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September 5, 2018

SUBMISSIONS - A Doll’s House, Part 2 - Actors
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Region: Eastern

Seeking:Nora: Female, 40-50, highly intelligent and passionate; great sense of irony; articulate and delicate; confident with duality of guilt/shame; physically agile; great listener; very much in the moment. Actors of all ethnicities strongly encouraged to submit. Torvald: Male, 40-60, highly intelligent; holds his cards close to the vest but full of burning passion; great sense of irony without being glib; physically agile; baggage is carefully doled out until conveyor belt goes into overdrive. Actors of all ethnicities strongly encouraged to submit. Ann Marie: Female, 60-75, maternal; worn to the bone; spontaneously warm and wary; hopeful and resentful; can get tangential (comedic) but choosing loyalties can erupt into sudden rage. Actors of all ethnicities strongly encouraged to submit. Emmy: Female, 18-28, self-possessed with hidden ratio of rage/control battling inside her; resolute and resourceful; had to be a woman too early so the child occasionally spontaneously spills out; genuinely curious; not shut down. Actors of all ethnicities strongly encouraged to submit.


SUBMISSIONS - Beauty and the Beast - Singers
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Region: Eastern

Seeking:Gaston: Male, 18+, arrogant, egotistical, and very good-looking, Gaston believes Belle is the girl for him and he will do anything to make that happen. He is manipulative yet charming and earnest. He and his sidekick, LeFou, make an unintentionally hilarious comedic duo. His true, dark intentions become clear later in the story, but at first glance, he appears to simply be a bombastic and narcissistic brute. Vocal range: A2-E4. Maurice: Male, 18+, Belle’s loving, eccentric father who Belle believes will someday be a “world famous” inventor. Maurice is a tinkerer and isn’t afraid to embrace that which makes him unique. Worried about Belle’s happiness, he longs to provide a better life for them both. Maurice has a kind, loving, and generous energy. Vocal range: Bb2-Db4. Lumiere: Male, 18+, puppeteering experience required. A suave, debonair, and enchanted French-speaking candelabra, Lumiere is instantly charming and a true showman. He brings light to the castle both literally and figuratively. An eternal optimist, Lumiere leads the charge to help Belle and the Beast fall in love all the while chasing after Babette and acting as a loyal and steadfast servant to the Beast. Again, puppeteering experience required. Vocal range: F#2-F#4.


Ink - EPA - Actors
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Region: Eastern

