THE SCHOOL FOR WIVES
Translated into English Verse by Richard Wilbur
Directed by Mark Wing-Davey
First Day of Rehearsal: August 19, 2014
Previews: September 13-18, 2014
Opening: September 19, 2014
Closing: October 5, 2014
Casting: Heidi Griffiths
CHRYSALDE, a friend of Arnolphe’s
ARNOLPHE, also known as Monsieur de la Souche
ALAIN, a peasant, Arnolphe’s manservant
HORACE, Agnès’ love, Oronte’s son
ENRIQUE, Chrysalde’s brother-in-law, Agnès’ father
ORONTE, Horace’s father and Arnolphe’s old friend
GEORGETTE, a peasant woman, servant to Arnolphe
AGNÈS, an innocent young girl, Arnolphe’s ward
Book and Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner
Music by Frederick Loewe
Directed by David Lee
First Day of Rehearsal: Oct. 21, 2014
Previews: Nov. 15-Nov. 20, 2014
Opening: Nov. 21, 2014
Closing: December 14, 2014
Casting: Cindy Tolan & Adam Caldwell
REVELER #1/SQUIRE DAP/MORDRED
ABSURD PERSON SINGULAR
By Alan Ayckbourn
Directed by Jessica Stone
First Day of Rehearsal: Dec. 16, 2014
Previews: Jan. 10-Jan. 15, 2015
Opening: Jan. 16, 2015
Scheduled Closing: Feb. 1, 2015
Possible Extension Closing: Feb. 8, 2015
GUADALUPE IN THE GUEST ROOM
By Tony Meneses
Directed by Daniella Topol
First Day of Rehearsal: Jan. 20, 2015
Previews: Feb. 14-Feb. 26, 2015
Opening: Feb. 27, 2015
Scheduled Closing: March 15, 2015
Possible Extension Closing: March 22, 2015
STEVE DIETERLE – late 20s/30s, White
A kind, successful man struggling to forge on after the unexpected death of his wife, he doesn’t quite know what to make of the presence of Guadalupe, his Mexican mother-in-law, who is living in his house indefinitely despite speaking no English. Set in his ways and prone to occasional outbursts of frustration (especially given his communication problems with Guadalupe), he tries hard to do the right thing and forms an unexpected bond with Guadalupe over their shared love for telenovelas.
ROBERTO – 50s/60s, Latino
Steve’s gardener. A widower whose wife died in childbirth. Big-hearted, cheerful, grounded and wise, he takes life as it comes and is willing to be patient to win over Guadalupe. Also plays: Jose Fernando/Bernardo.
GUADALUPE CASTILLO – 50s/60s, Latina
A strong, stubborn, highly capable woman whose daughter’s unexpected death leaves her struggling to make sense of the world she thought she understood. Living in the house of Steve, the son-in-law she barely knows and whose language she doesn’t speak, she has to find her place and allow herself to open up. Wry and occasionally blunt, her steely exterior hides a woman with a secret soft side, and an addiction to telenovelas.
RAQUEL – late 20s/30s, Black or Asian
Spanish teacher at the same middle school as Guadalupe’s late daughter, though she’s not quite fluent, and helping Guadalupe translate the children’s books her daughter wrote. Sweet, a little insecure, and genuinely kind, she’ll play the peacemaker and put herself second. Also plays: Claudia/Aurelia
YOUR BLUES AIN’T SWEET LIKE MINE
Written and Directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson
First Day of Rehearsal: March 17, 2015
Previews: April 11-April 16, 2015
Opening: April 17, 2015
Scheduled Closing: May 3, 2015
Possible Extension Closing: May 10, 2015
Casting: Heidi Griffiths
ZEKE — 40s, African-American
Intelligent, well read, a thinker—and a warrior whose anger is barely contained on the surface. He once led a typical suburban existence; his life took a turn when he became a junkie and then got clean under the wing of his teacher and mentor Zebedee, who taught him all he values about life. A firebrand who carries a big chip on his shoulder and is always ready for a fight about America’s racist past (and present), he reveals his softer side only with Zebedee, for whom he cares deeply. Must have great facility for language and a quick wit.
ZEBEDEE — 80s, African-American
A recluse who has chosen to live for the past 40 years in a book-lined room under Grand Central Station, he craves knowledge above all else and carries the heavy weight of a tragic past event – a friend and fellow soldier’s lynching after they served in World War II – that he feels he failed to prevent. Wise, kind, and open-hearted, he loves Zeke like his own son. For Zeke, he is the griot—the keeper of African American history. Although he lives underground, he dresses in a suit and tie, with his crown—his Stetson hat. His suit is old and dated yet he wears it well, as if it were made by the finest Saville Row tailors. Must have great facility for language.
RANDALL — 30s-40s, White
Smart but not the questing intellectual that his girlfriend Judith is, Randall is set in his ways and a bit of a dude. He’s not prone to self-reflection and doesn’t get what the big deal is with stating his opinions, no matter how politically correct they are or aren’t.
