LOS ANGELES THEATER
Compiled by C. Ryanne Laratonda
The following listings are not casting notices but instead reflect the best general information available about current casting assignments. Do your homework and use them wisely. Do not phone or visit casting directors’ offices. Unless otherwise instructed, all contact with casting directors should be through the mail. Blind mass mailings are not recommended.
(All projects take place in Los Angeles unless otherwise noted.)
A Man of No Importance (Musical) (Torrance, Calif.) This show follows Alfie Byrne, bus conductor and would-be director for the local theater troupe, as he faces his greatest fears about who he is, and what it means. Book by Terrence McNally. Music by Stephen Flaherty. Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens. Directed by Glenn Kelman. Casting: Torrance Theatre Company, 3031 Torrance Blvd., Torrance, CA 90503. Last audition: Jan. 18. Runs March 14–April 12.
All My Sons (Play) (Sonora, Calif.) 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: Scott Viets, Artistic Director, Sierra Repertory Theatre, P.O. Box 3030, Sonora, CA 95370. Last auditions: Jan. 13 and 14. Runs Aug. 29–Sept. 21, 2014, at East Sonora Theatre.
American Buffalo (Berkeley) Set in an urban junk shop, this drama follows three small-time crooks who make plans to rob a man of his coin collection. Written by David Mamet. Directed by Barbara Damashek. Casting: Aurora Theatre Company, 2081 Addison St., Berkeley, CA, 94704. Previews June 13, 2014, prior to a June 19 opening at the Aurora Theatre.
An Ideal Husband (Play) (San Rafael) Sir Robert is a politician whose spotless reputation is the pride of his wife and sister. But when an old friend threatens to reveal a dark secret from Robert’s past, only his best friend is scheming and deceitful enough to come to his aid. Written by Oscar Wilde. Directed by Robert Currier. Casting: Robert Currier, Artistic Director, Marin Shakespeare Company, P.O. Box 4053, San Rafael, CA 94913. Runs Aug. 15–Sept. 27, 2014.
Annie Get Your Gun (San Diego, Calif.) (Musical) This show follows Annie Oakley’s rise from rural ragamuffin to world-famous sharpshooter in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show. Book by Herbert and Dorothy Fields. Music and lyrics by Irving Berlin. As revised by Peter Stone. Directed by Todd Nielson. Casting: Jill, San Diego Musical Theatre, 4652 Mercury St., San Diego, CA 92111. Last ECC for singers: Feb. 21 and 22. Last ECC for dancers: Feb. 22. Runs May 9–25.
As You Like It (Play) (San Rafael) When Rosalind and Orlando fall in love, they are unable to act on their feelings, and are forced to flee for their lives into the Forest of Arden. Here, they find themselves entangled in an enticing game of love, lust, and mistaken identity. Written by William Shakespeare. Directed by Robert Currier. Casting: Robert Currier, Artistic Director, Marin Shakespeare Company, P.O. Box 4053, San Rafael, CA 94913. Runs July 5–August 11, 2014.
Bauer This play is based on the life of Rudolf Bauer, a German abstract painter who stopped painting entirely when his artwork was taken under contract as property of Salomon Guggenheim. Written by Lauren Gunderson. Directed by Bill English. A joint production of San Francisco Playhouse and 59e59 Theatre. Casting: Judy Bowman, 140 Cabrini Blvd., Ste. 10, New York, NY 10033. Previews March 18, 2014, prior to a March 22 opening at San Francisco Playhouse. Closes April 19, 2014.
Beijing Spring (Musical) A sung-through musical commemorating the events of the Tiananmen Square Uprising in Beijing in 1989. Music by Joel Iwataki. Lyrics by Tim Dang. Directed by Tim Dang. Casting: East West Players, 120 Judge John Aiso St., Los Angeles, CA 90012. Next EPA: March 11. Previews May 15, 2014, prior to a May 21 opening at the David Henry Hwang Theatre. Closes J014.
Bonnie & Clyde, A New Musical (San Jose) At the height of the Great Depression, Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow went from two small-time, Texas nobodies to America's most notorious crime couple. Book by Ivan Menchell. Music by Frank Wildhorn. Lyrics by Don Black. Directed by Michael Navarra. Casting: Stephen Massott, Production Manager, San Jose Stage Company, 490 S. First St., San Jose, CA 95113. Runs June 4-July 27, 2014.
Cats (Musical) (La Mirada, Calif.) Based on the universally popular poetry of T.S. Eliot, “Cats” tells the story of the annual gathering of Jellicle cats at which time one special cat is selected to ascend to the Heaviside layer. Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Directed and choreographed by Dana Solimando. Casting: La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, 14900 La Mirada Blvd., La Mirada, CA 90638. Runs April 18-May 11 at the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts.
