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 Audition Notices

 

 UPCOMING AUDITIONS

Submissions are being accepted now for our 2017-18 season of plays.

We will hold call-backs for each show separately.


Please look at the shows and role descriptions below and contact Jim Strait

letting us know which shows and roles you wish to read for.

If we don't have your current (within 18 months)  headshot and acting resume on file, please include this material with your audition submission.

We will contact you to set up an audition appointment.


We rehearse at the Playhouse, generally Mon - Thurs eves from 7-10.  Tech week rehearsals are 6-11 or shorter depending on the show.

All actors are paid a stipend for performance weeks.  We do not carry AEA contracts for our shows.


2018 – 2019 Season (subject to change as are all theatrical enterprises...)

 

Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike by Christopher Durang   

September 9 – October 15

Rehearsals start August 14 (no Rehearsal Aug 20-27)

 

Vanya and Sonia live in their family’s home in Bucks County, PA.  Their sister Masha arrives with her new companion Spike to tell them she is selling the family manse and moving on with life.  Add a Snow White and the 7 Dwarves costume party and a voodoo-spell-casting housekeeper and it’s Christopher Durang at his best.  

Tony Winner for Best Play 2014.

 

Vanya – 50’s resigned to his life - CAST


Sonia – 50’s Vanya’s adopted sister, discontented, upset, regretful - CAST


Masha – 50’s Their Older Sister, a glamorous actress who galivants around the world


Spike – 20’s Masha’s new companion, sexy and self-absorbed.  Otherwise outgoing and friendly


Nina – early 20’s, a lovely sincere would-be actress.  Star struck, earnest and energetic


Cassandra – Cleaning Lady and Soothsayer, any age, any race.  Originally played by a black woman in her 20’s

 

 

Times Square Angel by Charles Busch, a musical pastiche.   

November 17 – December 17, 2017

Rehearsals start Oct 16

 

Charles Busch’s salute to holiday extravaganzas everywhere.  The show combines A Christmas Carol and It’s a Wonderful Life with his favorite 1940's movies and musical numbers of the season.

 

The Lord/Stage Directions – a strong maternal presence with a touch of NYC/ Also plays the announcer in a 1940’s film style.  Voice Over Only

 

Miss Ellerbee/Cookie Gibbs – a loving and imposing school teacher from the prestigious Marbury School for Girls/also plays Cookie Gibbs, a sweet adorable worker at a Zipper Factory,

maybe a little on the cheap side, but she’s a game gal and a good friend.

 

Angel #2/Old Mag – pretty and sexy chorus girl who takes her job very seriously. /Also, plays a derelict Bowery scavenger by way of Dickens

 

Angel #1/Agnes – ditto

 

Albert – A jaunty vaudeville magician, a charming and irresponsible ladies’ man.  When the chips are down, his good heart shines through.

 

Irish O’Flanagan – A tough as nails glamorous Night Club Singer.  Under her hard-boiled façade is a wistful young girl working hard to hide her essential innocent sweetness. – CAST

 

Georgie – a handsome sexy chorus boy.  He’s got a mouth on him but he’s essentially a good egg.

 

Milton Keisler – A harassed but deeply sentimental owner of the Club Intime.


Peona – A loyal devoted maid and Best Friend to Irish.  Nobody’s fool, she gives as good as she gets.

 

Jimmy – A 12-year old newsboy, an urchin seeking love and affection.

 

Helen – An aging faded alcoholic nightclub chanteuse.  Despite her boozing, she’s still at heart a great lady.

 

Eddie – An open-faced good-looking busboy at the Club Intime.  He’s hopelessly devoted to Irish and sees her as the lonely vulnerable girl she is. 

 

Chick La Fountain – A debonair handsome gangster.  A killer without a conscience he masks his dark soul with a sexy grin and an elegant style.

 

Valerie Waverly – A beautiful young heiress, impossibly spoiled and out for thrills.  She speaks in an upper crust finishing school drawl and is on a fast ride to nowhere.

