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AUDITIONS for The Majestic Readers Theater Company

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Auditions for Enchanted April, Tragedy Full of Joy: Stories by Bernard Malamud, and The Language Archive  are Feb 2-3 2015 7:30 PM at the Majestic Theater. Report to the Community Room on the second floor of the Majestic Theater. Scripts for these shows are available for checkout at the Majestic Theater business office.

Attached is the Audition Form 2 that you can print out and fill out in advance. Bring it with you to the auditions. You can also forward this form to friends who you think might be interested.

March 29, 2015 – Director: Leigh Matthews Bock, Enchanted April by Matthew Barber . When two unhappy London housewives rent a villa in Italy for an impulsive holiday away from their husbands, they recruit a pair of independent upper-class women to share the cost and the experience. Alone together under the Mediterranean sun, all four women clash — and then begin to bloom — until men once again upset the balance. A classic fable of loss, hope, and romantic rebirth. (3 men, 5 women)

 

April 26, 2015 – Director: Robert Leff, Tragedy Full of Joy: Stories by Bernard Malamud. Malamud was a novelist famous for writing The Natural and author of many short stories. Leff has read all 55 of Malamud stories and has adapted four to the stage. Malamud taught at Oregon State College from 1949 to 1961. The performance date is the 101st anniversary of Malamud’s birth.
The chosen four are: Steady Customer 1943; The Magic Barrel, The Jewbird 1963 and A Wig 1980.

 

May 24, 2015 – Director Michael Winder, The Language Archive by Julia Cho. George is a man consumed with preserving and documenting the dying languages of far-flung cultures. Closer to home, language is failing him. He doesn’t know what to say to his wife and he doesn’t recognize the deep feelings that his lab assistant has for him. (2 men 3 women)

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AUDITIONS for The Majestic Readers Theater Company

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The auditions for Greetings!, The Seafarer and Deadman’s Cell Phone are Monday November 3rd and Tuesday November 4th beginning at 7:30 PM. Report to the rehearsal room on the second floor of the Majestic Theater. Scripts for these shows are available for checkout at the Majestic Theater business office.

Attached is the Audition Form 2 that you can print out and fill out in advance. Bring it with you to the auditions. You can also forward this form to friends who you think might be interested.

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AUDITIONS November 3-4 7:30 PM at the Majestic Theater

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Greetings! by Tom Dudzick – Director: Don Taco. December 28, 2014 – It’s a miraculous comedy that has become an alternative to “A Christmas Carol” in theatres all across the country. A young man brings home his Jewish atheist fiancé to meet his very Catholic parents on Christmas Eve. With the inevitable family explosion comes an out-of-left-field miracle that propels the family into a exploration of love, religion, personal truth and the nature of earthly reality. ( 3m, 2 f)
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The Seafarer by Conner McPhereson – Director: Craig Currier. January 25, 2015 –  The play centers on James “Sharky” Harkin, an alcoholic who has recently returned to live with his blind, aging brother, Richard Harkin. As Sharky attempts to stay off the bottle during the holidays, he contends with the hard-drinking, irascible Richard and his own haunted conscience. It was nominated for multiple Tony Awards as well as the Laurence Olivier and Evening Standard Awards for Best Play (5 m  – the director would cast females into male roles.)
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Dead Man’s Cell Phone by Sarah Ruhl – Director: Pat Kight. February 22, 2015 – The play was awarded a Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding New Play in 2008. It’s a quirky, surrealistic, hallucinatory and bizarre fantasy. A woman answers the cell phone of a stranger who dies in a café. Instead of turning the phone over to authorities she keeps it and takes messages from the dead man’s business associates, friends, family members, even his mistress. The more we learn about the man the more we realize he was a terrible person who loved himself far more than anyone else in his life. However, the woman’s imaginative reinvention of his character brings peace to his family ( 2m, 4f)

Scripts are at the Majestic Theater business office and available for checkout.
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Our next performance is October 26, 2014 – Director: Leigh Matthews Bock, Tomorrow Too: The Brenda Monologues by Don Colburn in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month. The companion play is Walking with Alice written by Laura Mason Caldwell.

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Roles for Next three Reader’s Theater productions – Auditions May 12-13

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AuditionAuditions for Rabbit Hole, A Shayna Maidel and Sylvia take place on the second floor of the Majestic Theater Monday May 12th and Tuesday May 13th beginning at 7:30 PM. Report to the rehearsal room first. After some introductions we will split up and some will move to the classroom. If we get a large crowd we may also use the south lobby on the first floor. Time Stands Still, our May production is rehearsing in the Community Room.

Scripts for these three plays are available for checkout at the Majestic business office. If you have checked out a script and have held it for a week or more, please return it so that others can have a chance.

Rehearsal dates and times are set by the directors. Typically there are five or four rehearsals over a month’s time followed by two technical rehearsals at the Majestic the week of the performance and two performances on the last Sunday of the month.

Here is what the directors are looking for.
Rabbit Hole directed by Judy Gordon, Performance June 29
Synopsis:
Four-year-old, Danny, was killed in a car accident 8 months before the play begins. Rabbit Hole is a gentle play that is not a comedy nor a tragedy, but rather a tribute to the resiliency of human nature. While the play is set in New York, we will not be using accents.