Chasing the Song (Musical) (La Jolla) This show centers on a promising young pop composer who walks into a high-pressure songwriting agency in New York’s Brill Building, a place where many of the 20th century’s greatest hits were born. Book and lyrics by Joe DiPietro. Music and lyrics by David Bryan. Directed by Christopher Ashley. Casting: Rachel Hoffman, Telsey + Company, 311 W. 43rd St., 10th Fl., New York, NY 10036. Runs May–June 2014, at the La Jolla Playhouse.
Choir Boy (Mill Valley) Pharus wants nothing more than to take his rightful place as leader of The Charles R. Drew Prep School for Boys’ legendary gospel choir, but will he be able to do so while staying true to himself? Written by Tarrell McCraney. Casting: Meg Pearson, Marin Theatre Company, 397 Miller Ave., Mill Valley, CA 94941. Last audition: Feb. 25. Run dates TBA.
A Chorus Line (Sacramento, Calif.) (Musical) Follows the audition process of dancers as they try to land a job in a Broadway show. Book by James Kirkwood Jr. and Nicholas Dante. Music by Marvin Hamlisch. Lyrics by Edward Kleban. Casting: Mandy Oglesby, Casting Coordinator, California Musical Theatre, 1510 J St., Ste. 200, Sacramento, CA 95814. Next audition: March 14. Runs June 24–29 at the Sacramento Music Circus Wells Fargo Pavilion.
Come Back, Little Sheba A middle-aged couple takes in a young, vivacious college boarder, creating an explosive catalyst for change. Written by William Inge. Directed by Geoff Elliott and Julia Rodriguez-Elliott. Casting: A Noise Within, 3352 E. Foothill Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91107. Runs March 29–May 17.
Death of the Author When a young professor suspects a student of plagiarism, his inquiry ignites events that affect the lives of four other people. Written by Steven Drukman. Directed by Bart DeLorenzo. Casting: Phyllis Schuringa, c/o Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90024. Runs May 20–June 29, 2014, at the Geffen Playhouse, Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater.
different words for the same thing After putting years and thousands of miles between them, Alice gets the call to return to her hometown, forcing her to revisit and re–examine the places, events, and relationships that once defined her. Written by Kimber Lee. Directed by Neel Keller. Casting: Mark Simon, Center Theatre Group, Company Offices at the Music Center Annex, 601 W. Temple St., Los Angeles, CA 90012. Runs May 4–June 1, 2014, at the Kirk Douglas Theatre.
The Drowsy Chaperone (Rolling Hills Estates) (Musical) When an unsuspecting man puts on his favorite musical theater record, he suddenly finds himself immersed in the glamorous, hilarious tale of a celebrity bride and her uproarious wedding day, complete with thrills and surprises that take both the cast and the audience soaring to the rafters. Book by Bob Martin and Don McKellar. Music by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison. Directed by James Gruessing. Casting: The Norris Center for the Performing Arts, 501 Indian Peak Rd., Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274. Runs April 25–May 11, 2014.
Every Five Minutes (San Francisco) A simple homecoming dinner takes a fantastical turn as Mo slips into a dreamscape that even those closest to him can’t imagine. Written by Linda McLean. Directed by Loretta Greco. Casting: Ryan Purcell, Associate Artistic Director and Casting Director, Magic Theatre Lounge, 2 Marina Blvd., Fort Mason Center, Bldg. D, Third Fl., San Francisco, CA 94123. Runs March 26–April 20, 2014, at the Sam Shepard Theater in the Fort Mason Center.
Everything You Touch Skipping back and forth through fashion history of the last few decades, this play presents a viciously funny look at the struggle to find an identity that’s more than skin deep. Written by Sheila Callaghan. Directed by Jessica Kubansky. Casting: Julia Flores, 1613 Chelsea Road, #292, San Marino, CA 91108. Runs April 3–May 11, 2014, at the Theatre @ Boston Court.
The Female Odd Couple (Covina, Calif.) When Florence Unger, a neurotic neat freak, moves in with Olive Madison, a messy woman who has a much more laid back approach to life, their friendship is put to the test. Written by Neil Simon. Directed by Mark Gamez. Casting: Raylene Salazar, General Manager, Covina Center for the Performing Arts, P.O. Box 4967, Covina, CA 91723. Next auditions: March 24 and 25. Runs May 2–24.
Floyd Collins (Musical) (La Mirada) This show focuses on the 1925 story of a man named Floyd Collins, who got trapped 200 feet underground when, chasing a dream of fame and fortune, he attempted to turn a Kentucky cave into a tourist attraction. Book by Tina Landau. Music and Lyrics by Adam Guettel. Additional Lyrics by Tina Landau. Directed by Richard Israel. Casting: Julia Flores, 1613 Chelsea Rd. #292, San Marino, CA 91108. Runs March 27–April 13, 2014, at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts.
