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ARENA STAGE (& SIGNATURE THEATRE) - Arena Stage Auditions

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Arena Stage (& Signature Theatre) - DC EPA/ECCs

Arena Stage | Washington, DC

Date of Audition:
4/14 and 4/15/2015




Call Type
Equity Principal

Time(s)
Equity Principal/Chorus Auditions in DC (2 days)

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Wednesday, April 15, 2015
10 AM to 6 PM each day
lunch 1 to 2

Contract
LORT Non-Rep
B+, B & D; $909, $836, $618/week mins.respectively

Location
Arena Stage
1101 6th Street SW
Washington, DC 20024


Seeking
AEA actors and actor/singers for various principal roles in the Arena Stage's 2015-16 Season Shows.

see breakdown.

Preparation
Please prepare a short monologue OR a short song OR a one-minute
monologue and 16 bars of a song. Auditions should not exceed 2 minutes.

Accompanist will be provided.

Please bring TWO (2) copies of your headshot and resume

Other Dates
Arena Stage and Signature Theatre will also be holding a combined EPAs in NYC on 4/17 (see separate notice)

Other

Actors will also be auditioning for Signature Theatre's upcoming season at these calls. See separate notice for Signature Theatre season info

Personnel
Amelia Powell, Casting Director, Arena Stage
Walter Ware III, Resident Casting Director, Signature Theatre
· A monitor will

not be provided. The producer will run all aspects of this audition.

Appointments
No advanced appointments. AEA members seen on first come, first serve basis
Performers of all ethnic and racial background are encouraged to attend.
Always bring your Equity Membership Card to auditions.


Breakdown

See BELOW for info on:
DEAR EVAN HANSEN
DESTINY OF DESIRE
ERMA BOBECK: AT WIT’S END
OLIVER!
AKEELAH AND THE BEE
SWEAT
CITY OF CONVERSATION
THE LION
ALL THE WAY
DISGRACED

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DEAR EVAN HANSEN
By Justin Paul and Benj Pasek
Book by Steven Levenson
Directed by Michael Greif
Choreographed by Danny Mefford
Kreeger Theater: LORT B
1st rehearsal: 6/9/15
Opens: 7/30/15
Closes: 8/23/15

Synopsis: Evan, an outcast teen, in a case of mistaken identity finds himself in a world of complication when he feigns friendship with the recently deceased drug-addicted, school bully, Connor, who taunted and mocked him. Connor steals and downs Evan’s Zoloft as a bullying tactic and accidentally overdoses on this lethal mix with his own Adderall. Connor’s parents find Evan’s stolen essay (to himself) in Connor’s things and they draw the faulty conclusion they’ve happened across their dead son’s letter to his only friend, Evan. As a consequence, Evan, in an effort to comfort the bereaved parents and get closer to Connor’s sister, Zoe, starts creating and adding details to the false assumption of friendship. His growing intimacy with Zoe and the bereaved parents make it nearly impossible for Evan to come clean until his not-so-white lies set off an out of control social media frenzy to honor the deceased Connor which takes on a dark turn that escalates into a fanatical life of its own.

No roles available.

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DESTINY OF DESIRE
By Karen Zacarias
Directed by
Kreeger Theater: LORT B
1st rehearsal: 9/5/15
Open: 9/23/15
Close: 10/18/15
Synopsis: A telenovela style play, set in Sayula, Mexico: a prosperous desert town with a great disparity of wealth. Two babies - one healthy and poor, the other rich and sickly - are switched at birth by Fabiola Castillo, town Beauty Queen and wife to Armando Castillo, Owner of The Castillo Casino. When the two meet as teenagers, complications ensue.

Seeking:

HORTENSIA DEL RIO
(F, 35, Latina) A promising yet poor mother who due to circumstances becomes a maid to the richest woman in town.

ERNESTO DEL RIO
(M, 40, Latino) Her hardworking poor husband who has scars on his face.

VICTORIA MARIA DEL RIO
(F, 18, Latina) Their lovely yet sickly daughter who excels at math and science. She also plays NURSE 1.

ARMANDO CASTILLO
(M, 45-50, Latino) Owner of The Castillo Casino. The most powerful and richest man in town.

FABIOLA CASTILLO
(F, 38, Latina) The beauty Queen wife of Armando Castillo.

PILAR ESPERANZA CASTILLO
(F, 18, Latina) Their smart and beautiful daughter. She wants to be a writer. She also plays NURSE 2.

