WESTPORT COUNTRY PLAYHOUSE 2019 SEASON **Date Change** - Westport Country Playhouse Auditions

Posted: February 11, 2019

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Westport Country Playhouse 2019 Season - Westport CT EPA
Westport Country Playhouse

**Due to the impending snowstorm, the auditions scheduled for Tuesday, February 12
have been rescheduled for Friday, February 15. The theatre will contact members with
appointments on Tuesday to reschedule to reschedule them to Wednesday, February 13
or Friday, February 15.

Wed, Feb 13, 2019
10:00 am - 6:00 pm (EST)
Lunch 1:30 to 2:30
Friday, February 15, 2019
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Lunch 1:30 to 2:30

By appointment only. Please email Bethany Gugliemino at bgugliemino@westportplayhouse.org to schedule. No phone calls. AEA members without appointments may be seen as time permits on the day of.

LORT Non-Rep LORT B: $941 per week minimum

Equity actors and singers for various roles in the season. See breakdown.

SM positions may also be available. See separate notice on Casting Call for submission info.

Prepare either: 1) a 1 ½ minute contemporary/classical monologue for the plays; or 2) prepare a brief song similar in style to IN THE HEIGHTS; or 3) prepare a 1 minute monologue and 16 bars of a song if auditioning for all shows. An accompanist will be provided. Please bring a photo and resume, stapled back-to-back.

Westport Country Playhouse
25 Powers Ct
Westport, CT 06880-3621
Audition Studio: Sheffer Rehearsal Studio

Artistic Director: Mark Lamos
Associate Producer: David Dreyfoos
Casting: Tara Rubin Casting, Claire Burke, CSA

In attendance will be David Dreyfoos, and Bethany Gugliemino

An Equity Monitor will not be provided. The producer will run all aspects of audition.
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.