Flyin’ West (Long Beach, Calif.) (Play) At the turn of the 20th century, four African-American women journey west to the all-black town of Nicodemus, Kan., to seek the freedom promised by the end of the Civil War. Written by Pearl Cleage. Directed by Saundra McClain. Casting: Michael Donovan, P.O. Box 349, Los Angeles, CA 90078. Runs March 14–April 6 at the International City Theatre.
Forever Plaid (Santa Maria and Solvang) After four high school friends known as the “Plaids” die in a car accident on their way to see their first big concert, the singing quartet return from the afterlife to record the album they never had a chance to. Written, originally directed, and choreographed by Stuart Ross. Musical continuity supervision and arrangements by James Raitt. Casting: Erik Stein, PCPA Theaterfest, 800 S. College Dr., Santa Maria, CA 93454. Runs June 19–June 29, 2014, at the Marian Theatre and July 4–27, 2014, at the Solvang Festival Theater.
Harry Thaw Hates Everybody (Berkeley) (Musical) Set against a backdrop of Gilded Age opulence and accompanied by authentic period songs, this play starts with the real-life 1906 murder of New York architectural eminence Stanford White at the hands of deranged coal baron Harry Thaw. Written by Laural Meade. Directed by M. Graham Smith. Casting: Shotgun Players Casting, 1901 Ashby Ave., Berkeley, CA 94703. Runs Oct. 15–Nov. 23, 2014, at the Ashby Stage.
Heathers: The Musical (Musical) (New York) Refusing to adhere to the strict rules of her high school clique, a rebel teenage girl gravitates toward a loner who has his own devious plan to deal with the imperious A-listers. Music, lyrics, and book by Laurence O’Keefe and Kevin Murphy. Based on the original screenplay by Daniel Waters. Directed by Andy Fickman. Casting: Sheila Guthrie and Suzanne Goddard-Smythe, 1040 N. Las Palmas Ave., Bldg. 2, Los Angeles, CA 90038. Previews March 15, 2014, prior to a March 31 opening at New World Stages, Stage 1, in New York. Also casting in New York.
In the Heights (Thousand Oaks) (Musical) This musical tells the story of the vibrant community in New York's Washington Heights neighborhood. Music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda. Book by Quiara Alegría Hudes. Directed and choreographed by Morgan Marcell. Casting: Lewis Wilkenfeld, Artistic Director, Cabrillo Music Theatre, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Ste. B, Thousand Oaks, CA 91362. Runs March 28–April 6, 2014.
In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play) (Long Beach) Set in the 1880s at the dawn of the age of electricity, and based on the bizarre historical fact that doctors used vibrators to treat 'hysterical' women, the play centers on a doctor and his wife and how his new therapy affects their entire household. Written by Sarah Ruhl. Directed by Robert Craig. Casting: Andrew Vonderschmitt, Artistic Director, Long Beach Playhouse, 5021 E. Anaheim St., Long Beach, CA 90804. Next auditions: March 10 and 11. Runs May 2–31.
The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism With a Key to the Scriptures (Berkeley) When Gus decides to die, his kids come home with a brigade of disorderly lovers to find that even the house keeps secrets. Written by Tony Kushner. Directed by Tony Taccone. Casting: Amy Potozkin, c/o Berkeley Repertory Theatre, 999 Harrison St., Berkeley, CA 94710. Runs May 16–June 29, 2014 at the Roda Theatre.
Into the Woods (Musical) A parade of familiar fairy tale figures finds its way “Into the Woods,”each character with a different mission in mind. Book by James Lapine. Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Casting: Amy Glazer, 588 Sutter St., #318, San Francisco, CA 94102. Opens June 24, 2014, at the San Francisco Playhouse.
Jesus Christ Superstar (Musical) (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) This show dramatizes Jesus' entry in Jerusalem, the unrest caused by his preaching and popularity, his betrayal by Judas, the trial before Pontius Pilate, and his ultimate crucifixion. Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Lyrics by Tim Rice. Directed and conducted by David Lamourex. Casting: Lewis Family Playhouse, 12505 Cultural Center Dr., Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91739. Runs March 28–April 6 at the Lewis Family Playhouse in the Victoria Gardens Cultural Center.
The Legend of Bonny Anne Bonny (Play) (Pasadena) This show is partially written in verse, and tells the true story of Anne Bonny, a pirate as notoriously brutal as she was beautiful. Written by Chandler Patton. Casting: Mary Margaret Kunze and Nadia Sheen, The Rogue Players [no office info available]. Reading is in either late April or early May 2014.
Les Misérables (Musical) (Coronado) In this tale set against the backdrop of the French Revolution, ex–convict Jean Valjean must leave his past behind and keep his vow to raise the young, orphaned Cosette. Music by Claude-Michel Schönberg. Lyrics by Alain Boublil and Jean-Marc Natel. English libretto by Herbert Kretzmer. Based on the novel by Victor Hugo. Directed by Robert Smyth. Casting: Maria Mangiavellano, Lamb's Players Theatre, P.O. Box 182229, Coronado, CA 92178. Runs July 25-Aug. 24, 2014, with a possible extension through Sept. 28, 2014.
