New York, NY
Call Type: EPA
Showcase-NY $800 stipend
Alex Roe , Artistic Director
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An Equity Monitor will be provided.
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Equity Actors for 27th season: 3 revivals and a new plays derived from history of the East Village and interviews with East Village Residents
SHADOW OF HEROES
by Robert Ardrey (1958)
(Performs November 9 – December 9, 2018)
In documentary theater style, Shadow of Heroes follows the intertwined lives of three people from the liberation of Hungary from the Nazis in 1945 to its invasion by the Soviet army in 1956. A story of devoted friends and lovers fighting for their ideals in the face of political opportunism, temptation, and betrayal, the 1958 play is a chilling insight into the fragility of decency and conviction in the face of authoritarian power.
Particularly interested in a diverse cast. Actors of any ethnicity, gender identity, and physical abilities encouraged to submit. All actors will play a part of the ensemble, most taking more than one role. Actors of any gender identity will be considered for all roles, though the characters are identified as follows:
László Rack, 30’s: Inspired and intelligent, an unbreakable and unsentimental leader of the people whose charisma makes him a threat to anyone more powerful than he. Devoted to Julia.
János Kádár, 30’s: Earnest, non-intellectual follower of László and the party, pragmatic before idealistic, and a highly successful pawn of other people’s ambitions. Hopelessly in love with Julia.
Author, 30 – 40: Narrator of play, an intellectual worker, part stage manager, part magician, resigned and ironical, but deeply compassionate
Gyula Szabó, 30’s: A personally soft but sadistic and self-preserving captain of the Budapest police, at ease collaborating with the Nazis or the Soviets. Will play other roles.
Ernö Gerö, 40’s – 50’s: A cynically calculating political operator, fiercely intelligent, chillily charming, and somewhat bemused by the machinations he puts in motion as well as the distress of the less adept. Will play other roles.
Mátyás Rákosi, 50’s: Self-satisfied political survivor at the top of hierarchies made up of people he thinks beneath him. Canny, superior, tough. Will play other roles.
Child, 15 – 20: Impetuous and brave son of Laszlo and Julia. Will play other roles. FEMALE
Julia Rajk, 30’s: Beyond strong fighter for her ideals and their cause. Pushed to more than one breaking point, and resilient. Deeply in love with László.
Mrs. Kovacs, 50 – 70: A longterm political prisoner, testy, wry, and jaded. Will play other roles.
STATE OF THE UNION
by Howard Lindsey and Russell Crouse (1945)
(Performs February 16-March 18, 2019)
Post WW II, one party has held the Presidency and the opposition needs to find a populist alternative.
The movers and shakers enlist an automobile executive, already known for his success and straight shooting ways, and require only two things of him: that he bring his estranged wife on the campaign trail and that he say whatever they want him to. Neither arrangement goes quite as planned.
Grant Matthews, Mid-40’s: A captain of industry, forthright and honest, who has succeeded in business by making fair deals and is now being urged to become the party candidate for President of the United States. He has an All-American faith in the intelligence and goodness of the electorate and the importance of speaking his mind, none of which makes him perfectly suited to his handlers’ plans.
Spike McManus, 30’s-40’s: Top political reporter. Genial and charming, but a player as cynical as anyone covering politics must grow to be.
James Conover, 60’s: Party chairman. Quiet, steady, political realist who enjoys the game. Fond of the prospective candidate, but not attached to him.
Sam Parrish, 40’s – 50’s: Detroit businessman and major party donor. Old family friend of the candidate’s and his equal, but lacking his compassion and integrity.
Judge Jefferson Davis Alexander, 40’s- 50’s: Much put upon Georgian district judge, helplessly bound to his wife who compromises his self-importance at every turn.
Mary Matthews, Mid to later 30’s. Wife of the candidate who has led her own life quite happily in the shadow of his indifference, but who finds she may just love her husband when he finds his moral compass. Independent, honest, and out of her depth among the politicians but handily effective at putting them in their places.
Kay Thorndyke, Late 30’s: Newspaper publisher with significant power in the party, and a great deal with the prospective candidate, as they are haiving an affair. Sharp, bright, witty and calculating, all of which comprise her considerable charm.
Lulubelle Alexander, 30’s – 40’s: Wife of a Georgian district court judge who, lacking other influence and opportunity is perfectly happy to drink away the evening at her husband’s expense. An indulgently comic role.
by Alice Childress (1966)
(Performs April 12 – May 12, 2019)
In 1918 South Carolina, Julia Augustine, moves into a new home in a black section of town where soon enough her relationship with a white man draws the ire and suspicion of her neighbors. When he moves in with her, ill with influenza, his family arrives to further inflame the already tense relationship. The combined prejudices turn the couple on one another, and nearly drive them apart, but their deep love prevails.
Julia, 30’s: Constant, perceptive woman who continually rises above the petty resentments around her, even as she has no power to escape them. Buoyed by her deep love for Herman and her clear vision of what is right, she would be naïve were she not so canny; as it is, she preserves dignity, innocence, and an unquenchable hope for the future.
Mattie, Later 20’s: Hard-working, weary, but intrepid mother awaiting, with her 8 year old daughter, her husband’s return from the war. Taught to be ironical by the failures of goodness about her.
Fanny Johnson, 50’s: Proud, and no–nonsense landlord. “Self-appointed representative of her race.”
Lula Green, 40’s: Matronly neighbor, resigned to her lot and devoted to her family.
Herman’s Mother, Late 50’s, White: Risen from a poor rural background to be solidly middle-class and haughtily proud of her German ancestry. At the same time, ashamed of her son, for his failure to fulfill her social ambitions, as only confirmed by his relationship with Julia. In short, and embittered and bigoted woman wrestling with her disappointments.
Annabelle, 30’s, White: Herman’s sister, fashionable but hardly high society. Not over-bright, but self- preserving. Frightened of her brother’s love for Julia.
220 E 4th St
New York, NY 10009
Friday, September 28, 2018
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Lunch 1:30 to 2:30
Contrasting monologues: 1 classical; 1 contemporary.
Total audition time not to exceed 2 minutes.
Bring picture and resume.