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2014-15 Theatre J Season

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Company

Theater J
Ari Roth, artistic dir.; Naomi Robin, casting dir.; Shirley Serotsky, assoc. artistic dir.; Delia Taylor, assoc. prod.; Ryan Breen prod. mgr.

Production Description

Casting 2014-15 Theatre J season. Season includes: "Yentl" (based on Isaac Bashevis Singer’s short story “Yentl the Yeshiva Boy"; Leah Napolin and Isaac Bashevis Singer, writer; Jill Sobule, music-lyrics; Shirley Serotsky, dir.; Rehearsals begin July 28; runs Aug. 28-Oct. 12); "The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures" (Tony Kushner, playwright; John Vreeke, dir.; Rehearsals begin Oct. 13; runs Nov. 13-Dec. 21); "Life Sucks (Or the Present Ridiculous)" (Aaron Posner, writer-dir.; loosely based on "Uncle Vanya" by Anton Chekov; Rehearsals begin Dec. 15; runs Jan. 14-Feb. 15, 2015); "The Greater Good" (Renee Calarco, playwright; TBD, dir.; Rehearsals begin Feb. 16; runs March 18-April 19, 2015); "Tale of the Allergist's Wife" (Charles Busch, playwright; TBD, dir.; Rehearsals begin May 4; runs June 3-July 5, 2015).

Rehearsal and Production Dates & Locations

Season rehearses and performs in Washington, D.C.

Compensation & Union Contract Details

Pays $518 min./wk. Equity SPT Cat. 8 Contract.

Auditions

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Role Breakdown

YENTL

7 AEA contracts to be cast among all available roles.

Any actors with musical ability are encouraged to audition. If you are a confident singer, please be prepared to do 8-bars of a pop/rock/folk song—either from a musical or from the radio. Also—be prepared to tell us about any instruments you play.

SEEKING:

Actor 1 male – Reb Todrus, Fulcha the fool, Chaim - male 30-50

Actor 2 male – Lemmel, Yussel, FEITL - male 20-40

Actor 3 male - Reb Nata, Berel/ Lazar, Alter Vishkower - male 30-50

Actor 4 male – MORDECAI, Shmuel, SHEFTEL - male 25-40

Actor 5 male – Gershon, Moishe, Rabbi - male 30-50

Actor 6 male – Treitl, Dovid, Zelig - male 20-40

Actor 7 male – Zisheh, AVIGDOR - male 20-35 - attractive, a passionate speaker and thinker

Actor 8 female – ANSHEL/YENTL - female 22-30 - smart, strong-willed, can adopt a boyish affect

Actor 9 female – Rivka, Frumka, NECHELE, RAIZELEH, ZLATEH - female 25-40

Actor 10 female – Hadass, and others - female - 22-30 - graceful and feminine

Actor 11 female – PESHA, FINKL, Yachna, CHAMBERMAID - female 25-40

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THE INTELLIGENT HOMOSEXUAL’S GUIDE TO CAPITALISM AND SOCIALISM WITH A KEY TO THE SCRIPTURES

7 AEA contracts to be cast among all available roles.

SEEKING:

PierLuigi Marcantonio, called Pill, Italian-American, 53, high school history teacher, Gus’s son

Eli Wolcott, mid-20s, a hustler

Paul Cedric Davis, African-American, 47, formerly an assistant professor of theology at Columbia University/Union Theological Seminary, now a visiting lecturer at the University of Minnesota, Pill’s husband

Maria Teresa Marcantonio, called Empty, Italian-American, 49, formerly a nurse, now a labor lawyer, Gus’s daughter. This role is CAST

Vito Anthony Marcantonio, called V, Vic, Vinnie, Italian-American, 38, private

contractor, Gus’s son. This role is CAST

Augusto Giuseppe Garibaldi Marcantonio, called Gus, Italian-American, 72, retired longshoreman, lifetime member of the Communist Party USA

Clio Annunziata Marcantonio, sometimes called Zeeko (Zia Clio) by her nephews and niece, Italian-American, 69, former Discalced Carmelite nun, former Maoist, Gus’s sister

Maeve Ludens, 40, Doctor of Theology, same-sex partner of Empty

Sooze Moon Marcantonio, Korean-American, early 30s, wife of V

Adam Butler, early 50s, real estate lawyer, Empty’s ex-husband

Michelle O’Neill, called Shelle, Irish-American, 40s


We will consider AEA actors for replacements and/or understudies for cast roles, should any be needed.

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LIFE SUCKS (OR THE PRESENT RIDICULOUS)

6 AEA contracts to be cast among all available roles.

Vanya—Late 40's. An observer. A ruminator. Not terribly attractive. Not a player. A smart, passionate, insightful, wound-tight failure. Quite a lot of anger, too…

Sonia—Late 20's or early 30's. Hugely nice and kind and caring. A Very Good Person. Not at all attractive or comfortable in her body. Not giving up hope…

Ella—30's. Smart, frustrated, lost, hopeful, sad and lonely. Very beautiful and rampantly desirable.

Babs—60's. Vibrant, but understated. Ironic. No-nonsense. Good soul, scrappy wit. Savvy…

The Professor—mid 60's. Big mind, big ego, big vocabulary, (big heart???), small soul…

Astor—40's. Broken, beautiful, smart, savvy and sad. He cares deeply… to no end…

Waffles—30's or 40's or 50's. The oddest of ducks. A sweet, sharp, clueless, utopian guitar-guy.

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THE GREATER GOOD

5 AEA contracts to be cast among all available roles.

Roberta, female, 50-60. A Jewish mother in spite of herself. Flighty and grounded. Hilarious and broken.

Larry, male, 50-60. Roberta’s husband. A macher who wears it lightly.

Dov, male, 35-45. A rabbi. Baby-faced and world-weary. He believes in everything: the truth, his lies, his own press.

Chorus of 4 (2 female, 2 male), who play many roles. Specific parts to be assigned during rehearsal process.


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TALE OF THE ALLERGIST’S WIFE

3 AEA contracts to be cast among all available roles

Marjorie – female, late 50's-60's, an attractive, stylish woman.

Lee – mid-50's-60's, an energetic, beautifully groomed lady of Marjorie’s age, with a very comfortable sense of her own sensuality.

Ira – mid-50's, Marjorie’s husband, a good-looking, highly energetic man.

Frieda – a small, shrunken, eighty-year-old woman with a walker but as tough as cowhide.

Mohammed – a boyish and very good-looking twenty-two-year-old doorman from Iraq.