Compiled by C. Ryanne Laratonda
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All My Sons Two men who were partners in a manufacturing plant during World War II find out that their plant made defective airplanes that resulted in the death of many men. While one is sent to prison, the other is exonerated and goes on to have a successful career. When their son and daughter fall in love years later, the bitterness and guilt of the two men is revealed through their children. Written by Arthur Miller. Casting: Raven Theatre, 6157 N. Clark Chicago, IL 60660. Next audition: April 14. Runs Sept. 16–Nov. 15.
NEW Annapurna When a man becomes terminally ill, his estranged wife tracks him down for a final reckoning. Their reunion, some twenty years after she initially walked out on their marriage, brings with it charged emotions and rekindles the bond that united them years ago. Written by Sharr White. Directed by Eric Burgher. Casting: Two Birds Casting, [no office info available]. Next audition: April 21. Previews June 6 prior to a June 12 opening at the Alley Stage of Profiles Theatre. Closes July 20, 2014.
Antony and Cleopatra Drunk with passion, the Roman war hero and leader chooses to focus on Egypt and its beautiful ruler while the Roman Empire hangs in the balance. Written by William Shakespeare. Directed by Kevin Rich. Casting: Leah Cassella, Casting Associate, Illinois Shakespeare Festival, Campus Box 5700, Normal, IL 61790. Runs July 18–Aug. 9, 2014.
Avenue Q (Musical) The hilarious and heartfelt story of a bright-eyed college grad who comes to New York City with big dreams and little money. Book by Jeff Whitty. Music and lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx. Directed by Walter Stearns. Casting: Walter Stearns, Executive Director, Mercury Theater Chicago, 3745 N. Southport Ave., Chicago, IL 60613. Runs April 16–June 29.
Ball at the Savoy (Operetta) When the Marquis Aristide de Faublas attempts to meet with an old lover behind his wife’s back, the evening turns into a night of revenge and mistaken identities. Music by Paul Abraham. Libretto by Fritz Löhner-Beda and Alfred Grünwald. Directed by Kristin Barrett. Casting: Chicago Folks Operetta, 512 S. Scoville Ave., Oak Park, Illinois 60304. Runs July 18–Aug. 3 at Stage 773.
Brigadoon (Musical) When American tourists Tommy and Jeff get lost on vacation in Scotland, they stumble into Brigadoon, a mythical village that appears for only one day every 100 years. Book and lyrics by Alan J Lerner. Music by Frederick Loewe. Directed and choreographed by Rachel Rockwell. New York Casting: Rachel Hoffman, Telsey + Company, 311 W. 43rd St., 10th Fl., New York, NY 10036. Chicago Casting: Adam Belcuore, Director of Casting, Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn St., Chicago, IL 60601. Previews June 27, 2014, prior to a July 7 opening. Closes Aug. 3 with a possible extension through Aug. 17, 2014.
Brighton Beach Memoirs This play chronicles playwright Neil Simon’s life as a young teen in 1937, living with his family in a crowded, lower middle-class Brooklyn walk-up. Written by Neil Simon. Casting: John Gawlik, Artistic Director, Chicagoland Theater Company Inc., 4052 E. Main St., St. Charles, IL 60174. Previews Aug. 28 prior to a Sept. 6 opening at Fox Valley Repertory. Closes October 19.
Cabaret (Musical) (Lake Forest) This show tells the story of a young American writer and a British cabaret dancer as they navigate the stormy backdrop of Berlin in the 1930s. Book by Joe Masteroff. Music and lyrics by John Kander and Fred Ebb. Directed by Robert D. Estrin. Casting: Jeff Geddes, Citadel Theatre Company, 825 S. Waukegan Rd., A8, PMB123, Lake Forest, IL 60045. Runs April 25–May 25, 2014.
Carousel (Musical) This show follows a carousel barker whose romance with a millworker comes at the price of both their jobs. When he botches a robbery to provide for their unborn child, he only has one chance to make things right. Music by Richard Rodgers. Book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II. Directed by Rob Ashford. With Denyce Graves. Casting: Christoph Ptack, Associate Artistic Administrator, Lyric Opera Chicago, 20 N. Wacker Dr., Chicago, IL 60606. Runs in April 2015.