Les Misérables (Musical) (La Mirada) An epic and uplifting story about the survival of the human spirit, set during the French Revolution. Book by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg. Lyrics by Alain Boublil and Jean-Marc Natel, adapted by Herbert Kretzmer. Music by Claude-Michel Schönberg. Based on Victor Hugo’s novel. Directed by Brian Kite. Casting: Julia Flores, 1613 Chelsea Road, #292, San Marino, CA 91108. Runs May 30–June 22, 2014, at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts.
The Lion in Winter (Burbank, Calif.) When the powerful king, Henry Plantagenet, calls his queen and their three crown-hungry sons to the castle for one last Winter Court, a deadly game of alliances and betrayals unfolds as each of the players moves to control who will sit on the throne when Henry is gone. Written by James Goldman. Directed by Stephanie Vlahos. With Mariette Hartley and Ian Buchanan. Casting: Patricia Cullen, Casting Director, The Colony Theatre Company, 555 N. Third St., Burbank, CA 91502. Runs April 16–May 18 at the Colony Theatre.
The Magic Finger (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) When Lucy gets upset with her best friend William and his family for shooting ducks for sport, she points her Magic Finger at them and turns them all into bird-sized people, while the ducks become the size of humans. Written by Roald Dahl. Adapted by David Wood. Directed by Abigail Deser. Casting: Murry Hepner, Lewis Family Playhouse, 12505 Cultural Center Dr., Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91739. Runs May 2–18 at the Lewis Family Playhouse.
Mamma Mia! (Musical) This show features the songs of ABBA and tells the story of a young soon-to-be-bride who begins to question her romantic dreams after observing her free-spirited mother who never tied the knot. Book by Catherine Johnson. Music and lyrics by Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus. Directed by Phyllida Lloyd. Casting: Tara Rubin Casting, 570 Seventh Ave., Ste. 401, New York, NY 10018. Previews May 8, and opens May 16 in Las Vegas.
Mary Poppins(Musical) (Sacramento, Calif.) This show tells the story of a magical English nanny who visits the household of two young children and teaches their family valuable lessons that will improve their household dynamic. Book by Julian Fellowes. Music and lyrics by the Sherman Brothers. Additional music and lyrics by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe. Casting: Glenn Casale, Artistic Director, California Musical Theatre, 1510 J St., Ste. 200, Sacramento, CA 95814. Runs July 8–13, 2014.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Berkeley) Four mismatched lovers enter an enchanted forest filled with fairies that will alter their lives forever. Written by William Shakespeare. Directed by Shana Cooper. Casting: California Shakespeare Theater, 701 Heinz Ave., Berkeley, CA 94710. Runs Sept. 3–28, 2014.
Milvotchkee, Visconsin (San Diego) Following a windy storm, an elderly docent at Wisconsin Concrete Park experiences various stages of dementia while trying to put things back in order. Written by Laura Jacqmin. Directed by Robert Barry Fleming. Casting: Donnie Matsuda, Associate Producer, Mo`olelo Performing Arts Company, P.O. Box 710564, San Diego, CA 92171. Runs May 29–June 29, 2014.
A Moon for the Misbegotten Set in and around a dilapidated Connecticut farmhouse in 1923, this American classic follows Josie Hogan, a boisterous Irishwoman with a quick tongue and a tender heart and Jim Tyrone, a tortured soul haunted by the loss of his mother. Written by Eugene O’Neill. Directed by Jenny Sullivan. Casting: Lisa Tyzzer, Rubicon Theatre Company, 1006 E. Main St., Ventura, CA 93001. Runs March 12–April 6, 2014, at the Rubicon Theatre.
The Mother Ship Trevor and Penelope want a baby more than anything, but baby-making takes a back seat when their new water heater turns out to be a portal into another dimension, and they find themselves on a space adventure to save all life on Earth. Written and directed by Jonas Oppenheim. Casting: Sacred Fools Theater Company, P.O. Box 29312, Los Angeles, CA 90029. Runs June 27–Aug. 2.
The Motherf**ker With the Hat (San Diego) An unfamiliar hat in Jackie’s living room threatens his relationship, his parole, and his sobriety. Written by Stephen Adly Guirgis. Directed by Robby Lutfy. Casting: Cygnet Theatre, 2410 Congress St., San Diego, CA 92110. Runs May 15–June 15, 2014.
Oklahoma! (Musical) (Santa Maria and Solvang) An endearing love story is told amid the backdrop of a spirited rivalry between Oklahoma’s farmers and cowboys. Music by Richard Rodgers. Book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II. Based on a play by Lynn Riggs. Directed and choreographed by Michael Jenkinson. Casting: Erik Stein, PCPA Theaterfest, 800 S. College Dr., Santa Maria, CA 93454. Runs July 16–26, 2014, at the Marian Theatre and Aug. 1–24, 2014, at the Solvang Festival Theater.
