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BY THE WAY, MEET VERA STARK - Actor's Theatre of Charlotte Auditions

Posted: October 21, 2013

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Actor's Theatre of Charlotte|Charlotte, NC

Date of Audition:

Call Type
Equity Principal

Equity Principal Auditions by Appointment

Saturday, November 2, 2013
9 AM to 5 PM
lunch 12pm to 1pm

Tier 3; $291/week AEA minimum

Actor's Theatre of Charlotte
650 East Stonewall Street
Charlotte, NC 28202-2608

Equity Actors, men and women.

3 male and 4 female roles available.

see breakdown for info

You will be asked to read from sides provided at the auditions.

Please bring an updated copy of your headshot and resume.

No perusal copies available, but the script is available for purchase through Dramatist:

Other Dates
1st rehearsal: January 28, 2014
Runs: February 20- March 15, 2014
(note non-Equity auditions will be held on 11/3, 5pm to 9pm, by appointment)

Audition appointments suggested but not necessary.
AEA members without appointments seen as time permits.

Writer: Lynn Nottage
Production Manager: Carrie Crawford
Director: Jill Bloede
· A monitor will

notbe provided. The producer will run all aspects of this audition.

To book an audition time, please contact Production Manager Carrie Cranford
Performers of all ethnic and racial background are encouraged to attend.
Always bring your Equity Membership Card to auditions.


In a new comedy from the Pulitzer Prize–winning playwright of Ruined, Lynn Nottage draws upon the screwball films of the 1930s to take a funny and irreverent look at racial stereotypes in Hollywood. BY THE WAY, MEET VERA STARK is a seventy-year journey through the life of Vera Stark, a headstrong African-American maid and budding actress, and her tangled relationship with her boss, a white Hollywood star desperately grasping to hold on to her career. When circumstances collide and both women land roles in the same Southern epic, the story behind the cameras leaves Vera with a surprising and controversial legacy scholars will debate for years to come.

No perusal copies available, but the script is available for purchase through Dramatist:

3 men and 4 women. All roles available.

Vera Stark:
Female, African American; character appears in her 20s, and then again in her 60s. Beautiful, smart, funny and willful. Works as an assistant to the famed actress of the moment, Gloria Mitchell, until she gets her own big break. Her subsequent career does not play out as she perhaps anticipated it would.Actors who can sing are a plus.

Gloria Mitchell:
Female, Caucasian; character appears in her 20s, and then again in her 60s. Movie star. Vain, melodramatic and self-absorbed (though not without irony at her own occasional absurdities). Works tirelessly to preserve an air of glamour as she fights to stay afloat in Hollywood. Actors who can sing are a plus.

Leroy Barksdale / Herb Forrester:
Male, African American, 20s-30s.Leroy:Brazen and endearingly pompous. Chauffeur of famed film director Max von Oster, and a love interest for Vera.Herb:Smart, savvy and articulate contemporary filmmaker/musician, fascinated by Vera’s celebrity.

Lottie / Carmen Levy-Green:
Female, African American, 20s-30s. Overweight. Attractive.Lottie:Vera’s cynical and witty roommate, also an actress.Carmen:Respected, intelligent college professor with strong views on what happened to Vera in later years.

Anna Mae / Afua Assata Ejobo:
Female, African American, 20s-30s.Anna Mae:Vera’s sassy, sexy and overconfident roommate. Her light complexion allows her to pass as a Latina to score a big role. Nothing is beneath her.Afua:Modern-day poet, journalist and performer with her own staunch opinions on the late Vera.

Slasvick / Brad:
Male, Caucasian, 40-60.Slasvick:Attractive, well-groomed and wealthy studio executive with less-than-stellar social skills.Brad:Smooth-talking 1970s talk-show host with an appealing (if over-the-top) personality.

Maximillian von Oster / Peter Rhys-Davies:
Male, Caucasian, 30-45.Von Oster:Russian. Highly conceited, famous film director with an inflexible artistic vision.Rhys-Davies:Groovy 1970s rock musician. Actor must have facility with accents.

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