Auditions for Church & State

Auditions for fast-paced dramedy Church & State

Burien Actors Theatre announces auditions for the fast-paced dramedy Church & State. The show will be performed April 27 through May 20, 2018 at Burien Actors Theatre.

Church & State calls for a strong ensemble cast of four actors, two male and two female. Actors do not have to be the ages indicated, but must be able to convincingly portray them. The intent in casting is to be as consistent as possible with the time, place and circumstances in which the play is set.

SYNOPSIS:  It’s three days before Republican Charles, Charlie” Whitmore’s Senate re-election. In the wake of a school shooting in Charlie’s hometown, he has decided to finally tell the public exactly what’s on his mind, no filter.

What could possible go wrong? Particularly when faith, politics gun control and “The Twitter” mix it up? As Charlie’s comments to Marshall, a journalist-blogger, call into question the Senator’s stance on gun control and God, his wife and campaign manager try to contain the damage. This look at how religion, guns, and social media influence our political system is simultaneously funny, honest, heartbreaking, and uplifting.

“Subtle and gripping entertainment… Jason Odell Williams is a postmodern Clifford Odets” – LA Times. “A crackling script! I wish every member of Congress could see it!”…..NPR

Performances are at Burien Actors Theatre in Burien from April 27 through May 20 on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.

Rehearsals will be at Burien Actors Theatre, beginning Monday, March 19, with rehearsals weeknights and some weekend times, depending on actor schedules.

BAT has free on-site parking and is two blocks from the Burien Transit Center.

The stage directors are Rochelle Flynn and Maggie Larrick, who have co-directed five productions together.

$100 stipend provided.

Auditions are at Burien Actors Theatre on Sunday, Jan. 21 from 1 to 4 p.m. and Monday, Jan. 22 from 7 to 10 p.m. Callbacks will be at Burien Actors Theatre on Wednesday, Jan. 24 from 6:30 to 10 p.m.

Please prepare two contrasting contemporary monologues (serious/comedic) totaling no more than 3 minutes. Please also bring resume and headshot. Callbacks will consist of cold readings from the script.

Please make audition appointment:  [email protected], 206-242-5180. Auditions will be held at Burien Actors Theatre, 14501 Fourth Ave S.W., Burien. For directions, go to www.burienactorstheatre.org.

Character Descriptions/Requirements

Actors do not have to be the ages indicated, but must be able to convincingly portray them. The intent in casting is to be as consistent as possible with the time, place and circumstances in which the play is set.

Senator Charles “Charlie” Whitmore:  Male, age 40s-50s. Republican from North Carolina, born and raised in North Carolina, he is a former State Senator, now incumbent Junior U.S. Senator, up for re-election. His father was Governor of North Carolina for many years before he died. Charlie’s two older brothers are Congressmen in North Carolina. Though not gunning for it himself, the party is grooming Charlie for a Presidential run in a few years. Charlie is a man filled with doubt. But he has plenty of charisma and sex appeal. He’s a rare honest politician and gifted public speaker. A real family man who loves his wife, sons and constituents. 

Sara Whitmore: Female, age 40s. Charlie’s wife. Former real estate agent, now stay-at-home mom to their boys Matthew and Luke (9 and 6). Sara is the undisputed boss of the household. More “street smart” than “book smart,” Sara is a big personality who can hold her own with the big boys. Also born and raised in North Carolina, she loves her family, Jesus and the Bible. She’s a tough southern woman with a soft underbelly. At the heart of this play is the real love, respect and affection Charlie and Sara have for each other. Chemistry and charm are a must. Even when she is bossing you around she does it with an irresistible smile. Sara is attractive and put-together, but she’s no trophy wife.

Alex Klein: Female, age 30s-40s. Charlie’s campaign manager, a fast-talking, no-nonsense liberal Jew from New York whose star is on the rise as a go-to campaign manager. She successfully defeated 5 different Congressional incumbents in the last 3 election cycles, but this is her first Senate race. Hired by the Whitmore campaign so she wouldn’t defeat him by working for the other side. She is great at her job, but knows her career is on the line if this election goes badly. Her self-doubt bubbles to the surface at times, but she’s clearly a professional at the top of her game.

Tom/Marshall/News Reporter/Security Guy:  Male, age 20s-30s. Has to be a versatile actor. Tom, a paid intern with the campaign, is a North Carolina State graduate and North Carolina boy through-and-through. Has a good heart. Eager to please and in awe of Senator Whitmore. He’s more “country,” while Marshall is more of a “southern gentleman.” Marshall is a blogger with Christian values but not much journalistic experience. As the on-the-scene News Reporter, he is a smart and charming. The Security Guy is a typical nonspeaking bodyguard.

 

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