Theater: Plays

Arena Stage 2014-15 Season, DC EPAs

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Company

Arena Stage
Amelia Acosta Powell, casting dir.

Production Description

Casting Arena Stage’s 2014-15 season. Shows include: “The Shoplifters” (Morris Panych, writer-dir. Rehearsals begin Aug. 5, runs Sept. 11-Oct. 19); “Our War” (Anita Maynard-Losh, dir. Rehearsals begin Sept. 30; runs Oct. 23-Nov. 9); “Fiddler on the Roof” (Joseph Stein, Jerry Bock, Sheldon Harnick, writers; Molly Smith, dir. Rehearsals begin Sept. 30; runs Nov. 12, 2014-Jan. 4, 2015); “Five Guys Named Moe” (Clark Peters, Louis Jordan, writers; Robert O’Hara, dir. Rehearsals begin Oct. 14; runs Nov. 20-Dec. 28); “Baskerville” (Ken Ludwig, writer; Gary Griffin, dir. Rehearsals begin Dec. 16, 2014; runs Jan. 22-Feb. 22, 2015); King Hedley II” (August Wilson, writer; Timothy Douglas, dir. Rehearsals begin Jan. 6, 2015; runs Feb. 12-March 8, 2015); “The Originalist” (John Strand, writer; Molly Smith, dir. Rehearsals begin Feb. 3, 2015; runs March 12-April 26, 2015) “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” (Christopher Durang, writer; Aaron Posner, dir. Rehearsals begin March 3, 2015; runs April 9-May 3, 2015); and “Blood Quilt” (Katori Hall, writer. Rehearsals begin March 24; runs April 30-June 7, 2015).

Rehearsal and Production Dates & Locations

Equity actors and actors who sing for various roles/parts in the 2014-15 Season.

Compensation & Union Contract Details

Pays: $600-$812 min./wk. Equity LORT Non-Rep D-B Contracts.

Auditions

Seeking submissions from: Washington, DC Sign up or Log In to apply.

Character Breakdown

Contract Info:
Kreeger Theater, Fichandler Stage: LORT B; $812/week min
Kogod Cradle: LORT D; $600/week min


THE SHOPLIFTERS
By Morris Panych
Dir: Morris Panych
Kreeger Theater
1st reh: 8/5/14. Runs: 9/11 -10/19

Alma is a career shoplifter whose elaborate life of petty crime is halted by an overzealous rookie security guard and his affable mentor who’s seen it all. A surprisingly high-stakes battle of wills ensues over increasingly thought-provoking issues in this comedy about society’s haves and have-nots and how much they might actually have in common.

Seeking:

DOM
Early 20s, Male, Any Ethnicity. Young, over-zealous security guard.

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OUR WAR
By Various Playwrights, incl. David Lindsay-Abaire, Karen Zacarias, Heather Raffo, Amy Freed.
Dir: Anita Maynard-Losh
Kogod Cradle
1st reh: 9/30/14. Runs: 10/23 - 11/9

An esteemed collection of some of America’s finest playwrights has been assembled to create a dynamic new theatrical event reflecting on the repercussions of the U.S. Civil War. Through a rich tapestry of short monologues, a core ensemble of gifted actors, accompanied by notable Washingtonians, give voice to far-reaching questions about the war, its aftermath and its reverberations in our lives today. Our War, commissioned for the National Civil War Project, uses the power of live theater to bring new understanding to the shades of Blue and Gray that define one of the most significant periods of American history.

Seeking:

ENSEMBLE
16+, Any Gender, Any Ethnicity): Diverse performers with strong facility for language.

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FIDDLER ON THE ROOF
By Joseph Stein, Jerry Bock, Sheldon Harnick
Dir: Molly Smith
Fichandler Stage
1st reh: 9/30/14. Runs: 11/12 - 1/4/15

More than just a poor milkman, Tevye is a humble Jewish father who finds his devotion to God severely tested by his headstrong daughters who want to be their own matchmakers & the increasingly ruthless government forcing him from his land.

Seeking (some roles may be doubled):

TEVYE
50s-60s, Male, Jewish: A dairyman.

