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Feb 24 and 25 – The Guardsman, by Ferenc Molnar,
directed by Kevin McKendrick. SUBMISSION DEADLINE FEB 13
*All actors must be comfortable with text of a classic nature, while able to play broad comedy.
Helene is a star; 30-40 years old, she is the toast of Budapest and Café Society. She has many suitors. Vivacious and quick-witted; she has been married to Victor for six months, following a long series of tempestuous and torrid affairs.
Victor is Helene’s husband of six months. He is a considerable talent at the height of his career in 1910 Budapest. Aged 30-40, he is able to play high comedy as well as Hamlet. He is a self-assured and charismatic actor. Victor disguises himself as a Russian Guardsman to test his wife’s loyalty.
The Critic-Dr. Mezei
Dr Mezei is a man of letters in a literary time. Well educated and affluent by all appearances, he is a gentleman and has long been in love with Helene. Aged 30-50. He may be a bachelor or a widower.
Once Helene’s chaperone and guide, she now serves in the capacity of the housekeeper for Helene and Victor. She can be shrewish, and self-pitying. 50-70 years old; Hungarian or European.
5. Bette-The Maid (doubles with The Usherette)
In her 20’s. She is on call at all hours, day or night. She is paid little, but has a roof over her head and three square meals a day.
In her 40’s. She works in the theatre. Maybe she once had designs on being an actor? This is a character role, present only in Act 2.
The Debt Collector
The Debt Collector is hired by his firm to run down debts owed by actors. 20s-50s. He is passionate about the theatre, and idolizes both Helene and Victor. He is energetic, almost puppyish, and easily distracted from his task.
For the auditions, please prepare two contrasting comic pieces, one contemporary, and one classic in nature. Classic could apply to Shakespeare or Chekov or Wilde, or even Neil Simon. Maximum of 2 minutes per piece please.
The Last 5 Years by Jason Robert Brown, directed by Julie McIsaac and music direction by Heather Burns
Drama Desk award-winner The Last Five Years is Jason Robert Brown’s intimate window into a couple’s doomed marriage. Cathy, a struggling actor, and Jamie, a budding novelist on the brink of wild success, are 20-somethings in New York who meet, fall in love, marry, and divorce over the span of five years. Cathy tells the story from the end of their marriage; Jamie begins from when they first meet. As the musical unfolds, Cathy moves backward in time to the beginning of the relationship as Jamie moves toward the end; they meet only once, in the middle, at their wedding. Since its Off-Broadway premiere in 2002, Brown’s funny, poignant, and devastatingly honest two-person production has enraptured audiences around the world with its spellbinding and emotional score and libretto.
Seeking strong singer-actors for the following roles:
Catherine (Cathy) Hiatt:
mezzo-soprano w/belt (high note D#5/Eb5; low note F3), 25-35 yrs.
tenor (high note A#4/Bb4; low note A2), 25-35 yrs, identifies as Jewish.
Age ranges are a guideline only – if you feel you are suitable for a role, please submit. We strongly encourage applications from actors of diverse backgrounds.
We would like to hear directly from artists – no agency submissions please.