Auditions for June Workshop

Elmwood Playhouse in Nyack NY will be holding auditions for its upcoming June Workshop which is a staged reading of excerpts from author Nora Ephron’s I FEEL BAD ABOUT MY NECK as well as some pieces by Judith Viorst. and directed by Candy Pittari. It is  humorous look at aging for women and men.

AUDITIONS: April 17, 2018 at 7:30 PM Tues and April 19 Thurs at 7:30 PM

CALLBACKS: Thurs. April 26 at 7:30 PM (by invitation only)

PERFORMANCES: June 3, 2018 thru June 4, 2018 (Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays with possible Wednesday and Thursdays)

SHOW DESCRIPTION:
Excerpts from author Nora Ephron’s I FEEL BAD ABOUT MY NECK as well as some pieces by Judith Viorst.
A staged reading

CAST REQUIREMENTS: (Must be able to read fluently with comedic timing. No memorization. Must be willing to take direction)
Mature Women (and men) 40 plus Please be familiar with the material. Books should be available in the public library or contact the director. Judith Viorst’s books are from her series on aging 50’s through 80’s

Sides from the script will be made available at the audition. All roles available. Casting is open to all. Ethnicities, races, and newcomers are especially welcomed.

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Audition for Death Of A Salesman

Elmwood Playhouse in Nyack NY will be holding auditions for its upcoming production of “Death of a Salesman“, written by Arthur Miller and directed by Alan Demovsky. Winning both the Pulitzer Prize and the Tony Award for best play in 1949, “Death of a Salesman” is a searing drama that established Arthur Miller as one of the most important voices in the American theatre.

AUDITIONS: Monday April 23rd at 7:00pm and Tuesday April 24th at 7:00pm

CALLBACKS: Wednesday April 25th at 7:00pm (by invitation only)

PERFORMANCES: Friday July 13th thru Saturday August 4th (Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays with possible Wednesday and Thursdays)

SHOW DESCRIPTION:

Willy Loman, the ceaselessly striving salesman, returns to his New York home after a failed New England trip. Driven by hopes of success far greater than he can achieve — for himself and his two sons — Loman and his wife confront the American Dream in Arthur Miller’s towering masterpiece.

CAST REQUIREMENTS: (8 Males, 5 Females)

Willy Loman – Bigger than life, contradictory, somewhat angry, and often obsessive.

Willy has tendencies to exaggerate or reconstruct reality and lives in fantasy.

Biff Loman – Willy’s son, age 34. A former high school football star, he’s a charmer who has men and women fawning over him. Has a penchant for stealing which continued throughout his adult life. Accepts his father’s philosophy that a person will be successful, provided that he is “well-liked.” Grew up believing that he was not bound by social rules. Ultimately he is a failure.

Linda Loman – loyal, loving wife. Suffers through her husband’s grandiose dreams. Devoted and emotionally abused. If Willy is like a small child, then Linda is like a mother who anxiously protects him from Biff, Happy, and the rest of the world. Linda’s character is driven by desperation and fear. She loves Willy, and she accepts all of his shortcomings.

Happy Loman – age 32, Willy’s younger son. Lives in Biff’s shadow while nurturing a relentless sex drive and ambition. Presents himself as important but is sidelined by his questionable ethics. Happy is a young version of Willy.

Charley – Willy’s neighbor, father of Bernard. He’s a successful business owner and Willy’s only friend.

Bernard – son of Charley. Important, successful lawyer. Mocked by the Loman men for having studied hard in high school. Worshipped Biff when they were students.

Ben – Willy’s wealthy, older brother. He has died recently and appears only in Willy’s daydreams and thus can be perceived as eccentric in nature. A symbol of the success Willy and his sons crave.

The Woman – Willy’s mistress, a woman of a certain age. A buyer/ business associate of Willy’s.

Howard Wagner – Willy’s boss, having inherited the company from his father. Much younger than Willy, obtuse and condescending. A narcissist.

Stanley – any age. A waiter at Frank’s Chophouse and a friend of Happy’s.

Miss Forsythe and Letta – two young women who meet Biff and Happy at Frank’s Chophouse. It is likely they are prostitutes. Pick ups.

Jenny – Charley’s secretary

DEATH OF A SALESMAN – SIDES:

WILLY AND LINDA. Pages. 7-9 stop at “Is there any cheese?”
9-11. Start  in middle of page  “how can they whip cheese?”

WILLY MONOLOGUE. Page Bottom of 18-19 Start,  “Just be careful with those girls” Stop. “I gotta surprise for you boys.”

LINDA                           Bottom of page 39  start at Biff “Your hair, your hair got so grey” thru 41
(Biff and Happy)

WILLY BIFF AND HAPPY.  Page page 19-22.  Start “Whatya got Dad?”  Thru 22 stop. “I’m going to break thru that touchdown..”

