AS YOU LIKE IT and MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS - The Gateway Auditions

Posted: January 8, 2020

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AS YOU LIKE IT AND MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS - NYC EPA

The Gateway

AUDITION DATES

Tue, Jan 21, 2020
9:30 am - 5:30 pm (EST)
Lunch 1 to 2

Wed, Jan 22, 2020
9:30 am - 5:30 pm (EST)
Lunch 1 to 2

CONTRACT

LOA ref. to COST; $538/wk

SEEKING
Equity actors for various roles in the winter season productions:

AS YOU LIKE IT
MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS

All SM/ASM positions have been filled.

PREPARATION

For As You Like It: prepare a brief Shakespearean monologue in style of or from the show. For Murder on the Orient Express: prepare a brief contemporary monologue in style of or from the show. Or if you wish to be considered for both you may prepare 2 very brief monologues (one Shakespearean and one contemporary). All auditions should total no more than 2 minutes. Bring picture and resume.

LOCATION

Ripley-Grier Studios (520)
520 8th Ave
New York, NY 10018-6507
17E- Holding, 17H Audition

PERSONNEL

Gateway Staff:
Exuctive Artistic Director: Paul Allan
Associate Artistic Director/Casting Director: Michael Baker (expected in attendance and also has authority to hire SMs)
Assistant Casting Director: Rachel Armitstead

OTHER

EPA Procedures are in effect for audition.
An Equity monitor will be provided.
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.

BREAKDOWN

AS YOU LIKE IT
Director: Vanessa Morosco
Author: William Shakespeare
Rehearsal, February 11-21 and Performs February 21-23.

Seeking a strong ensemble of inventive and transformative actors to play multiple roles in AS YOU LIKE IT. All roles will double/triple. Particularly seeking actors with strong classical language skills and an excellent sense of comedy. Particularly interested in actors who sing and/or play an instrument.

Rosalind: (female identifying) 20s - early 30s: Daughter to the banished and usurped Duke Senior. Cousin to Celia; they were raised together, and have a bond as close as sisters. Resourceful, highly intelligent, inventive, witty; determined to find joy no matter what life throws her way. Disguises herself as a man (Ganymede) in the Forest of Arden; falls madly in love with Orlando.

Celia: (female identifying) 20s – early 30s. Daughter to Duke Frederick. Cousin to Rosalind; they were raised together, and have a bond as close as sisters. So strong is Celia’s love for her banished cousin that she follows Rosalind into the forest in voluntary exile. Sometimes deadpan, sometimes sweetly funny and endearing, she is able to keep pace with Rosalind’s intelligence, wit and spirit. Role for a skilled actor with excellent comic skill.

Touchstone: (any gender) 30s - 40s. A clown. Exceedingly bright—not a bumpkin. Coaxed by Rosalind and Celia into joining them in exile. Vacillates between appearing incredibly simple, and having a faster tongue and mind than most of the people around him. Sports some airs of sophistication, and swears to have once been a courtier. A role for a master comedian with strong classical language skills.

Orlando: (male identifying) Late 20s – early 30s. Youngest son of Sir Rowland de Boys. Mistreated by his elder brother Oliver, he takes his portion of their inheritance and heads for the forest, where he meets and falls in love with Rosalind. A young man still defining his relationship with manhood and independence. Innocent and at times a bit hapless—though still intelligent enough to verbally spar with Rosalind, and to hold his own against her razor-sharp wit. A role for an actor with equal parts of language and physical comedic skill.

Jacques: (female or male identifying) 40+. A lord attending on Duke Senior, whom he loyally followed into the forest after his banishment. A man who takes some delight in his attraction to being melancholy. Contemplative, articulate, witty. Something spiritually left-of-center. A role for a major actor with range, who can handle humor and dramatic weight with equal subtlety— often in the same line. Particularly interested in actors who can sing.

Duke Frederick: (any gender) 40s - 60s. Duke Senior’s usurping brother. Impulsive and vengeful. Paranoid about protecting his newfound power, he banishes his niece Rosalind, who he fears may drum up sympathy among his subjects. A powerful presence. Will likely double either with the Duke Senior or Amiens.

