Repertory Theatre of St Louis
Saint Louis, MO
Artistic Director: Steve Woolf
Director: Paul Mason Barnes
Writer: Kenneth Jones
Casting Director: Pat McCorkle, Katja Zarolinski
Casting Assistant: Kristen Kittel
Callback Date(s): 09/14/2018
Rehearsal Date(s): 12/11/2018
Preview Date(s): 01/02/2019
Opening Date(s): 01/04/2019
Closing Date(s): 01/27/2019
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 submit.
Submissions from AEA actors for various roles.
50-ish or older, caucasian male. Illustrator/author ("The Rabbit's Wedding"). Functions as the "Stage Manager" (ala "Our Town") in that he may be omnipresent and watchful throughout. A white writer and illustrator from the East Coast, raised and educated in England (no dialect), but a world traveler and resident of many varied locales. The actor assumes the roles of "Others," including aged, sickly Alabama State Representative Bobby Crone, Montgomery newspaper reporter Herschel Webb, segregationist columnist Henry Balch, a Radio Announcer, and White Passersby. Versatile, able to transform and be specific about individual characters without cartooning.
Age 32, a white woman from small-town Alabama privilege; genteel Alabama accent. She is sheltered, ashamed, loyal, religious, garrulous, charming, unhappily married, all facade, ready to blossom. A bit like Sissy Spacek in "The Long Walk Home." There is inquisitiveness and courage under the surface; she plays by the rules with which her upbringing has endowed her, but her thoughtful awareness grows throughout the story.
Age 32, upwardly mobile middle-class African-American man, who left Alabama more than a decade ago; purposely subtle and suppressed Alabama accent, which becomes more pronounced when agitated. He is aspirational, loyal, kind, worldly, happily married, slow to boil, a disciple of Dr. King. Well-mannered, considerate, and polite; real teeth under the surface.
[SENATOR E. W. HIGGINS]
50-ish or more, a white male Alabama State Senator; pronounced Alabama accent. He is a charmer, a bully, a poisoner, a politician, a victim of the world he grew up in -- and in many ways still a prisoner of it. Loquacious, powerful, accustomed to getting his way; adheres to the unspoken "code of the South" and fights to preserve it. Intimidated only by his mentor, Alabama State Representative Bobby Crone. His heart has been obscured underneath his inbred biases; but he has heart, nonetheless.
[EMILY WHEELOCK REED]
50-ish or more, a white female librarian, the State Librarian of Alabama, born in North Carolina and raised in Indiana; no Southern accent. Dry and wry; no overt sense of humor. Does not suffer fools; all business; pragmatic and principled; professional in demeanor. Not easily ruffled on the surface; a deep and quick thinker. Sturdy spine. If she is intimidated, she does not show it. Willing to be wrong, to admit error, but not easily bent or cowed.
28, a white male reference librarian. Emily's assistant, an Alabama native; genteel, educated, pronounced Alabama accent. He is officious, efficient, slightly uncomfortable in his own skin, likable and dedicated. Neutral and objective when conveying information. Aware of conventions and manners, hierarchy and protocol. Can be a little timid, but also has a spine
All of the characters love books, love reading. The play is about many things, including people's love affair with words, with writing and reading, with telling, passing along, listening to and absorbing stories. None of the characters should be cartooned or condescended too, especially the Southern "types." They've all got heart and guts; they are who they are because they were handed a specific pack of cards and are doing the best they can with what they've been dealt. Mostly, in the author's words, "Alabama Story" is a play about censorship, set against the backdrop of the Civil Rights Movement in Montgomery, Alabama in the late '50's.
For consideration, email picture and resume by 9/7/18
NYC Appointment Audition Date(s): 09/11/2018, 09/12/2018, 09/13/2018