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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.
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.
The Boyfriend (Musical) (San Francisco) Set in the French Riviera, this comedic show harkens back to the great musicals of the 1920s. Book, music, and lyrics by Sandy Wilson. Directed by Cindy Goldfield. Casting: Annette Lai, Office Manager, 42nd Street Moon, 601 Van Ness Ave., #E3-621, San Francisco, CA 94102. Next ECC for dancers and singers: May 19. Previews Oct. 29 prior to a Nov. 1 opening at 42nd Street Moon. Closes Nov. 16.
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. Runs June 4–28, 2015.
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. Runs June 24–29 at the Sacramento Music Circus Wells Fargo Pavilion.
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.
The Great American Trailer Park Musical (Los Altos, CA) (Musical) This campy musical fable set in a Florida mobile home community, and follows a hot young stripper on the run, an agoraphobic housewife, and her tollbooth collector husband. Music and lyrics by David Nehls. Book by Betsy Kelso. Directed by Linda Piccone. Casting: Daniel P. Wilson, Associate Artistic Director, Los Altos Stage Company, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos, CA 94023. Runs Sept. 4–28.
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.
The Hunchback of Notre Dame (La Jolla) This show is based on the Victor Hugo novel and the Disney film. Music by Alan Menken. Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz. Book by Peter Parnell. Directed by Scott Schwartz. Casting: Tara Rubin Casting, 570 Seventh Ave., Ste. 401, New York, NY 10018. Last EPA: March 24. Last ECC for singers: April 14. Last ECC for dancers: April 14. Runs Oct. 26–Dec. 7 at La Jolla Playhouse and from March 4–April 5, 2015 at Paper Mill Playhouse in New Jersey.
In the Heights (Anaheim) (Musical) This show tells a story that is a potent reminder of the importance of chasing one's dreams and finding where you belong. Music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda. Book by Quiara Alegría Hudes. Directed by Oanh Nguyen. Casting: Chance Theater, P.O. Box 3309, Orange, CA 92857. Runs July 3–Aug. 3 with a possible extension through Aug. 17.
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.
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.
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.
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.
NEW Next To Normal (Musical) (San Diego, Calif.) This show tells the story of a mother who struggles with bipolar disorder and the effect that her illness has on her family. Music by Tom Kitt. Book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey. Directed by Nick DeGruccio. Casting: San Diego Musical Theatre, 4652 Mercury St., San Diego, CA 92111. Next non-required principal audition: July 15. Runs Sept. 27–Oct. 12 at the North Park Theatre.
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. Runs Nov. 28–Dec. 21, 2014.
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.
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.
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.
Saint Joan This play chronicles the life and trial of Joan of Arc. Written by George Bernard Shaw. Directed by Susan Myer Silton. Casting: Julie James, Artistic Director, Jewel Theatre Company, P.O. Box 1080, Santa Cruz, California 95061. Runs Sept. 4–28, 2014.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Water By the Spoonful (Mountain View) After returning home, a war veteran struggles to readjust to civilian life, and leans on an online community of friends to help. Written by Quiara Alegría Hudes. Produced by Theatre Works of Silicon Valley. Casting: Alan Filderman, 333 W. 39th St., Ste. 800, New York, NY 10018. Runs Aug. 20–Sept. 14 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts.
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.
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. Previewed May 15, 2014, prior to a May 21 opening at the David Henry Hwang Theatre. Closes June 15, 2014.
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 through July 27, 2014.
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 through June 15, 2014, at the La Jolla Playhouse.
Company (Newport Beach, Calif.) (Musical) This story revolves around Bobby, a single man unable to commit to a steady relationship, five married couples who are his best friends, and his three girlfriends. Based on a book by George Furth. Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Directed by Michael Ross. Casting: Newport Theatre Arts Center, 2501 Cliff Dr., Newport Beach, CA 92663. Runs through June 29.
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 through June 29, 2014, at the Geffen Playhouse, Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater.
Dog and Pony (San Diego) (Musical) This show follows a screenwriting team whose professional relationship begins to change when one's marriage hits the rocks and the other acquires a distaste for the single life. Book by Rick Elice. Music and lyrics by Michael Patrick Walker. Directed by Roger Rees. Casting: Tara Rubin, 570 Seventh Ave., Ste. 401, New York, NY 10018. Runs at the Old Globe’s Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre until June 29.
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 through June 29, 2014 at the Roda Theatre.
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 through June 22, 2014, at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts.
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 through June 29, 2014.
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 through June 15, 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., Sixth Fl., San Francisco, CA 94108. Runs through June 29, 2014, at the Geary Theater.
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 through June 9 at the Sam Shepard Theater in the Fort Mason Center.
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 through June 15, 2014.
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. Previewed 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 through July 2, 2014, at San Francisco Opera.
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. Runs through June 15, 2014, at the Cushing Memorial Amphitheatre.
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. Previewed June 3 prior to a June 8 opening at the Pasadena Playhouse. Closes June 29, 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 through 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 through June 22, 2014, at Z Below Theatre.