Auditions

Auditions

Speakeasy holds auditions by appointment for upcoming projects.

This Season

We are seeking actors for the 2021-2022 Season

Submissions for Union and Non-Union actor closed on July 31st. Inquiries may be considered on a case-by-case basis. For more information, email auditions@speakeasystage.com.

Reviewing auditions will be: Producing Artistic Director Paul Daigneault.

ONCE ON THIS ISLAND book and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens and music by Stephen Flaherty
Directed by Pascale Florestal, music direction by David Coleman
Rehearsals begin February 14, 2022
Performances March 11, 2022 – April 16, 2022

THE INHERITANCE by Matthew Lopez
Directed by Paul Daigneault
Rehearsals begin March 14, 2022
Performances run April 22 – June 11, 2022

Production Details:
Union Contract: NEAT 6 Agreement – Rehearsals $546
EMC points will be available for non-union actors

Submissions
Submissions for Plays: Please submit a self-tape monologue (2 minutes or less) to auditions@speakeasystage.com
Submissions for the Musical: Submissions should be no longer than 5 minutes. Actors are encouraged to perform musical selections in the style of the show. Actors may also feature their skills with piano, accordion, mandolin, guitar, banjo, viola, violin, fiddle, cello, upright bass, percussion, or other instrument.

Please be sure to also include:

  • Equity Status
  • Pronouns
  • Your headshot/resume as a PDF titled “LAST NAME, FIRST NAME (2021)”
  • Your video submission link. 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.

Submissions for Union and Non-Union actor closed on July 31st. Inquiries may be considered on a case-by-case basis. For more information, email auditions@speakeasystage.com.

The 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.

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 its participants.

Non-Equity Actors will be reviewed at the discretion of the artistic team.

Please contact auditions@speakeasystage.com with any questions.


Casting Breakdown by Production

ONCE ON THIS ISLAND

Ti Moune: Female-identified, 18-25. Ethnicity: Black / African Descent, Dark Skinned
A beautifully spirited peasant girl, full of restless energy and optimism; the heroine; tries to break social barriers to be with her love, Daniel; strong alto belt, G (below C) to E (2 above C); strong musician skills; ability to play instrument(s) is a plus; principal.

Daniel: Male-identified, 22. 18-25. Ethnicity: Asian, Black / African Descent, Ethnically Ambiguous / Multiracial, Indigenous Peoples, Latinx / Hispanic, Middle Eastern, South Asian / Indian, Southeast Asian / Pacific Islander. Light Skinned.
Ti Moune’s love interest; a handsome, aristocratic young man who struggles with crossing social barriers; sensitive and poetic; strong tenor or baritenor, B (2 below C) to F Sharp (above C); strong musician skills; ability to play instrument(s) is a plus; principal.

Mama Euralie: Female-Identified, 30-59. Black / African Descent, Dark Skinned
Ti Moune’s adoptive mother; described as an “old peasant”; caring, over-protective, superstitious, fiercely loving, and strong-willed, her similarities often lead to clashes with Ti Moune; strong alto, F Sharp (below C) to B (above C); strong musician skills; ability to play instrument(s) is a plus; principal

TonTon Julian: Male-Identified, 30-59. Black / African Descent, Dark Skinned
Ti Moune’s adoptive father (“Tonton” is a French affectionate term for “Uncle”); described as an “old peasant”; he teaches Ti Moune that love has no limits, and he goes to great lengths to support her wishes; caring, loving, and practical; strong baritone, A (2 below C) to E (above C); strong musician skills; ability to play instrument(s) is a plus; principal.

Asaka: Any Gender, 25-59. Ethnicity: Asian, Black / African Descent, Ethnically Ambiguous / Multiracial, Indigenous Peoples, Latinx / Hispanic, Middle Eastern, South Asian / Indian, Southeast Asian / Pacific Islander
Mother of the Earth; a mentor to Ti Moune; personifies the peasants’ connection to the land; she is generous and good-humored on the surface, but like all the gods feared by the islanders; her “motherly” facade is not to be trusted; she is powerful, funny, and ironic; strong mezzo belt, A (below C) to E (2 above C); strong musician skills; ability to play instrument(s) is a plus; principal.

Erzulie: Any Gender, 20-49. Ethnicity: Asian, Black / African Descent, Ethnically Ambiguous / Multiracial, Indigenous Peoples, Latinx / Hispanic, Middle Eastern, South Asian / Indian, Southeast Asian / Pacific Islander
goddess of love; a mentor to Ti Moune and foil to Papa Ge; the most approachable of the gods, but ultimately no less egocentric; one of the main instigators of the events of the story, she is looked upon fondly by the people; set out to prove that love is stronger than the fear of death: by love, she means the power of the human heart; strong soprano, B (below C) to E (2 above C); strong musician skills; ability to play instrument(s) is a plus; principal.