by Lin Manuel Miranda and Quiara Alegria Hudes
directed and choreographed by Marcos Santana
Music Director TBD
1st Rehearsal: March 26, 2019 (1st Rehearsal in Westport. All subsequent rehearsals in NYC)
Tech April, 18-21, 2019
Previews April 23-26, 2019
Opening April 27, 2019
Closing May 12, 2019 with a possible extension to May 18, 2019
USNAVI (Male-Latin X, Age 22-30): An emigrant from the Dominican Republic. Owner of De La Vega Bodega, which he inherit since his folks passed on. Joyful, enthusiastic and witty. He has the continuous desire to “go back home”. Usnavi is in love with Vanessa. Though Usnavi would like to be something more than Vanessa’s “friend”, he has never made any attempt. He is the eyes and ears of his Washington Heights neighborhood.
Must speak Spanish and rapping ability necessary.
NINA (Female-Latin X, Age 19-24): A righteous young woman who’s always been a straight A student. Nina has just finished her freshman year at Stanford University. She is the daughter of Kevin and Camilia Rosario. She puts a lot of pressure on herself because she is the only member of her family and friends who made it to college. She is best friends with Vanessa and a beacon of hope and inspiration to all who know her. She represents the opportunities outside of “the Heights.” Speaks Spanish. Must dance
BENNY (Male-African American, Age 22-30): Benny is Usnavi’s best friend. He is ambitious, tenacious and confident. He once was a street punk and hoodlum, often finding himself in trouble but wants more for himself. He has worked for Kevin and Camilla at Rosario’s Taxi Service since he was a young man and is considered a part of the family until he starts developing feelings for their daughter, Nina.
VANESSA (Female-Latin X, Age 19-24): A dreamer. Wants a better future for herself. She appears strong, but in reality she is very vulnerable. Vanessa works at Daniela’s salon to save enough money to leave the barrio and move downtown. Unfortunately, life and her alcoholic mother keep dragging her down. She is beautiful and all the boys want her, but Vanessa just wants to be treated with respect. Her reciprocation of Usnavi’s interest is overlooked due to his insecurity. Must Dance well
ABUELA CLAUDIA (Female-Latin X, Age 50-65): A Cuban immigrant, Claudia and her mother came to the U.S. to find work and a better life, but only found the former. She has lived in Washington Heights the longest out of all the characters. Claudia is the beloved neighborhood matriarch, and takes care of everyone with compassion, wisdom and devotion.
SONNY (Male-Latin X, Ages 15-18): Usnavi’s younger cousin, Sonny was also raised by Claudia. He is young and a smart aleck, who always has the perfect dry quip to match any situation. He usually hangs out on the street with his friend Gra?ti Pete. He is an extremely intelligent young man who strives to emulate Usnavi. Dominican by birth, Sonny is tough and street-smart but also cares deeply about his loved-ones and the neighborhood. Speaks Spanish
KEVIN (Male-Latin X, 40-50): Kevin is the Puerto Rican owner of Rosario’s Taxi Dispatch, which he runs with his wife Camila. He is hard working and overprotective of his daughter, Nina. He is stubborn, hot tempered at times and can be quick to act without thoughts of repercussions.
CAMILA (Female-Latin X, 40-50): Camila is the strong-willed wife and business partner to Kevin, and mother to Nina. She typically defers to Kevin, but steps up to voice her opinion when their family’s future is on the line. She is cool-headed yet keeps a subtle but strong leash on Kevin. Speaks Spanish.
DANIELA (Female-Latin X, Ages 35-45): Daniela is the Puerto Rican owner of the neighborhood salon. Loves a good “chisme” (gossip). Savvy to say the least, she is quick witted, brassy and outspoken. She knows everything that is going on in the Barrio. Her tough-as-painted-nails exterior disguises the generous spirit revealed in her support of others. Speaks Spanish, must move very well.
CARLA (Female-Latin X 22-30): Carla is Daniela’s best friend and right hand in the beauty shop. She is an upbeat, very sweet, innocent and loving young woman who is devoted to her religion and her friends though she is easily taken advantage of because of her naivety. Speaks Spanish, must move very well.
GRAFFITI PETE (Male-ANY ethnicity, Age 20-30): Pete is the local barrio gra?ti artist and the nemesis of Usnavi, he is always hanging out on the streets, dancing to his boom box music, spraying any surface he can. Must dance very well, Hip-Hop and Break-dancing ability necessary.
by Domonique Morisseau
director TBD.
1st Rehearsal May 10, 2019 (1st Rehearsal in Westport. All subsequent rehearsals in NYC)
Tech May 31, June 1, 2, 2019
Previews June 4 -7, 2019
Opening June 8, 2019
Closing June 23, 2019
All characters are African-American.
Faye (Female, African-American – mid-late 50s): Working class woman. Tough and a lifetime of dirt beneath her nails. Somewhere, deep compassion.
Dez (Male, African-American – mid-late 20s): Working class man. Young hustler, playful, street-savvy, and flirtatious. Somewhere, deeply sensitive.
Shanita (Female, African-American – mid-late 20s): Working class young woman. Pretty but not ruled by it. Hard-working. By-the-books. Believes in the work she does. Also, pregnant. Somewhere, a beautiful dreamer.
Reggie (Male, African-American – late 30s): White collar man. Studious. Dedicated. Compassionate. The Foreman. Somewhere, a fire brims.
by Lynn Nottage
directed by Mark Lamos
1st Rehearsal September 3, 2019 (1st Rehearsal in Westport. All subsequent rehearsals in NYC)
Tech September 26-29, 2019
Previews October 1-4, 2019
Opening October 5, 2019
Closing October 20, 2019
We strongly encourage actors of all genders, races and ethnicities. Age range for all characters is 20- 60.
Mlima (Male): An African bull elephant. His name means “the mountain.” Old and clever, a wanderer, a warrior. Hunted for his majestic tusks.
The following characters are played by Player 1, Player 2, and Player 3 (Female/Male/Open):
Rahman: A Somali poacher. Nervous and green.
Geedi: A Somali poacher. Experienced and proud, honorable in his own eyes.
Githinji: Chief of Police. Sees everything, and how it can most benefit him.
Wamwara: Regional Warden. Takes his responsibilities to heart.
Andrew Graves: Director of Wildlife. Wants to do the right thing, without having to try too hard.
Guoxi Fu: A Chinese diplomat. A collector. Happy to benefit from his position.
Hassan Abdulla: A Tanzanian trader. Skittish, but with an eye on the greatest profit.
Aziz Muhammed: A merchant. Comfortable and cautious.
Captain Ramaaker: An American ship captain. By-the-books, except under pressure.
Jim Baxter: Chief Mate. An opportunist.
Hua Huynh: A Vietnamese customs officer. Watchful and disinterested.

