Auditions

Auditions for “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play”

“It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play” by Joe Landry

Directed by Brian Tanner

Performance dates: December 1, 2, 3 and 8, 9, 10

About the Show:

This beloved American holiday classic comes to captivating life as a live 1940s radio broadcast. With the help of an ensemble that brings a few dozen characters to the stage, the story of idealistic George Bailey unfolds as he considers ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve.

Audition Information/Roles:

The cast will consist of 5 or more actors (at least 2 females, 3 males). Casting is flexible. Auditions will consist of reading from the script. As this is a radio production, actors will need to be prepared to portray multiple characters within the same scene.

Audition Dates:

Auditions will be held at the Robert A. Lee Recreation Center in Iowa City:

  • Sunday, October 29th, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
  • Monday, October 30th, 7:00 – 9:00 PM

Additional questions can be sent to the director, Brian Tanner via email at: tannermojo@gmail.com

 

Auditions for “Superior Donuts”

Arthur Przybyszewski, second generation Chicago Polish, owns a rundown Uptown Chicago donut shop that has been in his family for 60 years.  Franco Wicks, a young black man and Arthur’s only employee, wants to modernize the shop full circle.  This provocative show, set in the skin of a drama with high comedic moments, explores the human experience of embracing the past, exposing our weakest moments, keeping a damn-fine sense of humor about it all, and finding redemption in the least expected relationships. Superior Donuts is a smart, strongly written Tony-nominated play by Tracy Letts, author of “August: Osage County.”  And there’s donuts!

Roles

Arthur, white male, age 50’s

Franco, black male, age 20’s

Max, white male, age 40’s

Kiril, white male, age 30’s

Lady, white female, age 70’s

Randy, white female, age 40’s

James, black male, age 40’s

Luther, white male, age 40’s

Kevin, white male, age 20’s

 

Auditions

Sunday, November 5th  5:00p.m.-8:00p.m.

Monday, November 6th 6:00p.m.-9:00p.m.

Rehearsals:  November 26-January 18 (Break December 21January 2)

Shows: January 19-January 28th

 

Sign-Up for a 10-minute audition slot at: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/30E094CAEAA2AABFC1-auditions or just show-up and we will work you into the schedule.  Scheduled auditions will be given priority.  Contact Director, Barry Schreier (barry-schreier@uiowa.edu), if you have any questions.  Much thanks for your interest in “Superior Donuts” and see you at auditions!

 

Auditions for “The Elephant Man” 

THE ELEPHANT MAN

by Bernard Pomerance

Directed by Elizabeth Tracey

PERFORMANCE DATES

February 23-25 & March 2-4 Johnson County Fairgrounds

Winner of the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding New Play, the story is based on the life of Joseph Merrick, a man so physically deformed that he became known as “The Elephant Man”. With very few options open to him, Merrick is forced to display himself in traveling sideshows. Eventually, however, he finds himself alone and destitute in London. Due to the kindness of one Dr. Frederick Treves, Merrick is soon admitted into the London Hospital for care and observation. Determined to lead a normal life Merrick becomes the toast of Victorian society.

AUDITIONS

Friday, November 3, (6pm to 8pm)

Saturday, November 4, (10am to 2pm)

CALLBACKS

Sunday, November 5, (1pm to 3pm)

AUDITION LOCATION

Iowa Public Library, 123 Linn St, Iowa City, Meeting Room B

SIGN UP FOR AN AUDITION TIME SLOT

Please contact the director for an audition time slot at etracey@coralville.org. Walk ups are always welcome but those with appointments will take priority.

PREPARATION: Please prepare a one-minute monologue in the style of the show. British accent a plus. You may be asked to read from the script.

CASTING REQUIREMENTS

JOHN MERRICK deeply intelligent, soulful and lonely; a physically and emotionally demanding role; spends much of his stage time contorted in body and face. Note playwright’s caution: “No one with any history of back trouble should attempt the part of Merrick as contorted. Anyone playing the part should be advised to consult a physician about the problems of sustaining any unnatural or twisted position.”

FREDERICK TREVES Merrick’s physician who “rescues” him from his life as a freak show attraction, and works to give him a more human existence; morally upright and tries to do the right thing, though not always sure what that is, and becomes less certain as the years within the play progress.
‘A scientist in an age of science. In an English age, an English man’ and thus part of the plays’ central conflict.

MRS. KENDALL an attractive, well-known actress; brought in by Treves simply to meet Merrick; she grows fond of him and they share a special bond; witty, sardonic, and compassionate; her encounters with Merrick affect him deeply.

CARR GOMM – administrator of the London Hospital, very pragmatic.
ROSS – Manager of the Elephant Man, rough, violent, middle aged, cockney accent.

ENSEMBLE (flexible size casting) of men and women who will play multiple roles: Side show freaks, policemen, conductor, Bishop How, Porter, Snork, Duchess, Countess, Princess Alexandra, Lord John, Nurse, Miss Sandwich

REHEARSALS

First rehearsal is Monday, December 11, 2017 at 7:00pm. Rehearsals will resume Monday, January 8, 2018 and run Monday through Thursday from 7pm to 10pm and Sundays if necessary, 2pm to 6pm.

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