2014-03-16America/New_YorkAudition2014-03-16AWAKE AND SING! - Elmwood PlayhouseAWAKE AND SING! - Elmwood Playhouse
Auditions for Awake and Sing! at Elmwood Playhouse, Nyack NY
Elmwood Playhouse, est. 1947, provides an outstanding and affordable season of musicals, comedies, and dramas in an intimate, newly renovated, 99 seat, air conditioned community theatre complex. Free workshops, special events and classes compliment the main stage season. Located in the artistic heart of Rockland County, this award winning theatre is actively partnered with local community culture, fine dining and nightlife. The playhouse invites all creatives, onstage and off, to get involved; visit our website for more information: http://www.elmwoodplayhouse.com
Awake and Sing! by Clifford Odets, Directed by Alan Demovsky
Audition Dates: April 8th and April 9th from 7:15 to 10:00 pm; callbacks by invitation: April 10th
Location: Elmwood Playhouse, 10 Park Street, Nyack, NY 10960 Production dates: July 18th through August 9th, 2014
Show Description: Odets's turbulent comedy-drama about a Jewish family struggling to stay afloat in the eternal war between idealism and responsibility. The story about a struggling Jewish family in the Bronx of the mid-1930s, the Bergers, is ever youthful in its depiction of hope abutting despair, dreams fading in the light of reality, and parents battling their growing children. So timeless are these subjects, and so forcefully does Odets present them, that Awake and Sing! still has the power to move and surprise.
Character Breakdown (visit www.elmwoodplayhouse.com/auditions for full descriptions)
BESSIE BERGER, mother, loves life, likes to laugh, has high energy & is a shrewd judge.
MYRON, her husband, a born follower but not sad or depressed with a dignified sense of himself. Heartbroken without being aware of it.
HENNIE a girl who has had few friends, male or female. She is proud. She won’t ask favors. She travels alone, self-reliant in the best sense.
RALPH a boy with a clean spirit. He wants to know & learn. ardent, romantic, sensitive and naive.
JACOB, an old Jew trying to find a right path for himself and others. Aware of justice, dignity and an observer of the others. Reflective, a sentimental idealist, with the flair of an artist.
UNCLE MORTY successful American business man, a rich relative to the BERGER family. The lives of others seldom touch him deeply; pleased by attention, shrewd judge of material values. Tickle him, he laughs
MOE AXELROD, Proud, mordant, bitter, fights against his own sensitivity. Lost a leg in the war. Likes people, has strong but contained emotional mechanism.
SAM FEINSCHREIBER, A lonely man, a foreigner in a strange land, hypersensitive, conditioned by the humiliation of not making his way alone. Might have been a poet in another time and place.
SCHLOSSER, the janitor, an overworked German whose wife ran away with another man and left him with a young daughter who ran away and joined a burlesque show. Suffers rheumatic pains. Lost his identity twenty years before.
Elmwood Playhouse 10 Park Street, Nyack, NY 10960. phone (845) 353-1313 http://www.elmwoodplayhouse.com