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Production: Contemporary American Theater Festival Season, WV

Principal Roles (Lead)

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Casting the Contemporary American Theater Festival 2013-14 season. Season includes "A Discourse on the Wonders of the Invisible World" (Kent Nicholson, dir.), "H2O" (Jon Hory, dir....more

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Males & Females, ages 18-64, All Ethnicities

Role Description

Principal Roles: (Lead) (only three of the open roles require nudity).




[ACTOR 1] Mercy: INVISIBLE WORLD: female 30s, powerful, capable, deeply angry, paranoid, scarred women who doesn’t hold back. She needs to be able to let the rage rip but let us see the layers beneath: the scars, the fear, the pride, the damaged child. Not one spare once of sentimentality in her. AND Lucy: HEARTLESS: female, 30-40s, a natural caretaker starting to resent her role. Sally’s mousy, miserable, older sister. She is quirky, inventive, imaginative and bewildered.

[ACTOR 2] Abigail: INVISIBLE WORLD: female 20s, extremely intelligent, ethical, quick-speaking, sharp, deeply feeling and attractive. She has a spine, is proud and spirited. Urgently seeking answers to life/death questions. A heroine, not an ingénue. AND Sally: HEARTLESS: female, 25-30, a deep complex soul. Strong sexuality and very attractive. She is a damaged woman…sullen and withdrawn. (some brief nudity required).

[ACTOR 3] Rebekkah: INVISIBLE WORLD: female, 18+ to play mid-teens, damaged, wary, both fragile and steely, with a secret ambition, must read as a teenager.

[ACTOR 4] Peck: INVISIBLE WORLD:male, 40-60, a village minister and magistrate with cravings of glory. Authoritative, vain, pompous, self-important, dangerous, capable of cracking a vocal whip, driving a scene and holding a sense of power. AND Scott Fitzgerald: SCOTT AND HEM: male, 41, a literary icon. His star has fallen. Scott was once very handsome, charming, starting to sag from years of drinking. He has a gentle, lyrical feel to him. (Stage combat experience required.)

[ACTOR 5] Judah: INVISIBLE WORLD: male, 30s, physically strong, a farmer and a blacksmith, not smart - does evil without knowing it. He is selfish with strong impulses of fear and desire. AND Ernest Hemingway: SCOTT AND HEM: male, 38, a literary lion/legend…bursting with a kind of a manic virility. He is physically strong and powerful…charismatic, sexual and handsome. (Stage combat experience required.)

[ACTOR 6] John Fox: INVISIBLE WORLD: male, late 20s-30s, half Native American and half unnamed race, attractive, intelligent, ethical, resourceful, proud, and troubled. He is a survivor with a sense of sadness under his pride. He has a wry sense of humor.

[ACTOR 7] Rahim Janjua: MODERN TERRORISM: male, 20s, Pakistani but goes to college in America. He grew up playing video games and watching American movies. Strong comedic chops, inventive and energetic.

[ACTOR 8] Yalda Abbasi: MODERN TERRORISM: female 20-30, Pakistani-American, intense and logical. She is still grieving the death of her husband. Strong comedic chops.

[ACTOR 9] Qalaase Abdi Dalmar Mohamed (Qala): MODERN TERRORISM: male, 30s, African-American, Somali educated in Western schools in Africa. He is very intense, dark and serious but has just an edge of humor. He is egotistical, and ambitious. He is frustrated like any boss trying to manage an organization. Has the temperament of a man in middle management, even if he’s trying to be the CEO.

[ACTOR 10] Jerome: MODERN TERRORISM: male, 27-30s, born and raised in the Midwest; living in Brooklyn; maybe trying to start a band. He is a “dude.” He acts out to get attention. He is still an adolescent in a lot of ways. Strong comedic chops required.

[ACTOR 11] Deborah: H2O: female 20s-30s, attractive, pretty, wholesome. A young evangelical Christian woman set on getting the role of Ophelia. Strong classical chops. Strong comedic chops.

[ACTOR 12] Jake: H2O: male, 30s, an extremely handsome Hollywood celebrity/Action movie star. He is dark and brooding and very intense. Strong classical chops. Strong comedic skills. (Stage combat experience required, nudity required).

[ACTOR 13] Roscoe: HEARTLESS: male, 60-65, an older guy with some sand and grit. He is a literature professor. He is handsome with a strong sexual magnetism. He is running away from his demons, rootless… a rolling stone…a classic “Shepard” iconic male character. This actor may also be in consideration for Peck: INVISIBLE WORLD: male, 40-60, a village minister and magistrate with cravings of glory. Authoritative, vain, pompous, self-important. But dangerous, capable of cracking a vocal whip, driving a scene and holding a sense of power.

[ACTOR 14] Elizabeth: HEARTLESS: female, 25-35, a beautiful, quiet, mysterious, sexy woman with an edge of pain. She is Mable’s mute nurse. Looking for an inventive, imaginative actor…fearless…and a risk taker. (This role requires some partial nudity).

[ACTOR 15] Mable: HEARTLESS: female, 70s+, a tough, smart, and unyielding woman. She is intimidating and has an acid tongue. The matriarch, Sally and Lucy’s mother, paralyzed and uses a wheelchair.

[ACTOR 16] Miss Evelyn Montaigne: SCOTT AND HEM: female, 30s-40s, a tough, intelligent, attractive 1937 Hollywood Film Studio secretary. She is bossy, and strong-willed. Not afraid or easily impressed by Hemingway.