Becca: late thirties/early forties. Mother of Danny. Becca gave up her job to become a stay-at-home mom. Before his death, Danny was the center of her universe. After his death, Becca finds herself suddenly without a focus. Through the course of the play, Becca goes through all the different emotional stages of grief, but prefers to grieve privately. She is orderly, organized and likes things in their proper place. Must be able to tear up and cry (or at least fake it well.)
Izzy: early thirties, Becca’s younger sister. Izzy is passionate, engaged in living life to its fullest and just starting to find her feet in the world. Izzy used to be the “screw-up” following in the footsteps of her perfect older sister. But Danny’s death has changed things — her sister no longer has a perfect life.
Howie: late thirties/early forties. Becca’s husband and father of Danny. In his grief, Howie reaches out only to find his wife unavailable. He searches for other sources of comfort and transitions through most of the emotional stages of grieving. Howie starts the play a little further along in the grieving process than Becca, but has to catch up to her in the end.
Nat: mid-sixties. Becca and Izzy’s mother. Nat provides some comic relief, but also has one of the most poignant speeches in the play. A concerned and caring mother, she tries to give Becca the benefit of her experiences. Grieving for the loss of a child is something Nat is familiar with. Nat’s son, Becca and Izzy’s brother, committed suicide eleven years ago.

Jason: Seventeen to eighteen. Jason is a senior in high school and the driver of the car that killed Danny. Struggling to come to terms with his part in Danny’s death, Jason contacts Becca and Howie. Creative, thoughtful and persistent.

A Shayna Maidel directed by Mike Aronson, Performance July 27
Mordechai: Late 60s, Father of Rose and Lusia. Religious, devout, elegant. Very old Europe. The hub of the family wheel. He represses any emotions which would betray weakness or vulnerability. This does not mean he doesn’t feel them.

Rose: Early to mid 20s. Daughter of Mordechai. Sister of Lusia. Assimilated but not ashamed of /or trying to hide her Jewish identity. Very little memory of her childhood in Poland but deeply curious about it.

Lusia: Late 20s to Early 30s. Sister of Rose. Daughter of Mordechai. Very much a stranger in a strange world. Haunted by her past but careful not to let others know. Strong and Stubborn and hopeful. Not self pitying.

Duvid: mid 30s. (younger in memory sequences) Husband of Lusia. For most of the play only appears as a ghost/dream. Funny, Deeply loves Lusia.

Mama: Various ages. Mother of Rose and Lusia. Wife of Mordechai. Generous woman. Appears only as a memory.

Hannah: Lusia’s childhood friend. She ages from 14-late 20s. Only appears in Lusia’s memory.

NOTE: Each of the actors with the exception of Rose must be able to sustain a Yiddish accent for various periods of time. Mordechai and Luisa must sustain it for the entire play. Duvid, Mama and Hannah must be able to sustain it for shorter periods of time.

Sylvia directed by Johanna Spencer, August 31
Sylvia: a dog played by a woman. Good comedic timing and improv skills necessary. Fun role, must be comfortable with crotch sniffing and language.

GREG: A middle-aged man married to Kate. Professional New Yorker near retirement and new owner of Sylvia.
Kate : a middle-aged, college educated woman who, with her kids finally out of the house, is excited and ready to finally be able to focus on her marriage and her own career in academia.
Tom/Phyllis/Leslie: All roles to be played by one actor, Tom (a man) is a fellow dog owner whom Greg meets at the park, Phyllis (a woman) is a college friend of Kate, Leslie (of unknown gender) is a counselor.

Auditions for W;t, The One Act Plays and Time Stands Still

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Happy New Year!  Isn’t it Romantic had two successful performances on the last Sunday of December so every reading will have two performances from now on.  Looking ahead to 2014 we will have auditions this month for Wit (performed in March), The One Act plays (April) and Time Stands Still (May).
Auditions are Monday and Tuesday Jan 13-14 in the rehearsal room on the second floor of the Majestic Theater.  We will start at 7:30 PM both evenings.
The dream of having more opportunities to perform in front of eager audiences while working with skilled actors is coming true.  Please support the other productions the way your production was supported.  We always need light operators and sometimes sound board operators.  Volunteer to help productions when you are not cast. Make this a true actor’s company.
Here is a character write up for Time Stands Still.
Time Stands Still
by Donald Margulies
Directed by Robert Leff
Auditions Monday January 13th and Tuesday January 14th; 7:30 PM
Performances Sunday May 25 at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Time Stands Still focuses on Sarah and James, a photojournalist and a foreign correspondent trying to find happiness in a world that seems to have gone crazy.  Theirs is a partnership based on telling the toughest stories, and together, making a difference.  But when their own story takes a sudden turn, the adventurous couple confronts the prospect of a more conventional life.
Sarah Goodwin, late 30s – early 40s, a photojournalist, passionate about her work, intelligent, wounded by a roadside bomb.
James Dood, late 30s – early 40s, a freelance journalist, emotionally shattered after seeing a women and children bombed, once an idealist; now craves a conventional life.
Richard Ehrlich, 50 – 55, a photo editor, Sarah’s former lover, practical about his work, worrier, concerned, protective.
Mandy Bloom, 25, an event planner, guileless, emotionally open, trying to find her place in the world.
Note:  Mandy’s age is a major story element in the play.  This will be taken into account when casting the role.
Mike Aronson