Oliver (Placerville, Calif.) (Musical) This show tells the tale of a runaway orphan who escapes from a workhouse and teams up with a group of boys trained to be pickpockets by an older mentor. Based on the novel “Oliver Twist” by Charles Dickens. Music and lyrics by Lionel Bart. Directed by Lanny Langston. Casting: Imagination Theater, 100 Placerville Dr., Placerville, CA 95667. Next auditions: April 26 and 27. Runs Nov. 28–Dec. 21, 2014.
The Orphan of Zhao (San Francisco) The first Chinese play to be translated in the West, this play is about a young orphan who discovers the shattering truth behind his origins. Adapted by James Fenton. Directed by Carey Perloff. With BD Wong. Casting: Casting Office, American Conservatory Theater, 30 Grant Ave., 6th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94108. Runs June 4–29, 2014, at the Geary Theater.
Othello (Play) (San Diego) A thrilling tragedy about the power of love and the destructiveness of doubt and suspicion, triggered by one of literature’s most manipulative villains. Written by William Shakespeare. Directed by Barry Edelstein. Casting: Bernadette Hanson, Artistic Associate, The Old Globe, P.O. Box 122171, San Diego, CA 92112. Runs June 22–July 27 at the Lowell Davies Festival Theatre, Old Globe Theatre, Conrad Prebys Theatre Center.
Our Town (Berkeley) Taking the place over a timespan of thirteen years, this play tells the story of an average town's citizens in the early twentieth century as depicted through their everyday lives. Written by Thornton Wilder. Directed by Susannah Martin. Casting: Jonathan Kreuz, Casting Coordinator, Shotgun Players, 1901 Ashby Ave., Berkeley, CA 94703. Runs Dec. 4, 2014–Jan. 11, 2015.
Passion Play (Anaheim, Calif.) (Play) This is the story of three different stagings of the Passion, set in Elizabethan England, Nazi Germany, and Reagan’s America. Written by Sarah Ruhl. Directed by Trevor Biship. Casting: Chance Theater, Attn: Casting, P.O. Box 3309, Orange, CA 92857. Runs April 25–June 1.
PEN/MAN/SHIP (San Francisco) A father and his son board a ship headed for Africa. When the ship takes an unexpected detour, mysteries are unveiled and true intentions are revealed. Written by Christina Anderson. Directed by Ryan Guzzo Purcell. Casting: Ryan Purcell, Associate Artistic Director and Casting Director, Magic Theatre Lounge, 2 Marina Blvd., Fort Mason Center, Bldg. D, Third Fl., San Francisco, CA 94123. Runs April 30–June 9 at the Sam Shepard Theater in the Fort Mason Center.
Proof (Nevada City, Calif.) (Play) When one of her late father’s former students discovers a groundbreaking proof among the professor’s old notebooks, Catherine must face the question of whether she has inherited only her father’s legacy, or his madness as well. Written by David Auburn. Directed by Robert Rossman. Casting: Sierra Stages, P.O. Box 709, Nevada City, CA 95959. Runs May 1–18.
A Raisin in the Sun (Berkeley) A substantial insurance payment could mean either financial salvation or personal ruin for a poor black family. Written by Lorraine Hansberry. Directed by Patricia McGregor. Casting: California Shakespeare Theater, 701 Heinz Ave., Berkeley, CA 94710. Runs May 21–June 15, 2014.
Reasons to be Pretty When Greg makes an innocuous, off-handed remark about his girlfriend, it triggers a battle by which their relationship will forever be defined. Written by Neil LaBute. Casting: Phyllis Schuringa, Casting Director, Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90024. Runs July 29–Aug. 31 at the Gil Cates Theater.
Romeo & Juliet (San Rafael) A pair of star-crossed lovers dangerously disobey their feuding families for the sake of love. Written by William Shakespeare. Directed by Lesley Schisgall Currier. Casting: Robert Currier, Artistic Director, Marin Shakespeare Company, P.O. Box 4053, San Rafael, CA 94913. Runs July 18–Sept. 28, 2014.
RED (San Diego) Tells the story of an exhilarating and combative battle between student and master in search of the very highest art possible. Written by John Logan. Directed by Michael Arabian. Casting: Jacole Kitchen, San Diego Repertory Theatre, 79 Horton Plaza, San Diego, CA 92101. Opens March 29, 2014, at the Lyceum Stage.
Reunion (Costa Mesa) Three friends who haven’t seen each other for twenty years attempt to relive their rambunctious past, but have trouble understanding and coming to terms with who they were so long ago. Written by Gregory S. Moss. Directed by Adrienne Campbell-Holt. Casting: Joanne DeNaut, South Coast Repertory, P.O. Box 2197 Costa Mesa, CA 92628. Runs March 9–30, 2014 at the Julianne Argyros Stage at South Coast Repertory.
