VINEYARD PLAYHOUSE 2014 SEASON **Revised** - Vineyard Playhouse Auditions

Posted: February 28, 2014

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Posted 2/24/14. Rvsd 2/28. Clarification of prep instructions, accompanist, etc. (Taking off “musical” and “non-musical” reference)


Vineyard Playhouse 2014 Season - NYC EPA
Vineyard Playhouse|Martha's Vineyard, MA

Date of Audition:
3/19/2014


Call Type
Equity Principal

Time(s)
Equity Principal Auditions
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
9:30 AM to 5:30 PM
lunch 1 to 2

Contract
NEAT
Cat 5, pending; Weekly salary $350

Location
Actors' Equity Association Audition Center
165 West 46th Street
16th Floor
New York, NY 10036


Seeking
Equity actors and actors who sing for the 2014 Summer Season:

THE WHALESHIP ESSEX
SEARCHING PAUL CLAYTON
SATCHEL PAIGE & KANSAS CITY SWING

see breakdown.

Preparation
Prepare either:
1) a brief monologue; OR
2) a brief song & accompany yourself on your instrument; OR
3) prepare a 1 minute monologue and 16 bars of a song and accompany yourself on your instrument.

(no accompanist will be provided)
Bring picture/resume.

Other Dates
Boston EPA: 3/18, 10-2, at Boston Playwrights Theater (accompanist provided this day only)

Boston EPA: 3/25, 9-5, at Boston Playwrights Theater.

NYC EPA: 3/19, 9:30-5:30, at AEA.

(see separate notices)

Personnel
MJ Bruder Munafo, Artistic Director, in attendance at Boston & NYC EPAs

Scott Barrow, Artistic Associate, in attendance at NYC EPA.

  • EPA Rules are in effect.
  • A monitor will be provided.

Performers of all ethnic and racial background are encouraged to attend.

Always bring your Equity Membership Card to auditions.


Breakdown

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
World Premiere
A New Play by Joe Forbrich
Directed by Peter Zinn

June 2- July 12
(1st rehearsal June 2: opening June 21: closing July 12)

THE PROPRIETOR:
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.

THOMAS NICKERSON:
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.

OWEN COFFIN:
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.

CHARLES RAMSDELL:
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.

NANCY COFFIN:
Caucasian Female. (30s-40s) Owen Coffin's mother. Jittery. Always on the lookout for the next tragedy, her vigilance is too often rewarded.

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SEARCHING PAUL CLAYTON
World Premiere
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.

PAUL CLAYTON
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

THE ENSEMBLE

SUZE ROTOLO
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').

CARLA ROTOLO
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

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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)

*SATCHEL PAIGE
CAST. Black ballplayer, 42. Tall, charismatic, a star pitcher in spite of his age.

BUCK O'NEIL
Black ballplayer, 36, a solid figure, a good friend. Will eventually make history as a coach.

*BOB FELLER
CAST. White ballplayer, 32, the most famous pitcher of the major leagues. An American hero.

ART YOUNG
A black ballplayer, 19. Originally from Georgia. Tremendously talented and cocky, impatient and wants acceptance into the major leagues bad!

FRANKY PALMIERI
A white ballplayer, 19. Italian. Also tremendously talented and cocky, impatient and already a rookie star in the majors.

*MRS. HOPKINS
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.

MOIRA HOPKINS
Mrs. Hopkins’ 17 year-old daughter. She's pretty, a young and flirty spirit, an up-and-coming singer. Talented and ambitious.

JAZZMAN
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.

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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.


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