Carrie: The Musical (Musical) Carrie is an outcast at school and at the mercy of her over-protective mother while at home, but she’s just discovered a special power that might solve everything. Book by Lawrence D. Cohen. Lyrics by Dean Pitchford. Music by Michael Gore. Adapted from the novel by Stephen King. Directed by Christopher Pazdernik. Musical direction by Aaron Benham. With Katherine Condit and Kate Garassino. Casting: Harmony France, Bailiwick Chicago, P.O. Box 13468, Chicago, IL. 60613. Runs May 29–July 12, 2014, at Victory Gardens’ Richard Christiansen Theatre.
Catch the Fish In this show, three LA twenty-somethings meet a mid-thirties divorced reporter for “Vanity Fair” who is writing about Hollywood wannabe life. When Alison chooses to write a story about their lives, sexual attraction burns down professional walls and the kids expose more than they may mean to. Written by Jonathan Caren. Directed by Will Crouse. Casting: the Poor Theatre, 3251 N. Broadway St., Apartment 3B, Chicago, IL 60657. Next audition: April 13 and 14. Runs July 11–Aug. 3 at the Frontier, Jackalope Theatre.
Charm (Reading) (Skokie) Inspired by the true story of Chicago native Gloria Allen, this new play tells the story of a transgender African-American woman who teaches etiquette classes to LGBTQ youth. Written by Philip Dawkins. Directed by BJ Jones. Casting: Northlight Theatre, c/o Lynn Baber, Re: Charm, 9501 N. Skokie Blvd., Skokie, IL 60645. Reading on May 19.
Cheaper By the Dozen The Gilbreth’s inventive father, who is well-known for bringing better efficiency to factories, keeps his family of twelve children running just as efficiently. Adapted by Christopher Sergel. Original book by Frank Gilbreth and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey. Casting: Fox Valley Repertory, 4052 E. Main St., St. Charles, IL 60174. Runs April 5–May 18, 2014 at Pheasant Run Resort.
Coraline (Musical) This show is based on the Neil Gaiman fantasy novel of the same name. Written by Stephin Merritt and David Greenspan. Directed by Ed Rutherford. Casting: Ed Rutherford, Black Button Eyes Productions, [no office info available]. Next auditions: March 23 and 27. Runs Aug. 8–Sept. 6.
Days Like Today (Musical) Despite the best efforts and conflicting advice of her parents and their respective lovers, Tessa has vowed that she is through with love. But when a handsome young stranger arrives, Tessa must decide whether the idea of love might still be one worth fighting for. Inspired by the plays of Charles L. Mee. Music and lyrics by Alan Schmuckler. Book by Laura Eason. Directed by Michael Halberstam. Casting: Casting Department, Writers Theatre, 376 Park Ave., Glencoe, IL 60022. Runs May 6–July 13.
Dee Snider’s Rock & Roll Christmas Tale (Musical) This show tells the story of a heavy metal bar band hoping to make it big by selling their souls to the devil in exchange for success beyond their wildest dreams. The problem is that every time they try to seal the pact, their head-banging anthems turn into warm-hearted carols. Written by Dee Snider. Directed by Adam Hunter. Casting: Claire Simon, 1512 N. Fremont, Ste. 204, Chicago, IL 60622. Next EPA: April 9. Previews Nov. 4 prior to a Nov. 18 opening at the Broadway Playhouse in Chicago. Closes Jan. 4, 2015.
DORIAN Dorian Gray’s ill-fated portrait is a character who comes vividly to life, only to encourage his wicked and sexually irreverent indulgences. Written by Ben Lobpries and Tommy Rapley. Directed and choreographed by Tommy Rapley. Based on the novel “A Picture of Dorian Gray,” by Oscar Wilde. Casting: the House Theatre of Chicago, 4611 N. Ravenswood Ave., #206, Chicago, IL 60640. Runs April 4–May 18, 2014.
A Fine Line While dancing the fine line between man and woman, joy and sorrow, and acceptance and rejection, D. Garfinkel is a hermaphrodite on an urgent quest for forgiveness and love. A world-premiere written by Rob Winn Anderson. Directed by Andrea J. Dymond. Casting: Madelyn Sergel, Artistic Director, Clockwise Theatre, P.O. Box 223, Gurnee, IL 60031. Runs April 11–May 4th, 2014.