Thuy Fan: A Vietnamese trader. Easygoing. Enjoys winning.
Master Yee: A master ivory carver. An artist. Doesn’t ask questions.
Alice Ying: A Chinese woman. Nouveau riche. Eager to have the best and show it off.
Mr. Cheung: An ivory salesman. Has a flair for the big sale.
Hong Feng: A businessman. A little self-righteous.
Li Jun: A businessman. A gossip.
by Moliere, is a world premiere, new translation/adaptation by Brendan Pelsue
directed by David Kennedy
1st Rehearsal October 8, 2019 (Will rehearse in Westport)
Tech November 1-3, 2019
Previews November 5-8, 2019
Opening November 9, 2019
Closing November 23, 2019
We strongly encourage actors of all genders, races and ethnicities.
Please Note: This new translation/adaptation is still in development, therefore ALL DOUBLING IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE.
Actor 1-Don Juan (Male, 40-60): A notorious libertine, freethinker, and sensualist; a monster or a genius—or both. He wholeheartedly believes his elaborate justifications for doing exactly as he pleases. He has sharp intelligence and smoldering good looks. He’s definitely too old to be carrying on as he is.
Actor 2-Sganarelle (Male, 30-50): Don Juan’s faithful valet—devoted to his master, but deeply conflicted over his role in the Don’s immoral behavior. He’s working class, not book smart, but incredibly wily; God-fearing and superstitious, but also a bit spineless.
Actor 3-Dona Elvira / and As Cast (Female, 20-35): Don Juan’s abandoned wife, a vision of beauty, elegance, refinement, and intelligence. A former nun, she is focused and unrelenting in her pursuit of justice.
Actor 4-Don Louis / and As Cast (Male, 60-75): Father to Don Juan, an old-fashioned gentleman who believes deeply in honor and principle. Though he’s a man of integrity, he is easily duped, because he’s ready to believe what he’s told if it confirms his worldview.
Actor 5 – Don Carlos / LaRamee/and As Cast (Male, 25-45):
Don Carlos: Brother to Duchess Elvira, he is handsome and smart, the brains of his family. He lives life according to a strict honor code, even to the point of absurdity. He behaves as a respectable nobleman should, blood feuds and all.
La Ramée: A messenger who warns Don Juan of approaching danger.
Actor 6 – Don Alonzo / Ragotin / and As Cast (Male, 25-45):
Don Alonzo: Brother to Duchess Elvira, he is the brawn, very much an intemperate hothead, always eager for a fight.
Ragotin: Servant to Don Juan

Actor 7 – Pierrot / Beggar / Mr. Dimanche / and As Cast (Male 30-50):
Pierrot: A sad clown and helpless romantic, quite simple, a bit innocent, the type of person whose eminent good nature is easily taken advantage of by others, meaning he’s unlucky in love. He often rattles on with long and inconsequential stories, but you cannot help but like him.
Beggar: A pious mendicant with the face of a medieval saint.
Mr. Dimanche: A hapless businessman easily duped in his attempts to collect a past-due bill from Don Juan. He’s a bit of a social climber, and can be led by the nose if you flatter him.
Actor 8 – Charlotte / Ghost / and As Cast (Female, 25-35):
Charlotte: Pierrrot’s fiancée, somewhat bored by both her provincial existence and her prospects for love. She’s a bit of a flirt, a rough-around-the-edges beauty who can be ruthlessly ambitious and calculating in her quest to better her lot in life.
Ghost: A specter that haunts Don Juan
Actor 9 – Mathurine / La Violette / and As Cast (Female, 25-35):
Mathurine: Charlotte’s friend and rival, she is attractive, brash and confident.
La Violette: Servant to Don Juan
Actor 10 – Mr. Gusman / Statue / and As Cast (Male, 50-75):
Mr. Gusman: Elvira’s loyal valet, he is somewhat conventional and dull in his thinking, and easily scandalized.
Statue: A murdered colonel returned from the dead, the personification of a “great man” cast in bronze or marble. He appears at the end of the play to drag Don Juan to eternal Hellfire. He must convey significant gravitas.

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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