BARRINGTON STAGE CO 2018 SEASON PLAYS - Barrington Stage Company Auditions

Posted: February 11, 2019

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Barrington Stage Company 2019 LOA and SPT Season PLAYS - NYC EPA
Barrington Stage Company

AUDITION DATE
Mon, Feb 25, 2019
10:00 am - 6:00 pm (EST)
Lunch 2 to 3

CONTRACT
LOA LOA referenced to COST & SPT tier 8. $601-SPT $612-COST
SPT

SEEKING
Equity actors for the 2019 Season PLAYS. See breakdown.

PREPARATION
Please prepare a 2 minute monologue that shows range and is character appropriate. Bring picture and resume.

LOCATION
Pearl Studios NYC (500)
500 8th Ave
New York, NY 10018-6504
3rd floor

PERSONNEL
Maggie LaMee, General Manager

OTHER
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
Barrington Stage Company 2019 LOA and SPT Seasons
Gertrude and Claudius
by Mark St. Germain
Artistic Director: Julianne Boyd
Director: Julianne Boyd
1st reh- June 26, 1st prev- July 18
Opening- July 21, Closing- August 3
Contract: LOA referenced to COST (Mainstage)
Description: Passion, deception and power fuel this provocative prequel to Hamlet. A love story for the ages, Gertrude and Claudius, based on the award-winning novel by John Updike, follows Gertrude from her betrothal through her husband’s untimely death at the hands of her lover.
Production: Gertrude and Claudius by Mark St. Germain
Character Breakdown:

GERTRUDE - Early 40s. (Character ages from 17-47 years old in the play) Daughter of King Rorik. Dynamic, sensual woman torn between her duties as Wife, Mother and Queen and the passion she feels for the first time in her life.

CLAUDIUS - Early 50s. (Character ages from 29-59 years old in the play) Brother of Amleth. Rugged, ardent adventurer, would be called a Playboy today: enjoys life and women, finds humor when others are serious. But when he meets Gertrude everything changes: he is willing to risk his life for the love of Gertrude.
AMLETH - Mid 50s. (Character ages from 31-61 years old in the play). Husband of Gertrude, Brother of Claudius. A powerful warrior turned ruler trying to adapt in a world shift from Pagan to Christian. A man's man, wants to do the right thing always. Has more passion for reigning his kingdom than he does his marriage. Also plays the Priest.
KING RORIK - 70ish. Gertrude's Father - Loving father, astute ruler, facing the end of his life and era, trying to prepare Gertrude for the new one.
POLONIUS - 60ish. Wily Counselor to KING RORIK and KING AMLETH, always with his eye toward the future- particularly his own.
HAMLET - 20's. Distrustful Son of GERTRUDE and AMLETH, a spectator of the world now called to act in it. Also plays Yorik, Bishop.
HERDA - Goes from 25-55 years old. Looking for actress in her 40's or 50's. Lady's Maid to GERTRUDE. Dutiful, religious, grounded in the real world. Actress also needs a wonderful sense of comic timing.
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American Underground
by Brent Askari
Producer: Barrington Stage Company, Pittsfield, MA
Artistic Director: Julianne Boyd
Director: Julianne Boyd
1st reh- September 10, 1st prev- October 2
Opening- October 6, Closing- October 20
Contract: LOA referenced to COST (Mainstage)
Description: An interracial couple enjoys a visit from their college-aged son when a young Muslim woman arrives at their back door looking for safe passage via a new Underground Railroad. This riveting thriller takes us inside a stark vision of an unapologetic America.
Character Breakdown:

ROG African-American, male, forties. Husband, father, and an Anatomy & Physiology professor at a community college. He has a largely upbeat persona that masks a deeper melancholy. He’s intelligent and thoughtful, but also a man of action – Rog is involved in the underground. He’s a moral and courageous man who can also be prudent and cautious when necessary.
ANNA Hispanic, female, forties. A librarian, wife, and mother. Fiercely protective of her family. She possesses a “won’t suffer fools” demeanor at the same time as a palpable sensitivity and compassion. She’s a deeply moral person involved in the underground. Can sometimes be overprotective of her son, Jeff.
JEFF Half-Hispanic/Half African-American, male, twenties. The son of Rog and Anna. College student. On the cusp of childhood and adulthood, Jeff feels things strongly and in powerful ways that can often escape his control. He’s got a chip on his shoulder and wants to be treated as an adult without necessarily possessing the requisite maturity.
SHERRI Middle Eastern, female, early to mid-twenties. Sherri’s been through a great deal but has managed to somehow remain functional through sheer force of will. She’s been on the run for a long time and seen more in her short lifetime than most people ever will. One day she may unravel, but she can’t afford such a luxury right now.
KOURTNEY White, female, forties. Works for the government. Fiercely intelligent with great poise and self-control. She projects a genteel politeness that masks her viciousness. She has the kind of cold cruelty that, through to lens of ideology, can be re-framed as righteous resolve and purposefulness.
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Hold These Truths
by Jeannie Sakari
Producer: Barrington Stage Company, Pittsfield, MA
Artistic Director: Julianne Boyd
Director: TBA
1st reh- April 30, 1st prev- May 22
Opening- May 25, Closing- June 8
Contract: SPT 8 (Stage 2)
Description: Hold These Truths tells a true story of bravery, heroism and a dark time in American history. The play follows Gordon Hirabayashi, a second generation Japanese-American who fought the imprisonment of Japanese Americans in internment camps and brought his case all the way to the Supreme Court. It is a timely play, delving into many important questions including who the American Constitution is actually protecting.
Character Breakdown:

