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BARRINGTON STAGE COMPANY 2012 SEASON DRAMAS - Barrington Stage Auditions

Posted: February 13, 2012

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Barrington Stage Company 2012 Dramas

– Equity Principal Auditions

Pittsfield MA LOA, SPT (approval/salary level pending; 2011 weekly min.: $517 (LOA), $457 (SPT)).

Artistic Dir: Julianne Boyd

Managing Dir: Tristan Wilson

CD: Pat McCorkle

Equity Principal Auditions:

Thursday, March 1, 2012Actors' Equity Association Audition Center

9:30 AM – 5:30 PM165 West 46th Street, 2nd Floor

Lunch from 1 – 2.New York City

Please prepare a monologue, 2 minutes or less. No singing at this EPA (see 2/29 musical EPA notice).

Please bring a photo and resume, stapled back-to-back.


All dates are in 2012. All listed roles are available unless otherwise noted. Auditioning performers will be considered as possible replacements for pre-cast roles, should any become necessary.


Mainstage productions (LOA contracts):


All My Sonsby Arthur Miller. Dir: Julianne Boyd. 1st reh: 6/26. Runs 7/19-8/8.


Post-World War II. Joe Keller and neighbor Steve Deever were partners in a factory which turns out defective airplane parts, causing the deaths of many servicemen. Deever is sent to prison when Keller, blaming Deever, doesn’t take responsibility for his actions. Keller’s wife Kate knows what her husband did, and lives in fear the truth will be found out. Keller’s son Larry was lost at war and another, Chris, returns a hero, wanting to marry Deever’s daughter Ann (Larry’s former fiancée). By the play’s end, the truth is out, as father and son clash and the conflict between business ethics and personal morality take center stage, leading to a tragic conclusion.


Joe Keller:

Early 60s. Good-natured, loving family man with little education or understanding of how his actions have killed or ruined others. His past misdeeds haunt him, though he tries to hide it and to justify what he did by telling himself he did it for his family.


Kate Keller:

Late 50s/early 60s. Though she has a successful husband and a son who’s a war hero, she cannot abandon the belief that Larry, her other son who was lost in the war, is still alive. Nervous and heart-broken, Kate has taken on the burden of her husband's secret while he presents the face of an untroubled conscience to the world. Her fantasies about Larry being alive are constructed from a sense of self-preservation.


Chris Keller:

32. Returned from the war a hero. Though a loving son, he is uncomfortable with the success his father's business found during the war, and feels guilty that he is alive when so many of his comrades died. An idealist who has a strong sense of what’s right and wrong, he is worried that his mother will not like him marrying his missing brother’s fiancée; however, he knows he must begin his life on his own terms.


Ann Deever:

26. Beautiful daughter of the convicted Steve Deevers. Former fiancée of Larry Keller. Visits the Kellers in hopes of marrying their son Chris. Honest, down to earth. Shares Chris's idealism and social convictions. Has shunned her father for his crimes during the war; wants to move on with her life.


George Deever:

31. Son of Steve Deever. Lawyer. After many years of shunning his father, he has visited him in prison and learned the truth about Joe Keller’s actions. Angry, he has arrived to rescue his sister from entering the family of the man he believes is guilty. A bit lost in the world, he is easily disarmed by Joe Keller’s good humor, and memories of his childhood shared with the Kellers, formerly their best friends and neighbors.


Dr. Jim Bayliss

Early 40s. The neighborhood doctor. Good man who believes in the duty of helping his fellow man, but is frustrated with the stifling domesticity of his life. Wants to become a medical researcher but continues in his job because it pays the bills. Close friend to the Keller family and spends a lot of time in their backyard.


Sue Bayliss:

“Rounding 40, an overweight woman who fears it.” Married to Jim. She put him through medical school, and now expects a better life in return. Blames Chris's idealism for her husband's interest in the financially unrewarding field of medical research. Affectionate but controlling, she also has a nasty streak, seen in a volatile scene with Ann where she openly resents Chris’s idealism.


