Seeking: Non-AEA actors for "Men on Boats"

Seeking: Non-AEA actors for "Men on Boats"

CATEGORY: Performer

Egg and Spoon Theatre Collective
New York, NY 10030

Job Details


Egg and Spoon Theatre Collective is seeking a racially diverse group of non-AEA actors who are female-identifying, genderfluid, and/or non-gender-conforming, for a production of Men on Boats by Jaclyn Backhaus. 

A note from the playwright: “The characters in Men on Boats were historically cisgender white males. The cast should be made up entirely of people who are not.”

The production will rehearse around 12-16 hours per week, beginning the end of February, with technical rehearsals April 21-24th. The production runs April 24-May 2 at Access Theater and will be directed by Jillian Wipfler. 

Performers will receive a small stipend. 


John Wesley Powell- One-Armed leader of the expedition, he is strong-willed, confident, and optimistic. Keeps the whole expedition moving forward. Fiery temper and an excitable soul. Powell hates suits and loves adventure.

William Dunn- Hunter and trapper. Just as skilled as Powell, but does not have the recognition. Hot-tempered and confident. Wears beaver skin always. 

John Colton Sumner- Former soldier, current explorer. Will just go snowshoeing through the Rocky Mountains in winter because “no one had done it yet”.

Old Shady- Powell’s older brother and oldest member of the expedition, Civil War vet. Has obviously been affected by the war. Very quiet, very loyal, likes to sing. Does not like people. 

Bradley- Lieutenant, manic with youth. Optimistic, naïve, and excited to be here. Genuinely loves people. 

O.G. Howland- Printer and Hunter. Tobacco addled. Also plays Chief Tsauwiat, the composed and grounded leader of the Ute Tribe. He has a wry awareness of the world. 

Seneca Howland - O.G.’s quiet little brother. Tobacco addled. Looks up to his brother. Also plays The Bishop, a composed and grounded member of the Ute Tribe. 

Frank Goodman- SO British, so excited. Has no formal training and is just here for the adventure, bumbling and jolly

Hawkins- The cook, confident in his skill but easily overwhelmed.

Hall- Mapmaker, old soul, hardworking, a follower. 

Performers should send video submissions to, along with their headshot and resume. An audition side can be found at


February 23, 2020 - May 2, 2020





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