SEABASTIAN JOSE CASTILLO
(M, 34, Latino) ARMANDO’s handsome estranged son from a former marriage. He also plays PARAMEDIC 1 and COP 1.

DR JORGE RAMIRO MENDOZA
(M, 45-60, Latino) The Head of the Hospital. He also plays CASINO DEALER and PRIEST.

DR DIEGO MENDOZA
(M, 30, Latino) His handsome estranged son…also a doctor. He also plays PARAMEDIC 2 and COP 2.

SISTER SONIA
(F, 40-50, Latina) A nurse who is a nun.

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ERMA BOBECK: AT WIT’S END
By Allison and Peggy Engel
Directed by David Esbjornson
Kogod Stage: LORT D
1st rehearsal: 8/18/15
Open: 10/22/15
Close: 11/8/15
Synopsis: “If you can laugh at it, you can live with it." American humorist Erma Bombeck takes on suburban life, women’s roles in and out of the home, and the feminist revolution in this joyful one-woman show by the writers of Red Hot Patriot.

Seeking:

ERMA BOMBECK
(F, 35-55, Caucasian) The famous housewife and comedy columnist.

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OLIVER!
By Lionel Bart
Directed by Molly Smith
Choreographed by Parker Esse
Musical Direction by Paul Sportelli
Fichandler Stage: LORT B+
1st rehearsal: 9/29/15
Open: 11/11/15
Close: 1/3/16
Synopsis: Set in the dismal slums of nineteenth-century London, OLIVER! follows the adventures of Oliver Twist, a resourceful young orphan. Forced from a seedy workhouse into pick-pocketing, Oliver finds himself caught in a tug-of-war with his family and the sinister characters he has met in the streets. OLIVER! is a poignant story that features a spectacular score including “Food Glorious Food,” “Consider Yourself,” “You've Got to Pick-a-Pocket or Two,” “I'd Do Anything” and “As Long As He Needs Me.”

seeking:

OLIVER
(M, 12-16, Caucasian) A workhouse orphan. Oliver is an innocent and charming young boy, despite the cruelty that surrounds him. He is scrappy and resourceful.

MR BUMBLE
(M, 55, any race) A larger pompous man who runs the workhouse.

WIDOW CORNEY/MRS BEDWIN
(F, 50, any race) Widow Corney is a sharp-tongued domineering widow. Mrs. Bedwin is housekeeper for the Brownlows.

MR SOWERBERRY
(M, 30-55, any race) The undertaker. Also plays ensemble roles.

MRS SOWERBERRY
(F, 30-55, any race) The undertaker’s overseer…and wife. Also plays ensemble roles.

CHARLOTTE
(F, 13-21, any race) The undertaker’s daughter. She is rude and spoiled. Also plays ensemble roles.

NOAH CLAYPOLE
(M, 16+ to play teen, any race) The undertaker’s pimply apprentice. Also plays ensemble roles.

THE ARTFUL DODGER
(M, 16+ to play teen, any race) Fagin’s brightest pupil. He is a clever thief who is charming and witty.

CHARLEY BATES
(M, 13-17, any race) Another boy in Fagin’s establishment. He is the protégée of The Artful Dodger, following in his footsteps and learning his every trick.

FAGIN
(M, 65-70, any race) An elderly receiver. Runs an academy for young pickpockets.

NANCY
(F, 20s-early 30s, any race) A graduate of Fagin’s program. Bill’s lover.

BET
(F, 16+ to play teen, any race) A young girl in Fagin’s establishment who idolizes Nancy.

BILL SYKES
(M, 30s-40s, any race) A villain in his prime.

MR BROWNLOW
(M, 55-65, Caucasian) A gentleman of wealth and breeding. Also plays ensemble roles.

DR GRIMWIG
(M, 35-55, any race) A doctor. Also plays other ensemble roles.

WORKHOUSE BOYS
(M, 10-16, any race) Orphans in the workhouse and members of Fagin’s band of thieves.

LONG SONG SELLER
(M, any age, any race) Also plays other ensemble roles.

KNIFE GRINDER
(M, any age, any race) Also plays other ensemble roles.

ROSE SELLER
(F, any age, any race) Also plays other ensemble roles.

MILK MAID
(F, any age, any race) Also plays other ensemble roles.

SWINGS
(one adult male, one adult female, one boy, any race) Covers ensemble roles.