Frank Lubey:

32. Simple, good neighbor, uncertain of himself. Strong interest in astrology. Kate asked him (before the start of the play) to prepare a horoscope for Larry. He tells her Larry must still be alive because the day he was supposed to have died was his "favorable day".


Lydia Lubey:

27. Mother of 3 children by Frank. “Robust, laughing girl”. Former sweetheart of George's. Wonderful, happy wife, enjoying her family and the neighborhood.


Bert:

Must “read” 8 yrs old. Neighborhood boy who plays cop-and-robber games with Joe Keller, to Kate's chagrin. Keller has allowed Bert and the other children to get the story of his jail time wrong and to believe that he is a chief of police, with a jail in his basement.



See How They Runby Philip King. Dir: John Rando. 1st reh: 7/17. Runs 8/9-26.


1940s wartime farce set in a small English town. A bored, feisty American actress greets an old actor friend while her husband (a straight and proper vicar), is away. The mistaken identities of three men disguised as clergymen (and one real clergyman) cause a whirlwind of madcap confusion with the motley group madly chasing one another in and out of the living room and into the garden. Meanwhile, the love-struck young maid knows more than you would think, the drunken spinster lies downstage in an alcoholic stupor, the visiting bishop is bewildered at all of the goings-on, and hilarious mayhem ensues.


Casting note:All must be superb farceurs with great comic timing and a knack for physical humor (e.g. chase scenes, pratfalls, getting hit over the head, jumping over bodies, etc.).


Ida:

18. Cockney accent. The maid. Plain but likable village girl. Flirty, saucy, with a wide-eyed incredulity. Deceptively ditzy, but really all-knowing. Always one step ahead of everyone else.


Miss Skillon:

35, British. Large, sour spinster. Prim, pompous, nosy, repressed. Secretly in love with the vicar, and therefore resents his young, lively new wife. Appears tipsy for most of the play, and is repeatedly knocked out by other characters.


Rev. Lionel Toop:

35, British. Very proper and staid. Loves his wife, though he wishes she were more appropriate in public. The model of a country vicar.


Penelope Toop:

25, American. Pretty, feisty, madcap former actress. Independent, bored with small-town English life, looking for a little excitement. A handful for her husband, the vicar. Ahead of her time, very Katharine Hepburn.


Corp. Clive Winton:

27-38, American. Penelope’s dashing, handsome friend. Quick sense of humor. Clever. More relaxed and fun-loving than English men, and up for adventure. Former actor, now stationed with the US Air Force in England.


The Intruder:

Man, 23-38. Large, forceful Russian spy. Desperate escapee from the US Air Force base, looking for a place to hide out. Will do anything to avoid getting caught.


The Bishop of Lax:

50-70, British. Penelope’s uncle. Large, jovial, suavely superior, bewildered at all he sees and hears during his visit.


Rev. Arthur Humphrey:

35-45, British. Unassuming, endearing. Small, mild visiting preacher, meek and polite at all times. Brought to the vicarage to give a guest sermon, but gets caught up in all of the confusion.


Sgt. Towers:

Man, 30-45. Cockney accent. Dim-witted police constable, confused by the fact that there are four vicars when he thought there was one, and trying to makes heads or tails of the situation.



Lord of the Fliesby William Golding. Adapted by Nigel Williams. Dir TBA. 1st reh: 9/11. Runs 10/3-21.


Marooned on a desert island during wartime, a group of English schoolboys find themselves in a world without rules. At first a fun island utopia with no adults or discipline, the situation tests their inherent morality as they struggle to survive on their own. Alliances are formed as the boys begin turning on one another, and they uncover an underlying savagery to their natures which leads to a wild descent into madness, violence and ultimately to murder.


NOTE:All listed boys’ roles are to be played by young adults (18+). Actors must “read” young (13-16).


Ralph:

See NOTE above. Ralph is the sensible 13-year-old boy who is elected leader of the group, and grows up quickly as he witnesses the disturbing disintegration of the miniature civilization that he tries to build on the island. Sincere, well-meaning. Represents man's desire to be civilized.


