Auditions

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The Community Players of Concord, NH
are holding Auditions for 2 Roles in

THE KID CULT COSMOLOGY
by Graham Techler

 

AUDITIONS:
Saturday, October 28, 2017
1:00 pm
Players Studio
435 Josiah Bartlett Road, Concord NH
Production Dates (9 performances)
March 30, 31, and April 1, 2018
April 6, 7, and 8, 2018
April 13, 14, and 15, 2018
Hatbox Theatre, Steeplegate Mall, Concord NH

Synopsis. Described by the playwright as a “bizarre coming of age story,” Kid Cult tells the story of three sixth-grade boys who believe they witnessed a UFO one night during their after-school cryptozoology discussion club meeting. Of course, the boys decide to create their own space-based religion, a decision not to the liking of the school administration, and which leads to questions of who is just playing around and who is a true believer.

The Roles. The cast consists of the three boys (T.J., Robby, and Aaron) and two supporting characters, Everyone Else No. 1 and Everyone Else No. 2. Auditions are being held only for the roles of EE1 and EE2, who play every other character in the show, including:

Overlord Principal Healy (middle school principal)
Quigley (Healy’s lackey)
Aaron’s mother and Robby’s Dad
Mr. Leo (history teacher) and Ms. Chen (French teacher)
Kayla, Kylie, and Janet (middle school girls)
Governor Fife Symington III of Arizona
David Bowie (maybe)
Lilith (resident of a Transylvanian castle on Venus)
Quiet Storm DJ (disc jockey)
… and assorted other parents, teachers, staff and kids at the school

The roles of EE1 and EE2 may be played by adult actors of any age, sex, or ethnicity.  Both actors will play both male and female characters.

(Note: Although EE1 and EE2 will both play middle school students at times, both also play adults.  We anticipate casting actors of college age or older in these roles.  We are not looking to audition actual middle schoolers for this show.)

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

“The Kid Cult Cosmology” is a new comedy by Graham Techler. The play won the the Dogwood/Beckwith Emerging Playwright Award and the Dennis McIntyre Prize for Distinction in Playwriting in 2016. While it has had staged readings at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, the University of Michigan, and at Urban Stages in New York City, this production will be its world premiere performance.
A copy of the script may be obtained for review by email. Send a request by email to Dave Peck at: skipwd@comcast.net

Production Team

Director – Doug Schwarz                              Producers – Colleen Schwarz, Dave Peck
Stage Manager – Katie Griffiths                  Projections — Dave Peck

Rehearsals

We anticipate rehearsals will be held evenings and possibly weekends at the Community Players Studio beginning in February 2018. Schedule TBD.

Questions: Contact Doug Schwarz at odschwarz@gmail.com.


Auditions for 

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike 

INFORMATION NIGHT:  Monday, Nov. 20 at 7:00 pm
AUDITIONS:  Monday & Tuesday, Nov. 27 & 28 at 7:00-8:30 pm
CALL BACKS (if needed):  Wednesday, Nov. 29 at 7:00 pm  (by appointment)

All to be held at the Players Studio, 435 Josiah Bartlett Road, Concord

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AUDITION INFORMATION 

“Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” is a comedy by Christopher Durang (author of “Sister Mary Ignatius Explains it All For You” and “The Actor’s Nightmare”). The play won the Tony Award in 2013 for Best Play, originally starring Sigourney Weaver (a school friend of Durang’s) and David Hyde Pierce.

Background – The play tells the story of three siblings, all in their mid 50’s, each feeling some regret about how their lives turned out and some unease about the future at this point in middle age. The theme touches on the plays of Anton Chekhov in a general sense (but the audience – or the actors – need no background information to fully enjoy the play.) They are named for Russian characters because their parents were college professors who enjoyed doing community theatre.

The Play – Vanya and Sonia (who was adopted) live a quiet country life in their family home in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, having never worked and spent many years caring for their elderly parents, recently passed. Vanya is gay and dabbles at writing plays, Sonia is moody and harbors regret at never having “lived.” Their sister, Masha, who is a movie star and pays the bills, comes to visit (with her boy-toy, “Spike”) and tells them she intends to sell the house. Their cleaning woman, Cassandra, who is psychic and prone to predictions of doom, sees the writing on the wall and attempts to stop Masha, using voodoo.  And Spike, while romping about the grounds in his boxer briefs, brings back Nina, a fresh young hope-to-be-actress, who is thrilled to meet the less-than thrilled movie star in her 50s.

The play centers around two events, a local costume party-turned-bust for Masha, who had planned to appear as Snow White, with an entourage of dwarves backing her up (but only Vanya agrees to go along with it – Spike goes as the prince and Sonia goes as “The Evil Queen as played by Maggie Smith…on her way to the Oscars.”) Later Vanya hosts an impromptu reading of his latest one-act play, which turns disastrous when Spike keeps texting someone, driving Vanya into a rage against modern technology.

Masha sends Spike packing when it’s revealed that he’s been texting (and sleeping with) her personal assistant back in L.A.  Putting aside her pride, Masha decides to accept a movie offer playing a dreaded “mother role,” just to get money to keep the house. In a resigned, yet surprisingly positive conclusion, the three face the future with some hope (Sonia even snagged a date at the party) and some real connection to one another.

Vanya50s, gay, quiet, gentle, and wry. A reader, with literary ambitions. A bit cautious around Sonia’s moods. Resigned to his life, but often wishes for a simpler time, like the suburban 1950s in which he grew up.

Sonia 50s, moody, sometimes discontent, sometimes manic or anxious. She regrets never having “lived” and harbors a desire for glamour and romance that she feels life has denied her. Jealous of Masha.

Masha50s, self-involved Hollywood actress, always performing and always “on,” short attention span if it’s not “about her,” her regret at never having been taken seriously as an actress is now mostly an affectation. Terrified of aging and losing “star” status.

Spike20s, 30s. Good-looking (and knows it), hunky, dim-witted. Amoral Hollywood wannabe actor (he was almost cast in “Entourage 2”) who struts about in boxer briefs when he feels like it.

Cassandra(any age) – Cleaning woman. Mercurial psychic and voodoo practitioner. Alternately visionary or down-to-earth. Often feels the put-upon domestic servant.

Nina20s. An attractive young girl, the relative of a neighbor, who dreams of becoming a serious actress. Eager to please, enthusiastic and sincere.

Non-traditional, racial, ethnic casting opportunities will be considered.

The Director – Jim Webber has directed “City of Angels,” “The Philadelphia Story,” “Boeing Boeing,” and “The Tale of The Allergist’s Wife” for Community Players; “Cabaret” and “Clue” for Majestic; and “Good People” for M&M Productions. At NHTI, he also directed “Last Night of Ballyhoo” and “Skin of Our Teeth,” among other plays.

Director – Jim Webber                                                                                Producers – Barbara Woodman, Allwynne Fine
Costumes – Joan Vick
Props – Kendra West-Senor
Stage Manager – Beck Bryson                                                                   ASM – Ron Bryson

Questions: Contact Jim Webber at jbw1026@aol.com or (603) 669-9975.

Production Dates

Friday & Saturday, February 16-17, 2018
Sunday, February 18, 2018