GOLDE
50s-60s, Female, Jewish: Tevye’s wife.

TZEITEL
20s-early 30s, Female, Jewish: Tevye’s oldest daughter.

HODEL
20s, Female, Jewish. Tevye’s 2nd daughter.

CHAVA
20s, Female, Jewish. Tevye’s 3RD daughter.

SHPRINTZE
16-early 20s, Female, Jewish. Tevye’s 4TH daughter.

BIELKE
16-early 20s, Female, Jewish. Tevye’s youngest daughter.

YENTE
50s-60s, Female, Jewish. Matchmaker.

MOTEL KAMZOIL
20s-30s, Male, Jewish. Tailor.

SHANDEL
50s-60s, Female, Jewish. Motel’s mother.

PERCHIK
20s-30s, Male, Jewish. Student.

LAZAR WOLF
40s-50s, Male, Jewish. Butcher.

MORDCHA
20s-60s, Male, Jewish. Inn-keeper.

RABBI
50s-60s, Male, Jewish. Town Rabbi.

MENDEL
20s-30s, Male, Jewish. The Rabbi’s son.

AVRAM
20s-60s, Male, Jewish. A book-seller.

NAHUM
20s-60s, Male, Jewish. A beggar.

GRANDMA TZEITEL
50s-70s, Female, Jewish. Ghost of Golde’s grandmother.

FRUMA-SARAH
20s-40s, Female, Jewish. Ghost of Lazar Wolf’s first wife.

YUSSEL
20s-60s, Male, Jewish. A hat-maker.

CONSTABLE
30s-60s, Male, Russian. A local official.

FYEDKA
20s-30s, Male, Russian. A young Russian.

SASHA
20s-30s, Male, Russian. Friend of Fyedka.

FIDDLER
16-30s, Any Gender, Jewish. A fiddler.

ENSEMBLE
16+, Any Gender, Any Ethnicity. Performers who can sing and dance.

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FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE
By Clark Peters, Louis Jordan
Dir: Robert O’Hara
Kreeger Stage
1st reh: 10/14/14. Runs: 11/20 - 12/28

Suffering from a severe case of the blues, a young man gets the surprise of his life when “the greatest band around” pops out of his radio to cure what ails him.

Seeking:

NOMAX
20s, Male, African American. A stubborn guy who drinks too much and doesn’t want to admit he did wrong by his girl.

BIG MOE
Any age, African American. Leader of the Five Moes band. Trying to educate young Nomax.

EAT MOE
Any age, Male, African American. Singer in the Five Moes band. Always hungry.

FOUR-EYED MOE
Any age, Male, African American. Singer in the Five Moes band.

LITTLE MOE
Any age, Male, African American. Singer in the Five Moes band.

NO MOE
Any age, Male, African American. Singer in the Five Moes band.

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BASKERVILLE
By Ken Ludwig
Dir: Gary Griffin
Co-Prod. with McCarter Theatre
Kreeger Stage
1st reh: 12/16/14. Runs: 1/22/15 - 2/22

Holmes & Watson must crack the mystery before a family curse dooms its newest heir. Watch as our intrepid investigators try to escape a dizzying web of clues, silly accents, disguises and deceit as five actors deftly portray more than 25 characters.

Seeking:

SHERLOCK HOLMES
30s-50’s, Male, Caucasian. Lean and moody, energetic and intelligent.

JOHN WATSON
30s-50’s, Male, Caucasian. Solid and reliable.

MALE ENSEMBLE 1
Any Age, Male, Any Ethnicity. Plays a variety of roles, including Dr. Mortimer, Barrymore, Stapleton, Falstaff.

MALE ENSEMBLE 2
Any Age, Male, Any Ethnicity. Plays a variety of roles, including Sir Henry Baskerville and Inspector Lestrade.

FEMALE ENSEMBLE 1
Any Age, Female, Any Ethnicity. Plays a variety of roles, including Mrs. Hudson, Mrs. Barrymore, Miss Stapleton, Nurse, Laura Lyons.

