MJ Bruder Munafo, artistic dir.; Scott Barrow, artistic assoc.
MJ Bruder Munafo, artistic dir.; Scott Barrow, artistic assoc.
Casting Vineyard Playhouse's 2014 season. Season includes the world premiere play "The Whaleship Essex" (Joe Forbrich, writer; Peter Zinn, dir. Rehearsals begin June 2; runs June 21-July 12), the world premiere folk musical "Searching Paul Clayton" (Larry Mollin, writer; Randal Myler, dir. Rehearsals begin June 30; opens in July; closes Aug. 9), and the New England premiere of "Satchel Paige & Kansas City Swing" (Trey Ellis & Ricardo Khan, writers; Ricardo Khan, dir. Rehearsals begin July 28; runs Aug. 16-Sept. 6).
Rehearsal and Production Dates & Locations
Season runs Summer 2014 in Martha's Vineyard, MA.
Compensation & Union Contract Details
Pays: $350/wk. Equity NEAT Cat 5 Contract, pending.
2014 Season: The dates under each show are from first rehearsal through final performance (6 week contracts).
* - designates role CAST - auditions for replacements.
THE WHALESHIP ESSEX
A New Play by Joe Forbrich
Directed by Peter Zinn
June 2- July 12
(1st rehearsal June 2: opening June 21: closing July 12)
Caucasian Male. (late 40s-early 50s) Watches life as if it were a command performance. Enjoys the show. There is something otherworldly about him. Charming, flirty, a good storyteller. A Nantucket Islander.
*CAPTAIN GEORGE POLLARD:
CAST. Caucasian Male. (30s) Portly and amiable, thoughtful, but not a strong decision-maker. This is his first command.
FIRST MATE OWEN CHASE:
Male Caucasian. (30s) Former colleague of Pollard, now his
second in command. Ambitious, harsh, good at what he does, and knows it. An officer.
SECOND MATE MATTHEW JOY:
Caucasian Male. (Late 20s – Early 30s) Gentle in soul and weak in body, a temperament ill-suited for a whaleship. He begins the voyage with a deadly disease.
Male or Female Caucasian (18+ to play 14). An orphan savant, he/she sees things clearly, even through the fog. A greenhand. Role is male, can be played by a male or female actor.
Caucasian Male. (18+ to play 17). The Captain's cousin. Naive. Idealistic. Sent to sea by his mother to help him become a “man”. A greenhand.
PURSER WILLIAM BOND.
African-American Male. (30s) In charge of ship's stores. Knows his business. Sees things how they are, slightly jaded but still amused. He schools the greenhands in the workings of a whaleship. Crewmember.
ABLE SEAMAN RICHARD PETERSON:
African-American Male. (late 50s-mid 60s). On whaleships for decades, he is philosophical of his lot in life, and therefore more at peace. Religious; a Baptist amongst a sea of Quakers. Unafraid of First Mate OWEN CHASE, he is the only crewmember who can talk back to him without getting whipped for it. Crew member.
Caucasian Male. (18+ to play 17). Brash. A Bad Boy. Suffers neither fools nor tyrants. A greenhand.
BOATSTEERER OBED HENDRICKS:
Caucasian Male. (20s) No grey areas in his thinking.
Everything is black and white to him, including his ideas on race. A hotheaded, cynical bigot who always feels he’s getting the short end of the stick. Crew member.
BOATSTEERER BENJAMIN LAWRENCE:
Caucasian Male. (20s) Athletic, knowledgeable and sensitive, with a physical beauty that CHASE holds against him. Eager to prove himself as a first-time harpooner, he is taunted mercilessly by CHASE. Crew member.
*BOATSTEERER THOMAS CHAPPEL:
CAST. Caucasian Male. (30s)The only Englishman on the voyage, he is also the ship's "surgeon." Pessimistic. Wants to be an officer. Crew member.
*CARPENTER LAWSON THOMAS:
CAST. African-American Male. (30s) Stands up for injustice, whether to himself or others. Aware of the disparities aboard the ship, but happy to teach the greenhands. Crewmember.
BOTSWAIN ISAAC COLE:
Caucasian Male. (20s) Eager to please, and share his knowledge with anyone who'll listen. Usually they don't. A combination brown-nose and know-it-all. Crewmember.
Caucasian Female. (30s-40s) Owen Coffin's mother. Jittery. Always on the lookout for the next tragedy, her vigilance is too often rewarded.
SEARCHING PAUL CLAYTON
A Folk Musical by Larry Mollin
Directed by Randal Myler
June 30 – August 9
(1st rehearsal June 30: opening July, closing August 9)
This is a folk musical and the characters portrayed are pickers and singers: folk musicians. All the cast should be comfortable with making music but are actors first and foremost.
Charismatic, flamboyant, late 20’s - mid 30’s gay, musician-scholar; Master degree in folk song. Instrumental possibilities; Guitar, dulcimer, autoharp
BOB DYLAN - Ten years younger than Paul, 18-25. Enigmatic, talented, ambitious. Instrumental possibilities: Guitar, electric guitar, harmonica
18-Early 20’s. Bob Dylan’s idealistic, socially conscious girlfriend. Also playing; folk queen, JOAN BAEZ, and YOUNG MARYBIRD. Possible instruments: Guitar, fiddle, mandolin
DAVE VAN RONK
Late 20’s-early 30’s. Bohemian, anti-establishment, folk-performer and Village original. Also playing; PAUL’S FATHER, and KEITH RICHARDS. Possible instruments; Guitar, ''Jaw Harp" (aka ''mouth harp'', aka ''Ozark harp'').
30’s- 40. Paul Clayton’s girl friend, a cynical New Yorker. Also playing; folksinger CAROLYN HESTER, PAUL’S MOTHER, and MARYBIRD. Possible instruments: Guitar, mandolin, banjo
REV. GARY DAVIS
50’s Blind, seminal guitar player and teacher who hung downtown with the folkies while preaching uptown. A peaceful prescence among the chaos of their relationships. Also playing; LAWYER. Instruments: Guitar, slide guitar
SATCHEL PAIGE & KANSAS CITY SWING
New England Premiere
A New Play by Trey Ellis & Ricardo Khan
Directed by Ricardo Khan
July 28 – September 6
(1st rehearsal July 28: opening August 16, closing September 6)
Black ballplayer, 42. Tall, charismatic, a star pitcher in spite of his age.
Black ballplayer, 36, a solid figure, a good friend. Will eventually make history as a coach.
CAST. White ballplayer, 32, the most famous pitcher of the major leagues. An American hero.
CAST. A black ballplayer, 19. Originally from Georgia. Tremendously talented and cocky, impatient and wants acceptance into the major leagues bad!
A white ballplayer, 19. Italian. Also tremendously talented and cocky, impatient and already a rookie star in the majors.
CAST. A black woman in her late 40's, owner of a boarding house. She's beautiful, cultured, a former singer, the extremely well-spoken embodiment of the black bourgeoisie.
Mrs. Hopkins’ 17 year-old daughter. She's pretty, a young and flirty spirit, an up-and-coming singer. Talented and ambitious.
A ageless teller of stories. Black. He speaks and plays (either saxophone or trumpet) to the audience at times throughout the play and in a distinctive jazz style that is Kansas City. He is also a magician.
If unable to attend, please mail picture and resume to: The Vineyard Playhouse, PO Box 2452, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568 or e-mail to auditions@mvplayhouse, subject line casting.