Two River Theater Company
Red Bank, NJ
Call Type: EPA
*Weekly rate of pay, unless otherwise noted for a co-production.
Artistic Director: John Dias
Managing Director: Michael Hurst
In attendance: Stephanie Coen, Associate Artistic Director
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.
Equity actors for various roles in the upcoming season.
Two River Theatre Co 2019-20
By Jason O’Connell and Brenda
Withers Adapted from the play by Edmond Rostand
Directed by Meredith McDonough
A co-production with the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival
Co-production rate of pay: $796/week
First Rehearsal: September 11, 2019
First Preview: September 21, 2019
Opening: September 27, 2019
Closing: October 13, 2019
Casting: Stephanie Klapper Casting
ACTOR 1 plays CYRANO — CAST ACTOR 2 plays ROXANE, LITTLE GIRL, CADET 2 — CAST
ACTOR 3 plays MONTFLEURY, RAGUENEAU, COUNT DEGUICHE, CADET 1 — CAST
ACTOR 4 plays LE BRET, DUENNA, UNSAVORY CHARACTER, LISE, MONK — CAST
ACTOR 5 plays CHRISTIAN, BELLEROSE, and SISTER MARTHE — CAST
LOVE IN HATE NATION
Music, Lyrics and Book by Joe Iconis
Directed by John Simpkins
First Rehearsal: October 8, 2019
First Preview: November 9, 2019
Opening: November 15, 2019
Closing: December 1, 2019
Extension: December 8, 2019
Casting: Rachel Hoffman at Telsey and Co.
A turbulent rock romance set in a 1960s Juvie Hall, Love in Hate Nation uses classic “bad girl” movies as the inspiration for the story of young people caught between eras of a changing America. Sixteen- year old Susannah Son is carted off to the National Reformatory for Girls to get her head put on straight.
There she meets the aggressively incorrigible Sheila Nail, and a relationship forms which leads to an allout “revolution in the institution” as they attempt to break out of the boxes society has created around them. Girl Group Wall of Sound harmonies are filtered through a punk rock spirit in this rebellious and romantic new musical.
NOTE: The show is set in 1962. The world is stylized, but the characters should feel firmly planted in the time period in terms of timing, delivery, speech patterns. Specific inspiration was taken from the “bad girl” movies of the late 50s – early 70s. See: Switchblade Sisters, Kitten With a Whip, Rebel Without A
Cause, Female Trouble, etc.
In Juvie for attempted suicide. A total weirdo and our heroine. SUSANNAH is a black girl from suburban CT. Her father is a former military man, her mother is drunk. She’s adopted. Neither parent understands SUSANNAH or seems to like her very much. She’s been teaching herself ukulele for a few years. She loves girl group pop music. She has never felt at home anywhere and she always feels alone in groups. She felt calm around her grandma, but now her grandma is dead. She designed a logo for herself (what’s the logo for, exactly? Unclear) and draws it on everything. She is not badass – Should have a versatile voice that has lots of personality. Ukulele skills a real plus. Guitar skills a plus but not necessary. (Who would play her in the movie: a teenage Kimya Dawson, a teenage Odetta, a teenage Janelle Monae.)
In Juvie for theft, pyromania, violent tendencies, thrill-craziness, and rampant waywardness. Sheila is total badass. Unsentimental, sexy, tough, weird, furious, calm. – Should have a great rock and roll voice: think Aretha, Janis, Smith, or Amy (Winehouse). Any ethnicity.(Who would play her in the movie: a
teenage Gina Gershon, a teenage James Dean, a teenage KILL BILL-era Uma Thurman.)
In Juvie for incorrigibility and impersonating others. Dorothy is a Southern belle, by way of Jersey. A warm criminal from New Jersey whose “special skill” is impressions. She does a few characters from time to time but her main guise these days is Southern Belle. – Any vocal type will do. Any ethnicity.(Who would play her in the movie: a teenage Ellie Kemper, a teenage Cookie Mueller, a teenage Mindy Kaling.)
BRENDA “Rat” RATOWSKI
In Juvie for kleptomania and destructive tendencies. Rat is a scrappy little thieving weasel. A rough, snarling sneak with a mean streak. Pure Brooklyn, total street rat. – Any vocal type will do. Any ethnicity.(Who would play her in the movie: a teenage Steve Buscemi, a teenage Cyndi Lauper, a teenage P.J. Soles.)
In Juvie for “cross-dressing” and sexual deviancy. Kitty is the ‘family secret’ who feels at home in Juvie. In 2019, Kitty would be referred to as transgender. In 1962, she’d be referred to as a “cross- dresser.” She is confident and kind and strange and in love with the screen goddesses of the 1940’s. She is a rebel
in the making and she bites. – She should possess a strong rock/soul voice: think Anohni, a female Elton John, Nina Simone. Any ethnicity. Seeking Transgender and Gender Nonconforming actors. (Who would play her in the movie: a teenage Candy Darling, a teenage Justin Vivian Bond, a teenage Jackie Curtis.)
In Juvie for cutting a guy’s dick off. Judith is one tough cookie. She’s got an eye patch. Don’t ask about it. Tough, nasty, woke up on the wrong side of the bad. The school bully who revels in being the bully. She roots for the Wicked Witch every damn time. She’s totally annoyed by you and wants you to know it. –
She should possess a personality-filled voice that ain’t pretty. Any ethnicity. (Who would play her in the movie: a teenage ROCKY HORROR-era Tim Curry, a teenage Pam Grier, a teenage Divine, a teenage Grace Jones, a teenage Ellen Greene.)
