Darko Tresnjak, artistic dir.; Michael Stotts, managing dir.; Binder Casting, casting.
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Darko Tresnjak, artistic dir.; Michael Stotts, managing dir.; Binder Casting, casting.
Casting Hartford Stage's 2014-15 season. Season includes: "Ether Dome" (Elizabeth Egloff, writer; Michael Wilson, dir. Rehearsals begin Aug. 28; runs Sept. 19-Oct. 5); "Hamlet" (William Shakespeare, writer; Darko Tresnjak, dir. Rehearsals begin Sept. 19; runs Oct. 24-Nov. 16); "A Christmas Carol" (runs Nov. 11-Dec. 28); "Private Lives" (Noel Coward, writer; Darko Tresnjak, dir. Rehearsals begin Dec. 16, 2014; runs Jan. 16-Feb. 8, 2015); "Reverberation" (Matthew Lopez, writer; Maxwell Williams, dir. Rehearsals begin Jan. 27; runs Feb. 27-Mar. 15); "The Pianist of Willesden Lane" (runs Mar. 23-Apr. 26); and "Kiss Me, Kate" (Cole Porter, music; Darko Tresnjak, dir. Rehearsals begin Apr. 17; runs May 22-June 14).
Rehearsal and Production Dates & Locations
Rehearses and performs Aug. 2014-June 2015 in Hartford, CT.
Compensation & Union Contract Details
Pays: $812/wk. min., plus housing & transportation. Equity LORT B Non-Rep contract.
Dr Horace Wells (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.
William Morton (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.
Dr. Charles Jackson (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 (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 (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 (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 (50): House surgeon. Tough and hardworking. Should be valued more by the hospital. Trying to hide his growing resentment. Will double in other roles.
Livingston (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 (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.
Inman (20s): Medical student at Massachusetts General Hospital. Will double in other roles.
Livingston (20s): Medical student at Massachusetts General Hospital. Will double in other roles.
Elizabeth Wells (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.
Elizabeth Morton (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.
Mrs. Wadsworth (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.
Young Woman in White (late teens-20s): The manifestation of Horace’s laughing-gas and chloroform induced visions. Beautiful. Ethereal. Will double in other roles.
Hamlet (late 20s-early 30s): Prince of Denmark. The son to the late king and nephew to the present king, Claudius, who has married his mother Gertrude. Melancholy, bitter, and cynical, full of hatred for Claudius’s scheming and disgust for Gertrude’s sexuality. A reflective young man, he is often indecisive and hesitant, but at other times prone to rash and impulsive acts.
Claudius (50s): King of Denmark, Hamlet’s uncle and now stepfather, married to his late brother’s wife, Gertrude. Calculating, ambitious politician driven by his sexual appetites and his lust for power.
Polonius (50s-early 60s): The Lord Chamberlain of Claudius’s court, and the father of Laertes and Ophelia. A pompous, conniving old man.
Horatio (late 20s-early 30s): Hamlet’s close friend. Loyal and helpful to Hamlet throughout the play.
Laertes (late 20s-early 30s): Polonius’s son and Ophelia’s brother. Passionate and quick to action, eager to avenge the deaths of his father and sister.
Rosencratz and Guildenstern (30s): Bumbling courtiers and former friends of Hamlet. Summoned to court to discover the cause of Hamlet’s strange behavior.
Gravedigger (50s): character man. Hamlet comes across him digging a grave for Ophelia .
Gertrude (late 40s-early 50s): Queen of Denmark and Hamlet’s mother. After the death of Hamlet’s father she marries Claudius. She loves her son, but she seeks the good life more energetically than she does truth. Hamlet feels that Gertrude has betrayed his father and, by extension, him.
Ophelia (mid 20s): Polonius’s daughter, Laertes’s sister and Hamlet’s sometime love. A sweet and innocent young girl, Ophelia obeys both Polonius and Laertes. Smart and loving, but madness and death overtake her.
"A Christmas Carol - A Ghost Story of Christmas"
All roles are cast.
Elyot (early 30s): Male. Sophisticated, witty, slightly jaded except when it comes to Amanda. Handsome but not obvious. Volatile temper. British accent.
Amanda (early 30s): Female. Elegant, stylish, beautiful, volatile. Can get down and dirty when necessary. Doesn’t care what anyone thinks of her or what is proper. British accent.
Victor (early 30s): Male. Pompous English gentleman, very handsome. So conventional. British accent.
Sybil (late 20s): Female. Pretty and conventional, an English Rose. So pleased with her marriage. Stubborn and petulant. British accent.
Louise (40s-50s): Female. The French maid. Must have perfect French accent; speaking French fluently a plus. Character woman. Seeking a comedienne with strong physical comedy skills.
Jonathan: Male. Early 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.
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.
Wes: Male. Early-mid 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.
"The Pianist of Willesden Lane"
All roles are cast.
"Kiss Me, Kate"
Fred Graham/Petruchio (mid 30s-late 40s): Writer, producer, director, and star of the play within the play, The Shrew. He is Lilli’s ex-husband. Flamboyant. Smart and witty, handsome and sexy, a real man. Baritone (low Bb-G).
Lilli Vanessi/Katherine Minola (mid 30s-mid 40s): A star of stage and screen, the former wife of Fred Graham. Temperamental, elegant, glamorous, beautiful, volatile. Every inch a Star, but underneath there is a vulnerable woman looking for true love. Soprano (Low A to Sop G-also Bb) .
Lois Lane/Bianca Minola (20s-early 30s): A nightclub singer in her first featured role on the stage. Sexy and flirty. Must be a strong dancer. Belter. (Low G to Mezzo-to an F).
Bill Calhoun/Lucentio (late 20s-30s): A Broadway hoofer, Lois’s partner, and a chronic gambler. Ladies’ man; handsome, confident and sexy. Must be excellent dancer. Baritone (Low G up to an F).
Harry Trevor/Baptista Minola (50s): veteran character actor who is playing Katherine’s father in The Shrew. Very attentive to Bianca. Baritone .
Hattie (mid 30s-50): Lili’s dresser and confidante. Been around the block but warm and wise. Belt w/strong high mix (Low G up to an F).
Paul (30s-40s): Fred’s dresser, a solid guy. Featured in Too Darn Hot, must be an excellent dancer. Baritone (C to an F#) .
General Harrison Howell (40s-early 50s): Career military officer, politican and Lilli’s "new" man. Conservative and orderly. Baritone (Low B to an F).
First Man (Gangster) (30s-50s): Gunman-enforcer, typical comedic, urban gangster type. Sings Brush Up Your Shakespeare. Baritone (Low B to an F)
Second Man (Gangster) (30s-50s): same as First Man but a bit more reserved. Sings Brush Up Your Shakespeare. Baritone (Low B to a D).
Flynt/Gremio (20s-30s): Male. Flynt is an Aide to General Howell, Gremio is the first suitor in The Shrew. Baritone.
Riley/Hortensio (20s-30s): Male. Riley is an Aide to General Howell. Hortensio is the second suitor in The Shrew. Baritone.