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Hartford Stage 14-15 Season

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Company

Hartford Stage
Maxwell Williams, assoc. artistic dir.; James McBride, artistic assist.

Production Description

Casting the Hartford Stage 2014-2015 season. Season includes "Ether Dome" (runs Aug. 26-Oct. 5), "Hamlet" (runs Sept. 19-Nov. 9), "A Christmas Carol - A Ghost Story of Christmas" (runs Nov. 11-Dec. 28), "Private Lives" (runs Dec. 16-Feb. 1, 2015), "Reverberation" (runs Jan. 20-Mar. 15, 2015), "The Pianist of Willesden Lane" (runs Mar. 23-Apr. 26, 2015), and "Kiss Me, Kate" (runs Apr. 17-June 7, 2015).

Rehearsal and Production Dates & Locations

Rehearses and performs in Hartford, CT.

Compensation & Union Contract Details

Pays $812/wk. min. Equity LORT Non-Rep Cat B Contract.

Auditions

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Character Breakdown

ETHER DOME:
August 26- October 5, 2014
(All roles available.)

DR. HORACE WELLS:
Male. 34. Charismatic leading man. Prominent dentist. Discovers nitrous oxide as an anesthetic but fails to prove its worth. Betrayed by his former partner, Morton, driven near mad after his failure and Morton’s duplicity, he loses everything. Dignified, honorable, and determined – until he explodes.

ELIZABETH WELLS:
Female. 27. Leading lady. Married to Horace and serves as his dental assistant. Kind, loving and righteous. She’s seen it all, and is the only person in the play who is not afraid of pain or death. Only wants what is owed her husband and defends Horace and his good name until the bitter end.

WILLIAM MORTON:
Male. 27. Charming and attractive. Dentist, Horace’s partner until he breaks off to get married and become a doctor. Desperate to please, Ambitious, impatient and always looking to strike it rich. Lives in constant fear of others discovering who he really is.

ELIZABETH MORTON:
Female. 20s. Comic Ingenue. William Morton’s wife. A graduate of Miss Porter’s school where she was given all the skills useful for marrying a wealthy husband. Idealistic and engaging. Possible brief nudity. (but not at the EPA)

DR. CHARLES JACKSON:
Male. 47. Respected surgeon, might well be a genius in another field, (having studied Geology, Chemistry, Astronomy and More), but in this one, he’s constantly mocked because he faints at the sight of blood.

DR. JOHN WARREN:
Male. 68. Powerful and patrician. Renowned surgeon and professor, Beacon Hill Blue-blood, a perfectionist who is constantly disappointed by others. Loves being a surgeon. Very old school, he is not interested in a new way of doing things.

DR. BIGELOW:
Male. 25. Youngest doctor on staff at Mass General. Seems to have it all: wealth, good looks and confidence. Treated like a baby by all the other doctors. Has a nose for innovation and recognizes a good idea when he sees it. Will double in other roles.

DR. AUGUSTUS GOULD:
Male. 50. Spectacled conchologist and former surgeon. Can’t stand the screaming anymore. An outsider. Insecure and fragile. Could possibly double in other roles.

DR. HAYWARD:
Male. 50. House surgeon. Tough and hardworking. Should be valued more by the hospital. Trying to hide his growing resentment. Will double in other roles.

MRS. WADSWORTH:
Female. 50s. Wealthy patient of Horace’s. Educated. Dignified. Has impeccable taste and a dry sense of humor that escapes most people. Will double in other roles.

LIVINGSTON:
Male. 20s. The top medical student. A bit of a smart ass. Ruthless enough to be Chief of Surgery some day. Will double in other roles.

DR. COLTON:
Male. 40s- 50. Legitimately a doctor with a degree, but instead of practicing he puts on a stage show pretending to lecture and sell Laughing Gas. Will double in other roles.

YOUNG WOMAN IN WHITE:
Female. Teens- 20s. The manifestation of Horace’s laughing-gas and chloroform induced visions. Beautiful. Ethereal. Will double in other roles.

INMAN:
Male. 20s. Medical student at Massachusetts General Hospital. Will double in other roles.

LIVINGSTON:
Male: 20s. Medical student at Massachusetts General Hospital. Will double in other roles.

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HAMLET
September 19- November 9, 2014

All roles available.

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A CHRISTMAS CAROL- A GHOST STORY OF CHRISTMAS:
November 11- December 28, 2015

All roles have been CAST

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PRIVATE LIVES
December 16, 2014- February 1, 2015

All roles available

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REVERBERATION
January 20- March 15, 2015

Seeking:

JONATHAN:
Male. 30s. An emotionally fragile and combustible young man. Dealing (poorly) with a recent tragedy, he has withdrawn from the world, leading a life of solitude within the safety of his Astoria apartment. His only real connection with the world is through the Internet. He’s always been someone who feels emotions much more acutely than others. Now that they are dark and painful, he tries to numb them with alcohol and anonymous sex. He’s going down a rabbit hole that he is in danger of never escaping. And yet, despite all this, he still has the ability to love and be compassionate, but only when moved to by others. Left to his own devices, he’d destroy himself. This role requires nudity. (but not at the EPA)

CLAIRE:
Female. Late 20s. The human equivalent of a sheer curtain fluttering by an open window. Light to Jonathan’s dark. A bit of a wanderer with no real roots set down anywhere, Claire is a wanna-be fashionista without the budget to fully commit to the lifestyle. She dates older, married men in exchange for nice things and fancy dinners. She drinks too much but not in the way Jonathan does. She flits, she flirts. She is pink champagne. But once you get to know her, you start to realize that all of this is simply a mask guarding against her own demons. She makes bad decisions but she makes them with style. She is, in her own way, just as lonely and self-destructive as Jonathan. This role requires nudity. (but not at the EPA)

WES:
Male. 20s. Possessed of the wide-eyed optimism of youth and yet with a loneliness equal to Jonathan and Claire’s, if not yet as fully articulated. You get the sense he doesn’t have many real friends, just acquaintances, most of whom seem to be from online hook-ups, which he engages in frequently. Despite his youth, he is an old soul. He yearns for love and happiness but doesn’t know how, exactly, to get either. He is charming and seductive and is learning how to use his youth and his body to get what he wants. The trouble is, the things he wants aren’t often obtained through either tactic. He is a young man still forming an identity. One has high hopes for him. But danger signs abound. This role requires nudity. (but not at the EPA)

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THE PIANIST OF WILLESDEN LANE
March 23, 2015- April 26, 2015

All roles habe been CAST.

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KISS ME, KATE
April 17- June 7, 2015

All roles are available.