Gordon Hirabayashi: An all-American boy. Gordon is a second generation Japanese American. He is charismatic and truly believes in the freedoms being American affords him. Must be fluid in speech and physicality. The actor playing Gordon oscillates between many characters quickly and with distinction.
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America Version 2.1: The Sad Demise and Eventual Extinction of the American Negro
by Stacey Rose
Producer: Barrington Stage Company, Pittsfield, MA
Artistic Director: Julianne Boyd
Director: Logan Vaughn
1st reh- May 21st, 1st prev- June 14
Opening- June 20, Closing- June 30
Contract: SPT 8 (Stage 2)
Description: Set in the not too distant future, America v. 2.1 is a day in the life of a troupe of Black actors who are charged with re-enacting the revised history of the once-thriving American Negro. It quickly becomes a day of reckoning as the troupe is forced to face the parallels their own lives draw to the lives of the very Negroes whose stories they are compelled to tell.
Character Breakdown:

All actors must be comfortable singing and dancing.
Donavan: (40s) Black man: Seasoned leader of the troupe. He's stern and rules oriented, but not unnecessarily cruel.
Every action he takes, he feels, and is for the protection and sustainability of the troupe.

Jeffery: (30s) Black man: A rebellious new performer to the troupe. Jeffery is a man of principles who finds the illusory nature of his contract terms frustrating and can't understand why he's the only one upset about it.

Leigh (20s) Black woman: The young, energetic, go-getter of the group. She presents as a little spastic, but is in reality a woman with a plan. Trained dancing a plus.

Grant (20s) Black man: The dreamer of the group, Grant is pure talent. There is a magic quality about his personality that is sometimes other worldly. Trained dancing a plus.

The Voice (mature woman) White female: Is the behind-the-scenes shot caller with whom Donavan negotiates on behalf of the troupe.
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If I Forget
by Steven Levenson
Producer: Barrington Stage Company, Pittsfield, MA
Artistic Director: Julianne Boyd
Director: Jennifer Chambers
1st reh- July 9, 1st prev-August 1
Opening- August 4, Closing- August 31
Contract: SPT 8 (Stage 2)
Description: If I Forget tells the story of the Fischers, a Jewish American family at odds with each other and their culture. As the grown children of the Fischer family gather at their childhood home in Washington to discuss the care of their ailing father, the siblings clash on both familial matters and religious ones, arguing over dissenting views on Judaism and deciding what to do with their father’s property. Despite the discord, the humor and earnestness of the siblings’ love for each other guides the family and the play.
Character Breakdown:

LOU FISCHER, 75- A recent widower, Lou is a quiet force and dependable father who is rooted in religious and traditional thinking. Though Lou’s health is declining, he maintains a quiet strength.

HOLLY FISCHER, 48, Lou’s daughter- Holly is the outspoken eldest child. Holly is well taken care of by her husband, but is inspired to start her own interior design company, and is anxious to ask her siblings for their support. Brash and opinionated, but loving nonetheless.

MICHAEL FISCHER, 45, Lou’s son- Michael is a devoted intellectual who uses logic to rationalize all situations. A loving husband and somewhat overprotective father, Michael has a difficult time coping with his daughter’s health issues while she’s away in Israel, and use work to distract him from both his sick father and daughter.

SHARON FISCHER, 39, Lou’s daughter- Sensitive and hard-working, Sharon feels she is the most responsible for her parents’ health and well-being. Sharon is having an affair with the married, Guatemalan tenant of her father’s store, and is bitter about her siblings’ suggestion to sell the property. She is the most devout Jew of the three.

ELLEN MANNING, 43, Michael’s wife- A nurturing wife and mother, Ellen feels out of place in the Fischer family because she is not Jewish, and is uncomfortable being caught in the sibling dynamic. Sweet and self-assured.

JOEY OREN, 16, Holly’s son- Young and irreverent. Appears average and cavelier but is actually very caring and curious.

HOWARD KILBERG, 51, Holly’s husband, Joey’s stepfather- Howard wants to be taken seriously as a man and husband- but is hiding a secret affair which has led to the family’s bankruptcy. He is pleasant and unassuming as a way to mask his adultery. He drinks too much.

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Time Flies and Other Comedies
by David Ives
Producer: Barrington Stage Company, Pittsfield, MA
Artistic Director: Julianne Boyd
Director: TBA
1st reh- June 18, 1st prev- July 5
Opening-July 10 Closing- July 27
Contract: SPT 8 (Stage 2)
Description: Time Flies and Other Comedies by David Ives includes six one-act plays by the master of the short comedic form. Ives quick-witted plays touch on the truth of human existence while combining satire, hilarity and intellect for a night of uproarious fun.
Character Breakdown:

Six diverse and multi talented actors, able to change into different characters in sheer moments.
Woman 1 and Man 1:Late 20’s- Early 30’s

Woman 2 and Man 2 Late 30's-Early 40's

Woman 3 and Man 3: 40’s-50’s
All actors must have strong comedic timing, with ability to find truth under the humor, especially absurd humor. Must be facile with language. Experience with David Ives comedies a plus.



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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