ROUND HOUSE THEATRE 2019-20 SEASON **Location Change** - Round House Theatre Auditions

Posted: January 25, 2019

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Round House Theatre 2019-20 Season - NYC EPA
Round House Theatre

AUDITION DATE
Sat, Feb 16, 2019
9:30 am - 5:30 pm (EST)
Lunch 1 to 2

CONTRACT
LORT Non-Rep $696-$850/week min

SEEKING
Equity actors and actor/singers for various roles in the upcoming season. See breakdown.

Roles will not be understudied.
All Stage Management positions have been filled.

PREPARATION
Please bring a picture and resume. Prepare one contemporary monologue. If auditioning for NEXT TO NORMAL, please also prepare to sing 16 bars. Total time should not exceed 2 minutes.

LOCATION
Pearl Studios NYC (500)
500 8th Ave
New York, NY 10018-6504
Studio 310 and 311

PERSONNEL
Ryan Rilette, Artistic Director (at the EPA)
Nicole A. Watson, Associate Artistic Director

OTHER DATES
See breakdown for production dates.

Shows will be performed at Round House Theatre in Bethesda, Maryland.
*The Heal will be performed at The Getty Villa in Malibu, California

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
2019-20 Season
THE HEAL*
Aaron Posner, playwright; Aaron Posner, director
First rehearsal: July 23, 2019
First Preview: August 29, 2019
Opening night: Sept 4, 2019
Closing: September 28, 2019
*The Heal will be performed at the Getty Villa. Rehearsals will be at the rehearsal space in Silver Spring and will relocate to the Getty in Malibu, California
Actors must be able to move well. Background in movement, dance, preferred. Percussion experience a plus.
Philoctetes (Phil)
Male, 40’s or 50’s. Any ethnicity. A worn and wounded man. Aware of his own pain, and not much else.
Niapotoloma (Nia)
Female, 20’s or early 30’s. Any ethnicity. The daughter of Achilles. Smart, strong willed.
Odysseus (Odd)
Male, 40’s or 50’s. Any ethnicity. A general of the Achaeans, A force of nature. Ruthless.
Melpomene (Mel)
Female, any age. Any ethnicity. The muse of Tragedy a tragic, thoughtful person. Strong movement or dance background preferred.
Thalia (Thal)
Female. Any age. Any ethnicity. The muse of Comedy, a comic, thoughtful person. Strong movement or dance background preferred.
Calliope (Cal)
Female. Any age. Any ethnicity. The muse of Poetry, a poetic, thoughtful person. Strong movement or dance background preferred.
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SCHOOLGIRLS, OR THE AFRICAN MEAN GIRLS PLAY
Jocelyn Bioh, playwright; Nicole A. Watson, director
First rehearsal: August 20, 2019
First preview: September 18, 2019
Opening night: Sept 23, 2019
Closing: October 13, 2019
Possible extension through Octoer 2019, 2019
All characters are of West African Descent/Black Africans