The Half-Life of Memory When Salek, a scientist who helped construct the atom bomb used in Hiroshima, recovers in an old folks home, he is confronted and coerced by his former, now deceased colleagues to do one more dangerous task. Written by Jason Linder. Casting: Liz Siedt, 1436 W. Thorndale, Apt. 1B, Chicago, IL 60660. Runs June 1–29, 2014, at the Storefront Theater.
Hamlet A young prince plans revenge against the uncle who murdered his father. Written by William Shakespeare. Directed by Lavina Jadhwani. Casting: Lucy Carr, Oak Park Festival Theatre, P.O. Box 4114, Oak Park, IL 60303. Runs June 12–July 19, 2014, in the Austin Gardens.
Henry V A charismatic young monarch is confronted by the ferocity of war and is forced to prove his worth as a man and king. Written by William Shakespeare. Directed by Christopher Luscombe. Casting: Bob Mason, Casting Director, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, 800 E. Grand Ave., Navy Pier, Chicago, IL 60611. Runs April 29–June 15, 2014, at the Courtyard Theater.
Henry V A charismatic young monarch is confronted by the ferocity of war and is forced to prove his worth as a man and king. Written by William Shakespeare. Directed by Christopher Luscombe. Casting: David Caparelliotis, 260 W. 44th St., Third Fl., New York, NY 10036. Previews April 29 prior to a May 7 opening at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater. Closes June 15, 2014.
Hey! Dancin'! Hey! Musical! (Musical) Set in Chicago in 1986, teenagers Halle and Trisha finagle their way into the final taping of the hippest cable access dance show in the Chicagoland area in the hopes of finding true love. Written by Kirk Pynchon and Mike Beyer. Music and lyrics by Laura McKenzie. Additional lyrics by Kirk Pynchon. Directed by Matthew Gunnels. Casting: The Factory Theater, 3504 N. Elston, Chicago, IL 60618. Previews April 18, 2014, prior to an April 25. Closes May 31.
How Can You Run With A Shell On Your Back? (Musical) The enduring power of Aesop's most beloved fables is showcased in this musical in which six students, from widely different backgrounds, bond together in after-school detention. Casting: Melanie Lamoureux, The Jedlicka Performing Arts Center, 3801 S. Central Ave., Cicero, IL 60804. Runs April 24–26, 2014.
Hunter Gatherers When two couples meet for their annual dinner get-together, the line between civilized and primal man is blurred when the night tumbles into acts of animal sacrifice, sex, violence, deception, revelations, wrestling, and dancing. Written by Peter Sinn Nachtrieb. Directed by Rick Snyder. Casting: Rick Snyder, Profiles Theatre, 4147 N. Broadway, Chicago, IL 60613. Previews May 16 prior to a May 22 opening at Profiles Theatre’s Main Stage. Closes June 29, 2014.
I Have Been to the Wild Wood (Musical) This show is an original work that explores our basic fears through the use of text, music, and shape note music. It is based on pieces from the collection of traditional English and Scottish folk ballads known as the “Child Ballads.” Music by Pamela Maurer. Created by Duplicity Ensemble. Runs June 5–13 at the Chicago Musical Theatre Festival.
The Importance of Being Earnest Two young gentlemen use the same pseudonym to bend the truth, which works until they both fall in love with women using that name, resulting in a comedy of mistaken identities. Written by Oscar Wilde. Directed by Kevin Theis. Casting: Lucy Carr, Oak Park Festival Theatre, P.O. Box 4114 Oak Park, IL 60303. Runs July 24–Aug. 23, 2014, in the Austin Gardens.
In the Garden: A Darwinian Love Story Long before “The Origin of Species” will forever change the world, Charles Darwin meets Emma Wedgwood, and they forever change each other. Written by Sara Gmitter. Directed by Jessica Thebus. Casting: Phillip R. Smith, Producing Artistic Director, Lookingglass Theatre Company, John Hancock Center, 875 N. Michigan Ave., Ste. 1430, Chicago, IL 60611. Runs April 16–June 15, 2014, at the Water Tower Water Works.
Jim and Dave (‘s Blood Meets Jupiter) (Musical) Two 30-something lifelong friends are having a typical night out at their favorite Seattle bar when they are suddenly whisked away by aliens and find themselves on an intergalactic musical adventure to save the universe. Book by Kalena Victoria Dickerson. Music and lyrics by Steve Clark and Ed Plough. Directed by Michael Rashid. Casting: Michael Rashid, Project 891 Theatre Company, 1439 W. Albion #1A, Chicago, IL 60626. Runs June 12–July 6, 2014, on the West Stage of the Raven Theatre Complex.
