Auditions

THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME

Written by Simon Stephens
Directed by Andy Rassler

Audition Dates:
March 2 & 3, 2020 @ 7PM
Auditions will consist of cold readings from selected sides. Please bring a list of conflicts with you to auditions.

Christopher Boone: Male 18+
An English teenager who is an outsider due to his unique perception of the world, which he sees in surprising and revealing ways. He notices things in minute detail yet has difficulty understanding social and emotional cues and difficulty empathizing with others. This lack of understanding often makes the world seem frustrating and frightening to him, and he can become agitated and even violent when he has to deal with too many overwhelming external stimuli. Incredibly intelligent but shy and mistrusting of strangers, Christopher feels things deeply but doesn’t know how to express or articulate them. He has a brilliant mind, can be fixated on certain topics, and thinks in a highly logical way, which makes him excel in math and science, but because he perceives language literally, he does not understand sarcasm or metaphors. From a diagnostic point of view, he is probably on the autism spectrum and exhibits some behavior that might be characterized as having Asperger’s Syndrome, though what is most important is that he is different; must be physically very fit.

Ed Boone/Others: Male 35-55
Christopher’s father; estranged from his wife, Judy and struggling as a single parent trying to raise his son the best he can. A working class man. Proud, gruff, and brusque, he is unable to convey his emotions and feelings but loves his son deeply. He is a good man but there is a lot on Ed’s shoulders when he first enters the play in pain and near breaking point, though he does not openly express it. He has trouble communicating with Christopher, who often frustrates him. And though he's naturally practical and much more patient in dealing with Christopher than Judy, a difficult situation can make him lose it, sometimes violently. A plumber and heating engineer by trade, naturally good with his hands.

Judy Boone/Others: Female 35-55
Christopher’s mother; estranged from her husband, Ed after having an affair with her neighbor Roger. She works as a secretary and is a working-class woman with a tough exterior who has no support system to raise her son and blames herself for her inability to cope with him effectively. She has had a hard life and had to fight for things, which she is ready to do, as she is feisty and doesn’t take anything lying down. Loving, yet impatient, she has felt very alone in her situation
with Christopher and it frustrates her to a point of absolute desperation. She wishes she knew how to truly reach and care for Christopher. Independent, lonely and proud, she doesn’t easily ask for help and has never had the proper social resources to help her.

Siobhan: Female 25-50
Christopher’s teacher and mentor, the only person in Christopher's life with an understanding of his situation. She strives to teach Christopher how society works and how to behave within its guidelines. Constantly negotiating around Christopher’s anger, she is professional, warm, caring, calm, gentle and self-possessed and also sensitive to his strained relationship with his father. She
often serves as the narrator of Christopher’s story and of his feelings.

Mrs. Shears/Mrs. Gascoyne/Others: Female 35-50
Mrs. Shears is Roger’s ex-wife and Christopher’s neighbor, she is rough around the edges. She is furious at the world as a result of being betrayed and abandoned by her husband. Worn out by life, disappointed, haggard. It is her dog, Wellington that was found killed in the night. Mrs. Gascoyne is the headmistress of the school for “special needs” children that Christopher attends; condescending and lacking in sensitivity, nuance and imagination.

Roger Shears/Duty Sergeant/Others: Male 35-50
Roger Shears is Mrs. Shears’ ex-husband, a middle class man who works at a bank. Has left his wife as a result of his relationship with Judy, which not built on sturdy ground. Doesn’t have a clue or any interest in understanding Christopher. Duty Sergeant is a local Swindon desk sergeant (policeman) who releases Christopher to Ed’s custody after Christopher’s been arrested. Firm, experienced, tough but fair-minded.

Mrs. Alexander/Other: Female 60-80
One of Christopher’s neighbors who has probably lived in Swindon her entire life. May be middle class or middle working class. She is a lonely older woman without a lot of means. She is kind, and so hungry for a connection with Christopher that she tries to help him and ultimately reveals information to him about his mother that he did not know.

Reverend Peters/Station Policeman/Others: Male 35-50
Reverend Peters is a vicar; pleasant enough, tries to answer Christopher's questions about religion and is later tasked with supervising Christopher during a test. Station Policeman is a Swindon policeman who gets stuck on a train to London while trying to convince Christopher to get off the train. Easily outsmarted by Christopher.

