ALABAMA SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL 2019-20 SEASON - Alabama Shakespeare Festival Auditions

Posted: July 1, 2019

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Alabama Shakespeare Festival 2019-20 Season - Montgomery, AL EPA

Alabama Shakespeare Festival

Sat, Jul 20, 2019
7:00 am - 3:00 pm (CDT)
Lunch 12 to 1pm

Equity members may request an appointment via: or emails to

LORT Non-Rep LORT C and D ($696 - $899/week)

Equity actors for various roles in the upcoming season.

All SM positions have been filled.

Prepare 2 contrasting monologues, 16 bars of a song. Bring picture and resume.

Alabama Shakespeare Festival
1 Festival Dr
Montgomery, AL 36117-4605
Enter through side door, auditions in Studio B

In attendance:
Rick Dildine, Artistic Director
Greta Lambert, Associate Artistic Director

An Equity Monitor will not be provided. The producer will run all aspects of audition.
Equity’s contracts prohibit discrimination. Equity is committed to diversity and encourages all its employers to engage in a policy of equal employment opportunity designed to promote a positive model of inclusion. As such, Equity encourages performers of all ethnicities, gender identities, and ages, as well as performers with disabilities, to attend every audition.
Always bring your Equity Membership card to auditions.

Written by: Dominique Morisseau
Directed by: TBD
Contract Dates: September 24th – October 27th, 2019
Nya: Black woman, mid-late 30s.
Single mother. Public high school teacher. Trying to raise her teenage son on her own with much difficulty. A good teacher inspiring her students in a stressed environment. A struggling parent doing her damnedest. Strong but burning out. Smoker. Sometimes drinker. Holding together by a thread.
Omari: Black man, late teens.
Nya’s son. Smart and astute. Rage without release. Tender and honest at his core. Something profoundly sensitive amidst the anger. Wrestling with his identity between private school education and being from a so-called urban community.
Jasmine: Black or Latina woman, late teens.
Sensitive and tough. A sharp bite, a soft smile. Profoundly aware of herself and her environment. Attends upstate private school but from a so-called urban environment. IN touch with the poetry of her own language.
Xavier: Black man, mid-late 30s.
Nya’s ex-husband. Omari’s father. Single father. Struggling to connect to his own son. Marketing executive. Wounded relationship with his ex-wife. Financially stable. Emotionally impoverished.
Laurie: White woman, 50s.
Pistol of a woman. Teaches in public high school and can hold her own against the tough students and the stressed environment. Doesn’t bite her tongue. A don’t-screw-with-me chick.
Dun: Black man, early-mid 30s.
Public high school security guard. Fit and optimistic. Charismatic with women. Genuine and thoughtful and trying to be a gentleman in a stressed environment. It’s not easy.
All is Calm
Written by: Peter Rothstein
Music Arrangements: Erick Lichte & Timothy C. Takach
Director: Melissa Rain Anderson
Musical Director: TBD
Vocal Director: TBD
Contract Dates: November 12th – December 29th, 2020
Looking for strong actors who are excellent singers. Must be able to hold their own harmony parts A capella on 30 + songs: Celtic Ballads, Iconic WWI songs and Christmas Carols. Very strong actors great with text and dialects: Standard, Upper and Working Class British as well as some German, Scottish and others. Character Ages mid-20s to late 40s.
ACTOR 1 - Tenor
ACTOR 2 - Bass
ACTOR 3 - Tenor
ACTOR 4 - Baritone
ACTOR 5 - Tenor
ACTOR 6 - High Baritone
ACTOR 7 - Baritone
ACTOR 8 - Baritone
ACTOR 9 - Bass
ACTOR 10 - High Baritone
Alabama Story
Written by: Kenneth Jones
Director: Rick Dildine
Contract Dates: February 11th – March 22nd, 2020
GARTH WILLIAMS, 40s-60s or older, a white writer and children’s book illustrator. A rangy, versatile, chewy, formidable, protean character actor who can play frisky and intelligent as East Coast-flavored GARTH, a character slightly analogous to the Stage Manager in “Our Town,” but assumes “Southern” demeanor elsewhere. He assumes other roles, including aged, sickly Alabama State Representative BOBBY CRONE, dedicated Montgomery newspaper reporter HERSCHEL WEBB, segregationist columnist HENRY BALCH, a Montgomery RADIO ANNOUNCER and Alabama WHITE PASSERSBY.

