DORSET THEATRE FESTIVAL 2019 - Dorset Theatre Festival Auditions

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Dorset Theatre Festival 2019 - Dorset VT EPA
Dorset Theatre Festival

Sat, Mar 23, 2019
9:00 am - 5:00 pm (EDT)
Lunch 12 to 1

Sun, Mar 24, 2019
9:00 am - 5:00 pm (EDT)
Lunch 12 to 1

Contact Will Rucker, Producing Director at Or by phone Tuesday-Friday 12pm - 4pm at (802) 867-2223 ext. 100

SPT $344 or $530 (rate effective through 6/2/2019).

Equity actors for various roles in the upcoming 2019 Season. See breakdown.

Please bring a 1-3 minute monologue of your choice, contemporary or classical. Bring picture and resume.

Dorset Playhouse
104 Cheney Rd
Dorset, VT 05251-0519
Enter through Box Office door

Expected to be in attendance: Dina Janis, Artistic Director, Will Rucker, Producing Director

Pursuant to the terms of a concession made to this employer's agreement,
the employer has agreed that any Equity member who attends this call will
have an opportunity to be seen

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.

Main Stage Season
Performances are Wednesdays through Sundays with 5 to 6 performances per week.
directed by Evan Yionoulis

First Rehearsal: Tuesday, June 4, 2019
First Tech: Tuesday, June 18, 2019
Preview: Thursday, June 20, 2019
Opening: Friday, June 21, 2019
Closing: Saturday, July 6, 2019
Amanda Prynne - Elegant, sophisticated, spirited; knows her own mind and not above breaking a gramophone record over her lover’s head to make a point.

Victor Prynne - Good-looking, athletic; conventional – in other words, he has manners and cares about them; others might see it as pomposity.

Sibyl Chase - Seven years younger than Elyot, young enough to be idealistic about love; prizes herself on her femininity and the privileges she’s owed by it; conventional.

Elyot Chase - His own man, capable of charm or biting candor as the spirit moves him; truly vulnerable when it comes to Amanda whom he loves; like her, he has a temper.

Louise - Speaks only French, “frowzy” [the text implies she’s young, but she could also be middle-aged; working class, not the feather duster type].

All the actors, of course, have to have a feel for the language and Coward’s wit.

DIG by Theresa Rebeck
Director: Theresa Rebeck
First Tech: Tuesday, July 9, 2019
Preview: Thursday, July 11, 2019
Opening: Friday, July 12, 2019
Closing: Saturday, July 27, 2019
Lou - Early 50-60s, bitter, angry, some comedy chops necessary. Has a broken heart and a kind of blustery openness when talking to his best friend Roger.

Meghan - 34, now living back home after attempting suicide because of a tragedy she thinks is her fault. Tiny, pissed.

Roger - 54, the owner of a run-down plant shop in a forgotten neighborhood. considers it. Shrewd, focused, but reactive, annoyed. He is a little like a cactus.

Molly - 30s-50s, a shopper, doesn't mind her own business.

Everett - 20s-mid 30s, Drives the delivery truck for Roger's plant shop.

Adam - mid 30s, clean-cut and sure of himself.

MRS. CHRISTIE by Heidi Armbruster
directed by Giovanna Sardelli

First Rehearsal: Tuesday, July 9, 2019
First Tech: Tuesday, July 30, 2019
Final Dress/Photo Run: Wednesday, July 31, 2019
Preview: Thursday, August 1, 2019
Opening: Friday, August 2, 2019
Closing: Saturday, August 17, 2019
Agatha Christie (35-45) Wife and Mother who dabbles in detective fiction. After the death of her own mother, Agatha is desperate to save her marriage. She has a compulsion to write and finds herself on the precipice of career success, but she is breaking underneath the pressure of her life and all of its changes. Comedic skills and language skills a must. All body types strongly encouraged.

Lucy (30-40) An American who has travelled alone to the Agatha Christie Festival in England. Her love for Agatha Christie is second only to the fear she has about how to make a life for herself in the wake of her sister’s death. Desperate but determined. Smart. Passionate. Funny. The comedic heart and soul of the play.

Col. Archie Christie (40’s) WW1 fighter pilot who has had difficulty adapting to peacetime over the last decade. He enjoys golf and wine. He is in love with Nancy and but feels that some kind of compromise can be reached with Agatha to save his marriage. He does not feel that Agatha has kept up her end of the marriage contract - and he has a good point. Archie is the kind of guy you’d like to drink or golf with – but he finds himself in a high stakes personal crisis.

Charlotte/Mary (25-40) Agatha’s dogsbody and companion. Her attention, intuition, and magic keep Agatha alive through one of the worst personal disasters of Agatha’s life. Whip smart. Dry wit. Able to play low status with aplomb. The magical heart of the play.

Nancy (26) Blithe, lithe, athletic, and beautiful. A “centennial,” born in 1900 and full of the confidence and expectations that we associate with “millennials.” She and Archie will go on to have an incredibly successful partnership. She is not the villain of the piece despite the fact that Agatha would like to cast her in that role. Also plays Chloe. Comedic chops a must.

Jane (Elderly) A Spinster travelling alone to the Agatha Christie Festival. She becomes Lucy’s physical and spiritual guide on her Agatha Christie quest. No nonsense and direct – she is very willing to share her truths, experience, and observations. Very warm and full of genuine affection for both Lucy and Agatha. Comedic chops essential.

Poirot (Ageless) Poirot needs no description. (But if you must – Belgian. Poirot is able to distill a complicated situation to its truth in order to solve a mystery. He understands that he needs to keep Agatha alive in order to survive himself. He is full of ego and self-confidence. Remarkably intelligent, erudite, and set in his ways. Comedic chops essential.)

William Collins (25-40) Attractive, charming, and smart. A Twinkle in the eye. Sometimes it’s hard to tell if he’s telling the truth or not. William likes women,
booze, and books. In any other play he would be the romantic lead.

SLOW FOOD by Wendy MacLeod
directed by Jackson Gay

First Rehearsal: Tuesday, August 6, 2019
First Tech: Tuesday, August 20, 2019
Preview: Thursday, August 22, 2019
Opening: Friday, August 23, 2019
Closing: Saturday, August 31, 2019
Woman (Irene) - Peter's wife, 40s-50s. Hungry, but ready to enjoy her anniversary vacation.

Man (Peter) - Irene's husband, mid 40s-50s. Ready to eat.

Waiter (Stephen) - 40s. An absurd waiter in a Greek restaurant in Palm Springs, CA.

Age range can vary, as long as MAN and WOMAN could believably have a child that's a recent college graduate.

Pipeline Series
Performances on Tuesday, July 2, Tuesday, July 23, and Tuesday, August 13
First Rehearsal: Thursday, June 27, 2019
Opening/Closing: Tuesday, July 2, 2019
First Rehearsal: Thursday, July 18, 2019
Opening/Closing: Tuesday, July 23, 2019
First Rehearsal: Thursday, August 8, 2019
Opening/Closing: Tuesday, August 13, 2019

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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