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SYRACUSE STAGE AND SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY 2021-22 SEASON - Syracuse Stage Auditions

Posted: July 11, 2021

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SYRACUSE STAGE AND SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY 2021-22 SEASON - EQUITY VIDEO SUBMISSIONS

Various Producers

CONTRACT
LORT Non-Rep LORT/URTA: $925 (LORT D and URTA Tier IV)
URTA

SEEKING
Equity actors for roles in Syracuse Stage (LORT) and Syracuse University (URTA) 2021-22 seasons (see breakdown).

All EPA auditions will be done virtually. No live auditions will take place at this time.

INSTRUCTIONS
SEE PREPARATION IN BREAKDOWN. All actors will submit materials (including a link to a headshot and a resume) via a google form located on our website - https://syracusestage.org/play-submissions.php. Video submissions should be UNLISTED (not private) YouTube links. Submissions will be accepted for 2 weeks from the date of this posting.
Deadline: Fri, Jul 23, 2021

PERSONNEL
Robert Hupp, Artistic Director, Kyle Bass, Associate Artistic Director, Melissa Crespo, Associate Artistic Director and show specific directors will review the submissions.

See breakdown for production-specific personnel.

OTHER DATES
See breakdown for production dates.

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

PREPARATION INSTRUCTIONS:

We would like you to submit no more than two minutes of any content of your choosing. A preference would be for the spoken word: a monologue, scene or poetry. You may submit existing material; you don’t have to create work specifically for this video audition. If the work you submit is longer than two minutes, please indicate which two minutes you prefer we view.

Please note that you may submit for only the LORT season, only the URTA show, or both LORT and URTA.


EUREKA DAY
By Jonathan Spector
Director: Robert Hupp
LORT
First Rehearsal: 9/21/21
Opening: 10/15/21
Closing: 10/31/21
Seeking:
SUZANNE: Late forties, White. From the mid-west, moved after college when her then-boyfriend now-husband started graduate school at UC Berkeley. Raising her family and nurturing the school are her life’s work, and fully intertwined. Once her youngest was in school she started working part-time as a life-coach, after being encouraged by so many friends who she’s helped through difficult times. Has a home worth three million dollars (though she’ll tell you it was much much much cheaper when they bought) but thinks of herself as “comfortable” rather than “wealthy.” Mother of Arlo, Tompkins, Juniper, and Walden.
CARINA: Late thirties, Black. Grew up overseas and on military bases. She had gone to eight different schools by the time she graduated from high school, so she’s skilled at landing in a new environment and figuring out the rules. She’s a joiner. Her wife is from the Bay Area and always wanted to come back, so they moved nine months ago from the East Coast. She’s worked for housing-related non-profits her whole professional life, so has spent A LOT of time in board meetings. Mother of Victor.
MEIKO: Late thirties, biracial Japanese/White. Berkeley native. Went to UC Berkeley and has never lived anywhere else or wanted to. Has a big network for friends, from having grown up here. A landscape architect, which she’s good at but a little bored by. A year after the end of a tortured on-again off-again eight-year relationship, became a single mother by choice, of Olivia. When her daughter was young, Meiko’s mother was effectively a co-parent, but less so now. Would sort of like to have another child but feels like she’s too old to think about doing it alone, again.
ELI: Late thirties, White. A big puppy dog. From Southern California, went to Stanford and then straight into working in tech. Cashed out three years ago, and has been in search of how to occupy his time and exercise his mind. An expert pickler, competitive rock climber, manager of family wealth. Went through an intense Ayn Rand phase in college, which now fills him with shame, but which he has also never fully shaken. When they first decided to open up their marriage, he and his wife spent many hours in therapy making sure they were approaching it in a thoughtful and intentional way. But that was a long time ago. Father of Tobias.