GLORIA “Ya Ya” MEEKS
In Juvie for general strangeness, compulsive behavior,and promiscuity. Gloria might be an alien. Bizarre, sweet, prickly, warm, cool, painfully unhip, fragile. The weirdest one in a group of weirdos. – Any vocal type will do. Any ethnicity.(Who would play her in the movie: a teenage Melanie Griffith, a teenage
Courtney Love, a teenage Brittany Murphy, a teenage Amanda Plummer, a teenage Jennifer Tilly, a teenage Amy Sedaris.)
The Warden. “Ms. Asp” is a fraying version of a 1950s suburban housewife. She is trying desperately to hang on to the values and sensibilities of days gone by. Her flawless exterior and just-so mannerisms mask the fact that she is losing her grip on reality. She’s all smiles as she stabs you in the heart. A
disturbed human being who will go to any length to show you that she is absolutely not disturbed in any way. —She should possess a versatile musical theater-y voice that can maybe do some other fun stuff. She’s not a rocker, but she wishes she were. (Who would play her in the movie: Judy Davis, Lucy Liu,
Mary Woronov, Kathleen Turner, Lynne Whitfield, Glenn Close, Charles Busch.)
FRANCIS, SUSANNAH’s buttoned-up intellectual, pretentious boyfriend. Presents as a liberal, but is completely trapped in the 1950s and is often unintentionally racist/misogynistic/etc. And, more often than not, intentionally racist/misogynistic/etc. Physically intimidating/imposing. ALSO plays: BUZZ, the bizarre fast-talking orderly; DOC SHOCK, an evil scientist Shock Treatment facilitator; MR. SON, SUSANNAH’s military father. – a brilliant, versatile character actor. Dangerous, alive, and period. Voice type not important at all.(Who would play him in the movie: Michael Shannon, John C. Reilly, Vincent Kartheiser, John Goodman.)
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Sara Holdren
First Rehearsal: December 10, 2019 First Preview: January 11, 2020 Opening: January 17, 2020
Closing: February 2, 2020
Twelfth Night is one of Shakespeare’s most celebrated plays and, perhaps, his most perfect comedy. Cross-dressing heroines, separated twins, and mistaken identities propel this gender-bending tale, which celebrates a world in which every broken heart can be made whole. The creative team is looking for actors who have an incredible facility with language. Actors of any ethnicity are strongly encouraged to audition for every role. Musical ability (including the ability to play an instrument) is a plus.
SIR TOBY BELCH
SIR ANDREW AGUECHEEK
CURIO/SEA CAPTAIN FABIAN/VALENTINE FESTE
By August Wilson
Directed by Brandon J. Dirden
First Rehearsal: February 4, 2020
First Preview: February 29, 2020
Opening: March 6, 2020
Closing: March 22, 2020
Casting: Heidi Griffiths & Kate Murray
Brandon J. Dirden will direct Two River’s sixth production from August Wilson’s American Century Cycle—Radio Golf, the Cycle’s 10th and final play, set in 1997. Real-estate developer Harmond Wilks is determined to become the first black mayor of Pittsburgh, and to revitalize the Hill District. Starbucks,
Barnes & Noble and Whole Foods are ready to move in. But one particular house on the development site, at 1839 Wylie Avenue, must be torn down, a casualty of urban blight. And that house belonged to Wilson’s legendary Aunt Ester—forcing Harmond, and the Hill District itself, into a battle between the past and the future.
Elder Joseph Barlow
By Tony Meneses
Directed by Annie Tippe
First Rehearsal: March 17, 2020
First Preview: April 11, 2020
Opening: April 17, 2020
Closing: May 10, 2020
Possible Extension: May 17, 2020
The Hombres looks at the intimacy of male relationships through the point of view of Machismo culture. Set in New Jersey (“somewhere off the NJ Transit line”), the play follows Julián, a gay Latino yoga teacher, as he clashes with the Latino construction workers outside his studio—particularly the older head of the crew, Héctor, who seeks from Julián something he never expected.
40’s, Latino. A construction worker struggling with anger issues that have estranged him from his wife and children. Intrigued by the peace he sees in the yoga studio he works outside of, he proposes a deal with the studio’s teacher Julián; Héctor will clean the yoga studio after classes if Julián teaches him yoga.
mid 20’s to early 30’s, Latino. A gay man who works in a yoga studio, and dreams of one day being a dancer in New York. Has always been uncomfortable around men and masculinity.
30’s, Latino. A construction worker whose daily routine involves boasting, spitting, and reveling in being a “masculine” man. As he holds more tightly on to his macho image of masculinity, he becomes more estranged from his friends.
30’s-40’s, Latino. A construction worker (but not in great shape) whose daily routine initially involves boasting, spitting, and reveling in being a “masculine” man, albeit more so in a humorous way. Later, Pedro joins his fellow construction worker Héctor in the yoga studio, and learns to soften up.
30’s, Not Latino. A new student at the yoga studio; he’s kind of bad at it though. He’s kind, earnest, and a little goofy in his open nature.
Written, Performed and Directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson
Music Performed by Chris Thomas King
Original Music Composed by Bill Sims Jr.
Additional Music Composed by Chris Thomas King
First Rehearsal: May 12, 2020
First Preview: June 6, 2020
Opening: June 12, 2020
Closing: June 28, 2020
Ruben Santiago-Hudson – CAST
No appointments. Note: Doors will open at 9:45 AM.
Two River Theater
21 Bridge Ave
Red Bank, NJ 07701-1105
Monday, June 24, 2019
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Lunch 1 to 2. Doors open at 9:45am
Please prepare EITHER one brief monologue and 32 bars of a song OR two brief contrasting monologues. If singing, bring sheet music. Please bring a current picture and resume, stapled together.