AUDITIONS for the Bill and Peggy Hunt Playwrights Festival

Actors of all ethnicities and ages sought for Playwrights Festival at Burien Actors Theatre

Burien Actors Theatre is seeking actors of all races and a wide range of ages for BAT’s 2015 Bill & Peggy Hunt Playwrights Festival. The festival features four brand-new plays by Washington State playwrights that have never been produced elsewhere. Each play will be part of a double-bill, and each play will have six performances.

Some roles call specifically for actors of a certain race while many of the other roles will be cast color blind. Actors do not need to be the ages listed, but must be able to convincingly play them. Details on shows and characters are listed below.

Performances are at Burien Actors Theatre in Burien from May 1 through May 24, 2015. “The Study Group” and “The Skilled Use of Blunt Objects” will run May 1 through May 10. “Dr. Kritzinger’s 12 O’Clock” and “Four Gone Conclusions: Some Brief Field Trips into the Absurd” will run May 15-24. Rehearsals begin in late March for some shows and in April for others. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.

$100 stipend provided.

Auditions are at Burien Actors Theatre on Saturday, March 14 from noon to 3 p.m. and Monday, March 16 from 7 to 10 p.m. Callbacks are Wednesday, March 18 from 7 to 10 p.m. Burien Actors Theatre is located at 14501 Fourth Ave. S.W. in Burien.  DIRECTIONS.

To audition, please prepare two contrasting short contemporary monologues (serious/comedy) totaling 3 minutes maximum. Bring resume and headshot. Callbacks will consist of cold readings from the scripts.

Please make audition appointment: [email protected], 206-242-5180.

Show and Character Descriptions

“Four Gone Conclusions: Some Brief Field Trips into the Absurd”

A full-length play in four acts written by Kevin Boze

Synopsis: An absurdist look at life and the afterlife in four very different surreal scenarios. In “The Applicant,” a young man who recruits for the Knights of the White Supremacy Brotherhood is perplexed when a young Asian-American woman applies to join the organzation. In “Design by Committee,” a committee of angels approves or modifies God’s design plans for creating earth’s species on the Sixth Day of Creation. In “Coming Out Day,” two parents apparently seem to think their adopted son is trying to tell them he is gay, when in fact he is explaining he is an alien from another planet. In “Hello and Welcome,” the recently departed discover in the lobby of the Afterlife that Heaven and the requirements for entering it may be different than they expected. Comedy.

Character list:

Characters can generally be cast color-blind, except for the characters in “The Applicant.” Actors will play multiple roles.

Act 1 “The Applicant

Spencer Spudd: Male, 20s to mid-30s, white supremacist, Abner’s co-worker

Miss Tan: Female, 20s to mid-30s, Asian-American, smart, energetic

Abner: Male, 20s to mid-30s, white supremacist, Spencer’s co-worker

Act 2 “Design by Committee

Almighty God: Any age, gender or race; Master of time, space and dimension

Four Angels: Any age, gender or race; the Design Committee

Act 3 “Coming Out Day

Tim: Male, 17-25, any race, getting ready to go out and make his way in the world

Doris: Female, Tim’s adoptive mom, any race since Tim is adopted

Fred: Male, Tim’s adoptive father, any race since Tim is adopted

Act 4 “Hello and Welcome

Lisa: Female, 20s to mid-30s, any race, pretty bright, relentlessly cheerful, would
make the perfect flight attendant

Various Clients: Age, gender and race highly flexible, and actors will play double
and triple roles:
The Sexist
The Student
The Atheist
The Zealot
The Jerk
The Mormon
The Idiot
The Suicide
The Seeker
The Saint

Two Demons: May be double-cast from actors playing Clients

 

The Skilled Use of Blunt Objects

A full-length play written by Thomas Pierce

Synopsis: Jerry Hansen, an economics professor and successful city councilman, is asked to run against a thirteen-term incumbent Congressman. Everyone, including Jerry, knows this will be a near hopeless effort. Jerry thinks it will be good experience and a chance to put his ideas before a wider electorate. Dr. Gabi Chenot, Jerry’s wife and a neurosurgeon on sabbatical, is not keen on Jerry’s new political career but expects he will lose and then life will return to normal. Then the incumbent Congressman dies. Jerry is now the only candidate in the race. Neil Buck, a famous rock star and actor with uncompromising views on moral issues, launches a write-in campaign against Jerry. Someone on Buck’s behalf distributes leaflets accusing Gabi of having murdered one of her patients by prematurely withdrawing life support. Unsatisfied with Jerry’s response to the attacks, Gabi enters the political arena and becomes a key player in the outcome of the race. Drama.

