Manhattan Theatre Club
New York, NY
Call Type: EPA
LORT A+; $1520/week
Director: Rupert Goold
Writer: James Graham
Casting: David Caparelliotis and Kelly Gillespie At EPA: Nicole Van Denburg (Casting Associate)
1st Rehearsal: 2/26/19
1st Preview: 4/2/19
Opens: 4/24/19 Through: 7/21/19
EPA Procedures are in effect for this audition.
An Equity Monitor will be provided.
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Equity actors for various roles and understudies. See breakdown.
It’s 1969 London. The brash young Rupert Murdoch purchases a struggling paper, The Sun, and sets out to make it a must-read smash which will destroy – and ultimately horrify – the competition. He brings on rogue editor Larry Lamb who in turn recruits an unlikely team of underdog reporters.
Together, they will go to any lengths for success and the race for the most ink is on!
ALL CHARACTERS REQUIRE BRITISH ACCENTS, UNLESS OTHERWISE SPECIFIED.
LARRY LAMB: Male, 40s. Yorkshire accent. New editor of the Sun. Smart and driven. Carries the burden of his lack of privilege. A working class Northern Englishman who worked his way up through the newsroom, but was then passed over for the prime jobs and shut out of the power structure. His resentment and disillusionment drive his ambition to make the Sun more successful than the establishment papers on the street.
RUPERT MURDOCH - Male, 30s. Australian. Owner of the Sun. Brash, demanding, shrewd. Will press any advantage and has no respect for the status quo. An upstart. Clever and unprincipled. Sees opportunity where others can’t. Doesn’t believe that just because something has always been, it must continue to be. A populist, if you’re being generous; a crass exploitative opportunist if you’re not.
HUGH CUDLIPP - Male, 50s. Welsh. Chairman of the Mirror. Old guard. Upholder of traditional British standards. Conservative, accustomed to being the boss. He can be callous, but will do it with beautiful manners.
STEPHANIE RAHN - Female, 20s. Of mixed English & Indian origin. London accent. A model who is
paying her way through school. Smart, opinionated, a modern woman. A good advocate for herself. A lefty politically and socially.
BRIAN MCDONNELL: Male, 40s. The news editor of the new Sun; formerly a crime writer at the Mirror. Would have been content to remain a working stiff, but Lamb recruits him and gives him an important role at the Sun. Wily and dogged. Works hard, plays hard. Lamb’s right hand man. A solid, straight-shooting second.
BENCH HAND / GERARD CROISET / TV HOST: Male, 30s-50s. Actor must play piano well; he will
provide interstitial live music throughout the play. BENCH HAND: A union worker in the print room of the newspaper. GERARD CROISET: A Dutch clairvoyant, he is brought in to help find a missing person. He doesn’t claim to have a perfect track record, but is willing to help where he can. TV HOST: In an interview, confronts Murdoch about his cavalier approach to the news and the way he’s degrading long-held standards of journalism. Smart, forthright, unafraid to speak truth to power.
ANNA MURDOCH / DIANA / CHRISSIE / APPRENTICE: Female, 30s. ANNA MURDOCH: Rupert’s wife. She has the unique ability calm Rupert. Pleasant and unflappable. DIANA: The Sun’s horoscope writer. Simultaneously eccentric and genuine. A character. CHRISSIE: A model. APPRENTICE: A young man (played by this actress) bullied into breaking a union rule by Lamb.
SIR ALICK MCKAY/ REES-MOGG / CHAPEL FATHER: Male, 60ish. SIR ALICK MCKAY: Deputy Chairman of the Sun. Wealthy and old-school, but not a stick-in-the-mud. Kind. REES-MOGG: Editor of The Times of London. CHAPEL FATHER: Union advocate. Working class. Strict, but with a sense of humor. A lifelong union man, who has fought the good fight successfully during a long career. Murdoch and Lamb erode his once-considerable power over the course of the play.
BEVERLEY / CHRISTOPHER TIMOTHY: Male, Late 20s-early 30s. BEVERLEY: The staff photographer. He’s the youngest person on the staff and the only one who doesn’t come from the newspaper world. He’s a bit out of his depth in his new role, but he’s having fun going along for the ride. Breezy, a young man of his time (the late 1960s). CHRISTOPHER TIMOTHY: Voiceover actor. A serious actor from the Old Vic whose craft is not taken seriously by the Sun’s ad staff.
JOYCE HOPKIRK / MURIEL MCKAY: Female, 40s-50s. JOYCE HOPKIRK: The woman in this man’s world. Demands to be women’s editor, rather than just a features writer. She’s gruff, likes a drink; can hang with the boys. Full of tough love for the female models she books for the photoshoots. Takes real pride in her work. A dame; a broad. MURIEL MCKAY: Sir Alick’s wife whose kidnapping becomes a major story and precedent-buster for the Sun. A caring woman who sees people clearly.
BERNARD SHRIMSLEY / BRITTENDEN: Male, 30s-40s. BERNARD SHRIMSLEY: Fastidious and high-minded deputy editor. A straight-A student in a room full of class clowns. But he holds his ground and suffers no fools. BRITTENDEN: Editor of the Daily Mail.
FRANK NICKLIN / HETHERINGTON / PERCY ROBERTS: Male, 50s. FRANK NICKLIN: Foul- mouthed. Came out of retirement to be the sports editor of the Sun. A dry wit, perhaps not the most self-aware. HETHERINGTON: Editor of the Guardian. PERCY ROBERTS: Sir Percy. A board member at the Mirror. Old school moneyed British. Northerner. Anxious about the way the Sun is threatening to catch up with the Mirror’s distribution. Thinks it may be time for some new blood at the Mirror as well.
RAY MILLS / LEE HOWARD : Male, 30s/40s. RAY MILLS: Sub-editor of the Sun.Union man through & through. Ex-dock worker, thuggish. Rough around the edges; doesn’t sugarcoat much. LEE HOWARD: Editor of the Mirror.
Actors' Equity New York Audition Center
165 W 46th St
New York, NY 10036
Wednesday, September 5, 2018
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Lunch 1 to 2
Actors will read from sides, provided at the EPA. Bring picture and resume.