IRISH REPERTORY THEATRE'S SEAN O'CASEY SEASON - Irish Repertory Theatre Auditions

Posted: December 5, 2018

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Irish Repertory Theatre’s Sean O’Casey Season - NYC EPA
Irish Repertory Theatre

AUDITION DATE
Fri, Dec 14, 2018
10:00 am - 6:00 pm (EST)
Lunch 1:30 to 2:30

CONTRACT
Off Broadway $848/wk Plus Pension and Health

SEEKING
Seeking actors with versatility who will play multiple roles performing in all three plays. Note that productions will be in “Rep” style whereby actors will be rehearsing concurrently with performances until all the plays are up and running. The presentations will then rotate on an 8 show per week schedule culminating in three consecutive Saturdays when all 3 plays shall be performed on the same day.

All Stage Management positions have been filled.

PREPARATION
Prepare a short contemporary monologue. Authentic Dublin accents required for all roles. Bring picture and resume.

LOCATION
Irish Repertory Theatre
132 W 22nd St
New York, NY 10011-2419

PERSONNEL
Artistic Director Charlotte Moore
Producing Director Ciaran O’Reilly

Expected at the EPA:
Directors Charlotte Moore and Ciaran O’Reilly/ or Casting Associate Jason Brubaker will be present at EPA’s

OTHER DATES
See breakdown for dates.

OTHER
Pursuant to the terms of a concession made to this employer's agreement, the employer has agreed that any Equity member who attends this call will have an opportunity to be seen


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.
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BREAKDOWN
Irish Repertory Theatre’s Sean O’Casey Season
THE SHADOW OF A GUNMAN
by Sean O’Casey
Directed by Ciaran O’Reilly

It’s 1921 and the Irish War of Independence rages on the streets of Dublin as Irish revolutionaries clash with British auxiliary forces. Aspiring poet Donal Davoren tries to avoid the conflict, but when Donal learns of a rumor that he is a gunman on the run, he cannot resist the curiosity it stirs in beautiful young Millie Powers… and he cannot escape the attention of his other neighbors. As the rumor grows, the war outside moves closer to home with tragic consequences.
(Residents in a tenement)

DONAL DAVOREN: (a poet) about 30. A loner, a searcher for beauty. On his face an expression indicating an eternal war between weakness and strength. He bears upon his body the marks of the struggle for existence and the efforts of poetic self-expression. He may be secretly pleased by being mistaken for “A gunman on the run,” however wary of the title.

SEAMUS SHIELDS (a peddler) 35-50. Dark haired and sallow complexioned. Extremely opinionated and superstitious. He sells his wares on the street out of a suitcase.

TOMMY OWENS: mid 20’s. Small and thin. His voice is a husky drawl due to frequent drinks and perpetual cigarette smoking. He is anxious to be on familiar terms with those who think he is braver than he is himself. He talks in a staccato manner.

MRS. GRIGSON 40’s. She is one of the cave-dwellers of Dublin, having lived most of her life in a grimy, tenement kitchen. She is untidy and slovenly dressed, but clean, and her hair constantly falls into her face. She has a habit of peering through half-closed eyes.

ADOLPHUS GRIGSON: 40’s (a solicitor’s clerk) He has a fresh complexion and has the appearance of being well-fed since he has spent most of his life in an office out of the kitchen. He is comfortably dressed and his movements are lively. He looks younger than his wife.

MINNIE POWELL: 20’s. A very pretty girl with an easy confidence. The fact of her having had to earn her living and take care of herself after her parents early death has given her an assurance beyond her years. She has no sense of fear and is at ease at all places and with all persons. She has a well-shaped figure and knows that is rare amongst city girls.

THE LANDLORD ( Mr. Mulligan.) 60s. Has no love for Seamus Shields and would prefer to rid the house of his annoyance.

MR. MAGUIRE. 30’s/40’s A Soldier in the IRA and sometime business partner of Seamus Shields

(Residents of an adjoining tenement)

MRS HENDERSON. 40s A massive woman in every way. A massive head, arms, and voice, and a massive amount of self-confidence. She dominates every room and is a mountain of good-nature.

MR. GALLOGHER: A spare little man with a timid voice. He is the victim of noisy neighbors and seeks help outside the law.

