Auditions

Auditions for:

  • A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Gynecologic Oncology Unit at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center of New York City

  • Hir  (audition sides are posted above the notice, below)

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Gynecologic Oncology Unit at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center of New York City

by Halley Feiffer

Directed by Lee Trull

A slouchy, foul-mouthed young comedian and an overwhelmed middle-aged man embroiled in a nasty divorce are unexpectedly brought together when their cancer-stricken mothers become roommates in the hospital. Tensions rise and gauntlets are thrown, but appearances may be deceiving. Through confessions, fights, and uproariously inappropriate jokes these two unwittingly invest in each other and help to pick up the pieces of their broken lives. A boisterously brazen story of the strength it takes to learn to laugh through pain.

Roles:
Open to both Equity and Non-Equity. All roles are open to all ethnicities. EMC points may be received for Non-Equity performers. Non-Equity performers are paid for rehearsal and performances.

Karla - Late 20s. A charismatic woman whose pretty face and somewhat childlike demeanor belies an incredibly dirty mouth and mind. Spunky, spirited, angry, and wickedly funny. A stand-up comedian with a real penchant for dark humor which she uses to hide behind and distract herself from the pain of her mother’s sickness.

Don - Late 40s. An unassuming man who you would never even notice on the subway or walking down the street - an “everyman” in the most boring sense of the word. Clearly has been through a lot of stress both in life-in-general and also more acutely quite recently. Employs a raging temper to mask the gaping wound left from his recent marital split and his mother’s illness.

Marcie - Fifties. Karla’s mother. A painfully thin, pale, dyed-redhead recovering form a hysterectomy that she had to treat her Stage 1 endometrial cancer. Very dry wit, like Karla. In her case, her dark humor belies not only oceans of pain but also an abusive, selfish cruelty. Still, she is capable of deep love and moments of tender vulnerability.

Geena - Sixties. Don’s mother. A heavyset woman who hasn’t paid attention to her personal appearance in about forty years. Has been battling ovarian cancer for seven years. Brave. Tired.

Audition Dates/Times:

Sunday, September 10, 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Monday, September 11, 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Video Submission deadline is Monday, September 11, 2017.

Callbacks will be held Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at 6:00 PM

Audition Requirements - AUDITIONS BY APPOINTMENT ONLY!
To make an appointment, please call Stage West at (817) 784-9378, Tues-Fri 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM or Sat 12-5:00 PM. Auditions will involve cold readings from the script. The script is available at the Stage West offices. Auditions will be held at Stage West, 821 W Vickery. It is strongly recommended that you read the script prior to auditions.

Rehearsals:
Begin Monday, February12, 2018. Rehearsal schedule is Monday through Saturday with Sundays off.
Rehearsal times are Mondays through Fridays 7-11PM, and Saturdays 1-5PM and 6:30-9:30PM.

Performances:
Thursday, March 8, 2018 through Sunday, April 1, 2018 at Stage West, 821 W Vickery.
[Note: performances will be Thursday nights at 7:30, Friday and Saturday nights at 8:00 and Sunday matinees at 3:00]

 

Hir

By Taylor Mac

Directed by [TBA]

Audition Sides:    Isaac/Arnold       Isaac/Max       Isaac/Paige

After returning from the wars, Isaac arrives at his childhood home to discover that the house and family he knew have been upended. His once-timid mother is on a whirlwind crusade to subvert the patriarchy, his sister is now his genderqueer brother who refers to hirself in gender-neutral pronouns. Meanwhile, his stroke-ridden father slumps on the couch in a muumuu and clown makeup. As Isaac attempts to reclaim structure in a household that refuses to be tamed, the family is forced to confront what it is to live in a new world when one is stuck in the past.

Roles:
Open to both Equity and Non-Equity. All roles are open to all ethnicities. EMC points may be received for Non-Equity performers. Non-Equity performers are paid for rehearsal and performances.

Paige Connor - 55. Cisgender mother to Max and Isaac. Wife to Arnold. Main actions are to entertain, excite (with new information she’s discovered), and tear apart the old regimes.

Arnold Connor - 58. Cisgender father to Isaac and Max. Husband to Paige. Main actions are those of an old dog; eat, sleep, and get comfortable. Arnold was an angry man but has had a stroke, which turned him into more of a clown - rather like a slower and older Harpo Marx. When he feels something, he expresses it, uncensored. In a heartbeat, he can switch from complete joy to complete sorrow and back again.

Isaac Connor - 24. Cisgender son of Paige and Arnold. Brother to Max. Main actions are to assess the situation, assert himself, convert, and keep things under control. The action is, for Isaac, one long attempt at squashing down a major PTSD explosion. At times he is more successful than others (meaning he can almost relax) and he uses different, lighter tactics (including teasing), but ultimately he fails. There should be peaks and valleys, but a slow burn is what’s been crafted into the play.

Max Connor - 17. Transgender child of Paige and Arnold. Sibling to Isaac. Main actions are to excite (with new information ze’s discovered), ward off attacks, showboat, raise hir status on the family totem pole, and stake hir intellectual territory. Ideally, the actor playing Max should be someone who was a biological female and now identifies as transgender or gender-queer.

Audition Dates/Times:

Sunday, September 17, 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Monday, September 18, 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Video Submission deadline Monday, September 18, 2017.

Callbacks will be held Tuesday, September 19, 2018 at 6:00 PM.

Audition Requirements:  AUDITIONS BY APPOINTMENT ONLY!
To make an appointment, please call Stage West at (817) 784-9378, Tues-Fri 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM or Sat 12-5:00 PM. Auditions will involve cold readings from the script. The script is available at S.T.A.G.E. (for members only) and the Stage West offices. Auditions will be held at Stage West, 821 W Vickery. It is strongly recommended that you read the script prior to auditions.

Rehearsals:
Begin Monday, April 23, 2018. Rehearsal schedule is Monday through Saturday with Sundays off.
Rehearsal times are Mondays through Fridays 7-11PM, and Saturdays 1-5PM and 6:30-9:30PM.

Performances:
Are Thursday, May 17, 2018 through Sunday, June 17, 2018 at Stage West, 821 W Vickery.
[Note: performances will be Thursday nights at 7:30, Friday and Saturday nights at 8:00 and Sunday matinees at 3:00]

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