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Milwaukee Repertory Theatre 2014-15 Season

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Milwaukee Repertory Theatre
JC Clementz, casting dir.

Production Description

Casting Milwaukee Repertory Theatre's 2014-15. Season includes: "The Doyle and Debbie Show" (LORT D); "The Color Purple" (LORT B); "After All the Terrible Things I Do" (LORT D); "Liberace!" (LORT D); "Harvey" (LORT B); "Good People" (LORT B); "The Beautiful Music All Around Us" (LORT D); "The Amish Project" (LORT D); "Five Presidents" (LORT B); "Low Down Dirty Blues" (LORT D); "Peter and The Starcatcher" (LORT B).

Rehearsal and Production Dates & Locations

Season runs Sept. 7, 2014-May 24, 2015 in Milwaukee, WI.

Compensation & Union Contract Details

Salary varies based on contracts. Equity LORT Non-Rep D Contract pays: $600 min./wk. Equity LORT Non-Rep B Contract pays: $820 min./wk. Equity LORT Non-Rep A Contract pays: $935 min./wk.


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Character Breakdown

DOYLE: male, 50s-60s, old-guard country singer; charismatic, has seen better days
DEBBIE: female, 30s-40s, attractive country singer, lower class
BUDDY: male, Doyle’s long-time bandleader; plays guitar, banjo, ukulele, but plays the tracks on a computer

CELIE: female, African-American, 20s-early 30s. Drives the story. Vulnerable, spirited, introverted, mischievous, seemingly passive but really not, has a deep, hard soul, believes that she is ugly, has a sense of humor which is sometimes wicked. She is an observer. Needs a great belt singing voice with lots of soul.
SHUG: African-American, 30s-40s, A popular singer, we meet her at death's door. Attractive, confident, dynamic, powerful, irresistible, but has a frailty, like a wounded animal. Her vulnerability is shocking later on. She is loved by both Celie & Mister. Needs a knockout, Bessie Smith-style, bluesy singing voice.
MISTER: male, African-American, 30s-40s. Like Celie, a deep well. Handsome, big, masculine, strong presence, dominating, capable of brutal behavior but also a victim in his own way. Gets his power for free. Married to Celie, he abuses her. He is in love with Shug. He transforms to a kind man by the end of the story. Needs a great singing voice.
SOFIA: female, African-American, 30s, Powerful warrior woman. Physically bigger but beautiful. Comfortable being large, great sense of humor, touching, vulnerable. Married to Harpo, she does not let anyone mistreat her. Needs comic chops. Needs a great belt singing voice.
HARPO: male, African-American, 20s, Mister's vulnerable, confused, good-hearted son. Represents the new generation. He marries the independent Sofia. He spends much time trying to get Sofia to obey him the way Celie obeys his father, but he is unsuccessful, as Sofia is considerably stronger than he is. Harpo eventually establishes a jukejoint in his first house & becomes Squeak's lover. Later, he & Sofia reconcile. Through his love of Sofia, he learns how to love a woman. Needs a great tenor singing voice.
NETTIE: female, African-American, 20s, Celie's younger sister. Attractive, adventuresome, feisty spirit, maternal, more educated and knowledgeable than Celie. She has a powerful bond with Celie. Forced by Mister to leave Celie, she starts a new life in Africa. Needs a great belt singing voice with African influence.
SQUEAK: female, African-American, 20s, Harpo's lover after Sofia leaves him. Although she is mistreated, she eventually undergoes a transformation, demanding to be called by her actual name, Mary Agnes, and starting a new life. She is of mixed ancestry. Attractive, sassy, fiery, strong-willed, unafraid to take anybody on, has a caring heart. Needs comic chops. Needs a great singing voice with belt & soprano capability.
ENSEMBLE: Males & females, 20s - 50s, African-American. All types & singing ranges. Need fantastic singing voices & dynamic personalities. To play various roles in the ensemble. The ensemble includes a trio known as Church Ladies, busybody types who are featured throughout the show.