PAULINA SARPONG (pronounced PAUL-LEE-NAH / SAAR-PONG)
West African Descent/Black African Female. 18 years old. Most popular girl in school and knows it. She is beautiful, talented, vindictive yet somehow loveable.
ERICKA BOAFO (pronounced BWAH-FOH)
West African Descent/Black AfricanFemale. 18 years old. Light/fair skin; biracial (Black and White). She is a transfer student. She is enchanting, elusive, seemingly nice. Seemingly. Must be able to sing.
AMA (pronounced AHH-MAH)
West African Descent/Black African Female. 18 years old. Black. The sensible, smart one of Paulina's pack. Is not afraid to tell it like it is.
NANA (pronounced NAH-NAH)
West African Descent/Black African Female. 16 years old. Black. The simple pseudo dumb one of Paulina's pack. She struggles with her love of food and snacks. Very sensitive.
MERCY
West African Descent/Black African Female. 16 years old. Black. The witty sidekick to Gifty and will do and say anything to stay a member of Paulina's pack.
GIFTY
West African Descent/Black African Female. 16 years old. Black. The 'Frick' to Mercy's 'Frack’; loves being part of Paulina's pack and will do anything to be considered cool.
HEADMISTRESS FRANCIS
West African Descent/Black African Female: 40’s. The Headmistress of Aburi Girls Boarding School; loves the girls but is also constantly exhausted by them.
ELOISE AMPONSAH (pronounced AMM-PONE-SAAH)
West African Descent/Black African Female: 40’s. Extremely poised, well-mannered, overly confident former Miss Ghana 1976. She now is a recruiter for the Miss Ghana Pageant. She speaks with a slightly affected British accent and prides herself in always being a lady.
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THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME
Simon Stephens, playwright; Ryan Rilette, director
First Rehearsal: October 22, 2019
First Preview: November 20, 2019
Opening Night: November 25, 2019
Closing Night: December 22, 2019
Possible extension through December 29, 2019
All actors must be able to speak with English accents appropriate to class. Ensemble members play multiple characters of various age ranges. Actors must be able to move well. Background in movement or dance preferred.
CHRISTOPHER BOONE
Male. (Adult Actor 18+ to play) age 15; Any ethnicity. Actors on the autism spectrum are encouraged to apply. A brilliant, young mathematician and amateur detective. He has a unique perception of the world, notices things in minute detail, and has difficulty understanding social and emotional cues. From a diagnostic point of view, he is probably on the autism spectrum and exhibits some behavior that might be characterized as having Asperger’s Syndrome.
SIOBHAN
Female: Late 20s-Early 40s. Any ethnicity. Christopher's teacher and mentor, the only person in Christopher's life with an understanding of his situation. She often serves as the narrator of Christopher’s story and of his feelings. English, Irish, Welsh or Scottish accent.
JUDY BOONE
Female: Late 30s-Early 50s. Any ethnicity. Christopher's mother; estranged from her husband, Ed. She is a working class woman with a tough exterior who blames herself for her inability to cope with her son effectively. Loving, yet impatient, she has felt very alone in her situation with Christopher and it frustrates her to a point of absolute desperation.
VOICE ONE/MRS. SHEARS/MRS. GASCOYNE/ Various
Female: Late 30s-Early 50s. Any ethnicity. Mrs. Shears is Roger's ex-wife and Christopher’s neighbor. She is furious at the world as a result of being betrayed and abandoned by her husband. It is her dog, Wellington that was found killed in the night. Mrs. Gascoyne is the headmistress of the school for special needs children that Christopher attends; condescending and lacking in sensitivity.
VOICE TWO/ROGER (MR. SHEARS)/DUTY SERGEANT /OTHERS
Male. Late 30s-Early 50s. Any ethnicity. Roger Shears is Mrs. Shears ex-husband, a middle class man who works at a bank. Has left his wife as a result of his relationship with Judy. Doesn't have a clue or any interest in understanding Christopher. Selfish. Self-absorbed.
VOICE THREE/POLICEMAN ONE/MR. THOMPSON/ /OTHERS
Male: Mid 40s-Mid 50s. Any ethnicity. Policeman One is a Swindon policeman who arrests Christopher after Christopher hits him while being questioned about the death of Wellington, the dog. Mr. Thompson is a neighbor that Christopher interviews during his investigation.
VOICE FOUR/REVEREND PETERS/RHODRI/UNCLE TERRY/STATION POLICEMAN /OTHERS
Male: Mid 40s-Mid 50s. Any ethnicity. Reverend Peters is a vicar; pleasant enough, tries to answer Christopher's questions about religion. Rhodri is Ed’s co-worker and possibly only friend. When he can, he spends time with Christopher complex math problems. Station Policeman is a Swindon policeman who gets stuck on a train to London while trying to convince Christopher to get off the train.
VOICE FIVE/NUMBER 40/LADY in STREET/PUNK GIRL /INFORMATION/OTHERS
Female: Mid 20s-Mid 30s. Any ethnicity. Number 40 is a neighbor of Christopher's whom he interviews during his investigation. Information is a busy information clerk in a London Railroad Station who Christopher asks for directions. Punk Girl is a young woman in the tube station who tries to help Christopher.
VOICE SIX/MRS. ALEXANDER/POSH WOMAN/OTHERS
Female: Early 60s-Mid 70s. Any ethnicity. One of Christopher's neighbors who has probably lived in Swindon her entire life. May be middle class or middle working class. She is a lonely older woman without a lot of means. She is kind and hungry for connection.
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NEXT TO NORMAL
Tom Kitt, music, Brian Yorkey, book and lyrics; TBD, director
First Rehearsal: December 17, 2019
First Preview: January 22, 2020
Opening night: January 27, 2020
Closing: February 23, 2020
DIANA GOODMAN
Female. Early-Mid 40s. Any ethnicity. Delusional bipolar depressive. Quick-witted with a dark sense of humor. Rock mezzo to high G, strong belt/mix to D.
DAN GOODMAN
Male. Early-Mid 40s. Any ethnicity. Diana's husband. Handsome, genuine, and patient. Constant, but tired. An architect also with a wicked sense of absurdist humor. High rock baritone or tenor to high A (full voice), strong falsetto to high D flat.
NATALIE GOODMAN
Female. Early 20’s. Any ethnicity. Diana and Dan's teenage daughter. Hardworking, goal-oriented, piano playing student. Her struggles are exacerbated by her mother. Trying to be perfect. It's not going well. Rock mezzo to high G, strong belt/mix to E flat.
GABRIEL "GABE" GOODMAN
Male. Early 20’s. Any ethnicity. Diana and Dan's 18 year old son. Dashing, athletic, bright, and playful. Everything a mother could imagine. Rock tenor to high A (full voice), possible high C (full voice), strong falsetto to high D.
DR. MADDEN/ DR. FINE
Male. Mid 30’s- to mid 40’s. Any ethnicity. Diana's handsome psychiatrist. Quite assured in his practice; a rock star. On the young side of ageless. The actor will also play the role of Dr. Fine, Diana’s psychopharmacologist. Rock tenor or baritone with good top to high A flat (full voice)
HENRY
Male. Early 20’s. Any ethnicity. Natalie's high school classmate. The all-around musician, self-described stoner, philosopher king. Has an intoxicating capacity for sympathy and romance. Rock tenor to high G (full voice), strong falsetto to high A.
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COST OF LIVING
Martyna Majok, playwright; Ryan Rilette, director
First rehearsal: March 3, 2020
First Preview: April 1, 2020
Opening night: April, 6, 2020
Closing: April19, 2020
ANI (pronounced AH-NEE)—Female Mid 30s-mid 40s. Any ethnicity. (The theatre specifically encourages an actor who is a wheelchair user or has a mobility disability to audition for this role). This role requires nudity. Ani’s full name can be Ania Lucja Skowronska-Torres or Ani Luz Hernandez-Torres or Ani Li-Torres or ?nanda Singh-Torres, amongst many options. Ani is Eddie’s ex-wife. Working class from North Jersey. She has a spinal cord injury because of a recent car accident and now uses a wheelchair; quadriplegic, though has some function in one hand. Intense, hard, dry sense of humor. Little patience.
JESS
Female. Late 20s. Any ethnicity. Bi-lingual. John’s new caregiver. First generation from an immigrant family, not from money. Princeton educated, overworked, under-paid, and nearly homeless. Tough, defensive exterior. On-edge. Alone and lonely.
JOHN
Male. Mid-20s. Any ethnicity. (Theatre specifically encourages disabled actors to audition for this role). This role requires nudity. Good-looking, educated, confident. Comes from money and can throw money and most problems . A graduate student at Princeton. Has cerebral palsy, slight speech impediment. Requires the assistance of a part-time caregiver.
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BIG LOVE**
Charles L. Mee, playwright. Meredith McDonough, director
First Rehearsal: April 21, 2020
First Preview: May 20, 2020
Opening night: May 26, 2020
Closing: June 21, 2020
Seeking a diverse ensemble of artists for this production. Looking for actors with strong movement or dance backgrounds. This will be a highly physical production.