JUDITH — 30s-40s, White
Smart, confident, highly educated, and very liberal, she wants to change the world and thinks she might be able to. At the same time, she carries her own family’s complicated history with slavery and its legacy, and she sees her friendship with Zeke as a possible way to help contemporary race relations. However, despite her good intentions and open heart, she is personally ambitious and is not above stirring things up to get what she wants and needs. Must have great facility for language.
JANEECE — 30s-40s, African-American
Judith’s longtime best friend, she’s smart, funny, cynical, and always says what she thinks. Although she’s proudly African-American she does not like being pigeonholed for any reason, and has little patience for Zeke’s grandstanding.
BE MORE CHILL
Music and Lyrics by Joe Iconis
Book by Joe Tracz
Based on the novel by Ned Vizzini
Directed by Scott Ellis
First Day of Rehearsal: April 28, 2015
Previews: May 30-June 4, 2015
Opening: June 5, 2015
Scheduled Closing: June 21, 2015
Possible Extension Closing: June 28, 2015
JEREMY HEERE — 20s to play a teenager
Sweet, introspective, awkward and very much uncool, he just hopes to keep his head down enough to survive high school and maybe get the girl of his dreams to notice him. When he’s given the opportunity to have a supercomputer implanted in his brain that tells him how to become popular, he has to balance following its rules with following his own heart. Must have great warmth and great comedic timing, and a solid rock voice. Actors of all ethnicities are encouraged to apply.
MICHAEL MELL — 20s to play a teenager
Funny, laid-back, and very warm. Although he’s uncool too, he’s comfortable in his own skin and happy to kick back, play video games with his best (and only) friend Jeremy, listen to Bob Marley, and wait for high school to be over. Jeremy’s transformation and subsequent betrayal are devastating, and for the first time ever the longtime outsider finds himself in a position to save the day. Must have great warmth, comic timing, and a solid rock voice. Actors of all ethnicities are encouraged to apply.
JAKE DILLINGER — 20s to play a teenager
The ultimate high school cool guy. Handsome, popular, a star athlete from a rich family, he has everything going for him and he knows it. Alpha status is effortless to him and he might contain hidden depths, but it’s hard to see them when he gets whatever he wants all the time. Actors of all ethnicities are encouraged to apply.
RICH — 20s to play a teenager
Five-feet-five-inches of teenage bully. Disproportionately intimidating given his height, he’s the terror of the uncool kids and will go out of his way to make their lives difficult. Despite his meanness and almost certain criminal future, he has a secret that reveals a surprisingly sensitive side and a chance at possible redemption. Must have great comedic timing and the ability to be truly threatening. Actors of all ethnicities are encouraged to apply.
THE SQUIP — 20s-30s
The physical manifestation of a Japanese supercomputer which implants in Jeremy’s brain and teaches him how to be cool, The Squip appears as the coolest guy around – confident, self-assured, and literally all-knowing, with a hint of Keanu Reeves (the coolest guy Jeremy can think of) and an occasional tendency to be snide. However, since he is a supercomputer with his own agenda, he occasionally reveals a more mechanical, much darker side. Actors of all ethnicities are encouraged to apply.
JEREMY’S DAD/Mr. REYES/SCARY STOCKBOY — 40s
• JEREMY’S DAD: Sweet, cheerful, and a little pathetic, his wife’s departure the year before has left him in denial and struggling to cope. Terrified of everything including stepping up as a father and wearing pants, he pretends everything is just fine. Actors of all ethnicities are encouraged to apply.
• MR. REYES: The drama teacher at the high school, whose dreams of an artistic production are crushed under the demands of school bureaucracy. Emotional and prone to hiding his many disappointments under a constant hunger for Hot Pockets, he needs only the slightest encouragement to take the stage himself. Actors of all ethnicities are encouraged to apply.
CHRISTINE CANIGULA —20s to play a teenager
Sweet, sensitive, smart and a little nerdy, she’s a theater kid and cares deeply about it. The kind of girl who knows she’ll thrive in college, she doesn’t engage with the social hierarchy of high school but can’t resist being tempted when the coolest guy in school starts pursuing her. Pretty but not necessarily in an obvious way, and should have a strong indie-rock voice. Actors of all ethnicities are encouraged to apply.
CHLOE — 20s to play a teenager
The hottest girl in school. Confident, crass, sexy, manipulative, and downright mean at times, she’s the undisputed queen of the social scene, and rules over her minions with unquestioned power. Must have great comic timing and the rock voice of the total diva that she is. Actors of all ethnicities are encouraged to apply.
BROOKE — 20s to play a teenager
The second hottest girl in school. Sweet and a little insecure, she’s Chloe’s sidekick and always happy to defer to her, although she’s not nearly as driven or dominating. Must have strong rock voice. Actors of all ethnicities are encouraged to apply.
JENNA ROLAN — 20s to play a teenager
Not one of the cool kids (although she desperately wants to be) she’s the school gossip who always has the dirt and is more than happy to tell anyone and everyone about it. Must have strong rock voice. Actors of all ethnicities are encouraged to apply.