Washington Stage Guild 2012-13
– Equity Principal Auditions by APPOINTMENT in DC
Washington DC SPT (approval/salary level pending; 2011-12 weekly minimum: $338).
Artistic Dir: Bill Largess
Exec Dir: Ann Norton
Equity Principal Auditions by APPOINTMENT:
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
12 Noon – 8 PM
Break from 4 – 5. Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church
The Undercroft Theatre
and 900 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Thursday, August 30, 2012 Use the side entrance on Massachusetts Ave.
2:30 PM – 9:30 PM
No scheduled break.
For a 5-minute appointment, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org (preferred) or call 240/582-0050 (M-F, 11-6). Please do not call Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church. Equity Members without appointments will be seen throughout the audition day, as time permits.
Prepare a monologue of up to two minutes, preferably one that shows verbal facility. Shakespeare is not recommended. Please bring a photo and resume, stapled back-to-back (pleasedo not e-mail picture and resume).
All roles are available unless otherwise specified. For pre-cast roles, auditioning performers will be considered as possible (emergency) replacements, should any become necessary.
PYGMALION by George Bernard Shaw. Dir: Bill Largess. 1st reh: 10/1/12. Runs 10/25-11/16. May extend to 12/2.
Late 30s - early 40s. Brilliant linguist and an egocentric, thoughtless teacher. Witty and sarcastic, has no regard for others' feelings, always sure he is in the right. Role is being cast in line with Shaw's original intentions, more Leslie Howard than Rex Harrison.
Man, 50s. Retired officer and student of languages, unfailingly polite and kind, although with a military sense of honor. Amused by Higgins and fond of Eliza.
40s-50s. Higgins’s housekeeper. Loyal to him, but willing to confront him over bad behavior. Stern but not unfeeling to Eliza. Actress also plays a Bystander in Scene 1.
Late 40s-50s. Eliza's father, a dustman who works no more than he must. Uneducated but intelligent and practical, with a confident sense of humor, of his rights, and of his place in the world. Actor also plays a Bystander in Scene 1.
Late 50s - early 60s. Henry's mother, elegant and proper and somewhat perplexed by her son and his behavior. Outspoken in her defense of Eliza. Actress also plays a Bystander in Scene 1.
Late 40s-50s. A woman of good family but no money, trying to put up a good front and establish her children in society. Impatient with Freddie and rather cowed by Clara.
Late teens - early 20s. A young woman who knows her prospects are poor and who hides her frustration with sarcasm and bossiness.
20s. A good-natured and rather dim-witted young man with a genial disposition and no money. Smitten with Eliza and anxious to please her.
CAST. Early 20s. Hard-working, determined young woman who wants to better herself and learn how to speak properly. As the play goes on she finds more strength than she expected, and refuses to be taken advantage of.
TRYST by Karoline Leach. Dir: TBA. 1st reh: 12/10/12. Runs 1/3 – 1/27/13. May extend to 2/10.
Mr George Love:
Early middle age, British. Extremely handsome and charming con artist who romances women and cheats them out of money. Well-spoken and appealing, he must seem sincere. He finds himself involved more deeply with his latest target than he expected.
Late 30s, British. A milliner who has begun to accept that she will remain a spinster. Not attractive in a conventional sense (the script describes her as “overweight”) but has more potential than she realizes. Intelligent and unpredictable in her reactions to Mr Love's approach.
INFERNO by Dante, adapted by Bill Largess. Dir: Laura Giannarelli. 1st reh: 1/28/13. Runs 2/21-3/17. May extend to 3/31.
One-man adaptation of Dante's classic journey through the underworld. Revival of the Stage Guild's 2001 production.
CAST. Man, 30s-50s. Finds himself straying from the true path in mid-life, and is rescued by the divine intervention of a past love. As he travels through nine circles of the Underworld in search of the meaning of salvation, he narrates his encounters along the way.
THE ELDER STATESMAN by T. S. Eliot. Dir TBA. 1st reh: 4/1/13. Runs 4/25-5/19. May extend to 6/2.
30s. An intelligent woman whose status as the daughter of a famous man has defined her. She is concerned for his well-being, but knows she doesn't understand him. In love with Charles, but reluctant to commit because of her devotion to her father.
30s. In love with Monica, frustrated by her responsibilities to her father, but sympathetic to her feelings. Witty and sociable.
60s-80s. A prominent statesman, now retired and in failing health. A man of excellent reputation who has harbored a secret his entire life. He has hidden the burden, but its effect on him is constant. When its revelation is threatened, he must face the loss of respect and admiration, and struggles to find meaning in a life of accomplishment that was built on lies.
Man, 60s-80s. An old friend of Claverton's who pushes into his life unexpectedly and confronts him about a past act that would have destroyed him. He does not want anything from Claverton beyond an acknowledgment of his failings and a place in his life. He is forward and presumptuous, but unfailingly good-natured.
50s. A garrulous, intrusive administrator at the nursing home Lord Claverton moves to. She talks too much and listens too little. Pleased with herself.
50s-60s. An old love of Lord Claverton’s. Returns to his life as unexpectedly as Gomez does, and apparently in cooperation with him. She too knows Claverton's long-kept secret, and hopes he will accept his guilt for his own good.
Lambert / Michael Claverton-Ferry:
One actor plays both characters (males, 30s). Lambert: A servant. Michael: Lord Claverton's son. Has an uneasy, argumentative relationship with his father, who is over-critical of him, and has not settled into a career. Gomez takes him under his wing, to Lord Claverton's dismay.
Theatre’s statement: “The Stage Guild is an equal-opportunity employer with a strong record of non-traditional casting; all actors are encouraged to audition for any role for which they feel suited.”
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