LILY WHITFIELD, 32, a white woman from small-town Alabama privilege; genteel Alabama accent. She is sheltered, ashamed, loyal, religious, garrulous, charming, unhappily married, all façade, ready to blossom. A good daughter. A Southern belle whose wounds and regrets are evident under the surface of her charm and chatter. Childhood trauma and family tradition have kept her in a narrow world and she can easily slip into the past, curious about the man who got away. Girlish at the top of the play, but evolved by the end. A faded Juliet, unhappily married, a rueful girl next door seeking to heal a primary wound. Flashback takes her to age eleven.
JOSHUA MOORE, 32, upwardly mobile middle-class African-American man who left Alabama for the Midwest more than a decade ago; purposely subtle and suppressed Alabama accent, which becomes pronounced when agitated. He is aspirational, loyal, kind, worldly, slow to boil, a disciple of Dr. King. Knows his place in the world of the segregated South, but can push against it and be pulled into the past when seeking to heal a primary wound. Happily married, but curious about the girl who got away. A war hero with patience, virtue and a wish to educate, but he has a breaking point. Practical and progressive, with an Atheist leaning. Flashback takes him to age eleven. Think young Sidney Poitier.
SENATOR E.W. HIGGINS, 50s-60s, a white Alabama State Senator; pronounced but not extreme Alabama accent. Swaggering Southern politician committed to tradition at all costs. He owns every room that he’s in, or so he thinks. He is a charmer, a bully, a poisoner, a politician, a victim of the world he grew up in, with a wounded child deep inside. Not a caricature, not a cartoon, knows his world and does his homework. Never wrong and never sorry. Think charismatic George Wallace or Big Daddy in “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.”

THOMAS FRANKLIN, 28, a white reference librarian, Emily’s assistant, an Alabama native; genteel, educated, pronounced Alabama accent. He is officious, efficient, slightly uncomfortable in his own skin, possibly quirky, a bookworm, very good at his job, deeply protective of his boss, pre-thinks everything. A good son. A slight mystery about him. Gay and closeted. Neutral and objective when conveying information about the state of the Deep South. A grown-up kid who becomes a man. Doesn’t wear politics on his sleeve.
Please avoid stereotype or caricature. These are real people, if slightly heightened; they are not cartoons.
Comedy of Errors
Written by: William Shakespeare
Directed and Adapted by: Sean Graney
Contract Dates: March 17th – April 26th, 2020
Seeking: 3 Men, 2 Women. Any ethnicity, extremely funny, want to play and explore. Love to fail and have fun. Everyone plays multiple characters. There will be very fast quick-changes. Definitely an ensemble piece.
Leading Male, any ethnicity. Late 20's-Early 40's.
Male. Any Age, Any ethnicity. Must bring many ideas to the roles.
Leading Woman, any ethnicity. Late 20's-Early 40's.
Funniest woman ever. Any ethnicity. Late 20's-Early 40's.
ACTOR 5 (MALE): ANGELO (the gold merchant), DR. PINCH, WATCHMAN*
50's, Any ethnicity. Willing to go really far in very theatrical roles.
Male. Any Age, Any ethnicity. Must bring many ideas to fill out small roles.

Equity’s contracts prohibit discrimination. Equity is committed to diversity and encourages all its employers to engage in a policy of equal employment opportunity designed to promote a positive model of inclusion. As such, Equity encourages performers of all ethnicities, gender identities, and ages, as well as performers with disabilities, to audition.

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