Roald Dahl’s MATILDA THE MUSICAL
Book by Dennis Kelly
Music & Lyrics by Tim Minchin
Director: Donna Drake
U/RTA
First Rehearsal: 10/19/21
Opening: 11/26/21
Closing: 1/2/22
Seeking:
Matilda Wormwood: An imaginative girl who is clever and wise far beyond her years. She has a thirst for learning that cannot be quenched. Gender: Female, Age 9-12; Vocal range top: D5; Vocal range bottom: A3
Miss Agatha Trunchbull: The tyrannical headmistress at Matilda's school who despises children. Gender: Any; Age: 35 to 55; Vocal range top: G4; Vocal range bottom: A2
Miss Honey: Matilda's kindhearted teacher. She is tired of living in fear under Miss Trunchbull. Gender: Female; Age: 25 to 35; Vocal range top: D5; Vocal range bottom: F3
Mr. Wormwood: Matilda's uncaring father. A slimy, greedy used-car salesman. Gender: Male; Age: 35 to 45; Vocal range top: A4; Vocal range bottom: D3
Mrs. Wormwood: Matilda's self-absorbed, negligent mother and an amateur ballroom dancer. Gender: Female; Age: 35 to 45; Vocal range top: F5; Vocal range bottom: A3
Mrs. Phelps: A nice librarian. Gender: Female; Age: 25 to 45
The Escapologist: A character in a story Matilda tells to Mrs. Phelps who comes to life in their imagination. Gender: Male; Vocal range top: E4; Vocal range bottom: C3
The Acrobat: A character in a story Matilda tells to Mrs. Phelps who comes to life in their imagination. Gender: Female; Vocal range top: A4; Vocal range bottom: D4
Rudolpho: Mrs. Wormwood's ballroom dance partner. Gender: Male; Vocal range top: A4; Vocal range bottom: D#3
Doctor: Mrs. Wormwood's Doctor when she goes into labor with Matilda. Gender: Male; Vocal range top: A4; Vocal range bottom: C3
Children’s Entertainer: A party entertainer at the start of the show. Gender: Male; Vocal range top: Eb4; Vocal range bottom: F#3

YOGA PLAY
By Dipika Guha
Director: Melissa Crespo
LORT
First Rehearsal: 12/28/21
Opening: 1/21/22
Closing: 2/6/22
Seeking:
JOAN - early fifties, white, American, the new CEO of a yoga apparel company. Driven.
RAJ - mid-thirties, South-Asian, American, a rising exec of a yoga apparel company.
FRED - mid-thirties, Singaporean, a rising exec of a yoga apparel company.
ROMOLA - mid-twenties, Latina, American. Also plays additional roles:
MRS KAPOOR - Raj’s mother, early sixties, heavy upper class North Indian (Voice Over only)
LUCY - Jojomon employee, mid-twenties, highly-educated, American accent (Voice Over only)
NOOYI - Joan’s secretary, early-mid twenties, keen, American (Voice Over only)
LAUREN CLARK ROSE - Jojomon brand ambassador, American
GURUJI - early forties-early fifties, white. Also plays additional roles:
JOHN DALE - Founder of Jojomon, sixties, sounds like an aging rock star (VoiceOver only)
MR KAPOOR - Raj’s father, early sixties, shouty, upper class North Indian accent (VoiceOver only)
ALAN CARR - BBC News Reporter, a bit nasal, classic BBC cadence (VoiceOver only)

SOMEWHERE OVER THE BORDER(New Musical)
By Brian Quijada
Director: TBD
LORT
First Rehearsal: 1/25/22
Opening: 2/25/22
Closing: 3/13/22
Seeking:
THE NARRATOR - Carries a guitar and walks, sings, and charms us as he tells us this story. Any age.
REINA - A Salvadoran girl. 18 years old.
JULIA - Reina’s mother. 40s
ADAN - Reina’s brother. 20s. Also plays CRUZ - An indigenous Guatemalan boy with dreams of obtaining an American degree.
DON NAPOLEON - A Salvadoran man who owns the restaurant where Reina works. 50s. Also plays SILVANO - A man from Tapachula, Mexico with a dream to reunite with the rest of his family in America.
ANTONIA - An older woman who lives in El Salvador and has a daughter in the United States. Also plays LEONA - A catholic nun from Guadalajara, with rock and roll dreams.

THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG
By Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer, and Henry Shields
Director: Robert Hupp
LORT
First Rehearsal: 3/15/22
Opening: 4/15/22
Closing: 5/1/22
Seeking:
CHRIS (Male, 25 - 35) Head of drama society, director of the play and plays ‘Inspector Carter’. A sincere clown. He can be very uptight. There’s a lot at stake for him.
ROBERT (Male, 25 - 35) Plays ‘Thomas Colleymoore’. A big, booming voice, very declarative actor. Oblivious.
DENNIS (Male, 25 - 35) Plays ‘Perkins’. Theatre is not his thing; he wants to be liked.
TREVOR (Male, 25 - 35) The Company’s lighting and sound operator. Easily distracted, not fond of the cast, brusque.
JONATHAN (Male, 25 - 35) Plays ‘Charles Haversham’. A Leading man type in the James Bond style. Physically demanding role.
MAX (Male, 25 - 35) Plays ‘Cecil Haversham’ and ‘Arthur’. New to theatre. He does what he’s told. No experience on stage. Childlike and naïve.
SANDRA (Female, 23 - 32) Plays ‘Florence Colleymoore’. She’s got a big ego and craves attention. Ambitious. A physically demanding role.
ANNIE (Female, 23 - 35) The company’s stage manager. Unassuming in the beginning. Hard worker. Terrified at first to have to go on stage, but grows to love it, and willing to fight for it.

SALT-CITY-BLUES– World Premiere
By Kyle Bass
Director: Gilbert McCauley
LORT
First Rehearsal: 5/17/22
Opening: 6/10/22
Closing: 6/26/22
Seeking:
YOLONDA MOURNING: African American cis female. Late 40s. Smart (with blind spots). Put together, or so it would seem. Exudes power and confidence. Owns an urban renewal consulting business. She’s got her own. Bourbon is her drink. She looks great with a rocks glass in her hand. She has left her husband and is living alone in a pricey downtown condo. She has a teenage son who elected to stay in the family home with his father. She can be demanding and insensitive. Spells her name with two o’s. She can dance (R&B).
PROF D: African American cis male. 81 years old. Imagines himself a younger man until his age gives him an advantage. A kind of folk historian. A kind of narrator. He can go from folksy common sense to erudite within in a single utterance. He always has a book. A beguiling mix of charming fraudulence and searing honesty. Then he’s off his meds maybe he hears voices, see things others do not see. An aficionado of the Blues, particularly the music of the women of the Blues. Likes to dance to the Blues.
CARRIE SIMMONS: White American cis female. Late 30s. Angry. A military (Army) vet. Served in Iraq. Has a dragon tattoo on her neck. Comes out of the poor white community of Salt City. The bartender at a dive bar. Dances with convincing soul. Tough. Longs to own a small place in the country.
FISH: White American cis male. 45-50 years old. Addicted to alcohol. A mess, but an interesting mess. Half Irish (mother), half Jewish (father). Raised Catholic in the Dublin Heights (Irish) neighborhood of Salt City. He is an ace mimic of Irish and Jewish dialects. His sharp wit is dulled some by his addiction. Knows of to offer a toast. A good storyteller.
MALCOLM (a.k.a. “MALIK”): African American cis male. 17 years old. Yolonda’s son. Very smart. Has a way with words. Can cut to the quick. He is charming. A bit of an “old head” – wise beyond his years but still young. He’s a good, sensitive kid who is angry at finding himself in the middle of his parents’ broken relationship. He wants to be a blues musician. He has renamed himself “Malik.” He plays the trumpet. Ideally, the actor would be a competent trumpet/horn player.


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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