The Color Purple - NYC EPA (02.26.20)

The Color Purple - NYC EPA (02.26.20)

CATEGORY: Performer

Signature Theatre

Job Details


Call Type: EPA


Music & Lyrics by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis & Stephen Bray
Book by Marsha Norman
Directed by TBD

Personnel in attendance:
Jorge Acevedo, Casting Associate, Signature Theatre

1st Rehearsal: April 19, 2021
1st Performance: May 18, 2020
Closes: July 11, 2021
Possible Extension: July 18, 2021

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.

Equity actor/singers for various roles. All parts to be understudied


[CELIE] Female. Mezzo-soprano/alto. Age 20s – mid 30s. African American. Drives the story. Vulnerable, spirited, introverted, and mischievous. She appears passive, but is an astute observer with a deep soul. Insecure with a wicked sense of humor, she eventually breaks away from a hard life and finds love and independence. Seeking a strong actor with a big belt.

[NETTIE] Female. Alto. 25 to late 30s. African American. Celie’s sister, and her rock. Smart, adventurous, driven and a devoted sister, she is torn apart from Celie and goes on to realize her life in Africa.

[PA] Male. Baritone. 40s – 50s. African American. An abuser and embittered man. He is father to Celie & Nettie, as well as father to Celie’s two children, whom he abducts from Celie and gives away at birth.

[MISTER] Male. 35s - 45. African American. Celie’s husband and abuser- a troubled man. In love with Shug Avery, his misdeeds in life are eventually redeemed as he transforms throughout the play. Character ages 30s to 50s.

[HARPO] Male. Tenor. 25 to late 30s. African American. Mister’s son from his first marriage. Well intended, he often falls short and in love, he falls hard. Character ages 18 – 40s.

[SOFIA] Female. Alto. 20s to 40. African American. Harpo’s wife and Celie’s lifelong friend. A warrior woman who possesses a larger than life personality, along with great lust for life and sexual confidence. She is tough and demands justice.

[SHUG AVERY] Female. Alto. 30s– 40s. African American. A sultry juke-joint performer, past her prime, and at death's door. A former lover of Mister and a ‘good-time girl’, she forms a deep friendship bond with Celie who helps her rediscover her desire to love again.

[CHURCH LADY] Female. Any age. African American. Church lady who serves as a Greek/Gospel chorus who comments on the events of Celie’s life throughout the journey.

[SQUEAK] Female. Soprano. 20s. African American. Harpo’s devoted and protective girlfriend who serves as his great motivator. Her name rings true in her vocal quality.

[BOBBY] Male. 20s. African American. Celie’s handyman in her later life / tends to Sophia during her jail stay.

[BUSTER] Male. 30s - 40s. African American. Sofia’s good-time man with whom she takes up between her relationship stints with Harpo / Shug Avery’s husband whose love and devotion grounds her life and love.

[ADAM] Male. Tenor, Baritone, Bass. 20s. African American. Celie’s son raised by Nettie in Africa and later reunited with his mother.

[OLIVIA] Female. Soprano. 20s. African American. Celie’s daughter raised by Nettie in Africa and later reunited with her mother.




Audition Information


Pearl Studios NYC (500)
500 8th Ave
New York, NY 10018-6504

3rd floor. Check lobby upon arrival for any changes.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM

Lunch 1:30 to 2:30


Please prepare a short monologue and/or a short song. Auditions may not exceed 2 minutes total. Accompanist will be provided. Please bring your headshot and resume.

Minors must be accompanied by an adult