Policeman1/Mr. Thompson/Man with Socks: Male 20-35
Policeman 1 is a Swindon policeman who arrests Christopher after Christopher hits him while being questioned about the death of Wellington, the dog. He has no patience or understanding of Christopher’s way of thinking. Mr. Thompson is a neighbor that Christopher interviews during his investigation of who killed Wellington, the dog. Doesn’t have patience for Christopher’s line of questioning. Man with Socks is a guy waiting for the tube in London who suddenly has to
help convince Christopher to get up from the train tracks.

No. 40/Information/Punk Girl: Female 20-35
No. 40 is a woman who is a neighbor of Christopher’s who he interviews during his investigation of who killed Wellington the dog. She tries to gently suggest to Christopher that he should talk to his father before asking these questions. Information is a busy information clerk in a London Railroad Station who Christopher asks for directions. Punk Girl is a young woman in the tube station who tries to help Christopher.

Performance Dates:
April 16 – 18 & 23 – 25, 2020

15-year-old Christopher has an extraordinary brain: He is exceptional at mathematics but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. He has never ventured alone beyond the end of his road, he detests being touched, and he distrusts strangers. Now it is 7 minutes after midnight, and Christopher stands beside his neighbor’s dead dog, Wellington, who has been speared with a garden fork. Finding himself under suspicion, Christopher is determined to solve the mystery of who murdered Wellington, and he carefully records each fact of the crime. But his detective work, forbidden by his father, takes him on a thrilling journey that upturns his world.

For more information about the show or auditions, please feel free to email the director ANDY RASSLER.

DEATH OF A SALESMAN

Written by Arthur Miller
Directed by Kurt Corriher

Audition Dates:
April 20 & 21, 2020 @ 7PM
Auditions will consist of cold readings from selected sides. Please bring a list of conflicts with you to auditions.

Willy Loman, around 60, a tired, struggling salesman with indelible dreams of making it big some day

Linda, also around 60, Willy’s loving, patient, supportive wife

Happy, 30-ish, one of the Loman sons whose mother describes him, sadly but not inaccurately, as a “philandering bum”

Biff, also 30-ish the other Loman son, a star athlete in high school who has struggled in later years and needs a job

Bernard, same age as Biff, Charlie’s son, now a successful Washington attorney

The Woman, perhaps 35-45, a clerical worker who has a fleeting affair with Willy while he’s traveling

Charley, around 60, a successful businessman, and Willy’s long-time friend and neighbor

Uncle Ben, Willy’s brother, perhaps 50-60 (in flashbacks), an adventurer who made a fortune abroad, and whom Willy idolizes

Howard Wagner, perhaps 35 – 45, now President of the Wagner company and Willy’s boss.  He is a businessman whose focus is his bottom line and who has little concern for an aging employee.

Jenny, age flexible, Charley’s secretary

Stanley, age flexible, a waiter

Miss Forsyth, 25 – 30, a customer in a restaurant who flirts with Happy

Letta, 25 – 30, Miss Forsyth’s equally flirtatious friend, also a restaurant customer

Performance Dates:
June 4 – 6 & 11 – 13, 2020

Chronicles the last days in the life of Willy Loman, a man who has spent more than three decades in sales and now, in his early sixties, finds his numbers—and his mind—slipping. Biff, his 34-year-old son, is out of work and running out of options. Happy, two years younger, compulsively exaggerates his own accomplishments. Willy’s devoted wife, Linda, supports him unconditionally, but her constant encouragement cannot keep him moored to reality. Willy is literally haunted by the past, and visions of happier days and lost opportunities continually intrude as he struggles to make sense of the present moment. At heart, this is the story of the members of this American family’s love for each other, and Willy’s corrosive love for the American Dream.

For more information about the show or auditions, please feel free to email Director KURT CORRIHER.

9 to 5, the Musical

Music and Lyrics by Dolly Parton
Book by Patricia Resnick
Directed by TBA

Audition Dates:
TBA @ 7PM

Performance Dates:
July 16 – 18 & 23 – 25, 2020

9 to 5 The Musical, with music and lyrics by Dolly Parton and book by Patricia Resnick, is based on the seminal 1980 hit movie. Set in the late 1970s. this hilarious story of friendship and revenge in the Rolodex era is outrageous, thought-provoking and even a little romantic.

Pushed to the boiling point, three female coworkers concoct a plan to get even with the sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot they call their boss. In a hilarious turn of events, Violet, Judy and Doralee live out their wildest fantasy – giving their boss the boot! While Hart remains “otherwise engaged,” the women give their workplace a dream makeover, taking control of the company that had always kept them down. Hey, a girl can scheme, can’t she?

For more information about the show or auditions, please feel free to email Executive Director ROD ODEN.