Jack:

See NOTE above. Jack is one of the older boys, a choir prefect, who becomes the leader of the hunters— a "rebel" group. Tries to be fearless, but shows hints that he is still a child, too. Initiates violence on the island, and seeks total power through increasingly barbaric means. Cruel, manipulative, aggressive. Represents man's savage instinct.


Piggy:

See NOTE above. Piggy is a tag-along supporter of Ralph. Short, plump. Gets bullied for his weight, lack of physical strength and because he wears glasses. Smart, inventive. Represents the scientific and rational side of civilization. Mature and practical, but doesn't have any power of his own over the boys.


Roger:

See NOTE above. Roger is a supporter of Jack. Independent/a loner. Sadistic older bully who eventually murders Piggy.


Simon:

See NOTE above. Simon is the outsider of the group, in terms of temperament. Shy, sensitive, perceptive and inherently kind without being weak. Represents a peaceful spirituality and an intrinsic good morality, not even dictated by society.


Maurice:

See NOTE above. Maurice is the “class clown” of the group. Big, innocent, amiable but not bright. Treats the situation as if it’s all a game.



SPT contracts:


Lungsby Duncan McMillan. Dir: Aaron Posner. 1st reh: 5/15. Runs 5/23-6/10.


In a time of global anxiety and political unrest, this smart and funny drama follows the ups and downs of the relationship of a young and educated couple as they grapple with questions of hope, change, betrayal, happenstance and pain, while contemplating having a child. If they over-think it, they’ll never do it. But if they rush, it could be a disaster. What will be the first to destruct – the planet or the relationship?


Woman:

CAST. 30s. Endearing, charming, a bundle of nerves. Can be unyielding and closed-off when the worst happens.


Man:

CAST. 30s. Dependable, well-meaning, sometimes bemused. Usually gentle, but with a violent streak.



Dr. Ruth, All the Wayby Mark St. Germain. Dir: Julianne Boyd. 1st reh: 5/29. Runs 6/19-7/21.


Dr. Ruth Westheimer looks back on her life, from being a child on the Kindertransport during World War II to her military service in Israel, to her move to America and on becoming a pioneering figure in sexual education. A very personal look at a beloved public figure.


Dr. Ruth:

CAST (Debra Jo Rupp). Dr. Ruth Westheimer at age 69, in a chronicle of her resilience, of turning failure into opportunity, and of a search for the family she longs for.



The North Poolby Rajiv Joseph. Dir: Giovanna Sardelli. 1st reh: 7/6. Runs 7/26-8/11.


East Coast premiere. The truth shifts constantly in this cat-and-mouse, psychological thriller about a high school vice principal and a transfer student from the Middle East. Tensions rise and secrets are unveiled.


Khadim:

18, Middle Eastern. Good-looking, still very young. Ideally, he should be of slight build. His accent errs on the side of British, owing to his varied, international boarding-school education. But as a talented con-man, he can allow different shades of accents to come out at different times, to suit his needs (a Middle Eastern accent when he wants to be innocent; an American accent when he’s being more of a regular teen). Believes he is smarter than everyone, but is smart enough to hide it. Trusts nobody, and is deeply cynical about humanity in general. But there is a very well hidden part of him that is terribly frightened, and wracked with guilt. Has a lot of shades to cover—he must seem, at different times, innocent, evil, worldly, vulnerable and wise.


Dr. Danielson:

Late 40s, early 50s. As a vice principal, he is the enforcer, the “bad cop” of the Sheffield High administration. Prides himself on his interrogation techniques and his ability to understand the various adolescent pathologies around him. A former wrestler, so has a tough-guy quality to him, but is also decidedly “uncool” in the way that it seems many vice principals of large public high schools are. Danielson is a good man, a good educator, who legitimately cares about his students. But he has a temper and can be a victim of his own pride—and these things have conspired against his career. He, too, has many shades to cover—he must seem clueless, brilliant, racist, caring, rageful and filled with regret.


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