THE IMPORTANCE OF EATING EARNEST - Two River Theater Company Auditions

Posted: August 18, 2017

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THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST - NYC Appointments
Two River Theater Company

APPOINTMENTS
NYC auditions held on 9/9 by appointment only.

CONTRACT
LORT Non-Rep LORT D $675/wk

SEEKING
Submissions for various roles. See breakdown

INSTRUCTIONS
For consideration, email picture and resume ASAP. Please attach pictures and resumes as PDFs.
Deadline: Tue, Aug 29, 2017

SUBMIT TO
tworivercasting@gmail.com

PERSONNEL
Artistic Director: John Dias
Managing Director: Michael Hurst
Casting: Heidi Griffiths & Kate Murray

Written by Oscar Wilde
Directed by Michael Cumpsty

OTHER DATES
1st Rehearsal: 10/17/17
1st Preview: 11/11/17
Close: 12/3/17
Poss Ext Close: 12/10/17

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
'The truth is rarely pure, and almost never simple.' Societal hypocrisies are put on blast, invented identities create confusion, and dazzling bon mots and plot twists keep the audience on their toes in Oscar Wilde’s classic comedy of manners, appearances, lies, and love.
SEEKING:
MEN:
ALGERNON MONTCRIEFF: Late 20’s. Male. ANY ETHNICITY. Witty, charismatic, cocky. Self-assured & appealing. Deeply privileged, and his unquestioned acceptance by high society gives him permission to mock it relentlessly. Mischievous, playful, a bit reckless. To him, everything is a game, and with the exception of his never-ending pursuit of pleasure, he refuses to take anything seriously. Although he doesn’t burden himself with worries about morality, he is endlessly amused by the performance of morality in others. Skeptical, if not positively cynical about all social institutions—especially marriage. This is a role for an actor with STRONG comedic language skills.
JACK WORTHING: Late 20’s. Male. ANY ETHNICITY. A young man, feeling the first pangs of maturity. Proud, serious, and sometimes prone to bouts of self-righteousness. Likes to think of himself as being mature, honest and respectable, even if it’s not always the case. More concerned with maintaining the appearance of social propriety than adhering to a life of decorum himself. Finds himself torn between his desire for a carefree life, and the nagging concerns of duty, responsibility, and adulthood. This is a role for an actor with STRONG comedic language skills.
REVEREND DR. CHASUBLE: 40’s – 60’s. Male. ANY ETHNICITY. A kind and gentle man, perhaps with a large frame. Learned and well-read, but a bit bumbling. Avuncular & generous. Genuinely invests in the Christian value of charity. Prone to invoking classical metaphors in his daily speech, although coming from a celibate reverend, the content of those metaphors says more about a repressed desire for female companionship than they do about the classics.
LANE: 20’s – 40’s. Male. ANY ETHNICITY. Algernon’s faithful butler. Possesses a bone-dry wit, and impeccable timing. He’s a worthy match for his master’s swift repartee. A consummate professional, he never loses his cool, and nothing gets under his skin.
MERRIMAN: 40’s. Male. ANY ETHNICITY. The butler at Jack’s country estate.
WOMEN:
LADY BRACKNELL: 50’s – 60’s. Female. ANY ETHNICITY. Algernon’s aunt and the epitome of high society. A force to be reckoned with. Imperious, direct & honest. Effortlessly dominates any room she’s in with her bone-dry wit, withering observations and blistering retorts. Able to size up and decimate an opponent in seconds. Her word and judgment on a subject are final. Has opinions on everything and everyone, and never hesitates to share them. Committed to the keeping up of societal appearances; she doesn’t concern herself with issues of morality or ethics, only optics. This is a role for an actress with STRONG comedic language skills.
GWENDOLEN FAIRFAX: Mid-late 20’s. Female. ANY ETHNICITY. Algernon’s cousin, and in love with Jack. Quick-witted, poised, elegant, and graceful. Prides herself in remaining cool and composed under any and all circumstances. Canny and smart, she’s able to read in between the lines of a conversation to know what others are going to say before they say it. An idealist, she likes things to be honest, clear-cut, and as they seem; she has no time or patience for games or dramatics. This is a role for an actress with STRONG comedic language skills.
CECILY CARDEW: Early 20’s. Female. ANY ETHNICITY. Jack’s ward. Cloistered away at Jack’s country estate, she has lived a deliberately sheltered life. A young, vibrant woman coming of age but isolated and surrounded by stuffy, middle-aged people. A romantic at heart, she craves passion, adventure, excitement, and most of all, love. Since most of what she knows from the world comes from books rather than reality, she has cultivated a rich fantasy life for herself. Confident, clever, and resourceful. Though she may be lacking in experience, she’s a quick study. This is a role for an actress with STRONG comedic language skills.
MISS PRISM: 40’s. Female. ANY ETHNICITY. Cecily’s governess. Diligent, proper, if a bit absent minded. Birdlike, timid & sweet. Rigorously principled. Admires a dedication to duty and responsibility in others, and that we get what we deserve in this life; “As a man sows, so let him reap.” Holds those around her to high moral standards, and doesn’t believe it’s possible for someone’s moral character to change over time.


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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