Lost in Yonkers Left by their father while he pays off his debts, two boys contend with ill-tempered Grandma, the sweet but damaged Aunt Bella, and Uncle Louis, a small-time hoodlum in a strange new world called Yonkers. Written by Neil Simon. Directed by Devon de Mayo. Casting: Lynn Baber, Northlight Theatre, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie, IL 60077. Runs May 2–June 8, 2014.
NEW A Midsummer Night’s Dream When the Duke of Athens tries to enforce an unwanted marriage, the lovers take refuge in the woods and wander into the midst of a dispute between the king and queen of the fairies. Written by William Shakespeare. Directed by Frank Farrell. Casting: Scott Phelps, Artistic Director, Citadel Theatre Company, 825 S. Waukegan Rd., A8 PMB123, Lake Forest, IL 60045. Next audition: May 10. Runs July 19, 25, 26, 27 and Aug. 1–3 in Lake County, Ill.
Mud Blue Sky A high school pot dealer abandons his prom night to crash the hotel-room reunion between three flight attendants who are all old enough to be his mother. Written by Marisa Wegrzyn. Casting: Red Orchid Theatre, 1531 N. Wells St., Chicago, IL 60610-7752. Runs April 9–May 25, 2014.
The Merry Wives of Windsor (Oak Brook) Short on money, John Falstaff begins a quest to seduce two wealthy married women, but they decide to turn the tables on Falstaff and teach him a lesson in fidelity and honesty instead. Written by William Shakespeare. Directed by Nick Sandys. Casting: Alison C. Vesely, Artistic Director, First Folio Theatre, 146 Juliet Ct., Clarendon Hills, IL 60514. Previews July 9 prior to a July 12 opening at the First Folio Theatre. Closes August 10, 2014.
The Next Thing (Musical) This show tells the story of the 18-year relationship of two up-and-coming film stars who meet on a set, and then find themselves working on a movie together every 18 months. Book by Ronan Marra. Music and lyrics by Jon Steinhagen. Casting: Melanie Keller and Vincent Lonergan, Casting Associates, Signal Ensemble Theatre, 1802 W. Berenice Ave., Chicago, IL 60613. Runs May 1–June 4, 2014.
Porgy and Bess (Musical) This show tells the story of a disabled black beggar living in the slums of Charleston, S.C., and his attempts to rescue a woman from her violent lover and dangerous drug dealer. Music by George Gershwin. Libretto by DuBose Heyward. Lyrics by DuBose Heyward and Ira Gershwin. Casting: Chorus Auditions Coordinator, Lyric Opera of Chicago, 20 North Wacker Dr., Suite 860, Chicago, IL, 60606. Runs Sept. 27–March 15, 2014.
The Qualms A group of friends gather for their regular evening of food, drink, drugs, and partner-swapping, but when Chris and Kristy attempt to become the newest members, the evening does not go as planned. Written by Bruce Norris. Directed by Pam MacKinnon. Casting: Erica Daniels, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, 758 W. North Ave., Fourth Fl., Chicago, IL 60610. Runs July 3–Aug. 31, 2014, in the Downstairs Theatre of Steppenwolf Theatre Company.
Ragtime (Musical) Based on the 1975 novel by E. L. Doctorow, this show tells the story of three groups in America during the early 20th century: African Americans, upper-class suburbanites, and Eastern European immigrants. Book by Terrence McNally. Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens. Music by Stephen Flaherty. Directed by Stacey Flaster. Casting: Daiva Paulis, c/o Marsha Rutenberg, Big Noise Theatre Company, 1895 Clavey Rd., Highland Park, IL 60035. Runs April 25–May 11, 2014.
The Road Less Traveled This improvised show will explore the fictionalized life of an audience member, and find out what might have happened had they made a different life choice at some point in the distance past. Casting: Tony Rielage, Artistic Director, Theatre Momentum, 1800 W. Cornelia Ave #111A, Chicago, IL 60657. Runs June 13–July 26.