*Agwe: Any Gender, 25-59. Ethnicity: Asian, Black / African Descent, Ethnically Ambiguous / Multiracial, Indigenous Peoples, Latinx / Hispanic, Middle Eastern, South Asian / Indian, Southeast Asian / Pacific Islander
God of water; a mentor to Ti Moune; Larger than life, mysterious; Perhaps the peasants’ greatest fear next to Papa Ge himself; commanding voice and presence; strong, dramatic baritone/bass with a big range, B (2 below C) to E (above C); strong musician skills; ability to play instrument(s) is a plus; principal.

Andrea/Storyteller 1: Female-Identified, 20-29. Ethnicity: Asian, Black / African Descent, Ethnically Ambiguous / Multiracial, Indigenous Peoples, Latinx / Hispanic, Middle Eastern, South Asian / Indian, Southeast Asian / Pacific Islander. Light skinned.
Daniel’s betrothed; an attractive, elegant, and refined young woman; she seems cold at first but turns out to be both humane and determined; she pities Ti Moune, but despite having little affection for Daniel, she will not allow sentiment to interfere with her well-ordered plan for marriage and the aristocratic ways; also plays Madame Armand; strong mezzo, B (below C) to D (2 above C); strong musician skills; strong mover; ability to play instrument(s) is a plus.

“Beauxhommes” Narrator/Storyteller 2: Female-Identified, 20-49. Ethnicity: Asian, Black / African Descent, Ethnically Ambiguous / Multiracial, Indigenous Peoples, Latinx / Hispanic, Middle Eastern, South Asian / Indian, Southeast Asian / Pacific Islander
Excellent singer: soprano; strong musician skills; movement ability is a plus; ability to play instrument(s) is a plus; possible understudy assignments; principal.

“Beauxhommes” Narrator/Storyteller 1: Male-Identified, 20-49. Ethnicity: Asian, Black / African Descent, Ethnically Ambiguous / Multiracial, Indigenous Peoples, Latinx / Hispanic, Middle Eastern, South Asian / Indian, Southeast Asian / Pacific Islander
Excellent singer: tenor; strong musician skills; movement ability is a plus; ability to play instrument(s) is a plus; possible understudy assignments; principal.

Storyteller 2/Monsieur Beauxhomme/Armand: Male-Identified, 30-59. Ethnicity: Asian, Black / African Descent, Ethnically Ambiguous / Multiracial, Indigenous Peoples, Latinx / Hispanic, Middle Eastern, South Asian / Indian, Southeast Asian / Pacific Islander
Daniel’s stern father; reminds Daniel of the harsh realities of life; not deliberately cruel, but determined; represents the heart of aristocratic society; also plays Armand, the ancestor; strong baritone, A (2 below C) to D (above C); strong musician skills; movement ability is a plus; ability to play instrument(s) is a plus; principal.

Little Ti Moune: Female-identified, Age 7-11. Ethnicity: Black / African Descent, Dark Skinned
The younger version of Ti Moune; also plays the child for whom the story is told; energetic, confident, funny, and sweet; strong singer, E Flat (above C) to D Flat (2 above C); principal.

*The role of Agwe has been cast. Actors will be seen for these roles as replacements only.

THE INHERITANCE

*MARGARET: Female-Identified. 60+. Any Ethnicity.
A haunted woman. The mother of a young man who died of AIDS in the mid-1980 and who she was estranged from, she has spent her life atoning for her personal failings. Flinty, pugnacious, no-nonsense. She is tasked with caring for Walter’s house and, by extension, all its secrets as well as some of her own.

WALTER/E.M. FORSTER: Male-Identified. 50-59. White.
As E.M. Forster: The eminent British author of Howards End and Maurice. A spiritual and literary guide to a group of young men attempting to tell the story of their lives. Straight-laced. Proper. Occasionally playful and even joyfully wicked. Having grappled with his dishonesty and cowardice in life as closeted gay man fearful of exposure, in death he is a teacher who learns just as much as his pupils about life in the modern world.
As Walter Poole: Henry’s gentle, honest, partner. A haunted man possessed of tremendous compassion but also tremendous emotional caution. He survived the AIDS epidemic by sacrificing himself to the needs of others and now he seems to be half in this world, half in the spirit world—in the process, it seems, of becoming a ghost. Note: As this doubling covers both British and American characters, the role(s) requires an actor extremely deft with both accents.

HENRY WILCOX: Male-Identified. 50-59. White.
A gay billionaire Republican real estate developer. Walter’s partner. Charming, fiercely intelligent and emotionally inaccessible. He survived the AIDS epidemic by closing himself off to the needs of others. In trying to ignore his trauma he has lived a life completely divorced from his emotions, from joy, from connection to others. But the desire for happiness does not come without cost—and he is forced to finally face his past.