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AKEELAH AND THE BEE
By Cheryl West
Directed by Charles Randolph Wright
Co-Production with Children’s Theatre Company
Kreeger Stage: LORT B
1st rehearsal: 11/7/15
Open: 11/19/15
Close: 12/27/15
Synopsis: An inspirational drama, Akeelah and the Bee is the story of Akeelah Anderson, a precocious eleven-year-old girl from Chicago with a gift for words. Despite the objections of her mother Gail, Akeelah enters various spelling contests, for which she is tutored by the forthright Dr. Larabee; her principal Mr. Welch and the proud residents of her neighborhood. Akeelah’s aptitude earns her an opportunity to compete for a spot in the Scripps National Spelling Bee and in turn unites her neighborhood who witness the courage and inspiration of one amazing little girl.

No roles available.
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SWEAT
By Lynn Nottage
Directed by Kat Whoriskey
Co-Production with Oregon Shakespeare Festival
Kreeger Stage: LORT B
1st rehearsal: 1/9/16
Open: 1/21/16
Close: 2/21/16
Synopsis: Set at the end of the last millennium. A group of close friends share everything: drinks, secrets, love and laughter. But their world is upended by a shake-up at the steel plant where they work and an unspeakable act that has repercussions over two generations.

"I have spent the last two years visiting Reading, Pennsylvania, examining how the de-industrial revolution of the late 20th and early 21st century is reshaping the American narrative. This play is inspired by interviews that I conducted and my observations of a once thriving city that is now grappling with how to reclaim its lost identity." - Lynn Nottage

TO BE CAST:
No roles available.

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CITY OF CONVERSATION
By Anthony Giardina
Directed by Doug Hughes?
Fichandler Stage: LORT B+
1st rehearsal: 12/29/15
Open: 2/4/16
Close: 3/6/16
Synopsis: In 1979, Washington D.C. was a place where people actually talked to each other...where adversaries fought it out on the Senate floor and then smoothed it out over drinks and hors d'oeuvres. But it was all about to change. In this play spanning 30 years and six presidential administrations, savvy and elegant Hester Ferris’ influence in liberal politics is legendary. But when her beloved son suddenly turns up with an ambitious Reaganite girlfriend and a shocking new conservative world view, Hester must choose between preserving her family and defending the causes she's spent her whole life fighting for.

TO BE CAST:
JEAN SWIFT (F, mid-50s, Caucasian) A neat, organized woman. Hester’s sister.

COLIN FERRIS (M, late 20s, Caucasian) An ex-hippie of the long hair, jeans and worn-
corduroy-jacket-wearing variety. Hester’s son. He also plays ETHAN.

ANNA FITZGERALD (F, late 20s, Caucasian) Colin’s girlfriend. A political conservative, and an attention-grabbing blonde.

HESTER FERRIS (F, mid-50s, Caucasian) A glamorous DC liberal with a vivid sensuality.

GEORGE MALLONEE (M, 50s, Caucasian) A conservative senator from Kentucky.

CHANDLER HARRIS (M, 50s, Caucasian) A patrician liberal senator from one of the border
states.

CAROLYN MALLONEE (F, 50s, Caucasian) George’s wife. Very much the Kentucky doyenne,
but with a Lauren Bacall sangfroid.

YOUNG ETHAN FERRIS (M, 6-10 to play 6, Caucasian) Colin and Anna’s son.

ETHAN FERRIS (M, late 20s, Caucasian) Colin and Anna’s son as an adult. Played by the
same actor who plays Colin.

DONALD LOGAN (M, late 20s, African American) Ethan’s boyfriend. A historian.

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THE LION
By Benjamin Scheuer
Directed by Sean Daniels
1st rehearsal: 2/20/16
Open: 2/4/16
Close: 3/6/16
Synopsis: Some stories have to be sung. Writer/performer Benjamin Scheuer uses his guitar—actually, six guitars—in this wholly original musical experience that tells a coming-of-age story that “lifts the spirit” (Time Out New York). The award-winning songwriter inspires and disarms with his raw wit and emotional depth as he leads you on a rock ‘n’ roll journey from boyhood to manhood, through pain and healing, to discover the redemptive power of music. Don’t miss the show the New York Daily News calls “an irresistible winner.” Much like its hero, The Lion roars.

TO BE CAST:
No roles available.

