Jewish Ensemble Theatre
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Jewish Ensemble Theatre
Casting the Jewish Ensemble Theatre's 2014-15 season. Season includes: "Old Jews Telling Jokes" (Peter Gethers & Daniel Okrent, writers; David Magidson, dir. Rehearsals begin Aug. 11; runs Sept. 3-Oct. 12); "Barefoot in the Park" (Neil Simon, writer; Christopher Bremer, dir. Rehearsals begin Sept. 29; runs Oct. 22-Nov. 16); "The Value of Names" (Jeffrey Sweet, writer; Yolanda Fleischer, dir. Rehearsals begin Nov. 3; runs Nov. 26-Dec. 21); "The Diary of Anne Frank" (Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett, writers; Wendy Kesselman, adaptor; Harold Jurkiewicz, dir. Rehearsals begin Feb. 2, 2015; runs Feb. 24-Mar. 6); "Who Am I This Time? (& Other Conundrums of Love)" (Aaron Posner, writer; David Magidson, dir. Rehearsals begin Mar. 23; runs Apr. 15-May 10); and "Bad Jews" (Joshua Harmon, writer; Frannie Shepard-Bates, dir. Rehearsals begin Apr. 27; runs May 20-June 14).
Rehearsal and Production Dates & Locations
Season rehearses and runs August 2014-June 2015 in West Bloomfield, MI.
Compensation & Union Contract Details
Equity SPT contract, pending contract approval.
"Old Jews Telling Jokes"
Morty: Male 60 -70 years old - sweet but can be a tad devilish – sunny -knows every long, funny story in Jewish comedy history.
Nathan: Male 60 – 70 years old – looks younger than his age – He sees the down side tof anything and will react in the appropriately grumpy way. He knows every one-liner in comedy history.
Bunny: Female 60ish – brassy and tough -she can take on everyone in the show in a fair fight both verbal and physical.
Reuben: Male 30-40 years old. - a little rumpled but has a certain hipness to him – can't tell if everything amuses or depresses him.
Debbi: Female 30ish – Attractive, a bit ditsy but very sharp.
"Barefoot in the Park"
Corie Bratter: Female 20 – 30 years old – a free spirit, newlywed to Paul
Paul Bratter: Male 20 – 30 year old – a lawyer, newlywed to Cori
Mrs. Banks: Female 50 – 65 year old – Corie's mother.
Victor Velasco: Male 50's – 65 years old – the neighbor in the attic, may have an accent.
Telephone Repair Man: Funny
Delivery Man: Walk on
“The Value of Names”
Benny Silverman: Male- late 60's or early 70's an actor who was denounced as a Communist before the House Un-American Activities Committee by his friend, Hollywood director Leo Greshen, in the '50s.
Norma Silverman: Female 20's – Benny's daughter is an actresswho has been cast in a play directed by Leo.
Leo Greshen: Male – late 60's or early 70's a Hollywood director who gave names to the House Un-American Activities Committee during the 50's.
"Who Am I This Time? (& Other Conundrums of Love)": Three plays adapted from the stories of Kurt Vonnegut Tom Newton: Male, 40-49 years old, All Ethnicities – The Narrator and also a character in most of the scenes. Amiable, folksy, New England everyman (similiar to “Our Town”), requires an ease of direct interplay with audience. He must play drunk convincingly.
Kate Newton: Female, 40-49 year old, All Ethnicities -Tom's wife, a homemaker and community theatre actress. She is smart, attractive, unglamorous but pretty.
Actor #3: Male, 20 – 29 years old, All Ethnicities – to play Newt: awkward smart, ironic, good looking. Newt is Tom as a young man. Also plays John Murra: a 15 year old, the abandoned, angry and betrayed son of a famous writer. Also plays the small walk of Joey.
Actor #4: Female, 20-29 years old, All Ethicities – to play Catherine, smart, brimming with youthful vitality. This is Kate as a young woman. Also plays Helene Shaw: prim, proper, emotionally distant until she plays the role of Stella in the local theatre's production of “A Streetcar Named Desire”, when she transforms remarkably to passionate and fiery. Has some Shakespeare verse. Also has a few lines as Paula, Tom & Kate's daughter.
Actor #5: Male, 30-39 years old, All Ethicities – to play Harry: nebishy, shy, quiet, but turns ferocious and sexy when he's playing Stanley in “A Streetcar Named Desire." Also plays Roy Crocker, a gregarious and corny local plummer.
Actor #6: Male, 30-49 years old, All Ethicities – to play Verne: a likable guy who owns the local hardware store, but who wants to be an actor. Must do a terrible Marlon Brando impersonation for his audition for “Streetcar." Also plays George Murra, a famous writer who sold out to Hollywood and abandoned his family to marry a movie star. George is brilliant, philosophical and self-destructive. Must play drunk conviningly.
Actor# 7: Female, 40-59 years old – to play Doris Sawyer: the fiesty town librarian and the director of the community theater's production. She's sharp. Also plays Gloria Hilton, a beautiful Hollywood movie star and sex symbol; brash, self-involved, overly dramatic.
Daphna Feygenbaum: Female, 22 years old, Liam and Jonah's first cousin. Has thick, intense, curly, frizzy, long brown hair.
Liam Haber: Male, 25 years old. Daphna's cousin. Wire-rim glasses. U of Chicago Asian studies Ph.D. Student. Former Fulbright scholar in Japan. Has as much sense of humor as an overdue library book.
Jonah Haber: Male, 21 years old, Liam's younger brother. Sometime-UVM sophomore. Less lanky than his brother. Less brainy. More brawn. More heart.
Melody: Female, 24 years old, Liam's girlfriend. Short, stick straight blonde hair. Mousy. Works for a non-profit.
"The Diary of Anne Frank"
Looking for possible replacements including the role of Anne Frank.
"I Was Just Kidding," "Word," and "Meal Girls" for the Educational Outreach Shows have openings for several roles.