.
Borachio: follower of Don John.
Conrade: follower of Don John.
Innogen: a ghost character in early editions as Leonato’s wife
Hero: daughter of Leonato
Margaret: waiting-gentlewoman attendant on Hero.
Ursula: waiting-gentlewoman attendant on Hero.
Dogberry: the constable in charge of Messina’s night watch.
Verges: the Headborough, Dogberry’s partner
Friar Francis: a priest.
A Sexton: the judge of the trial of Borachio
A Boy: serving Benedick
The Watch: watchmen of Messina
Attendants and Messengers
A Raisin in the Sun
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Zameer 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.
By Joshua Harmon
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
By Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan
Music and Lyrics by Mel Brooks
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
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: email@example.com
Will you accept a video audition?
Absolutely! Here are the rules:
- 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. 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.
- Please send a LINK to a YouTube, Vimeo, or other video-sharing service file to: firstname.lastname@example.org
- DO NOT send the actual file. Video files will not be downloaded or watched.
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.