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Auditions

The Sunshine Boys

By Neil Simon

Directed by Jane Watson

Audition Times:

	  • Monday, June 24th (6-8pm)
	  • Tuesday, June 25th (6-8pm)
	

Performance Times:

October 18-20 and 25-27, possible benefit performance October 23-24

Rehearsal Schedule:

Rehearsals will begin in September and will be scheduled based on actors availability.

Show Description:

Al and Willie as “Lewis and Clark” were top-billed vaudevillians for over forty years. Now they aren’t even speaking. When CBS requests them for a “History of Comedy” retrospective, a grudging reunion brings the two back together, along with a flood of memories, miseries, and laughs. The story follows the attempt by a young theatrical agent to reunite his elderly uncle, a former vaudevillian great, with his long-time stage partner for a TV reunion. Despite their celebrated reputation, the two old men have not spoken in twelve years. Besides remastering their sketch, the two men have numerous issues to work out before they are ready to return to the public eye.

Notes from the director about casting:

	All races and ethnicities are encouraged to audition.
	  
    If you are interested in auditioning, please email office@playcrafters.com with SUNSHINE BOYS in the subject line.  
    • Tell us what role/roles you are interested in playing
    •  Attach your acting resume and headshot or a photo of yourself.  
    • If you don’t have a resume, no problem.  Type in a list of the roles you have played, the shows you played them in and the venue.  
    • If you are new to acting, welcome!  Just say so in the email and attach a photo of yourself.  Please do list a role if it grabs you.  You will have a chance to read.

The director will then email you back the sides (script pages) to prepare for your audition.
**The same sides will also be available outside the office door for pick up starting Monday, June 17.

Be prepared to read sides alongside fellow auditionees.  

Please be able to list any and all scheduling conflicts from August 20th to October 27.
Read through is tentatively set for August 20th.

If cast, you must be able to make all of the performances.  (October 18, 19, 20 & 25, 26, 27)

Good luck!  See you at auditions!
	  

Characters:

Willie Clark (lead, M 60s-80s): A stubborn and unpredictable former vaudeville star who clings to his past show business career.
	  • Al Lewis (lead, M 60s-80s): A reserved and classy former vaudeville star, gracefully accepting the effects of aging.
	  • Ben Silverman (lead, M 30s): Willie Clark’s loving nephew and agent, patiently dealing with Willie’s antics.
	  • Burlesque Nurse (supporting, F 20s): A comedienne playing a curvy, sexy stereotype role in the revival of a famous Sunshine Boys sketch.
	  • Registered Nurse (supporting, F 50s-60s): A no-nonsense caregiver.
	  PLEASE NOTE: We are entertaining the possibility of double-casting the nurse roles, highlighting an ability to contrast between dolled up to frumpy.
	  • TV Assistant Eddie (supporting, M 20s): The CBS floor assistant director for the revival of The Sunshine Boys’ famous sketch.
	  • Patient (minor supporting, M mature): The patient in The Sunshine Boys’ famous sketch.
	  • Voice/Director (minor supporting, M adult): The director of the CBS special featuring The Sunshine Boys’ famous sketch. 
	  This character is primarily performed as a voice-over and may not not appear on stageVarious Television Studio Crew
	  

Anyone who NEEDS to audition by way of Zoom should contact Playcrafters at office@playcrafters.com as soon as possible so that the director can make arrangements.

A Streetcar Named Desire

By Tennessee Williams

Directed by Mike Schulz

Audition Times:

Saturday, July 13th from 12PM-2PM

Sunday, July 14th from 2PM-4PM

Performance Times:

	  • Friday, September 13  – Sunday, September 15
	  • Friday, September 20  – Sunday, September 22
	  • September 18-19 (Possible benefit performances)
    

Rehearsal Schedule:

	  • Rehearsals will depend on the actors’ availability.
	  • All actors who are cast must be available for all show dates, as well as tech week. 
    

