Sharon L. Morse Performing Arts Center/The Studio Theatre Day 1 of 2 2019-20 - Chicago EPA (05.30.19)

Sharon L. Morse Performing Arts Center/The Studio Theatre Day 1 of 2 2019-20 - Chicago EPA (05.30.19)

CATEGORY: Performer

Sharon L. Morse Performing Arts Center
The Villages, FL

Job Details


Call Type: EPA


Artistic Director-Whitney Morse
Resident Director- Nathaniel Niemi
Music Director- Gary Powell
Production Manager- Danielle Paccione

See Breakdown for rehearsal and performance dates.

A note on casting: At The Studio we practice Non-Traditional Casting. Non-Traditional Casting is a method designed to increase artistic options by expanding casting opportunities for women, actors of color, seniors and actors with disabilities in roles where race, gender, age or the presence or absence of a disability are not germane. To that end we encourage all actors to audition. Please come with two copies of your HS/Resume stapled together and trimmed.

EPA Procedures are in effect for this audition.

An Equity Monitor will not be provided. The producer will run all aspects of this audition.

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 attend every audition.

Always bring your Equity Membership card to auditions.

Both Union and Non-Union Performers for our 2019-2020 Season.


John & Jen - Music by Andrew Lippa,
Lyrics by Tom Greenwald,
Book by Tom Greenwald and Andrew Lippa

Jen (25-35, Female-identifying): Protective and controlling, yet deeply loving. This character arcs from a wide-eyed new sister to a free-loving hippie and finally a mother accepting her son growing up. Alto/Mezzo

John (25-35, Male-identifying): Fun, energetic, fresh, and exciting. The character arcs from a newborn brother to a high school graduate going off to war and finally a young son challenging his loving mother as he grows. This actor will play 2 different “John’s.” Baritone Neighbors: A Fair Trade Agreement by Bernardo Cubria

José (40+, Male-identifying, Mexican): A Mexican Clown. This man leads with his heart. He reacts, he

feels deeply, he follows his instincts. He can cry instantly and is the friend you call at 3am. He believes in God and family. He is funny, charming, and incredibly loving. He can be a pendejo but he is not dumb. He is a man who takes advantage of every emotion.

Joe- (40+, Male-identifying, American) An American Clown. This man leads with his brain. He is well educated, ambitious and always looking for the next challenge. He loves a good glass of wine and the actual paper. He has a five-year plan. He believes in capitalism and free markets. He can be kind, he can be loving, he can be a good listener. He takes advantage of every thought.

2 Actor/Technicians (Any Gender/Any Age): Clowning or physical comedy experience preferred. Non- speaking. Will include backstage duties.

Assassins – Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, Book by John Weidman, based on an idea by Charles Gilbert, Jr.

John Wilkes Booth (30s, Male-identifying): (1838-1865) Assassinated President Abraham Lincoln during a performance at Ford's Theater in Washington D.C. on April 14, 1865. Foreman and inspirational celebrity to the other assassins. Baritone.

Charles Guiteau (40, Male-identifying): (1841-1882) Assassinated President James Garfield in the waiting room of the Baltimore and Potomac Railroad Station, Washington, D.C., on July 2, 1881. Dashing but mad. Baritone/Tenor.

Leon Czologosz (Late-20s, Male-identifying): (1873-1901) Assassinated President William McKinley at the Pan American Exposition in Buffalo, N.Y. on September 6, 1901. A young poverty-worn radical. Baritone.

Giuseppe Zangara (Early-30s, Male-identifying): (1900-1933) Attempted to assassinate President- elect Franklin D. Roosevelt as he greeted well-wishers in Bayfront Park, Miami, FL on February 15, 1933. An angry, heavily-accented immigrant. Tenor.

Samuel Byck (40s, Male-identifying): (1930-1974) Attempted to assassinate President Richard Nixon
by hijacking a commercial jetliner. Hysterically irate schlep in a Santa Claus suit. Baritone.

Lynette "squeaky" Fromme (Late-20s, Female-identifying): (1948- ) Attempted to assassinate President Gerald Ford at the Capitol Park in Sacramento, CA on September 5, 1975. A pixie hippie in love with Charles Manson. Soprano.