YOUNG MAN 1/ADAM/LEO: Male-Identified. 20-29. Any Ethnicity.
As Adam: A charming wide-eyed child of privilege; physically attractive. naturally seductive. He hides these qualities beneath a veneer of innocence and inexperience but beneath the surface, he’s calculating and methodical. He’s too skilled a manipulator to ever be caught at it.
As Leo: A guarded, damaged young man aching for connection and kindness. Leo trusts no one because his life has taught him this is the only way to survive. Please note: nudity required.

YOUNG MAN 2/JASON 1: Male-Identified. 30-39. Any Ethnicity.
A high school science teacher, bookish and sweetly nerdy. The kind of person who doesn’t speak at parties until they’ve had a couple of drinks and then you can’t shut them up. The peacemaker. Plays multiple other roles. Please note: nudity required.

YOUNG MAN 3/YOUNG HENRY: Male-Identified. 18-29. Any Ethnicity.
Appears as a memory of the adult Henry Wilcox. Traumatized by what he witnesses during the mid-1980’s, at the start of the AIDS epidemic, he moves through the world cautiously, with his emotional guard resolutely up. Plays multiple other roles. Please note: nudity required.

YOUNG MAN 4/YOUNG WALTER: Male-Identified. 18-29. Any Ethnicity.
Appears as a memory of the adult Walter Poole. At the start of the AIDS epidemic. A deeply feeling, intensely loyal, innately principled young man. Outwardly, he is as gentle as a cherry blossom. Inwardly, he’s steel-spined and indestructible. Plays multiple other roles. Please note: nudity required.

YOUNG MAN 5/TOBY’S AGENT: Male-Identified. 18-29. Any Ethnicity.
A budding young power agent at one of the big agencies. Thrives on protein shakes and hot yoga. Not without compassion for Toby but increasingly frustrated by his client’s erratic behavior. Knows how to gently pet with one hand and cut throats with the other. Plays multiple other roles. Please note: nudity required.

YOUNG MAN 6/TRISTAN: Male-Identified. 25-39. Black.
An ER physician who spends his days dealing with trauma of all kinds. He is calm under pressure and knows how to diffuse the most volatile situations. He can be droll and wickedly funny when he wants to (and he often does). He can also expertly dissect thorny, seemingly impossible problems with reasoned, blazingly intelligent thinking. Plays multiple other roles. Please note: nudity required.

YOUNG MAN 7/JASPER: Male-Identified. 30-39. White.
A “social justice entrepreneur,” who works in the political realm as a movement influencer. He is wickedly smart if also a little self righteous and blind to his own privilege. He has a good heart and good intentions. When we meet him, he’s an amiable doofus with boyish charm who hasn’t really matured past the age of 22, which is the average age of most of his boyfriends. The 2016 election hardens him in unhealthy ways. He becomes prone to pronouncements, over analysis, and develops an ideological rigidity and inflexibility that causes his relationships to fracture. Plays multiple other roles. Please note: nudity required.

YOUNG MAN 8/JASON 2: Male-Identified. 30-39. Latinx/Hispanic.
A first-grade teacher who often treats the world as if it were his classroom. Big-hearted, joyful, and deliriously idiosyncratic. The fact that he is able to coherently argue his somewhat baffling points of view is evidence not only of his fertile imagination but also his rock-solid intellect. Jason is a perceptive and compassionate man who possesses the ability to understand the emotional stakes of any situation—eventually. Plays multiple other roles. Please note: nudity required.

*YOUNG MAN 9/ERIC GLASS: Male-Identified. 30-39. Any Ethnicity.
Deeply compassionate. Tender. Loyal. Undervalues himself and doesn’t realize how special he is. Tested along the way by heartbreak and loss, he uses these disappointments as fuel to build the growing fire inside him. Doesn’t know that he’s the lead of this play. Once he does and makes a decision to act bravely and decisively, he discovers he has the ability to change the world to an extent far greater than anyone knows. Please note: nudity required.

YOUNG MAN 10/TOBY DARLING: Male-Identified. 20-39. Any Ethnicity.
A raging whirlwind of ambition, sex appeal, self-regard, self-doubt, and ultimately self-destruction. Charming. Verbose. Funny. Sharp-tongued. A self-made man who charges through life as if he were indestructible—ultimately discovering that he is not. He knows the glory of tremendous heights and the devastating lows of self-annihilation. A star that burns too brightly and is extinguished too quickly. He can delight you and appall you, make you swoon one minute and break your heart the next. All of his bluster is to cover the fact that he is the most fragile character in the play. Please note: nudity required.

*The roles of Margaret & Eric have been cast. Actors will be seen for these roles as replacements only.

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