BIFF                                      Page 100. Start at Linda “I can’t understand” thru end
Charley, Linda, Biff
And Linda

BIFF AND HAPPY.     Pages 12-15. Start  bottom on “He’s going to get his license then away…”   Stop bottom of 15

(Willy)                        15-18. Stop at “I’m the only  one he’d let lock up the place!”

BEN                              pages 91-93
(Willy)

WOMAN.                   Top of  85 thru 87.  “Thats me too, g’night.”
(Willy, Biff)

BERNARD PART 1.      Pages 22-23
(Willy, Happy and Biff)

Part 2                             Pages 65-69. Stop at “What does that mean…What happened…”
(Just Willy)

CHARLEY                        page 69-72. Stop at 72 on “isn’t that a remarkable thing”
(Willy and Bernard)

HOWARD                          page. 56 top after recordings. End on page 61
(Willy )

GIRL AND HAPPY
(Ms. Forsythe) 1 and STANLEY        PAGE 73-75.   Start “I don’t think thats for you…”
(Stanley and Happy)

LETTA
(Biff, Willy, Happy and Forsythe)           pages. 83

WOMAN                                                pages. 86-87
Willy’s paramour
(Willy and Biff)

Sides from the script will be made available at the audition.

All roles available. Casting is open to all. Ethnicities, races, and newcomers are especially welcomed. Crew and other volunteers are also needed for the event. For more information or directions, call 845-353-1313 or visit http://www.elmwoodplayhouse.com/auditions

Auditions for September Workshop

Sam Negin will directing a workshop production of Sean Michael Welch’s play, “Boise, Idaho.” It is a four-character comedic/mystery play in which Chastity and Olston (whose real name may or may not be Stanley) on a lovers’ weekend in Paris, along with a mysterious narrator who may or may not be controlling the action. Will Olston and Chastity be able to break free of the Narrator’s control? Will Olston’s wife from Boise find out about the affair? Come find out when you audition for the play!

Auditions will be on May 6th, 6-9pm.

Characters:
Olston (mid-40’s to mid 60’s, male)
Chastity (mid-40’s to mid 60’s, female)
Narrator (male, any age)
Waiter (male, any age)

You may also wish to read our Twelve Commandants of Auditioning post.

Elmwood Casting Policy

Elmwood Community Playhouse is a Non-Equity theater and cannot cast members of Actors Equity. Casting of actors in roles is done on the basis of acting skill and ability demonstrated during the audition process, as well as on the actor’s appropriateness and suitability (physical, vocal, mental, emotional) for available roles. We are committed to providing equal opportunity and nondiscrimination in all aspects of our organization. Except in plays where race, gender, or age is an issue, casting is decided on the basis of ability. Any member of the community or any invited guest artist regardless of race, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, age, or special need is invited to participate. Non-traditional and equal-opportunity casting is encouraged. If, in the opinion of the director, a suitable cast cannot be selected from those who have auditioned, auditions may be extended beyond the original schedule, or else specific individuals may be invited to fill the need(s). Elmwood has an open door casting policy, meaning you do not need previous experience with us to be cast. We often cast performers the first time they audition for us. Elmwood maintains a “no pre-casting” policy, meaning all roles are available during the time a show is auditioning. If you have a part that you are interested in, make note of it on your audition form or speak to the director. Anyone cast in a show must become a member of the Elmwood Playhouse. Elmwood Playhouse maintains an “open auditions” policy. All are welcome to “try out” for a show or a particular part in a show. Dates for upcoming auditions are listed on the web site, and announced in the members’ newsletter. Some casting processes may involve two dates for primary auditions, and one date for callbacks. You will be asked to fill out an audition form, and if you have a head shot &/or resume, definitely bring it along, but it is not necessary for our audition process. Come prepared to list all your schedule conflicts from the day of auditions through the closing performance of the show.

Acting Opportunities

Elmwood Playhouse produces: Six “main stage” shows a year. Involvement in these generally requires an average of 2-3 nights a week rehearsal for approx 8 weeks, and 12 to 20 performances over a period of 4 to 6 weeks. Actual schedules will vary by show. A variety of “one performance” workshops for the monthly membership meetings, generally the first Monday of the month and open to the public. Special event performances throughout the year. This gives a broad range of opportunities for actors of varied skills and backgrounds to get on stage, whether you’re looking for a leading role or a small part to “get your feet wet”. Our shows run four to five weekends, occasionally with benefit performances during the week.

If you are cast…

All cast and crew personnel are required to become members of Elmwood Community Playhouse and are required to attend strike, which is held the Sunday after the final performance. By taking part in a production, you also allow that images of yourself captured by Elmwood Community Playhouse during their activities (including but not limited to rehearsals, productions and special events) through video, photo and/or digital camera, to be used solely for the purposes of Elmwood Community Playhouse promotional materials/publications and web site, and waive any right of compensation or ownership thereto. As is true in the professional world of theatre and dance, if the director or choreographer believes that a cast member’s participation in a production is unsatisfactory, it is his/her right to replace the person. A professional attitude and commitment to productions are expected at all times.