LYDIA
Female. Mid-20s. Any ethnicity.This role requires nudity. (This role doubles with LAYLA in HATEFUCK). No-nonsense yet romantic. Liberated woman. The middle ground between her two sisters. Betrothed to Nikos.
OLYMPIA
Female. Mid-20s. Any ethnicity.This role requires nudity.Hopeful; feminine; on the far end of the romantic spectrum. More easily swayed than her sisters. Polar opposite of her sister, Thyona. Betrothed to Oed.
THYONA
Female. Mid-20s. Any ethnicity.This role requires nudity. Mid-20s. Intelligent; indignant; passionate. Capital FEMINIST. Betrothed to Constantine.
CONSTANTINE
Male. Mid-20s. Any ethnicity. The ultimate misogynist. He knows what he wants and will take it by force if necessary.
OED
Male. Mid-20s. Any ethnicity. Detached. Not very bright. A man of few words.
GIULIANO
Male. Mid-20s. Any ethnicity. Mid-20s. Grandson of Bella. Open-hearted; lover of love; lover of beauty. A lover not a fighter.
BELLA/ELEANOR
Female. 50’s-60’s Any ethnicity. Bella is warm, vital, and wise. Piero’s mother. Nothing surprises her. She loves her children, flaws and all.
Eleanor (50s) Socialite. Sociable. Upper class, but not a snob; warm, charming. Leo’s wife.
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HATEFUCK**
Rehana Lew Mirza, playwright. TBD, director
First Rehearsal: April 7, 2020
First Preview: June 9, 2020
Opening Night: June 15, 2020
Closing: July 3, 2020
LAYLA MAHDI
Female. Mid-30s to Early-40s. South Asian American or Arab-American.This role may require partial nudity. (This role doubles with LYDIA in BIG LOVE) Contemporary literature professor at Wayne State College with a social activism streak. Intense, ambitious, and stubborn, Layla’s uncompromising view point sometimes clouds her ability to connect.
**BIG LOVE and HATEFUCK will run in repertory. The roles of LAYLA and LYDIA are doubled.



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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