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A PARTICLE OF DREAD - Signature Theatre Company Auditions

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A PARTICLE OF DREAD - Equity Principal Auditions

Signature Theatre Company|New York, NY

Date of Audition:

Call Type
Equity Principal

Equity Principal Auditions

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014
9:30 AM – 5:30 PM
Lunch 1 PM – 2 PM

Off Broadway
Expected salary: $676/week minimum.

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

Equity actors, men and women, for various roles.

See breakdown.

Please prepare a brief contemporary monologue.
Please bring a picture and resume, stapled together.

Other Dates
First Rehearsal: October 14, 2014.
Announced Run: November 11, 2014 through December 21, 2014.

Artistic Dir: James Houghton
Associate Artistic Dir: Beth Whitaker
By: Sam Shepard
Director: Nancy Meckler
Interim GM: Gilbert Medina
Casting Director: Telsey + Company: Will Cantler & Karyn Casl
· 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.


Female, 50s.
Jocasta: Queen of Thebes. Attractive, sensual, high status, proud, a strong match for her husband Oedipus. He is in fact her son. Perhaps she has always known or suspected this and does not want the truth to come out. Mild Northern Irish accent.
Jocelyn: Wife of Otto. A Southwestern housewife. Otto is an anxious man, but she is the calm one, unruffled, wants a peaceful life, avoids conflict. A gently warm personality. Neutral American or Southwestern accent.

Male, 40s-70s. Needs strong comic sense, irony, sense of detachment from society's madness.
Uncle Del: Based on the Oracle at Delphi. Reads signs, throws the bones, and sacrifices animals to read their intestines.
Traveler: Blind, lives in the hills and can see the future.
Tiresias: Blind seer called to Oedipus to reveal what he knows about why the city is ridden with plague.
Maniac of the Outskirts: Anonymous madman who lives on the outskirts of society and gets blamed for everything. Bitter, pissed off, sarcastic, comic. Ratso Ritzo in Midnight Cowboy.

Male, 40s. Powerful presence, good-looking, sexy, threatening, simmering, high status.
Laius: King who ruled Thebes years before the Oedipus story. When his wife Queen Jocasta gave birth to their son, Oedipus, the child was destined to kill his father and marry his mother. Laius took the child to the hills to be left to die. Years later he was killed at a crossroads in an altercation with Oedipus.
Larry: Young, modern version of Laius, consulting a healer because his wife cannot conceive.
Langos: A gangster casino boss who denies at first that he ever had a son but then admits that he did abandon the child in the hills.

Male, 30s-40s. An American detective who is very keen on the forensic aspect of the work. He is so obsessive about what one can glean about a crime from the evidence that he gets carried away and begins to picture the crime and the people and fantasize about them. Must have a strong comic sense.

Male, 30s-40s. From the American Southwest. A highway policeman, he is laid back and feels very cynical about forensic experts. He sees the crime in a very straightforward way and simply assumes it is Mexican gang warfare. Bemused by Randolph's fanciful ideas gleaned from the evidence. Must have a strong comic sense.


The following roles have been CAST. Actors may be considered for possible replacements if needed.

Role CAST. Male, 40-65.
Oedipus: King of Thebes. When told as a young man that he was destined to kill his father and marry his mother, he left his home and came to Thebes. There he solved the riddle of the sphinx and married Queen Jocasta without realizing she was his real mother. Now Thebes has been attacked by plague. Oedipus is a strong, proud leader, determined to rescue his city from the plague by finding out who killed its former king. Short of temper.
Otto: In a wheelchair, he is possibly a retired teacher. Mild mannered and curious, he is plagued by dreams in which he seems to have murdered someone. He becomes fascinated by newspaper reports of a crime on the highway, as if somehow this crime is related to him or his dreams. He has a close loving relationship with his daughter Annalee. CAST.

Role CAST. Female, late 20s-early 30s.
Antigone: Daughter of Oedipus. Strong, determined, passionate about how she lives her life. Uncompromising, loving.
Annalee: Daughter of Otto. Married to a violent man who has killed their babysitter. Terrified it will affect her baby son's future because of what he has seen. Blunt, outspoken, determined, loves her father. CAST.

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