MATH's Winter Auditions for staged readings to be held Saturday, December 2nd, from 10am-5pm
at the Doctorow Center for the Arts, 7971 Main Street, Hunter, NY.
We will be holding simultaneous auditions for February's THE WOMEN and GOD OF CARNAGE, and April's STUPID F*CKING BIRD.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the following:
Show/s you are auditioning for
Part you are auditioning for (can be multiple)
Resume (if you have one--if not a brief paragraph about you)
Headshot (if you have one--snapshot if not)
Preferred time slot from list below
We will also accept video auditions should you not be able to attend in person, just email and you will be put in touch directly with the director of the play.
All parts are open and available. Non-Equity, high-level community theater (no monetary compensation).
Casting will close and parts will be announced by December 15th.
Audition sides available via email. Full plays scripts available at the Mountain Top Library for perusal.
VOLUNTEERS: We welcome volunteers who would like to be involved in all aspects of the productions. Please email email@example.com to learn more about costume design, set design and build out, ushering, and other opportunities to support community theater!
Call backs at the request of the directors.
Available Time Slots: We will be holding group auditions on the half hour, so please indicate what time slot you would like when you submit your information, and come 15 minutes early in the case we are running ahead of schedule.
12:00 LUNCH BREAK
by CLARE BOOTHE LUCE
From the Director, Patricia Charbonneau:
Set in 1930’s New York The dialogue is fast paced, if you have not seen the 1939 film do
yourself a favor and see it! A real treat and the film script is almost verbatim from the play
Filled with strong, colorful, comedic characters, a snappy supporting cast of many dozens, and
an abundance of witty dialogue, Clare Boothe Luce’s The Women is juicy, wicked, and full of
guilty fun. both a scathing commentary on the life of the superficial, selfish socialite and a
knowing, heart-felt depiction of romantic rivalry, toxic friendships, and the thousands of
supporting roles women play in offices, salons, and their own lives.
The play is a commentary on the pampered lives and power struggles of various wealthy
Manhattan socialites and up-and-coming women and the gossip that propels and damages their
relationships. While men frequently are the subject of their lively discussions and drive the
action on-stage, they never are seen or heard.
Cast Size: Medium (Up to 18 performers)
Cast Type: Ensemble Cast
Mary Haines: lovely Park Ave socialite, ageless…
Mrs. Morehead: Mary’s mother, bourgeois aristocrat, practical
Sylvia: Mary’s “friend” glassy, elegant, feline fast taking trouble maker.
Peggy: sweet, the youngest in the group, never quite fits I with the other “ catty women”
Edith: a little sloppy matron but elegantly dressed, she is incapable of either deliberate maliciousness or
Crystal Allen: sharp, cunning, will always get her way, not one of the Society dames, street smarts
Miriam: breezy, natural beauty, self-confident ( this character comes in later in the play, same actor to play a role in first half)
Contessa: just loves to be in Love, married many times… enjoys life until it bites her in the you what.
Lucy: works the hotel where the gals go in Reno for their divorce, she is big, bold and down to nature, think Margorie Main and If you don’t know who Marjorie Main is Google her!
Olga: works at salon, always spreading secrets to her clients.
Tamara: model in the dress shop scene, she has fallen from grace, she was once a princess, but times have changed. She doesn’t put up with any of the Society Dames' nonsense.
Jane: maid in Mary’s apt: sweet, young, wants everything to turn out right.
Maggie: cook in Mary’s apartment, no nonsense, would be great if she had an Irish brogue.
Little Mary: ( I will cut the scene in the first act, leave the scene with Crystal in the tub. Young actor perhaps any where from 8-12 ( should look younger)
Miss Waters and Miss Trimback: work for “ Steven” secretaries with the paperwork for divorce, Trimback highly efficient, aggressive.
Miss Waters: kind in spirit
Corset Model: funny scene
Sales girls: could also have actor playing Miriam play one of these
GOD OF CARNAGE
by Yasmina Reza
translation by Christopher Hampton
God of Carnage is about two sets of parents; the son of one couple has hurt the son of the other couple at a public park. The parents meet to discuss the matter in a civilized manner. However, as the evening goes on, the parents become increasingly childish and the meeting devolves into chaos. The meeting degenerates into the four getting into irrational arguments, and their discussion falls into the loaded topics of sexism, racial prejudice and homophobia. One of the central dramatic moments of the play occurs when Annette vomits on stage, all over the coffee table and books.
ALAN RALEIGH: a lawyer who is never off his cellphone
ANNETTE RALEIGH: in “wealth management” and wears good shoes
MICHAEL NOVAK: self-made wholesaler with an unwell m
VERONICA NOVAK: writing a book about Darfur
Though the character description in the script calls for “couples in their forties,”
for our production, the age ranges of the couples will vary.
All four are powerhouse roles with lots of hilarious, shocking, and heartbreaking moments, a real opportunity for four talented performers to show their range! All four roles require some movement, and a reasonable amount of physicality. The play happens in real-time, in one living room, so it’s really all about the characters and the acting!
Please read the play before auditions, if possible. Copies available at the Mountaintop Library in Tannersville, or via this link:
STUPID F*CKING BIRD
by Aaron Posner
From the Director, Caitlin McColl:
THE STORY: An aspiring young director rampages against the art created by his mother’s generation. A nubile young actress wrestles with an aging Hollywood star for the affections of a renowned novelist. And everyone discovers just how disappointing love, art, and growing up can be. In this irreverent, contemporary, and very funny remix of Chekhov’s The Seagull, Aaron Posner stages a timeless battle between young and old, past and present, in search of the true meaning of it all. Original songs composed by James Sugg draw the famously subtextual inner thoughts of Chekhov’s characters explicitly to the surface. STUPID FUCKING BIRD will tickle, tantalize, and incite you to consider how art, love, and revolution fuel your own pursuit of happiness.
Con – The protagonist, a struggling playwright. Hungry for love from Nina and his mother, Emma.
Nina – Con's love interest. Wants to become a famous actress. Flighty.
Emma (based on Irina Nikolayevna Arkadina) – Con's mother. A famous actress.
Doyle Trigorin– Emma's lover. A narcissistic, selfish, hedonistic and famous novelist. Unapologetically wants what he wants.
Dev – A schoolteacher. Conrad’s best childhood friend. A self-described “boob,” who is totally in love with Mash.
Mash – A musician (plays the ukelele or another instrument preferably) who works for Emma. Desperately in love with Conrad. Dark, cynical.
Dr. Eugene Sorn – Emma's older brother. A doctor.