Seeking:Larry Lamb: Male, 40-49, Yorkshire accent; new editor of the Sun; smart and driven; carries the burden of his lack of privilege; a working class Northern Englishman who worked his way up through the newsroom, but was then passed over for the prime jobs and shut out of the power structure; his resentment and disillusionment drive his ambition to make the Sun more successful than the establishment papers on the street. Rupert Murdoch: Male, 30-39, Australian; owner of the Sun; brash, demanding, shrewd; will press any advantage and has no respect for the status quo; an upstart; clever and unprincipled. Sees opportunity where others can’t; doesn’t believe that just because something has always been, it must continue to be; a populist, if you’re being generous; a crass exploitative opportunist if you’re not. Hugh Cudlipp: Male, 50-59, Welsh; Chairman of the Mirror; old guard; upholder of traditional British standards; conservative, accustomed to being the boss; he can be callous, but will do it with beautiful manners. Stephanie Rahn: Female, 20-29, of mixed English and Indian origin; London accent; a model who is paying her way through school; smart, opinionated, a modern woman; a good advocate for herself; a lefty politically and socially. Brian McDonnell: Male, 40-49, the news editor of the new Sun; formerly a crime writer at the Mirror; would have been content to remain a working stiff, but Lamb recruits him and gives him an important role at the Sun; wily and dogged; works hard, plays hard; Lamb’s right hand man; a solid, straight-shooting second. Bench Hand/Gerard Croiset/TV Host: Male, 30-59, actor must play piano well; he will provide interstitial live music throughout the play. Bench Hand: a union worker in the print room of the newspaper; Gerard Croiset: a Dutch clairvoyant, he is brought in to help find a missing person; he doesn’t claim to have a perfect track record, but is willing to help where he can; TV Host: in an interview, confronts Murdoch about his cavalier approach to the news and the way he’s degrading long-held standards of journalism; smart, forthright, unafraid to speak truth to power. Anna Murdoch/Diana/Chrissir/Apprentice: Female, 30-39, Anna Murdoch: Rupert’s wife; she has the unique ability calm Rupert; pleasant and unflappable; Diana: The Sun’s horoscope writer; simultaneously eccentric and genuine; a character; Chrissie: a model; Apprentice: a young man (played by this actress) bullied into breaking a union rule by Lamb. Sir Alick McKay/rees-Mogg/Chapel Father: Male, 60-69, Sir Alick McKay: Deputy Chairman of the Sun; wealthy and old-school, but not a stick-in-the-mud; kind. Rees-Mogg: editor of The Times of London; Chapel Father: Union advocate; working class; strict, but with a sense of humor; a lifelong union man, who has fought the good fight successfully during a long career; Murdoch and Lamb erode his once-considerable power over the course of the play. Beverley/Christopher Timothy: Male, 25-35, Beverley: the staff photographer; he’s the youngest person on the staff and the only one who doesn’t come from the newspaper world; he’s a bit out of his depth in his new role, but he’s having fun going along for the ride; breezy, a young man of his time (the late 1960s). Christopher Timothy: voiceover actor; a serious actor from the Old Vic whose craft is not taken seriously by the Sun’s ad staff. Joyce Hopkirk/Muriel McKay: Female, 40-59, Joyce Hopkirk: the woman in this man’s world; demands to be women’s editor, rather than just a features writer; she’s gruff, likes a drink; can hang with the boys; full of tough love for the female models she books for the photoshoots; takes real pride in her work; a dame; a broad. Muriel McKay: Sir Alick’s wife whose kidnapping becomes a major story and precedent-buster for the Sun; a caring woman who sees people clearly. Bernard Shrimsleu/Brittenden: Male, 30-49, Bernard Shrimsley: fastidious and high-minded deputy editor; a straight-A student in a room full of class clowns; but he holds his ground and suffers no fools. Brittenden: Editor of the Daily Mail. Frank Nicklin/Hetherington/Percy Roberts: Male, 50-59, Frank Nicklin: foul-mouthed; came out of retirement to be the sports editor of the Sun; a dry wit, perhaps not the most self-aware. Hetherington: editor of the Guardian. Percy Roberts: Sir Percy; a board member at the Mirror; old school moneyed British; Northerner; anxious about the way the Sun is threatening to catch up with the Mirror’s distribution; thinks it may be time for some new blood at the Mirror as well. Ray Mills/Lee Howard: Male, 30-49, Ray Mills: sub-editor of the Sun.Union man through and through; ex-dock worker, thuggish; rough around the edges; doesn’t sugarcoat much; Lee Howard: editor of the Mirror.


