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Speakeasy holds auditions by appointment for upcoming projects.
Reviewing auditions will be: Producing Artistic Director Paul Daigneault.
Deadline: Thursday, June 30th, 2022. Submit to: firstname.lastname@example.org
AEA Agreement: NEAT 6, $546
Please email your full name, pronouns, Equity status, contact information, and the shows for which you would like to be considered, along with your headshot and resume attached as one PDF document titled “LAST NAME, FIRST NAME (2022)”, and a link to your self-tape. For your submission, please use a private link on a streaming service or website such as YouTube or Vimeo (not an attachment) and send the link via email, preferably unlisted YouTube or private Vimeo with “speakeasy” as the password.) Video submissions will be accepted through Thursday, June 30th.
Actors of color are strongly encouraged to audition, and all roles are open to inclusive casting. SpeakEasy Stage Company shall conduct all auditions/interviews in a manner that promotes fair consideration to persons of all races, ethnicities, national origins, genders, sexual orientations, ages, and ability statuses. SpeakEasy Stage Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Equity 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.
Note about character descriptions. Most characters we encounter currently are in the binary, as seen in the following descriptions. However limiting the descriptions are, our casting seeks to be as inclusive as possible, and we invite gender non-conforming, genderqueer, trans, and non-binary actors to submit for the roles they most identify with. We will also list race/ethnicity specific to the character but otherwise seek all races and ethnicities.
Preparation Instructions. Submissions should be no longer than 5 minutes. Actors may read one or more scenes from the season’s plays, perform one or two monologues, or prepare a combination of scene(s) and monologues(s) from other sources of their preference. SpeakEasy suggests, if not performing scenes, choosing two contrasting monologues. Tip: If you are using an iPhone to video record, please film horizontally and in a well-lit space (not backlit). Also, make sure we can hear you properly before submitting your tape. At the top of the video, please slate your name, pronouns, and location. Auditioning performers will be considered possible (emergency) replacements, understudies, and swings.
For these auditions, no nudity or any form of sexual contact will be required as part of an actor’s audition. We will not ask prospective participants to perform violence or sexual contact as part of an audition without disclosing this expectation in the audition notice or invitation.
SpeakEasy Stage Company seeks to foster an environment of communication, safety, respect, accountability, and the health, safety, and well-being of institutions and their participants.
By Will Arbery
Directed by Marianna Bassham
Rehearsals begin August 15th, 2022; Performances run September 9th, 2022 – October 9th, 2022.
Will Arbery’s Note on Casting:
“This play is, in part, about whiteness and the way it operates in America. Each character is implicated. That’s not to say that certain roles (particularly Justin and Kevin) can’t be cast in a way that evokes ‘passing’ or assimilation, but bear in mind that this is a white environment, and these characters are speaking to each other accordingly.”
EMILY: 25. Warm, kind-hearted, funny. Suffers from severe chronic illness. Gina’s daughter. Worked in pro-life Catholic charities.
KEVIN: 28-30. From Oklahoma. Works at a Catholic textbook company. Tortured, self-loathing, funny, alcoholic.
JUSTIN: 38. An ex-Marine sniper. Bearded. Quiet, intense, strong, religious. A hunter. Plays the guitar.
TERESA: 28-30. From Connecticut. A conservative journalist and columnist. Fierce, brilliant, confident, acerbic. Right-wing. Nationalist
GINA: 64. New president of a small conservative Catholic college. Both warm and cold, casual and formal. Extremely intelligent and charismatic. Could have been president of the country. Had 8 children and taught the whole time.
By Sanaz Toossi
Directed by TBA
Rehearsals begin September 19th, 2022; Performances run October 21st, 2022 – November 19th, 2022.
Note: The play takes place in Iran in 2009. All characters are Middle Eastern. Actors DO NOT need to speak Farsi.
MARJAN: Iranian, Female-identifying, 44. The teacher; was taught both American and British English; accent reflects this. Speaks English extremely well.
ELHAM: Iranian, Female-identifying, 26. A student; has a very thick, very Iranian accent that doesn’t not sound like Borat; we cannot always understand her English
ROYA: Iranian, Female-identifying, 54. A student; has a noticeable accent but is always understood
OMID: Iranian, Male-identifying, 23. A student; has almost no accent
GOLI: Iranian, Female-identifying, 18. Not a girl, not yet a woman; her accent is light and sweet
By Jackie Sibblies Drury
Directed by TBA
Rehearsals begin January 23rd, 2023; Performances run February 17th, 2023 – March 18th, 2023.
Beverly: 30s-50s, black, female-identifying. A mother.
Dayton: 30s-50s, black, male-identifying. A father, husband to Beverly
Jasmine: 20s-30s, black, female-identifying. Beverly’s sister, aunt to Keisha
Keisha: late teens, black, female-identifying. Beverly’s daughter, senior in high school.
Suze: any age, white, female-identifying. Also plays Mama.
Jimbo: any age, white, male-identifying. Also plays Tyrone
Mack: any age, white, any gender. Also plays Erika
Bets: any age, white, female-identifying non-American. Also plays Mama.
By Hansol Jung
Directed by Seonjae Kim
Rehearsals begin February 27th, 2023; Performances run March 24th, 2023 – April 23rd, 2023.
GUK MINSUNG: South Korean, male-identifying, early forties.
YOO NANHEE: North Korean, female-identifying, late thirties
FATHER: North Korean, male-identifying, late fifties. Nanhee’s father.
CHORUS: a chorus of voices, as many as possible, at least five.
MAN: part of chorus / the digital Minsung
WOMAN: part of chorus / the digital Nanhee
HEEJIN: part of chorus / Minsung’s daughter
WIFE: part of chorus / Minsung’s wife