York Shakespeare Company
Alexander Harrington, playwright; Seth Duerr, dir.; Albert Podell, co-prod.
Casting "The Great Society." Thrust by the assassination of John F. Kennedy into the office he always wanted, Lyndon B. Johnson cajoles, seduces, and strong arms senators into ending segregation and waging war on poverty. With the U.S. entangled in Vietnam, Johnson walks a tightrope, standing tall enough to protect himself from charges of weakness, but preventing the war from consuming his Great Society. Producer states: "Our co-producer Albert Podell's recent Broadway credits include 'Chinglish,' 'Evita' and 'Matilda.' He is also one the producers of 'Silence! The Musical.' We are using this trial run as a springboard into an Off-Broadway or Broadway run."
Rehearsal and Production Dates & Locations
Rehearsals begin July 2; runs Aug. 3-24 at Theatre Row - The Clurman in NYC.
Compensation & Union Contract Details
Pays $500 AEA stipend. Equity Showcase-NY Contract.
Seeking Talent Select a role below for more information and submission instructions.
Lyndon Baines Johnson (Lead):
Male, 50-60, Caucasian
the President of the United States – the tormented 36th POTUS, a master manipulator and full of intense contradictions. His time in office l...
Lady Bird Johnson (Lead):
Female, 50-57, Caucasian
the First Lady of the United States – an incredibly patient wife and shrewd First Lady, transforming the position. She bankrolled LBJ's firs...
Richard Russell (Lead):
Male, 64-70, All Ethnicities
the Senator from Georgia – a southern patrician who, nonetheless, speaks with down home folksiness. He is a father figure to LBJ, though the...
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (Lead):
Male, 34-40, African American
the President of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference – like LBJ, someone who utterly transformed Civil Rights and full of intense c...
Robert McNamara (Lead):
Male, 47-54, All Ethnicities
the Secretary of Defense – profoundly intelligent business executive forever marred by his architecture of the Vietnam war. Long accustomed ...
Bayard Rustin (Lead):
Male, 50-57, African American
the Adviser to Dr. King – a powerful force for movements for racial equality, socialism, pacifism, and gay rights. An ex-communist, he is, a...
J. William Fulbright (Lead):
Male, 57-64, All Ethnicities
the Senator from Arkansas – multilateralist who supported the creation of the UN and the longest serving chairman in the history of the Sena...
Hubert Humphrey / Seymore Trammell (Supporting):
Male, 44-57, All Ethnicities
one actor to play both parts. Humphrey: early-to-mid 50s, Senator from Minnesota, later Vice President of the United States –known as ''the ...
Jack Valenti / Wayne Morse (Supporting):
Male, 40-69, All Ethnicities
one actor to play both parts. Valenti: early-to-mid 40s, Special Assistant to the President – a powerhouse media consultant and eventually h...
Strom Thurmond / George Wallace (Supporting):
Male, 44-65, All Ethnicities
one actor to play both parts. Thurmond: early-to-mid 60s, Senator from South Carolina – strident segregationist who performed longest one-pe...
Everett Dirksen / Nicholas Katzenbach (Supporting):
Male, 40-64, All Ethnicities
one actor to play both parts. Dirksen: late 60s-to-early 70s, Senator from Illinois, Senate Minority Leader - co–author of landmark Civil Ri...
Seeking submissions from: New York, NY
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