Fun Home - EPA - Singers
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Seeking:Alison Bechdel: Female, 43, any ethnicity; lesbian cartoonist; wry, pragmatic, super intelligent; Alison is stuck artistically, and goes in search of the pieces of the story of her father's demise in an effort to heal herself; range: Alto - low E to belt C#5. Bruce Bechdel: Male, 43, role on offer; any ethnicity; high-school English teacher, funeral home director, spends his spare time on the historic restoration of his home; complex man with a hot temper as a result of years of repression; can be caring and attentive to his children but is also quick to anger; must be a strong singer who can move seamlessly in vocal quality from speech to song; range B to G. Helen Bechdel: Female, 33-44, any ethnicity; Alison’s mother; intelligent, composed, with a quiet coiled intensity; formerly a promising actress, now an English teacher, she is frustrated and exhausted by her tumultuous, emotionally abusive marriage; range: Mezzo - A flat to strong mixed E5. Medium Alison: Female, 19, any ethnicity; Alison Bechdel as a freshman at Oberlin College, discovering her sexuality; incredibly well-read, hyper-intelligent, socially awkward, and overjoyed by sex; range: Alto - strong mix-belt to C and effortless mix to E5. Joan: Female, 20-25, any ethnicity; a student at Oberlin; she exudes a confident, sexual energy, with a dry sense of humor; unlike Alison, Joan is very comfortable in her skin and openly identifies as a lesbian; range: Alto, must handle harmonies very well but no solo singing required. Roy/Pete/Mark/Bobby Jeremy: Male, 20-28, any ethnicity; one actor to play multiple roles; Roy, a young man Bruce hires to do yard work; Pete, a mourner who visits the funeral home; Mark, a high school junior; Bobby Jeremy, the lead singer of a band in Alison’s imagination; good-looking singer with a strong clean 70s pop sound; range: High pop tenor to a B4. Children Roles: Males & Females, 18+, child performers must play an elementary school age child; must look prepubescent, not a young teen or tween look. Small Alison: Female, to play 9-11 years old, any ethnicity; Alison Bechdel as a child; precocious and opinionated, yet because of the era she’s growing up in, she doesn’t have the vocabulary to fully define herself; range: B to B Christian Bechdel: Male, to play 9-11 years old, any ethnicity; Alison’s brother, he tries to be the leader but is overshadowed by Alison’s strong personality; must be able to sing harmonies and move well; note that the roles of Christian and John are intended to be cast as non AEA and are not paid a salary; those cast will be given small travel stipends instead. John Bechdel: Male, to play 7-9 years old, any ethnicity; Alison’s younger brother; like most boys his age, he is full of energy with a quirky imagination; must be able to sing harmonies and move well; note that the roles of Christian and John are intended to be cast as non AEA and are not paid a salary; those cast will be given small travel stipends instead.


APPOINTMENTS - Jubilee - Singers
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Region: Eastern

Seeking:Ella Sheppard: Female, 30-45 manager and record keeper of the Jubilee Singers; devoted, empowering, regal; an outstanding actress with the ability to transform in a variety of characters, male and female, black and white, young and old; should be able to sing/carry a tune and hold her own (or blend) in group songs. Tenor: Male, 20-45, African American, a Jubilee Singer and student of Fisk University; must be strong, soulful singer with a good ear and the ability to hold his part in complex vocal arrangements; will have a character name/speaking part TBD. Bass: Male, 20-45, a Jubilee Singer and student of Fisk University; must be strong, soulful singer with a good ear and the ability to hold his part in complex vocal arrangements; will have a character name/speaking part TBD. Soprano: Female, 20-45, African American, a Jubilee Singer and student of Fisk University; must be a strong, soulful singer with a good ear and the ability to hold her part in complex vocal arrangements; will have a character name/speaking part TBD. Alto: Male, 20-45, African American, a Jubilee Singer and student of Fisk University; must be a strong, soulful singer with a good ear and the ability to hold her part in complex vocal arrangements; will have a character name/speaking part TBD.


Dead Are My People - EPA - Actors
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Region: Eastern

Seeking:Nicola: Male, Arab, late 20s-early 30s; a recently arrived immigrant to the US; he has a certain innocence, though he is not naive; he is charming in an understated way; not a natural loner, he is seeking family and camaraderie in a strange and dangerous world. Ellis: Male, Arab, 40s; he has been in America for close to 20 years; he is quick to learn; he knows the ropes, wants to succeed and assimilate and knows what it takes; while he is kind and generous, he is also willing to go to great lengths to be accepted as American and to avoid trouble. Perkins: Male, Caucasian, mid to late 40s; he is the Sheriff of Lakewood; a man of manners, he considers himself a God fearing, law-abiding Southern gentleman whose mission it is to keep order and when necessary, make sure everyone knows his or her place. Aldridge: Male, Caucasian, 50s; he is a town official, a stone mason and a Klansman; he is impatient with protocol and despite his humble origins is not particularly humble; in fact he has worked his way up and intends to protect his gains and his status from any and all, especially those he considers inferior or subservient. Helene (Cast): Female, This role has been cast. Arab woman, 30s; she has been in America for 10 years but moved to Lakewood recently after marrying Ellis; a former peddler, she is strong-willed and independent; she misses her homeland.  Weevil (Cast): Male, African American, This role has been cast. 30s; an activist, community organizer, musician, and magician performing as "The Smoke King"; his goal is to help families in his community escape the violence of Lakewood.


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