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KING HEDLEY II
By August Wilson
Dir: Timothy Douglas
Fichandler Stage
1st reh: 1/6/15. Runs: 2/12- 3/8

One of ten plays in Wilson’s Pittsburgh Cycle. Set in 1980s Pittsburgh, tells the story of an ex-con trying to rebuild his life. With an angry scar down the length of his face and seven years of prison haunting him, King has a chance to lock away his past and achieve an entrepreneurial dream. But Pittsburgh’s Hill District is an unforgiving place, & the return of Elmore, a scheming conman armed with a derringer and family secrets, could strike a fatal blow to King’s second coming.

Seeking: (all characters are African-American)

KING
36, Male: Recently released from prison, proud and stubborn.

RUBY
61, Female: King’s mother. A retired blues singer.

TONYA
35, Female: King’s second wife. Beautiful.

MISTER
30s, Male: King’s friend and business partner.

ELMORE
66, Male: A stylish hustler who exudes an air of elegance and confidence.

STOOL PIGEON
65, Male: A bible-verse-reciting prophesier of the future.

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THE ORIGINALIST
By John Strand
Dir: by Molly Smith
Kogod Cradle
1st reh: 2/3/15. Runs: 3/12 - 4/26/15

When a bright, liberal, Harvard Law School graduate embarks on a nerve-wracking clerkship with Justice Antonin Scalia she discovers him to be both an infuriating sparring partner and an unexpected mentor. How will their relationship affect one of the most incendiary cases ever to reach the nation’s highest court?

Seeking:

CAT
mid-20s, Female, African-American: law school graduate and law clerk to Justice Scalia. Fiercely smart and motivated.

BRAD/PAUL/MALE ENSEMBLE
mid-20s, Male, Caucasian: various roles including law school graduate, son of Scalia, and shooting instructor.

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VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE
By Christopher Durang
Dir: Aaron Posner
Fichandler Stage
1st reh: 3/3/15. Runs: 4/9 - 5/3/15

Masha is a movie star whose career is stalling. She returns to her family home where drama ensues with her two siblings, who have been living a dull life, reminiscent of their Chekovian namesakes. Masha’s brother Vanya lusts after her much younger boyfriend, Spike, who lusts after the neighbor girl, Nina. Meanwhile, the housekeeper, Cassandra, makes dire prophesies which the family ignores.

Seeking:

VANYA
57, Male, Any ethnicity: Resigned to his life in Bucks County, PA.

SONIA
52, Female, Any ethnicity: Step sister of Vanya. Discontent, upset, regretful.

CASSANDRA
30-60, Female, Any ethnicity, but ‘probably African-American’: cleaning lady and sooth-sayer.

MASHA
mid 50s, Female, Any ethnicity: Attractive and grand. An actress.

SPIKE
29 or younger, Male, Any ethnicity: Sure of himself and self-involved. An ‘actor.’

NINA
early 20s, Female, Any Ethnicity: Very pretty. An aspiring actress.

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BLOOD QUILT
By Katori Hall
Dir: TBA
Kreeger Stage
1st reh: 3/24/15. Runs: 4/30 - 6/7

Welcome to the Jernigan Gals’ Quilting Corner. Gathering at their childhood island home off the coast of Georgia, four disconnected sisters meet to create a family quilt to honor their recently deceased mother. When their reunion turns into a reading of their mother's will, everyone must grapple with a troubling inheritance. Stitched with history and ritual, laughter and tears, will their “blood quilt” bind the family together or tear them apart forever?

Seeking: (all characters are African-American)

CLEMENTINE
40s, Female: The oldest sister, the keeper of the quilting stitches. She was closest to Mama, and the death has been hardest on her.

GIO
40s, Female: The 2nd-born sister. A police office in the midst of a divorce. Big-mouthed, uses humor to disguise a deep well of pain.

CASSAN
30s, Female: The 3rd-born sister. A nurse with one daughter, raising her alone because her husband is always on a tour for the military.

AMBER
20s, Female: The youngest sister. An entertainment lawyer in Hollywood. Mama’s favorite. Extremely enterprising and ambitious to a fault.

ZAMBIA
15, Female: Cassan’s daughter, looking for her identity. She will try anything.