JANE EYRE - Hartford Stage Company Auditions

Posted: October 31, 2019

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JANE EYRE - NYC Appointments

Hartford Stage Company Inc.

APPOINTMENTS

NYC Appointment ONLY Dates: mid November in NYC

CONTRACT

LORT Non-Rep LORT B - $941/wk reh, $969/wk previews-closing

SEEKING

Submissions from AEA members only for various roles. See breakdown.

INSTRUCTIONS

For consideration, please send headshots and resumes to submissions@lscasting.org

SUBMIT TO

submissions@lscasting.org

PERSONNEL

Artistic Director: Melia Bensussen
Writer: Charlotte Bronte
Director/Adaptor: Elizabeth Williamson
Casting Director: Laura Stanczyk
Casting Associate: Mary Baynard

OTHER DATES

First rehearsal: 1/14/2020
First preview: 2/13/2020
Opening: 2/21/2020
Closing: 3/15/2020

OTHER

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 submit.

BREAKDOWN

[JANE EYRE]
Female, any ethnicity, LATE 20's. Petite. The Jane who is narrating the story is a decade or so older than she was during the period she is describing, when she was 18-19 years old. JANE EYRE is serious, determined to make her own way in the world, despite the difficulties of her position as an orphan with no money. She is passionate, and has the tenacity to make opportunities for herself. She has a remarkable imagination, a huge appetite for life, learning and new experiences, and the capacity for both extreme happiness and desolation. She considers herself to be plain, and presents herself to the world neatly, but with great propriety. She has a strong moral code, but also a mischievous tongue. She yearns for the human connection she’s been denied her entire life.

[EDWARD FAIRFAX ROCHESTER/ENSEMBLE]
Male, any ethnicity, early 40's. Naturally gifted, intelligent, curious, EDWARD ROCHESTER has been worn down by his experiences; he has become bitter, and untrusting of the world and other human beings. He longs to be loved, but fears he will not be, and considers himself unattractive. His temper is uncertain, but he can be deeply charming, witty and endearing. Instantly drawn to Jane, he is very frustrated by his situation, and obsesses over how to overcome it, without being able to trust her enough to explain.

[MRS FAIRFAX/AUNT REED/ENSEMBLE]
Female, any ethnicity, 50s. Mrs. Fairfax is an able, kindly woman, who doesn’t always acknowledge what she instinctively knows – ie, when offered a secure position as a lady-housekeeper with a caveat, she doesn’t look the gift horse in the mouth. Despite this, she tries to do her best for those she cares for, including Jane and Adele. Aunt Reed was resentful of having a child she disliked thrust upon her to bring up – more so because the child didn’t have a warm, outgoing temperament. She was glad to hand her responsibility over to the school, and resents feeling she must apologize and explain to the interloper on her deathbed.
[MASON/ST JOHN/ ENSEMBLE]
Male, any ethnicity, late 20s/early 30s. Mason is an easily swayed young man—up to a point; attached to Rochester, concerned about his sister and focused on ensuring her well-being, with uncertain health. St John is a man of stern principles, who holds himself to a painful, self-denying standard, and expects others to do the same. Highly intelligent and passionate in his own way, he denies himself creature comforts, including emotional relationships.

[COLONEL/DOCTOR/JOHN/ENSEMBLE]
Male, any ethnicity, 50s-60s. The Colonel is an upright county man, with a tendency to take charge of situations. The Doctor relies heavily on Rochester’s patronage, and has perforce fallen in with his plans. John is an old family retainer of the Rochester and Fairfax families, and has worked for Rochester, and his father before him, all his life.

[BESSIE/BLANCHE INGRAM/GRACE POOLE/ENSEMBLE]
Female, any ethnicity, late 20s-30s. Bessie, the housemaid at the Reeds’, was the kindest person to Jane in her childhood. She is motherly, but also has a rough side to her tongue. Blanche Ingram is the leading force of her particular society. Confident in her own abilities to attract, she is looking for a husband, as long as he comes with the right qualities. Grace Poole is a dour servant at Thornfield, taciturn, and fond of porter. Should be able to sing.
Note: This is a new adaptation and the distribution of roles may change slightly, so everyone but Jane is cast as ensemble, with a couple key roles highlighted. The play has a dream play quality with a Gothic edge – it starts with the grown up Jane, recalling the past. Strong classical chops, style and good dialect work required in all roles.
Story line: Orphaned as a child, Jane takes a position working as governess at Thornfield Hall for the brooding Edward Rochester. The strong-willed Jane falls in love with her mysterious employer, but the discovery of a dark secret and its devastating aftermath forces the young governess to make a heart-wrenching decision that changes their lives forever.



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 submit.

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