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead Two minor characters from the play “Hamlet” stumble around unaware of their scripted lives and unable to deviate from them. Written by Tom Stoppard. Directed by Beth Wolf. Casting: Promethean Theatre Ensemble, 3580 W. Belden, Ste. 3, Chicago, IL 60647. Runs April 18–May 24, 2014.
Seussical (Musical) The Cat in the Hat tells the story of Horton, an elephant who discovers a speck of dust containing little creatures known as Whos. Directed by Scott Weinstein. Casting: Bob Mason, Casting Director, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, 800 E. Grand Avenue on Navy Pier, Chicago, IL 60611. Runs July 5–Aug. 17.
The Sound of Music (Musical) This show tells the true story of a young woman who leaves the convent to take over as governess for the seven children of a captain. Book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse. Music by Richard Rodgers. Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II. Directed by Marc Bruni. Casting: Lyric Opera of Chicago, 20 N. Wacker Dr., Chicago, IL 60606. Runs April 25–May 11, 2014, with a possible extension through May 25, 2014.
Star Trek: The Rack of Khan Burlesque (Burlesque) Kirk, Spock, and the rest of the Enterprise crew are transformed into beautiful, sexy women, a bizarre consequence of the use of the Genesis Device. Produced by Gorilla Tango Burlesque. Written by Nerdologues. Directed and choreographed by Erica Reid. Casting: Gorilla Tango Theatre Bucktown, 1919 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL 60647. Runs April 18–Aug. 29.
Titus: Apocalypse This play takes place during a war where the only worlds remaining are run by two rival clans – the Andronicii Army and the Goths. Casting: Glenese Hand and Cody Evans-Gan, Bare Knuckle Productions, 4001 N. Ravenswood Ave., #603-C, Chicago, IL 60613. Runs May 9–June 7.
Victims of Change Staci Meadows is a single mom forced to choose between stripping or smuggling drugs to pay for her disabled child's tuition. Written by Sabrina Nixon. Produced by Palm Tree Productions. Casting: Sabrina Nixon, c/o Gorilla Tango Theatre Chicago (Bucktown), 1919 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL 60647. Performs May 31.
A View From the Bridge A longshoreman’s niece falls in love with a Sicilian, and his affection for her turns into obsession. Written by Arthur Miller. Directed by Ricardo Gutierrez. Casting: Teatro Vista, 2936 N. Southport, Ste. 210, Chicago, IL 60657. Runs April 11–May 18, 2014, at the Victory Gardens Theater.
What to Listen For A play about cultural history and the challenge of modern music, interwoven with encounters with famous musical figures and renegades. A world premiere written by Kathleen Tolan. Directed by Adam Goldstein. Casting: Elliott Friedman, the side project, 1439 W. Jarvis, Chicago, IL 60626. Runs June 1–July 6, 2014.
The Who’s Tommy (Aurora) (Musical) After witnessing a traumatic act of violence, a young boy is sent into a nearly catatonic state, becoming deaf, dumb, and blind. Eventually, his only form of communication becomes the game pinball. Music and lyrics by Pete Townshend. Book by Pete Townshend and Des McAnuff. Additional music and lyrics by John Entwistle and Keith Moon. Directed by Jim Corti. Casting: Jennette Nohl, Broadway Company Manager, Paramount Theatre, 23 East Galena Blvd., Aurora, IL 60506. Next EPA: April 9. Next ECC: April 10. Runs Jan. 14–Feb. 15.
The Winter’s Tale This play tells the mysterious story of a man consumed by an inexplicable jealousy that destroys his family, his kingdom and himself. Written by William Shakespeare. Directed by Brian Pastor. Casting: Promethean Theatre Ensemble, 3580 W. Belden, Ste. 3, Chicago, IL 60647. Next auditions: April 5 and 6. Runs Nov. 7–Dec. 13 at the Athenaeum Theatre.
The World of Extreme Happiness This show follows the journey of a woman born in rural China, whose parents leave her in a slop bucket to die because she's not a boy. She survives, and at age 14 leaves for the city, in pursuit of a coveted office position. Written by Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig. Directed by Eric Ting. New York casting: Nancy Piccione, 311 W. 43rd St., Eighth Fl., New York, NY 10036. Chicago casting: Adam Belcuore, Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn St., Chicago, IL 60601. Runs Sept. 9–Oct. 12 at the Goodman Theatre.