Jessamyn Fuller, casting assoc.
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Jessamyn Fuller, casting assoc.
Casting the 2014-15 season of Steppenwolf Theatre. Shows include: "The Night Alive" (Conor McPherson, writer; Henry Wishcamper, dir. Rehearsals begin Aug. 19; runs through Nov. 19); "Airline Highway" (Lisa D'Amour, writer; Joe mantello, dir. Rehearsals begin Nov. 4, 2014; runs through Feb. 8, 2015); "Marie Antoinette" (David Adjmi, writer; Robert O'Ohara, dir. Rehearsals begin Jan. 5, 2015; runs through May 10, 2015); "The Herd" (Rory Kinnear, writer; K. Todd Freeman, dir. Rehearsals begin March 3, 2015; runs through June 7, 2015); and "Grand Concourse" (Heidi Schreck, writer; Yasen Peyankov, dir. Rehearsals begin June 2, 2014; runs June 2-Aug. 30, 2015 with possible 1 week extension).
Rehearsal and Production Dates & Locations
Season runs Aug. 2014-Aug. 2015 in Chicago, IL.
Compensation & Union Contract Details
Pays: $415-$826 min./wk. Equity CAT VI Contracts.
THE NIGHT ALIVE by Conor McPherson, directed by Henry Wishcamper
All actors use Irish accent.
Maurice: 70s Pre-Cast (typical McPherson Canker)
Tommy: 50s Pre-Cast (well built but well worn)
Aimee: late 20s Offer Out (female) (skinny, also well worn)
Doc: 40s Pre-Cast (Tommy’s best friend; enters through windows. Always 5-10 minutes behind everyone else mentally.
Kenneth: late 30s Pre Cast (dangerous, Aimee’s abusive ex)
AIRLINE HIGHWAY by Lisa D'Amour, directed by Joe Mantello
KRISTA: Caucasian, early 30's, a stripper at Babe's on Bourbon Street. A gentle soul that turns rabid when she feels like she is being threatened or when she gets too close to someone. Always looking for people to take care of her, then pushes them away once they do. Grew up in a small town in North Mississippi before moving to Mobile, Alabama and then Slidell, LA.
BAIT BOY: Caucasian mid 30's -- in his past he has been a bartender, a bouncer, a barker outside strip joints, a karaoke wrangler, a waiter and a street musician (keyboard), all in the Quarter. Long romantic history with Krista. Currently living "the straight life" in Atlanta with an older woman, maybe in her early 50's, in Atlanta. Has worked hard these past few years to “pass” as an educated suburban guy. OFFER OUT
ZOE: Caucasian, 16. Bait Boy's step-daughter. She’s a junior at the magnet high school in Atlanta - Honors track. Learns fast, too fast -- her book smarts run ahead of her emotional maturity. She does not realize how little she has lived.
WAYNE: Caucasian probably mid-late 50’s, although he could be older. Manager of the Hummingbird Hotel – he lives in a small apartment above the front office. Of old school, working class, Irish - German - NOLA descent. Pot Belly. The sweetest man on Airline Highway, too sweet, actually, way to happy to just be hanging out with interesting people, which is why he has not become anything other than the manager of the Hummingbird Hotel. Divorced some time ago. For a while, he fancied himself a singer / songwriter. No kids.
FRANCIS: Caucasian mid-50's. The mind / creativity / energy of a 30 year old, but the grizzly beard, worn face and watery eyes of a much older life long (happy) social drinker. A true poet, child of the beats, he's been scribbling out poems for years, with deep roots in the New Orleans poetry scene. A man about town, at all the right parties, a little too old for certain scenes, but he's always there, always on the move, always taking it all in.
TANYA: 62. Caucasian She's an old school hooker, been in business for many years, in and out of it, sometimes bartending, a bit of exotic dancing in the early days, not working at all for the one year 10 years ago when she was married to the rich banker from California. Tried for a while to start her own business giving in-home facials, lost a lot of money on that one. So for the past few years, she has been back at it, working out of The Hummingbird, servicing quite a few regular, mature clients. She can handle alcohol but she CAN turn into a crazy person when it comes to pain pills.
TERRY: African American, age flexible, he could really be anywhere from 45 - 55. Originally from the country, New Iberia, LA, but he has been in NOLA for quite some time -- -mostly to get away from the crowd he ran with in the country which were up to no good. He is a handyman and has the bad habit of ingratiating himself to people with money in order to get work from them. And then really wanting to impress them. And then getting overwhelmed and failing to do the job well and then, often, running. He cycles back to the Hummingbird every couple of months, after working for different people there and then screwing up. He has carried a torch for Krista for a few years now, and you know, maybe they did fool around a little once, at sunrise, at the end of one of the Hummingbird parking lot parties, when they were both a little toasted. But have they talked about it since? Of course not.
SISSY NA NA: Of African American / Puerto Rican Descent. Mid 40’s. Trans Bartender and Karaoke Wrangler at The Cat's Meow on Bourbon Street. No operations or hormones – she’s just dresses to reflect who she is. Though not without her demons, at the end of the day Sissy may be the most functional of all these lovable fools. She’s got no patience for fooling around, she gets the job DONE. Maybe, probably, she gets other people’s jobs done way more than she takes care of her own shit, you know? She is seduced by the potential of a joyful moment, of people having FUN and letting their guard down. This is why she has a specific kind of love for her profession, and yes, she does consider karaoke wrangling a profession, shut up. OFFER OUT
MISS RUBY: Let's say she's 85. Dying (literally dying) infamous Bourbon Street burlesque performer, had a club on Bourbon Street for years. Kind of the “mama” of Bourbon Street, she has had many ups and downs. At her core a brilliant business person / showperson, and also a woman ahead of her time when it comes to thinking about women’s bodies, sex and objectification. If she had been born later, she might have been a performance artist, the belle of the art world. Instead she is the Belle of Bourbon Street, destined to be loved by a few and then forgotten.
MARIE ANTOINETTE by David Adjmi, directed by Robert O'Hara
Louis XVI: her husband – Pre-Cast
Female 30’s Queen of France during the revolution
Joseph: (Marie’s brother) – Pre-Cast
Axel Fersen: a family friend she’s attracted to - OFFER OUT
The Dauphin: her 10 year old son
Yolande de Polignac: a false friend- Pre-Cast
Therese de Lamballe: a true friend offer out
Mr. Sauce: a shopkeeper (can double with Joseph) Pre-Cast
Mrs. Sauce: his wife (can double with Polignac) Pre-Cast
A Sheep: precast (played by actor)
Revolutionary 1,2,3: Pre-Cast
Two Guards: (double with Revolutionary and Joseph) Pre-cast
THE HERD by Rory Kinnear, directed by K. Todd Freeman
Carol: Female mid 50s, but young, Andy’s mother (lives for her son) OFFER OUT
Claire: (FEMALE) 33, Andy’s sister Pre-Cast
Patricia: late 70s, Andy’s grandmother OFFER OUT
Brian: late 70s, Andy’s grandfather Pre-Cast
Ian: late 50s, Andy’s father Pre-Cast
Mark: late 30s, Claire’s boyfriend OFFER OUT
GRAND CONCOURSE by Heidi Schreck, directed by Yasen Peyankov
Shelley: Female late 30s-50s, in charge of the kitchen, former high school basketball star - OFFER OUT
Emma: Female 20s, rainbow-colored hair, recently dropped out of college
Oscar: MALE late 20s-30s, worked as dentist in the Dominican Republic – OFFER OUT
Frog: MALE 50s-60s,currently homeless former intellectual, writes joke books Pre-Cast