Teenage Dick - Chicago EPA (7.22.19)

Teenage Dick - Chicago EPA (7.22.19)

CATEGORY: Performer

Theater Wit NFP
Chicago, IL

Job Details



CAT 3 $414 Per Week Minimum

Director Brian Balcom
Artistic director Jeremy Wechsler
Casting Director Clare Cooney

Rehearsals: 2/10/20 through 3/15/20
Previews: 3/6-3/8; 3/12-3/15
Show Run: 3/16/20 through 5/2/20
MRE Blackout dates: March 4th-16th

Reply to email: clare@theaterwit.org Website: theaterwit.org

EPA Procedures are in effect for this audition. An Equity Monitor will be provided.

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.

Actors for Theater Wit’s upcoming production of TEENAGE DICK. See breakdown for more information.


ABOUT THE PLAY: In this brilliant retelling of Shakespeare’s Richard III, one of the most famous disabled characters in history is reimagined as a 16-year-old outsider taking on the political turmoil of high school. Bullied for his cerebral palsy (and his sometimes disturbing tendency to speak with a Shakespearean affect), Richard plots his revenge...as well as his glorious path to the senior class presidency. But as he falls deeper into a pattern of manipulation and greed, Richard is faced with an unexpected choice: Is it better to be feared or loved? TEENAGE DICK is a hilarious and sharp-witted adaptation about perception, disability, and the treacherous road to ascendancy.


Richard Gloucester— male-identifying character of any race with a physical disability (written for cerebral palsy, but can be adjusted depending on how the role is cast); Age indeterminate, to play 17 yr old high-schooler. Richard is the junior class secretary, slyly ambitious, and too smart for his own good. He just wants the world to be more fair to people like him.

Barbara “Buck” Buckingham — female-identifying character of any race with a physical disability (written as a wheelchair user, but can be adjusted depending on how the role is cast); Age indeterminate, to play 17 yr old high-schooler. Buck is Richard’s best friend, earnest, and has a good sense of humor about her disability.

Elizabeth York — female-identifying Character of any race; Age 30s-50s. Veteran English teacher. Trusting, caring, but a little naive - she's well meaning and wants the best for her students.

Eddie Ivy— white, male-identifying character; Age indeterminate, to play 17 yr old high-schooler. Junior class president, star of the football team, with limited tools but smart enough to know how to use them.

Clarissa Duke— female-identifying character of any race; Age indeterminate, to play 17 yr old high- schooler. Junior class vice president, Jesus-lover, and a cut-throat overachiever masked by a blindingly sunny personality.

Anne Margaret— female-identifying character of any race; Age indeterminate, to play 17 yr old high- schooler. Formerly the most popular girl in school with big plans and a big heart. An aspiring modern dancer who's just trying to get out of high school alive. Dance skills a plus.

All actors will have understudies and an MRE. Actors with disabilities are particularly encouraged to audition for the roles Richard and Buck. We ask that you do not read for those roles if you do not identify with the character descriptions. Thanks you!

Members may sign up through the member portal on 7/15/19 @ 12:00pm



Audition Information


Theater Wit
1229 W Belmont
Chicago, IL 60657

Monday, July 22, 2019
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

lunch 1:00pm - 1:45pm


Prepare one contemporary comedic monologue (90 secs or less) OR You may prepare a side from TEENAGE DICK for the character of your choice. Hard copies of the sides will be available at the equity office, and sides are also available via email at clare@theaterwit.org. MUST include role of interest in the subject line of email. Hard copy of script will be made available at the equity office. We do not have a preference between a monologue or sides; please pick whichever you prefer! In addition, please bring two copies of your headshot and resume.


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