THE TENTH MAN - Folksbiene National Yiddish Theatre Auditions

Posted: January 24, 2020

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THE TENTH MAN - NYC EPA

Folksbiene National Yiddish Theatre


AUDITION DATE

Tue, Feb 18, 2020
10:00 am - 6:00 pm (EST)
Lunch 1 to 2.

CONTRACT

Special Agreement Salary: $525.00/week for AEA Members ($400.00/week for Non Union)

SEEKING

Actors with excellent acting skills and a working acquaintance with Yiddish or a great ear for language. The Tenth Man is performed entirely in Yiddish (with English and Russian supertitles). Consequently all actors must speak Yiddish and must be able to do comedy. THE TENTH MAN is an ensemble piece. It is a world gone by; an American retelling of the dybbuk story, taking place on Long Island in the late 1950’s.

PREPARATION

All should be excellent actors with abilities to act in foreign languages (experience with Yiddish, German and Hebrew a plus). Actors will be asked to read from one of the monologues provided at the EPA for the role you feel you are most right for. Monologues will be done in English from the English translation of THE TENTH MAN by Eleanor Reissa. You will also be asked to speak a line of Yiddish that is included with the sides.

Bring a headshot and resume, stapled together.

LOCATION

Ripley-Grier Studios (520)
520 8th Ave
New York, NY 10018-6507
16th floor. Studios 16T, 16U

PERSONNEL

Zalmen Mlotek, Artistic Director
Dominick Balletta, Executive Director

Written By: Paddy Chayefsky
Yiddish Translation By: Eleanor Reissa and Harvey Varga
Director: Eleanor Reissa
Casting: Jamibeth Margolis, CSA

IN ATTENDANCE AT EPA:
Artistic Director: Zalmen Mlotek
Director: Eleanor Reissa
Associate Artistic Director: Motl Didner
Casting: Jamibeth Margolis, CSA

OTHER DATES

Rehearsals begin April 19, 2020
First Preview: May 17, 2020
Opening Night: May 21, 2020
Closing: June 11, 2020

OTHER

There are no stage management positions available at this time. Stage managers may drop off resumes at the audition to Jamibeth Margolis for future consideration. Stage managers also may send resumes to Meredith Hoddeson at the National Yiddish Theatre at for future consideration at MHoddeson@nytf.org
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

Synopsis:
The entire play is in Yiddish and consequently all actors must speak Yiddish and must be able to do comedy. THE TENTH MAN is an ensemble piece. It is a world gone by; an American retelling of the dybbuk story, taking place on Long Island in the late 1950’s. Who is really possessed: the young compassionate religious granddaughter of one of the elderly congregants or the successful yet cynical Manhattan lawyer? This play captures the struggle between Jewish generations, youth and old age, cynics and believers, scientists and mystics with a moving and surprising outcome.
SEEKING:
ARTHUR – Male. 30's An attorney; divorced, angry, cynical, even somewhat suicidal. He is (unknowingly to himself) possessed by an inner demon that has eaten up whatever love is in him. He appears hard, cold but deep down he is not. He is just broken...

EVELYN - Female. 18 years old. Open, very bright, warm; her inner beauty and openness shines from her. However, she is also possessed by an evil demon whose personality is that of a Russian whore with a vulgar tongue who was wronged by men in the past. Actress must be able to be an open, loving young woman into a harsh vulgar demon.

FOREMAN – Male. Late 50’s or older- Evelyn’s grandfather . Learned, scientific; loves his granddaughter more than life itself. He would do anything for her.

ALPER – Male. Late 50’s or older- A good friend of Foreman’s; smart, kind.

SCHLISSL – Male. Late 50’s or older - Cynical, contrarian, non-religious, know it all

ZITORSKY – Male. Late 50’s or older - Frightened nature but a good man, not the brightest bulb.

SHAMMAS – Male. 50’s - A facilitator, a worker bee.

CABALIST (HIRSCHMAN) Late 50’s or older – Male. Ageless yet ancient quality; A pious, holy, yet realistic and logical man. Caring. Damaged.

RABBI – Male. 30-40 - Means well, part businessman/part rabbi.
THE POLICEMAN - Male. 20-30’s. Imposing in stature.
THE KESSLER BROTHERS – Two males. 20-30’s.
DAVIS – Male. 60’s or older - An old man who mostly prays.
Note #1: seeking performers with excellent acting skills and a working acquaintance with Yiddish or a great ear for language. The Tenth Man is performed entirely in Yiddish (with English and Russian supertitles).


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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