Duke Senior: (any gender) 40s - 60s. The rightful duke, banished from court after being deposed by his usurping brother. Currently living in the forest with a small handful of attending lords who have followed him into exile. A generous and forgiving leader who inspires loyalty, living and enjoying his life despite his misfortunes. Will likely double either with the other Duke or Amiens.
Oliver: (male identifying) 30s. Orlando’s older brother. Threatened by his younger brother, he abuses his power by denying Orlando his rights to a gentleman’s education, thus cementing Orlando’s lowly status. Begins the play selfish and power-hungry, but a single act of great generosity on his brother’s part teaches him humility and compassion, and allows him to open himself up to love.

Phebe: (female identifying) 20s – early 30s. A shepherdess. Direct, energetic and single-minded, she goes after what she wants—even though she only wants what she can’t have. After Rosalind (disguised as her male alter-ego) scorns and insults her, she falls in love with “him”, all the while trying to shake the unflappable Silvius. This role will likely double with Le Beau or Charles.

Audrey: (female identifying) 30s - 40s. A country woman. Saucy and bawdy, she strikes a strong contrast to the refined ladies from the court. A match to Touchstone. A role for an actor with excellent comedic skill and inventiveness. This role will likely double with Le Beau or Charles.

Silvius: (male identifying) 20s – early 30s. A shepherd. Good-natured. Madly in love with Phebe, who is not particularly interested in him, but he is impossible to dissuade; he’ll do anything for her love, no matter how extreme. Love is everything to him.

Corin: (any gender) 50+. A country shepherd. Good-natured and world-wise, although his education comes from nature as opposed to conventional schooling. A natural philosopher who is content living outside of the court. Role for a character actor who can handle classical text and comedy.

Amiens: (any gender) 30s-40s. A lord attending on Duke Senior. Actor in this role must be a strong singer. Like the Duke, Amiens tries to stay merry in his new-found home in the forest, entertaining those around him with song. Particularly interested in actors who can accompany themselves on guitar, banjo, ukulele, or the like.
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MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS
Director: TBD
Author: Agatha Christie
Adapted by: Ken Ludwig
Rehearsals, February 25-March 6 and Performs March 6-15
Hercule Poirot: Male, 55-65, any ethnicity. A famous Belgian detective; a “big” personality; authoritative, witty, charismatic and slightly pompous; driven to find the answers, good or bad, with a strong moral sense; very aware of his ability and his well-deserved reputation.

Monsieur Bouc: Male, 35-45, any ethnicity. A Belgian man of good humor; playful, proud, generous; a predilection for grandeur; a whirlwind of energy; must be an excellent comedian.

Mary Debenham: Female, 30-40, any ethnicity. An English beauty; a governess, capable yet romantic; a sadness around her eyes and a hardness about her person.

Hector MacQueen: Male, 30-40, any ethnicity. Tightly wound, edgy and nervous; he seems to always be on the verge of falling apart or coming unwound.

Michel the Conductor/Marcel: Male, 40-50, any ethnicity. One actor will play two roles: Michel: a good-looking Frenchman, about 40, a quiet, almost grave sense of humor; unfailingly polite; Marcel: a Turkish waiter, snooty, smooth; must have great comic timing.

Princess Dragomiroff: Female, 60-70, any ethnicity. A Russian dowager; very formal, a sweeping, impressive presence; imperial, impatient.

Greta Ohlsson: Female, 30-40, any ethnicity. Inherently odd, and very devout Swedish woman; a frightened, sheeplike quality; must have excellent comic timing with an impeccable Swedish accent.

Countess Andrenyi: Female, 25-35, any ethnicity. Brilliantly beautiful, like something out of a fairytale; impeccably put together, with a warmth that wins over everyone she meets; her delicacy belies a steely edge; she is no wilting flower; Hungarian accent.

Helen Hubbard: Female, 40-50, any ethnicity. An outspoken and flamboyant American from the Midwest; jovial, obnoxious, domineering, deliciously nosy and brash; unapologetic; must have good comic timing.

Colonel Arbuthnot/Ratchett: Male, 35-45, any ethnicity. One actor will play two roles. Samuel Ratchett: middle-aged American businessman, evil at heart and frightening, brusque, unforgiving, stern demeanor; pushy, domineering; Colonel Arbuthnot: Scotsman, also middle aged, handsome, very matter of fact, occasionally tender; must have good comic timing.
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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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