AN AUXILIARY. 20’s/30’s. Cockney accent. Sarcastic. Rough around the edges.
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JUNO AND THE PAYCOCK
by Sean O’Casey
Directed by Neil Pepe

Set in 1922, Jack Boyle is out of work and determined to stay that way. He postures and drinks with his sidekick Joxer while the long-suffering wife Juno balances threats with cajolement to preserve the semblance of family in a squalid tenement flat. Their son Johnny, crippled fighting for the IRA, cowers indoors, terrified of reprisal; his sister Mary has joined the labor movement and is on strike. Sudden news of an inheritance provokes dreams of escape but, even before their rowdy celebrations are done, reality asserts itself as a neighbor’s corpse is carried down the stairs – another victim of the bitter civil war. Mary falls for an educated man as the loans stack up. Tragedy ensues. One of the great plays of the twentieth century, Juno and the Paycock offers a devastating portrait of wasted potential in a Dublin torn apart by the chaos of the Irish Civil War.
Roles: (some will be doubled)

RESIDENTS IN THE TENAMENT:

CAPTAIN JACK BOYLE (mid fifties) .....the Paycock struts around from pub to pub with his buddy, Boxer, drinking, telling tall tales of his (imagined) life on the sea and singing songs. He has been avoiding any kind of work for many years

JUNO BOYLE: (forties--fifties) His wife, a strong, rich-in-character, long- suffering woman. A fading beauty with a heart a mix of gold and steel. Juno is the practical lifeblood of the Boyle family..

JOHNNY BOYLE: (Early 20s) The Boyle's only son has lost an arm along with his courage fighting in "the troubles"... He is nervous and terrified and may be in hiding.

MARY BOYLE: (early twenties) his sister, a young, pretty woman just learning the realities of life...Mary reads popular plays and novels and attends to her looks like any young girl of her time.

JOXER DALY: (forties-fifties) (CAST) Another resident of the tenement...The clever and cunning "Butty" of Captain Jack, Joxer Daly literally feeds ...and drinks... off the Boyle family....He is the sworn enemy of JUNO.

MAISIE MADIGAN: (forties--fifties) A resident in the tenement who considers herself a fashion plate and a grand singer. Quite opinionated and a bit vulgar she enjoys entertaining the residents with her "talents".

NEEDLE NUGENT: (fifties/sixties) A tailor who lives in one of the back rooms of the tenement.

MRS. TANCRED: (forty - sixty) A grieving mother who has lost her son to the "troubles".

OTHERS:

JERRY DEVINE: (20’s) A strong, good-looking young man working in construction....in love with Mary Boyle
CHARLES BENTHAM: (20’s) A SCHOOL TEACHER...Well dressed and put together visitor to the
Boyle household.
A SEWING MACHINE MAN (20’s-40’s)
2 FURNITURE REMOVERS (20’s-40’s)
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THE PLOUGH AND THE STARS
by Sean O’Casey
Directed by Charlotte Moore

The Plough and the Stars, tragicomedy in four acts . The play is set in Dublin during the Easter Rising Ireland is still under the rule of Great Britain, and revolution is in the air. In a small tenement in one of Dublin’s working class neighborhoods live the Clitheroes. Jack Clitheroe used to belong to the Irish Citizen Army, and his wife, Nora, would do anything to keep him from returning to the dangerous cause. Although Nora is pregnant with their first child, Jack ignores her pleas, goes into the streets to fight for the cause, and is killed. When their baby is stillborn, Nora loses her mind. The play examines the powerful force of political idealism and the lives of those swept up in its tide.
Residents of the tenement

JACK CLITHEROE: (25-30) (A Dublin bricklayer, Commandant in the Irish Citizen Army) A handsome, well-made young fellow, longs to “get into the fight” and be thought a hero. He may or may not lack the power and authority to achieve his heroism, but he is not lacking in courage.

NORA CLITHEROE: His wife. 22-25, Full of feminine charm. She is an energetic young woman, in love with her husband. She is longing for romance, and using her soft, amorous mouth and gentle eyes to get it. She is not above a few wiles and untruths to protect her husband from what she perceives as the dangerous world around them.

PETER FLYNN: (Nora’s uncle) 50-60. A labourer. A little bit of a man whose face invariably wears a look of animated anguish mixed with an irritated defiance. He is continually annoyed at life.

THE YOUNG COVEY: about 25. (A fitter) Clitheroe’s cousin. Tall, thin, with lines on his face formed by perpetual protest. He speaks in a slow, wailing drawl, more rapid when he is excited.

BESSIE BURGESS (A street vendor) 40-50, A powerful, vigorously built woman with a dogged face hardened by toil and coarsened by drink. She can be scornful and viscous, or privately protective.

MRS GOGAN (A charwoman) 40s-50s A doleful little woman with a sallow complexion, and a heart full of endless curiosity. Nobody could come or go from the house without her knowing and having a vibrant opinion about it.

MOLLSER (16-20) Mrs. Gogan’s consumptive child.

FLUTHER GOOD (A carpenter) 40s. A Dublin workman, loquatious and fond of the drink, but determined to conquer it before he dies. In an argument he is full of sound and fury generally signifying a row.

OTHERS:

Lieutenant Langdon: 20-30 (A civil servant) of the Irish Volunteers

Captain Brennan: 40s (A chicken butcher) Of The Irish Citizen Army

Corporal Stoddart: 30’s of The Wiltshires

Sergeant Tinley: 30’s of The Wiltshires

Rosie Redmond: 30s (A prostitute) Pretty, a daughter of “the digs”

A Bar-tender: 30’s to 50’s

The Lady from Rathmines: 30’s/40’s Upper class.
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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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