 

Narrator – Delivers film noir Movie-type voiceover narration – CAST

 

 

Fifth of July by Lanford Wilson, a Gay Heritage Production

Jan 12 – Feb 4, 2018

Rehearsals start December 4, 2017 

 

From a pioneer off-off-Broadway playwright  who went on to a prodigious Broadway career and a Pulitzer Prize for drama.

The Talley family farmhouse is home to legless Viet Nam vet Ken and his lover Jed, a horticulturist.  They are visited by Ken’s sister June and her teenage daughter and by old college chums Gwen, a hard rocking pill-popping singer and her manager/husband John.  Former college activists, their talk is sharp and funny and deeply revealing of lost hopes and dreams which must be pushed aside to achieve the good life can offer.  “one of the most incredibly written, profound, moving and ultimate hilarious plays it has ever been my privilege to see” –  NY Daily News

 

Ken Talley, Jr. – Viet Nam vet who had both legs shot off seven years before.  Gay, strong, good-looking and a bit cynical.  Lives on family homestead with his lover Jed.

 

Jed Jenkins – Ken’s lover; larger stronger, an almost silent listener.

 

June Talley – 30’s, Ken’s sister.

 

Shirley Talley – 14, June’s daughter

 

John Landis – 30’s, childhood friend of the Talley’s

 

Gwen Landis – 30’s, John’s wife, a pill-popping heiress and aspiring rock singer.  She’s not a little neurotic and kind of racy.

 

Weston Hurley – 20’s, songwriter friend of John and Gwen

 

Sally Friedman  - 60’s, Ken and June’s aunt, not really batty, she’s preoccupied.

 

 

 

Suddenly Last Summer by Tennessee Williams

March 9 – April 1, 2018

Rehearsals start Feb 5

 

The classic horror story from Tennessee Williams of Sebastian Venable’s life and death and his mother Violet’s diabolical plan to stifle the truth about Sebastian by cutting the memories out of her niece Catherine’s brain.  “Williams’ most devastating statement about corruption in the world… a triumphant piece of dramatic literature” – NY Times.

 

Violet Venable – Formidable New Orleans Garden District Doyenne.  Strong of spirit and devoted to the memory of her son Sebastian.


Dr. Cukrowicz – Young attractive physician studying new procedures for Psychiatric patients.  Summoned by Mrs. Venable to treat her niece Catherine.


Catherine Holly – 20’s, a beautiful young woman who traveled with Mrs. Venable’s son Sebastian and witnessed his horrific death.


Mrs. Holly – 50’s, Catherine’s mother, sniveling and devious, she is eager to inherit money from Sebastian’s estate.


George Holly – 20’s, Catherine’s brother, tall and elegant, he’s impatient to get his inheritance from Sebastian’s estate. 


Miss Foxhill – 40’s, Mrs. Venable’s assistant/secretary.  The keeper of the gate.


Sister Felicity – 30’s, a nun from Catherine’s hospital who brings and supervises Catherine at her Aunt Violet’s mansion.

 

 

Mixed Plate Fundraiser  

April 7, 2018

Backwards Broadway

Men sing songs written for women and vice versa.



DARE by Allan Baker   

April 20 – May 13, 2018

Rehearsals start March 19

 

World Premiere Production of a comedy/drama about an 82-year old gay man reliving his part in LGBT history before he ends his life. 

 

Jack 82 Male, Patient In A Central California Nursing Home.  A theatre director and former activist, he’s starving himself to reach the “final act” of his life’s play.

 

Josh 28 Male, A Gay Physician, Compassionate, he’s learning LGBT history and is very fond of Jack.

 

Younger Jack 42 To 59 Male, A Memory Character, he re-lives Jack’s earlier days.

 

David 19 To 36 Male, another Memory Character, in love with younger Jack, an activist, very passionate

 

Nurse Assistant 30’s Male, redneck bigoted bully who works in Jack’s nursing home.

 

 

 


 

Email to jimstrait@desertroseplayhouse.org or USPS mail to: 

DRP Auditions, P.O. Box 2256, Cathedral City CA 92235


Auditions will be scheduled for each show.

All actors are paid for performances.

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