Show Description:

The play dramatizes the experiences of Blanche DuBois, a former Southern belle who, after encountering a series of personal losses, leaves her once-prosperous situation to move into a shabby apartment in New Orleans rented by her younger sister Stella and brother-in-law Stanley. Though she finds a glimmer of hope while connecting with Stanley's gentlemanly friend, Mitch, Blanche cannot face the truth of her own troubled past and ultimately descends into madness.

Notes from the director about casting:

	  • We’re seeking a variety of ages and physical types ranging from late teens to seniors. Ages for the roles of Blanche, Stanley, Stella, and Mitch can range between late 20s to early 40s (or those who can reasonably pass for late 20s to early 40s), and will be determined based on the audition turnout.
	  • Please bring your acting resume or a list of your acting experience. Be prepared to read from the script alongside fellow auditionees. Some familiarity with the script would be ideal. (You can find copies online and I’m betting in every library in America.) No prepared monologue is necessary. 
	  • Please also be able to list any and all scheduling conflicts from July 22nd to September 22nd, though rehearsals will likely begin on July 29th.
	

Characters:

Blanche DuBois:Female, ages late 20s to early 40s;a demeanor that connotes an emotionally fragile person. 
	  • Stanley Kowalski: Male, ages late 20s to early 40s; 
	  • Stella Kowalski: Female, ages late 20s to early 40s; vivacious, sensual.  
	  • Harold “Mitch” Mitchell: Male, ages late 20s to early 40s; shy, clumsy, but gentle and kind. 
	  • Eunice Hubbell: Female, ages late 20s to early 40s; A bit crass and rough around the edges.  
	  • Steve Hubbell: Male, ages late 20s to early 40s; same demeanor as his wife – on the crass side and very earthy. 
	  • Pablo Gonzales: Male, ages late 20s to early 40s; one of the poker players, punctuates games with Spanish phrases.
	  • Young Collector: Male, must be 18 years or older; a teenager who comes to the Kowalskis’ door to collect for the newspaper when Blanche is home alone. 
	  • Doctor: Male, ages mid-40s to late 60s; arrives at the end to bring Blanche on her "vacation."
	  • Nurse: Female or male, ages late 20s to late 60s; arrives with the Doctor.
	  • Negro Woman: Female, ages mid-30s to mid-50s; has a “seen it all” air.
	  • Mexican Woman: Female, ages early 40s to mid-60s; sells flowers for the dead when Blanche recounts her fall from grace.
        (We apologize about Tennessee Williams’ character names for those latter two.)
	  

Notes From the Director:

	  • Anyone who needs to audition by way of Zoom should contact Playcrafters at office@playcrafters.com as soon as possible so that arrangements can be made. Please use the Zoom option only if absolutely necessary, as casting will largely be based on auditionees’ in-person chemistry with others.
	  • Those cast as Blanche, Stanley, and Stella can expect to be at all (or nearly all) rehearsals. Those cast as Mitch and the Hubbells can expect to be there frequently. The other half-dozen will likely only be needed one or two nights per week until we get into September.
	  • Ideally, I’d love to schedule rehearsals for Mondays through Thursdays from 6:30 to 9 p.m., giving everyone weekends off until tech weekend. That, however, will depend on actor availability.
	  • Have fun at the audition! Streetcar is a landmark drama, to be sure … but there are plenty of laughs … at least until there aren’t. Hope to see you there!

Anyone who NEEDS to audition by way of Zoom should contact Playcrafters at office@playcrafters.com as soon as possible so that the director can make arrangements.

Design and Crew

If you're interested in helping us out backstage you can still come to Auditions! Meet the Director and let them know what you're interested in helping with. We are always looking for volunteers to learn and staff all important backstage and lobby positions.

All Auditions are held at the Barn Theatre unless otherwise noted.
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Volunteer

We're always in need of volunteers! Every performance needs help with box office, ushers and concessions!

People who volunteer get to see the show for free.

To volunteer, contact us at office@playcrafters.com.