SHADOW OF HEROES - Metropolitan Playhouse Auditions

Posted: September 10, 2018

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SHADOW OF HEROES - NYC Appointments
Metropolitan Playhouse

CONTRACT
Showcase-NY $800 Stipend

SEEKING
Actors for seasonal showcase revival of 1958 play. In documentary theater style, Shadow of Heroes follows the intertwined lives of three people from the liberation of Hungary from the Nazis in 1945 to its invasion by the Soviet army in 1956. A story of devoted friends and lovers fighting for their ideals in the face of political opportunism, temptation, and betrayal, the 1958 play is a chilling insight into the fragility of decency and conviction in the face of authoritarian power.

INSTRUCTIONS
For consideration, email (or mail/drop off) picture and resume ASAP to: casting@metropolitanplayhouse.org. Please only submit for one role.

SUBMIT TO
casting@metropolitanplayhouse.org

PERSONNEL
Director: Alex Roe
Author: Robert Ardrey

OTHER DATES
Auditions week of September 17th.
First Reheasal: 10/12/18

OTHER
Particularly interested in a diverse cast. Actors of any ethnicity, gender identity, and physical abilities encouraged to submit.
PLEASE SUBMIT FOR ONE ROLE ONLY. We will consider actors for any role that seems appropriate.
All actors will play a part of the ensemble, most taking more than one role.

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
AUTHOR
30 to 40 years old, any ethnicity, male or female. Narrator of play, an intellectual worker, part stage manager, part magician, resigned and ironical, but deeply compassionate.

LÁSZLÓ RACK
30 to 40 years old, any ethnicity male. Inspired and intelligent, an unbreakable and unsentimental leader of the people whose charisma makes him a threat to anyone more powerful than he. Devoted to Julia.

JULIA RAJK
30 to 40 years old, any ethnicity female. Beyond strong fighter for her ideals and their cause. Pushed to more than one breaking point, and resilient. Deeply in love with László

JÁNOS KÁDÁR
30 to 40 years old, any ethnicity male or female. Earnest, non-intellectual follower of László and the party, pragmatic before idealistic, and a highly successful pawn of other people’s ambitions. Hopelessly in love with Julia. Character is male; considering actors of any gender identity.

MRS. KOVACS
50 to 70 years old, any ethnicity female. A longterm political prisoner, testy, wry, and jaded. Will play other roles.

GYULA SZABÓ
40 to 55 years old, any ethnicity male. A personally soft but sadistic and self-preserving captain of the Budapest police, at ease collaborating with the Nazis or the Soviets. Will play other roles. Character is male; considering actors of any gender identity.

ERNÖ GERÖ
40 to 50 years old, any ethnicity male or female. A cynically calculating political operator, fiercely intelligent, chillily charming, and somewhat bemused by the machinations (s)he puts in motion as well as the distress of the less adept. Will play other roles. Character is male; considering actors of any gender identity.

MÁTYÁS RÁKOSI
50 to 60 years old, any ethnicity male or female. Self-satisfied political survivor at the top of hierarchies made up of people (s)he thinks beneath him. Canny, superior, tough. Will play other roles. Character is male; considering actors of any gender identity.

CHILD
15 - 20 years old, any ethnicity, male or female. Impetuous and brave son of Laszlo and Julia. Will play other roles. Character is male; considering actors of any gender identity.


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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