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BOY - Rhinebeck Theatre Society Non Equity Auditions

Posted: October 18, 2021
Audition Location: Dutchess County, NY

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Casting Notice: BOY by Anna Ziegler

 Synopsis: “Inspired by a true story, BOY explores the complicated terrain of trying to find love in a new body, and the inextricable bonds between doctor and patient. In the 1960s, a well-intentioned doctor convinces the parents of a male infant to raise their son as a girl after a terrible accident. Two decades later, the repercussions of that choice continue to unfold.” - Anna Ziegler, BOY playwright

 Directed by Rena Gavigan, produced by Dot Luongo & Rhinebeck Theatre Society

**Actors must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and bring proof of vaccination and ID to the audition.

 **Please Note: This show process will involve actors and production team collaboratively creating community agreements to foster a rehearsal space where listening, learning, and growing are at the forefront. Actors will also participate in learning about the LBGTQIA+ community and working with our Queer Theatre Consultant to make our production as informed and authentic as possible. By auditioning, you are agreeing to invest in that part of the show process.


- Thursday, October 21st at 7PM (walk-ins) at the Dutchess County Pride Center

- Friday, October 22nd at 6PM-7PM (by appointment) & 7PM-8PM (walk-ins) at the Morton Library in Rhinecliff, NY

- Saturday, October 23 at 4PM-5PM (by appointment) & 5PM-6PM (walk-ins) at the Morton Library in Rhinecliff, NY

Email to schedule an audition appointment or if you would like to submit a video audition.

Dutchess County Pride Center: 2070 Route 52, Hopewell Junction, NY 12533       

Morton Memorial Library: 82 Kelly St, Rhinecliff, NY 12574


Prepare/Bring:     - Bring your schedule and be prepared to list your conflicts.

- Please prepare one of the text selections from BOY or a 1 minute monologue/piece of text of your choice.


Rehearsals: Weekday evenings and weekend daytime, 2-3 times a week beginning the week of November 15th. 

Rehearsals 2 weeknights & 1 weekend day per week in mid to lower Dutchess County (a la Poughkeepsie, LaGrange)


Performances: February 3rd, 4th, 5th, & 6th, 2022 at the Morton Memorial Library in Rhinecliff, NY


Character Descriptions:

Casting note from the Director: One of the main themes in this play is gender. I am interested in telling this story with trans and/or genderqueer voices. I believe the most authentic way to cast the production would be with an actor who has experienced a similar journey. The pronouns included below only refer to the characters as they are written.


Adam Turner: to play both Adam (as a young adult) and Samantha (as a child ages 6-14). Adam (he/him) is early-mid 20’s, gentle, earnest, troubled and self-educated. This character goes on a journey of gender identity. 

Samantha (she/her) is precocious, aware, and questioning. Adam and Jenny kiss.


Dr. Wendell Barnes: (he/him) Samantha’s psychiatrist. 40s-60s, highly educated and privileged. Warm and genial, passionate about his work and ideals, yet can be myopic regarding his own beliefs and career.


Jenny Lafferty: (she/her)  Adam’s girlfriend. Early-mid 20s, a bit toughened and wary, yet still hopeful for wonderful things. Single mom. Smarter and more perceptive than she lets on. Wants to be a good mother. Jenny and Adam kiss.


Trudy Turner: (she/her) Adam’s mother. 30s-50s, warm, lost, and hopeful. Trying to make sense of a confusing world and doing her best.


Doug Turner: (he/him) Adam’s father. 30s-50s, a man of not very many words, in over his head, just trying to get by, troubled.


Questions: Email director, Rena Gavigan at

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