Auditions DON JUAN and BONNETS September 16-18

DON JUAN by Molière

  • Director: Mark H.
  • When: September 16 4-8 PM and September 18 10 AM – 1 PM (Callbacks September 19 5-9 PM)
  • Where: Vilas 1132
  • Rehearsals Begin: September 27
  • Performances: November 4-21 Hemsley Theatre

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  • Casting Information:
    • Seeking versatile, daring, and committed actors of all shapes, sizes, colors, ages and genders for this unconventional tragicomedy, radically shocking for its time and now considered by some to be Molière’s masterpiece after centuries of neglect. The ideal performers will possess a strong imagination and collaborative spirit, good comedic timing, full emotional temperament, and a body capable of nuanced expression.
  • Audition Preparation:
    • Actors are to review the casting breakdown and prepare one of the sides. Actors may be asked to read an additional side during the audition.
    • Callbacks preparation: Group callbacks where the director will have different actors match up and read one or multiple roles with each other. Actors should dress in comfortable, non-restrictive clothing, and long hair should be pulled back off the face.
  • Character List:
    • Don Juan: A “fine-looking” aristocratic libertine. He begins the play having manipulated and abandoned one wife and in pursuit of his next. Throughout the play he pushes boundaries, ignores all warnings to change his ways and ends up burning spectacularly in hell-fire.
    • Sganarelle: Don Juan’s valet and confidante. Claims to despise Don Juan’s actions and to only serve him out of fear. He is left in despair at the lost promise of his back-wages when Don Juan dies.
    • Dona Elvira: Passionate and pious. Don Juan stole her from a convent, wed her, shared her bed, then fled town soon after. She tracks him down first for answers, later to possibly save him from eternal doom.
    • Don Carlos: His mission to avenge the mistreatment and dishonor of his sister, Dona Elvira, is complicated when Don Juan, the man he is after, saves his life from a gang of robbers.
    • Don Alonso: Brother to Dona Elvira. Doesn’t care that Don Juan saved his brother, Carlos’, life. He believes avenging his sister and restoring the family honor comes above all.
    • Statue of the Commander: The memorial statue of a man Don Juan recently killed. When Don Juan defiantly enters the Commander’s tomb and taunts the Statue, it mysteriously comes to life and invites Don Juan to dinner and his ultimate demise.
    • Don Luis: Don Juan’s father. Aristocratic and very traditional, he is ashamed of his son’s scandalous behavior, and vows to put a stop to it and restore honor to his family name.
    • Charlotte: A poor peasant gal. Engaged to Pierrot, but now Don Juan has promised to marry her.
    • Mathurine: A poor peasant gal. Don Juan has promised to marry her too.
    • Pierrot: A poor peasant guy. Rescues Don Juan and his crew from drowning. Don Juan rewards him by seducing his fiancé, Charlotte.
    • Mr. Dimanche: A merchant tailor. He visits Don Juan to get paid back the money owed to him only to leave bamboozled and empty-handed.
    • Gusman: Gentleman escort to Dona Elvira.
    • A Poor Man: Lives in the forest and prays for those that give him charity. After he helps a lost Don Juan and Sganarelle find their way, Don Juan tries to temp him to blaspheme against the God he is so devoted to.
    • La Violette: Servant to Don Juan.
    • Ragotin: Servant to Don Juan.
    • La Ramee: A swashbuckler, a rough neck.
    • Spectre: A ghost in the form of a veiled woman.
    • Attendants to Don Carlos and Don Alonso: They attend to.
    • Robbers: They rob.
  • Actor Tracks Breakdown:
    • Don Juan
    • Sganarelle
    • Actor A: Elvira, Robber, Spectre
    • Actor B: Gusman, Don Carlos
    • Actor C: Don Alonso, Statue of Commander
    • Actor D: La Ramee (a cowboy), Poor Man, Attendant to the Dons, Don Luis
    • Actor E: Charlotte, Attendant to the Dons, Ragotin
    • Actor F: Mathurine, Robber, La Violette
    • Actor G: Pierrot, Robber, Mr. Dimanche

 

BONNETS (How Ladies of Good Breeding are Induced to Murder) by Jen Silverman

  • Director: Pam Sterling
  • When: September 17 4-8 PM and September 18 1:30-4:30 PM
  • Where: Vilas 1153
  • Callbacks: September 19 10 AM – 2:30 PM
  • Rehearsals Begin: October 18
  • Performances: December 2-12 Mitchell Theatre

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  • Casting Information:
    • Seeking 11 female identifying, gender queer and/or nonbinary actors of all abilities, races, and ethnicity. A story of Unrequited Love, Lust, and Jealousy that fall into each other across Space and Time, ending in a total bloodbath, narrated by God.
    • Note: This dark comedy contains graphic simulated violence, disturbing imagery and sexual content. If you feel these aspects of the play might be too triggering for you, please do not audition.
  • Audition Preparation:
    • Please prepare 3 pieces which combined should last more than 3 minutes.
    • These pieces should consist of:
      • A contemporary comic monologue or original personal story.
      • A poem/spoken word/hip hop/rap/rant.
      • Your choice of a short song or movement/dance piece (No accompaniment provided).
  • Character List:
    • Claire: naïve, well meaning
    • Valerie: ruthless, pragmatic
    • Webster: hopeless, in love
    • Georgette: a good daughter, full of self loathing
    • Prudence: forceful, unencumbered by empathy
    • Fortitude: just wants things to be organized and polite
    • Mistress Stone: on her way to the gallows
    • Mrs. Wolcott: formidable, steely, but impressive
    • Laurent: charming and gentle, a romantic
    • Daniel Stone: charming, and selfish, in it for himself
    • God: just a voice, dry and uninflected until Scene 8, when they begin to have deep feeling