The San Patricios (Santa Maria and Solvang) In this 1840s political drama, immigrant and native, Catholic and Protestant, officer and enlisted soldier collide as we rediscover the personal stories submerged in a war between Mexico and the United States. Written by José Cruz González. Directed by Mark Booher. Casting: Erik Stein, PCPA Theaterfest, 800 S. College Dr., Santa Maria, CA 93454. Runs July 31–Aug. 23, 2014, at the Marian Theatre and Aug. 28–Sept. 7, 2014, at the Solvang Festival Theater.
Seminar (San Francisco) Four aspiring novelists pay five hundred dollars per week for a ten-week, private writing class that includes all the abuse you can take, and maybe some sex. Written by Theresa Rebeck. Directed by Amy Glazer. Casting: Lauren English, San Francisco Playhouse, 588 Sutter St. #318, San Francisco, CA 94102. Previews April 29, 2014, prior to a May 3 opening. Closes June 14, 2014.
Show Boat (San Francisco) (Musical) Spanning the years from 1890 to 1927, this musical follows the lives, loves and losses of theater folk on the Mississippi, while highlighting the racial and social changes that were shaping the country. Book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II. Music by Jerome Kern. Based on the novel by Edna Ferber. Directed by Francesca Zambello. With Heidi Stober, Patricia Racette, Angela Renée Simpson, and Nathan Gunn. Casting: Bernard Telsey and Bethany Knox, 311 W. 43rd St., 10th Fl., New York, NY 10036. Runs June 1–July 2, 2014, at San Francisco Opera.
A Song at Twilight An elderly writer accepts a visit from his former mistress, forcing them to confront their past. Written by Noël Coward. Directed by Art Manke. Casting: Michael Donovan Casting, 7805 W. Sunset Blvd., #200, Los Angeles, CA 90046. Runs March 18–April 13, 2014, at the Pasadena Playhouse.
South Pacific (Mill Valley) Set during World War II, two parallel love stories are threatened by the dangers of prejudice and war. Book by Oscar Hammerstien II and Joshua Logan. Music by Richard Rodgers. Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein. Directed by Linda Dunn. Casting: the Mountain Play Association, P.O. Box 2025, Mill Valley, CA 94942. Next auditions: Jan. 25, 2014. Runs May 18–June 15, 2014, at the Cushing Memorial Amphitheatre.
Sovereign Body After a wife and mother of two grown daughters welcomes an uninvited Thanksgiving dinner guest, the family’s life is forever challenged and changed. A world premiere written by Emilie Beck. Casting: The Road Theatre, 5108 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601. Runs March 21–May 10, 2014, at the Historic Lankershim Arts Center.
Stupid Fucking Bird In this irreverent remix of Chekhov’s “The Seagull,” the characters discover how disappointing life, art, and growing up can be. Written by Aaron Posner. Directed by Michael Michetti. Casting: Julia Flores, 1613 Chelsea Road, #292, San Marino, CA 91108. Runs June 19–July 27, 2014, at the Theatre @ Boston Court.
Stoneface Chronicled through the lens of his own silent films, this show recreates some of Buster Keaton’s most memorable gags live on stage, capturing the legend of a bygone era and telling the tale of one of Hollywood’s greatest performers. Written by Vanessa Claire Stewart. Directed by Jamie Robeldo. With French Stewart. Casting: Casting – Self Submission, The Pasadena Playhouse, 600 Playhouse Alley, Ste. 300, Pasadena, CA 91101. Previews June 3 prior to a June 8 opening at the Pasadena Playhouse. Closes June 29, 2014.
The Taming of the Shrew (San Francisco) Bianca’s father says that she cannot wed until the shrewish Kate does, and although anyone who’s man enough to tackle Kate wins a large dowry, she may be too high a price to pay. Written by William Shakespeare. Directed by Rebecca J. Ennals. Casting: Rebecca J. Ennals, Artistic Director, The San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, P.O. Box 460937, San Francisco, CA 94146. Runs June 28–Sept. 21, 2014.
Tartuffe (Costa Mesa) A family watches in awe as the head of the household falls under the spell of a false prophet. Written by Moliére. Adapted by David Ball. Directed by Dominique Serrand. Casting: Joanne DeNaut, South Coast Repertory, P.O. Box 2197, Costa Mesa, CA 92628. Runs May 9–June 8, 2014, at the Segerstrom Stage at South Coast Repertory.
36 Stories (San Francisco) An original work adapted from Sam Shepard’s prose, this play weaves together tales of the great American desert highways. Written by Sam Shepard. Directed and adapted by Amy Kossow. Casting: JoAnne Winter, Artistic Director, Word For Word Performing Arts Company, Z Space Studio, 499 Alabama St., #450, San Francisco, CA 94110. Runs May 17–June 22, 2014, at Z Below Theatre.