DANIEL: male, 20s, typically Midwestern, goofy, tall, handsome, strong, large but not fat, recent college graduate, creative writing major, looking for quiet & space to figure out his own life and create his first real novel, looking to reconnect to a place from his youth, no stereotypical physical gay characteristics or mannerisms
LINDA: female, late 40s, Filipino, typical American immigrant, been in America for at least two decades, conscientious and successful business owner, smart, caring, generous, gay son who committed suicide

LIBERACE: male, 50s, pianist, vocalist, performer

MYRTLE MAE SIMMONS: female, early 20s, Veta Louise’s daughter, Elwoods’s niece, society-conscious, not terribly bright, pretty
VETA LOUISE SIMMONS: female, feels late 40s/early 50s, Elwood’s sister, Myrtle Mae’s mother, social climbing matron with a large heart
ELWOOD P. DOWD: male, 47, Veta Louise’s brother, Myrtle Mae’s uncle, dignified, dreamy, gentle, benign but serious to the point of being grave
MISS JOHNSON: female, young, the Simmons’ maid
MRS. ETHEL CHAUVENET: female, 65, heavy, wealthy, Veta Louise & Elwood’s aunt, western society woman, one of Elwood’s oldest and dearest friends, prefers him to Veta Louise
RUTH KELLY, RN: female, 24 or so, head nurse at Chumley’s Rest, very attractive, in love with Sanderson, smarter than anyone allows her to be
DUANE WILSON: male, 28, big & burly, Chumley’s strong man, very fond of Chumley
LYMAN SANDERSON: male, 27 or 28, psychiatrist, Chumley’s number two, very attractive, in love with Ruth, much more intelligent than socially adept
WILLIAM CHUMLEY, MD: male, 57, large, handsome, confident, pompous and lordly, good at his work & knows it, married to Betty
BETTY CHUMLEY: female, 55, married to Chumley, good natured, gay, bustling
JUDGE OMAR GAFFNEY: male, elderly, white-haired, the Dowd & Simmons’ attorney
EJ LOFGREN: male, cab driver of at least 15 years, & average Joe

MARGARET WALSH: female, white, about 50, Dollar Store employee, special needs daughter, bad back, proud
STEVIE GRIMES: male, white, late 20s, Dollar Store manager, mother has died, likes bingo
DOTTIE GILLIS: female, white, mid-60s, looks after Margaret’s daughter, unreliable, Margaret’s landlady, makes cheap crafts
JEAN: female, white, about 50, Margaret’s friend, banquet waitress, hard
MIKE DILLON: male, white, about 50, neighborhood kid made good, handsome, a little too amiable, fertility doctor, father
KATE: female, African-American, early 30s, mother, beautiful, pleasant, Georgetown native, literature teacher at BU

ACTOR: male, 40s-60s, a storyteller, expert performer of banjo, ukulele, guitar, mandolin, & various other instruments

ACTOR: female, 20s, to play:
ANNA: female, 14, Amish, shooting victim
CAROL STUCKEY: female, 31, English/non-Amish, widow of the shooter
VELDA: female, 6, Amish girl, shooting victim
BILL NORTH: male, 50s, English/non-Amish, scholar & professor of Amish culture
AMERICA: female, 16, Hispanic, pregnant, local grocery store worker
EDDIE STUCKEY: male, 33, English/non-Amish, the shooter
SHERRY LOCAL: female, 53, English/non-Amish, Nickel Mines resident

KIRBY: male, 30s-40s, Secret Service Agent
GERALD FORD: male, 81, 38th President of the United States
JIMMY CARTER: male, 70, 39th President of the US
RONALD REAGAN: male, 83, 40th President of the US
GEORGE H.W. BUSH: male, 70, 41st President of the US
BILL CLINTON: male, 48, 42nd President of the US

MAN 1: male, African-American, singer, musician
MAN 2: male, African-American, singer, musician
WOMAN 1: female, African-American, singer, musician
WOMAN 2: female, African-American, singer, musician

THE BLACK STACHE: male, 30s-40s, a pirate, ruthless, peerless, and heartless
MOLLY: female, early 20s, curious, fearless, passionate, thirteen years old
BOY/PETER: male, early 20s, Feral, brave, competitive, a survivor
LORD ASTOR: male, 20s-30s, a Victorian English gentleman, father to Molly, loyal
SLANK (also plays HAWKING CLAM): male, 20s-30s, vicious, only cares about himself
SMEE (also plays GREGGORS): male, 20s-30s, first mate, simple-minded, devoted to The Black Stache
FIGHTING PAWN (also plays GREMKIN, SANCHEZ, and MACK): male, 20s-30s, King of the Mollusk natives
ALF: male, 20s-30s, a seadog in search of a damsel, kind hearted, attractive
CAPTAIN SCOTT: male, 20s-40s, commander of The Wasp
TED: male, early 20s-30s, an orphan, ambitious, hyper-articulate, logical
PRENTISS: male, early 20s-30s, an orphan, obsessed with food
MRS. BUMBRAKE (also plays TEACHER): male, 20s-30s, Molly’s nanny, no-nonsense