THE WIDOW LINCOLN - Ford's Theatre Auditions

Posted: July 30, 2014

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THE WIDOW LINCOLN - Equity Principal Auditions
Ford's Theatre | Washington, DC
Date of Audition:

Call Type
Equity Principal
Equity Principal Auditions
Monday, August 18, 2014
9:30 AM – 5:30 PM
Lunch 1 to 2
LORT Non-Rep
A; $935/week AEA minimum (incl. travel/housing)
Actors' Equity Association Audition Center
165 West 46th Street
16th Floor
New York, NY 10036

2 Equity female actors for:

MARY TODD LINCOLN: 50s early – late, Caucasian

SALLY/OTHERS: 50s-60s plus, African-American or African, Dark skinned. She MUST be a strong singer

see breakdown.
For MARY TODD auditions, prepare one contemporary monologue, no more than two minutes long.

For SALLY auditions, prepare 16 bars of a gospel song a cappella, as well as a monologue of no more than 90 seconds.

Please bring 1 copy of picture and résumé, stapled together.
Other Dates
1st Rehearsal: Dec 16, 2014
1st Preview: Jan 23, 2015
Opening: Jan 28, 2015
Closing: Feb 22, 2015
Director: Stephen Rayne
Artistic Director: Paul R. Tetreault
Playwright: James Still

Casting Representative: Stephanie Klapper Casting (Lauren O’Connell, Anna Ciamporcero, and Carleen McCarthy)
· EPA Rules are in effect.
· A monitor will be provided.
Performers of all ethnic and racial background are encouraged to attend.
Always bring your Equity Membership Card to auditions.

Mary Todd Lincoln has sparked more controversy than any other First Lady. Set during the weeks following Abraham Lincoln’s murder at Ford’s Theatre, The Widow Lincoln portrays a very human Mary in the aftermath of her husband’s death as she mourns the post-war life they will never share. Playwright James Still (The Heavens Are Hung in Black) returns with an emotional drama that explores the tenacious attitudes and heartbreaking grief of the maligned “Mrs. President.” Ford’s Theatre commissioned this world premiere as part of the Ford’s 150, a series of events commemorating the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s assassination.


50s early – late, Caucasian. She is powerful, smart, complex and volatile. She has the weight of the world on her shoulders and the eyes of all the country watching her. An incredibly demanding role. The actress who plays this role never leaves the stage. She must be an accomplished actress with theatre chops, a wide range, and lots of energy to meet the physical, dramatic and comic needs of this role.

50s-60s plus. African American or African, Dark skinned. MUST be a strong singer (preferably with gospel experience). She is “grounded” and an “earth mother” with a glorious gospel voice. She is West African in origin and was a formative influence on Mary as a child. Also plays one of the chorus of widows among other roles. For the auditions in addition to monologue, Actress will need to sing 16 bars of a traditional gospel song of her choice, a cappella.

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