36 Views (Santa Maria) An exotic game of greed, sensuality, and shifting perceptions ensues when a dealer in Asian art antiquities and an Asian art historian search for an original copy of a priceless Japanese pillow book. Written by Naomi Iizuka. Directed by Risa Brainin. Casting: Erik Stein, PCPA Theaterfest, 800 S. College Dr., Santa Maria, CA 93454. Runs Sept. 11–28, 2014, at the Severson Theatre.
Time and the Conways (San Diego) Set in the early 1900s and spanning more than 19 years, the affluent Conway family faces the future and finds out their lives won’t turn out as expected. Written by J.B. Priestly. Directed by Rebecca Taichman. Casting: David Caparelliotis, 260 W. 44th St., Third Fl., New York, NY 10036. Previews March 29 prior to an April 3 opening on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage at the Old Globe Theatre. Closes May 4, 2014.
The 12 (San Jose) (Musical) Filled with music inspired by the best of classic rock, this show tells the story of doubt, fear, faith, and ultimately love, that exploded in the wake of Jesus Christ’s crucifixion. Book and lyrics by Robert Schenkkan. Music by Neil Berg. Directed by Richard Seyd. Casting: Kirsten Brandt, Associate Artistic Director, San Jose Repertory Theatre, The Susan and Phil Hammer Theatre Center, 101 Paseo de San Antonio, San Jose, CA 95113. Runs Sept. 3–28.
Two Gentleman of Verona (San Diego) A young man bids goodbye to Verona and his girlfriend Julia to join his best friend Valentine Milan, where he immediately falls in love with Valentine’s beloved, Silvia. When Julia dresses as a boy and travels to Milan herself, things get complicated. Written by William Shakespeare. Directed by Mark Lamos. Casting: Bernadette Hanson, Artistic Associate, The Old Globe, P.O. Box 122171, San Diego, CA 92112. Runs Aug. 10–Sept. 14 at the Lowell Davies Festival Theatre, Old Globe Theatre, Conrad Prebys Theatre Center.
Venus in Fur (Carmel, Calif.) (Play) When Vanda arrives several hours late to her audition for a seductive play, she surprises the director with a masterful performance and turns the session into a cat–and–mouse game of dominance. Written by David Ives. Directed by Kenneth Kelleher. Casting: Pacific Repertory Theatre, P.O. Box 222035, Carmel, CA 93922. Runs April 25–May 18 at the Circle Theatre.
What the Butler Saw (Santa Cruz) This hilarious farce takes place in the exclusive, private mental health clinic of a doctor who is attempting to seduce a prospective secretary when his wife comes home. Written by Joe Orton. Directed by Art Manke. Casting: Julie James, Artistic Director, Jewel Theatre Company, P.O. Box 1080, Santa Cruz, CA 95061. Runs May 1–23, 2014.
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Shows under the Equity Production Contract are required to conduct EPAs (Equity Principal Auditions) once a year and ECCs (Equity Chorus Calls) every six months.
Boys Next Door (Oxnard) This play tells the story four mentally handicapped men who live under the supervision of an earnest, but increasingly "burned out" young social worker named Jack. Written by Tom Griffin. Directed by James Castle Stevens. Casting: Elite Theatre Company, 2731 S. Victoria Ave., Oxnard, CA 93035. Runs through April 6, 2014.
Crystal Springs (San Francisco) This play tells a tragic tale about two girls, two moms, and bullying. Written by Kathy Rucker. Directed by Anna Jordan. Casting: Nancy Hayes Casting, 400 Treat St., Ste. E, San Francisco, CA 94110. Runs March 8–23, 2014, at the Eureka Theatre.
Harmony (Musical) This show tells the story of the Comedian Harmonists: an internationally famous, all-male German close harmony ensemble that performed between 1928 and 1934 as one of the most successful musical groups in Europe before WWII. Book and lyrics by Bruce Sussman. Music by Barry Manilow. Directed by Tony Speciale. New York Casting: Calleri Casting, 70A Greenwich Ave. #162, New York, NY 10011. Center Theatre Group Casting: Mark B. Simon, Center Theatre Group, Casting, 601 W. Temple St., Los Angeles, CA 90012. Previewed March 4 prior to a March 12 opening at the Ahmanson Theatre. Closes April 13, 2014.
Les Misérables (Musical) (Sonora) Set during the French Revolution, this show tells the story of a reformed convict and his quest for redemption while being relentlessly tracked down by a police inspector. Book by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg. Lyrics by Alain Boublil and Jean-Marc Natel, adapted by Herbert Kretzmer. Music by Claude-Michel Schönberg. Based on Victor Hugo’s novel. Directed by Dennis Jones. Casting: Sierra Repertory Theatre, P.O. Box 3030, Sonora, CA 95370. Runs through May 4, 2014.