Sara Jane Moore (40s, Female-identifying): (1930- ) Attempted to assassinate President Gerald Ford at the St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco, CA, on September 22, 1975. A frazzled housewife with little sense. Alto. Also plays Emma Goldman (30s, Female-identifying): (1869-1940) Turn-of-the-century Anarchist agitator and feminist. Terse and stubborn. An inspiration to Czolgosz.

John Hinckley (20s, Male-identifying): (1955- ) Attempted to assassinate President Ronald Reagan as he left the Washington Hilton in Washington, D.C. on March 30, 1981. A love-obsessed and depressed college student. Tenor.

Lee Harvey Oswald (20s, Male-identifying): (1939-1963) Assassinated President John F. Kennedy from the sixth floor of the Texas School Book Depository in Dallas, TX on November 22, 1963. A suicidal, dejected shipping clerk. Baritone. Also plays Balladeer.

The Proprietor (30s/40s, Male-identifying): A mysterious man who runs the shooting gallery at a carnival.

Other Desert Cities by Jon Robin Baitz

Brooke Wyeth (30s, Female-identifying): Lyman and Polly’s adult daughter. Writer, lives in New York although born in California. Thrives on solitude, coffee shops, intelligent conversation, and being understood. Loves family but also independence.

Lyman Wyeth (50s-70s, Male-identifying): Patriarch of the family, a real patrician of Californian royalty. Hollywood “B” actor with some celebrity and political influence, seemingly conservative but with a sense of humor and a deep love and care for his adult children. (THIS ROLE HAS BEEN CAST.)

Polly Wyeth (50s/60s, Female-identifying): Lyman’s wife. Graceful, funny, and doesn’t suffer fools gladly. Deeply devoted to the preservation of family and all it stands for, and even more, the health of her husband and all it stands for, and even more, the health of her husband.

Trip Wyeth (30, Male-identifying): Brooke’s brother. TV producer. Easy going, takes life as it comes. Loves being around family and, oddly, all its traditions. Devoted to older sister and her health.

Silda Grauman (50s/60s, Female-identifying): Polly’s sister. Indeterminate age, a former TV writer, definitely from the more Bohemian gene in the family. Impulsive, creative, reckless, fragile, and funny. Rather be living alone but is dependent upon Polly and Lyman for support entirely.

John and Jen
Music by Andrew Lippa,
Lyrics by Tom Greenwald,
Book by Tom Greenwald and Andrew Lippa
Rehearsals Begin: Tuesday, September 3rd, 2019
Previews: Tues.-Thurs. September 24-26, 2019
Opening: Friday, September 27, 2019
Closing: Sunday, October 27, 2019

Neighbors: A Fair Trade Agreement (South East Premiere)
By Bernardo Cubria
Rehearsals Begin: Tuesday, October 29th, 2019
Previews: Tues.-Thurs. November 19-21, 2019
Opening: Friday, November 22, 2019
Closing: Sunday, December 22, 2019

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim,
Book by John Weidman, based on an idea by Charles Gilbert, Jr.
Rehearsals Begin: Thursday, December 26, 2019
Previews: Tues.-Thurs. January 21-23, 2020
Opening: Friday, January 24, 2020
Closing: Sunday, March 1, 2020

Other Desert Cities
By Jon Robin Baitz
Rehearsals Begin: Tuesday, March 3, 2020
Previews: Tues.-Thurs. March 24-26, 2020
Opening: Friday, March 27, 2020
Closing: Sunday, May 3, 2020

For an audition time slot, please sign up at: ?AU=vY0Lnd243



Audition Information


Stage 773
1225 W Belmont Ave
Chicago, IL 60657-3205

Please check in with the (non AEA) audition monitor in the front lobby.

Thursday, May 30, 2019
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM


90 second monologue and a 16 bar cut musical theatre song in style of shows. Second contrasting monologue ready if requested, bring your book/may be asked to sing another selection. To be considered for the plays only please come prepared with with two contrasting 90 second monologues.

Minors must be accompanied by an adult


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