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ALL THE WAY
By Robert Schenkkan
Directed by Kyle Donnelly
Fichandler Stage: LORT B+
1st rehearsal: 3/1/16
Open: 4/7/16
Close: 5/8/16
Synopsis: It's not personal. It's just politics. When an assassin’s bullet catapults Lyndon Baines Johnson into the Presidency, the ambitious, charismatic politician hurls himself into the civil rights movement engulfing the country and wins the 1964 election in a landslide. A suspenseful political drama of a pivotal year in American history that passed the landmark Civil Rights Act and launched America's involvement in Vietnam, Robert Schenkkan's Pulitzer Prize–winning play features a company of distinguished actors playing some of history's most dynamic figures: J. Edgar Hoover; Martin Luther King, Jr.; Governor George Wallace; Senator Hubert Humphrey; Secretary of Defense Robert J. McNamara and LBJ himself.

TO BE CAST:
LYNDON BAINES JOHNSON (M, 55, Caucasian) 36th President of the United States of
America 1963-1969.

LADY BIRD JOHNSON (F, 51, Caucasian) First lady of the United States of America 1963-1969.
Also plays other ensemble roles.

WALTER JENKINS (M, 45, Caucasian) Top aide to President Johnson. Also plays other
ensemble roles.

ROBERT MCNAMARA (M, 47, Caucasian) Secretary of Defense 1961-1968. Also plays other
ensemble roles.

HUBERT HUMPHREY (M, 52, Caucasian) 38th Vice President of the United States under
President Johnson, from 1965 to 1969. Also plays other ensemble roles.

J. EDGAR HOOVER (M, 68, Caucasian) First director of the FBI 1935-1972. Also plays other
ensemble roles.

MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. (M, 34, African-American) Leader of the African-American Civil
Rights Movement, pastor, and activist.

BOB MOSES (M, 28, African-American) African American educator and activist, known for his
work as a leader of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. Also plays other
ensemble roles.

CORETTA SCOTT KING (F, 36, African-American) Civil Rights leader and wife of Dr. King. Also
plays other ensemble roles.

STANLEY LEVISON (M, 51, Jewish) New York businessman and activist in progressive causes.
Also plays other ensemble roles.

GEORGE WALLACE (M, 44, Caucasian) Democrat Governor of Alabama 1963–1967, 1971–1979
and 1983-1987. Also plays other ensemble roles.

RALPH ABERNATHY (M, 37, African-American) A leader of the American Civil Rights
Movement, a minister, and a close associate of Martin Luther King, Jr. Also plays other ensemble roles.

ROY WILKINS (M, 62, African-American) Prominent Civil Rights activist and leader of the
NAACP. Also plays other ensemble roles.

STOKELY CARMICHAEL (M, 22, Trinidadian-American) Activist in the Civil Rights Movemnt.
Also plays other ensemble roles.

RICHARD RUSSELL (M, 66, Caucasian) Democratic Senator from Georgia 1933-1971. Also
plays other ensemble roles.

CARTHA ‘DEKE’ DELOACH (M, 43, Caucasian) Deputy Director of the FBI. Also plays other
ensemble roles.

LURLEEN WALLACE (F, 37, Caucasian) First Lady of Alabama 1963-1967, then Governor of
Alabama 1967-1968. Also plays other ensemble roles.

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DISGRACED
By Ayad Akhtar
Directed by Timothy Douglas
Kreeger Stage: LORT B
1st rehearsal: 3/22/16
Open: 4/28/16
Close: 5/29/16
Synopsis: Amir Kapoor is a successful Pakistani-American lawyer who is rapidly moving up the corporate ladder while distancing himself from his cultural roots. When Amir and his wife Emily, a white artist influenced by Islamic imager, host a dinner party, what starts out as a friendly conversation escalates into something far more damaging.

TO BE CAST:
AMIR (M, 40, Pakistani) Well-educated and well-dressed, a lawyer. Of Pakistani descent, but
speaks perfect American English.
EMILY (F, early 30’s, Caucasian) Lithe and lovely, an artist. Amir’s wife.

ABE (M, 22, Pakistani) Paskistani, but “as American as it gets” in his hoodies and skinny
jeans. Amir’s nephew.

ISAAC (M, 40, Jewish) Intelligent, creative, an art curator at the Whitney museum.

JORY (F, mid to late 30’s, African American) Commanding, forthright, intelligent. A lawyer at
the same firm as Amir.


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