Much Ado About Nothing (Long Beach) A young soldier falls in love with a nobleman’s daughter, while his friend, a sworn hater of love and marriage, spars with her cousin, a woman who has also sworn to never marry. Written by William Shakespeare. Directed by Sean F. Gray. Casting: Andrew Vonderschmitt, Artistic Director, Long Beach Playhouse, 5021 E. Anaheim St., Long Beach, CA 90804. Last audition: Jan. 6 and 7. Runs through March 29, 2014.
My Fair Lady (Claremont) This show tells the story of the over-confident Professor Higgins and his experiment that attempts to transform a cockney girl into a proper-speaking lady. Book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner. Music by Frederick Loewe. Casting: Neil Dale, Candlelight Pavilion, 455 W. Foothill Blvd, Claremont, CA 91711. Runs through March 16.
A Nice Indian Boy Two Indian men meet and have a number of things in common, from the Hindi language to experiencing the difficulty of being gay in their culture. When they meet in person, it is revealed that one is South Asian and the other is a Caucasian who was adopted by Hindi parents and speaks fluent Hindi. Written by Madhuri Shekar. Directed by Snehal Desai. Casting: East West Players, 120 Judge John Aiso St., Los Angeles, CA 90012. Runs through March 23, 2014, at the David Henry Hwang Theatre.
Once on This Island (Redwood City) (Musical) Set on a lush Antilles island, this show tells the story of a naïve peasant girl and her love for a handsome young aristocrat. Music by Stephen Flaherty. Book and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens. Based on the book “My Love, My Love,” by Rosa Guy. Directed by Robert Kelley. Casting: Leslie Martinson, Associate Artistic Director, TheatreWorks, P.O. Box 50458, Palo Alto, CA 94303. Runs through March 30, 2014, at the Lucie Stern Theatre.
Sex and Education (Burbank) When a high school basketball star is caught passing his girlfriend a profanity-laced, sexually charged note, his teacher uses the note to teach him an English composition lesson with the hopes of sparking an intellectual flame. Written by Lissa Levin. Directed by Andrew Barnicle. Casting: Patricia Cullen, The Colony Theatre Company, 555 N. Third St., Burbank, CA 91502. Previewed Feb. 12, 2014, prior to a Feb. 15 opening. Closes March 16, 2014.
Spring Awakening (San Diego) (Musical) Rebellious 19th-century teenagers take a provocative journey from adolescence to adulthood in this powerful celebration of self-discovery in oppressive times. Book and lyrics by Steven Sater. Music by Duncan Sheik. Based on the play by Frank Wedekind. Directed by Sean Murray. Musical direction by Terry O’Donnell. Casting: Cygnet Theatre, 2410 Congress St., San Diego, CA 92110. Runs through April 27, 2014, at the Old Town Theatre.
Stand-Off at HWY #37 In upstate New York, on the border of a small town and the local Haudenosaunee reservation, a young National Guardsman of Tuscarora heritage has to choose between upholding the oath he took to defend his country and protecting the traditional lands of his people. Written by Vickie Ramirez. Directed by Jon Lawrence Rivera. Casting: Jean Bruce Scott, Producing Executive Director, Native Voices, Autry National Center of the American West, 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles, CA. Previewed Feb. 26, 2014, prior to a Feb. 28 opening at the Autry National Center’s Wells Fargo Theatre. Closes March 16, 2014.
Suzette Who Set to Sea (La Jolla) In a small seaside village where women are expected to stay on land and not out-to-sea, young Suzette knows she is different. She longs for the sea and believes she is meant for something greater. Written by Finegan Kruckemeyer. Directed by Eric Johnson. Casting: La Jolla Playhouse, P.O. Box 12039, La Jolla, CA 92039. Touring performances at San Diego County Schools through April 4, 2014.
Three Penny Opera (San Jose) The notorious bandit and womanizer Macheath marries the innocent and virginal Polly Peachum, so her father, who controls the beggars of London, endeavors to have Macheath hanged. German libretto by Bertolt Brecht. Music by Kurt Weill. Directed by Kenneth Kelleher. Casting: Stephen Massott, Production Manager, San Jose Stage Company, 490 S. First St., San Jose, CA 95113. Runs through March 16, 2014, with a possible extension through March 30, 2014.
Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike Vanya and his stepsister Sonia are paid a surprise visit by Hollywood star sibling Masha and her 20-something boy toy Spike. Written by Christopher Durang. Directed by Nicholas Martin. Casting: Mark Simon, Center Theatre Group, Company Offices at the Music Center Annex, 601 W. Temple St., Los Angeles, CA 90012. Runs through March 9, 2014, at the Mark Taper Forum.
The Who & the What (La Jolla) An independent-minded young Muslim woman spends six years writing a novel about women and Islam that threatens to tear apart her conservative family. Casting: La Jolla Playhouse, 2910 La Jolla Village Drive, La Jolla, CA 92037. Previewed Feb. 11, 2014, prior to a Feb. 19 opening at La Jolla Playhouse. Closes March 9.