Character list:

Characters can be cast color blind.

Gabi Chenot: Female, 50s, tall, graceful, born in France but now a U.S. citizen, may have
slightest trace of an accent, neurosurgeon on sabbatical, Jerry’s wife

Jerry Hansen: Male, 50s, slightly shorter than Gabi, a man who fights his natural
tendency to be rumpled, economics professor and city councilman, Gabi’s husband

Henry Donovan: Male, late 60s, Jerry’s campaign manager

Neil Buck: Male, famous rock star and actor in his late 40s but handsome, fit and younger looking

Three News Reporters: Any age or gender

 

Dr. Kritzinger’s 12 O’Clock

A one-act play written by Jim Snowden

Synopsis: Like many high-ranking officials in Berlin on Jan. 20, 1942, Ministerialdirektor Dr. Friedrich Wilhelm Kritzinger has a packed day of meetings ahead of him. One of them, in the early afternoon, is inconveniently located in the Berlin suburb of Wannsee. Called by General Reinhard Heydrich of the SS, this meeting is to be a brief discussion of what the Nazis called the Jewish question. Kritzinger suspects that Heidrich intends to advocate extreme solutions, and he comes to the meeting armed with what he believes are Hitler’s express instructions against mass homicide. In the course of the hour that follows, Heydrich gives Kritzinger an education about his boss, the regime he’s dedicated his career to serving, and the bloody policies to which Kritizinger will now be asked to attach his name. Drama.

Character list:

Characters are to be cast blind to gender or race to reflect that genocide, and the habits of mind that go into it, is a crime of which all of our ancestors have been guilty at some time or other. All characters remain, of course, male German government officials and members of the SS, and will be played accordingly.

SS-Obergruppenführer Reinhard Heydrich: Late 30s, head of the Reich Main Security Office

Gauleiter Dr. Alfred Mayer: Mid-50s, Reich Ministry for the Occupied Eastern
Territories

Reichsamtleiter Dr. Georg Leibbrandt: Mid-40s, Reich Ministry for the Occupied Eastern Territories

Dr. Wilhelm Stuckart: Early 40s, Reich Ministry for the Interior

Dr. Erich Neumann: Early 50s, Head of the Four Years Plan Office

Dr. Roland Freisler: Late 40s, Reich Ministry of Justice

Dr. Joseph Bühler: Late 30s, Director General of the Generalgouvernement

Dr. Martin Luther: Late 40s, Foreign Office

SS-Oberführer Gerhard Klopfer: Late 30s, NSDAP Chancellery

Ministerialdirektor Friedrich Wilhelm Kritzinger: Mid-50s, Reich Chancellery

SS-Gruppenführer Otto Hofman: Late 40s, Race and Settlement Main Office

SS-Gruppenführer Heinrich Müller: Early 40s, Reich Main Security Office

SS-Obersturmbannführer Adolf Eichmann: Mid-30s, Reich Main Security Office—
IV B4

SS-Oberführer Dr. Karl Eberhard Schöngarth: Late 30s, Commander SD/SIPO Krakow

SS-Sturmbannführer Dr. Rudolf Lange: Early 30s, Commander SD Latvia

A pianist (SS-Unterscharführer): 20s

Two soldiers (SS-Mann)

 

The Study Group

A one-act play written by Stephan Feldman

Synopsis: Three college students—Mimi, John and Sam–become embroiled in a hare-brained scheme to steal their professor’s desk and cart it off to the 50-yard line of the football stadium. They plan to sneak it by security by using a white lab mouse as a distraction. There is dissension amoung the three, who have very different perspectives on the plan, its purpose and its results. Issues of race, sexual orientation and sexual ethics arise when they discover the professor may be gay and possibly involved with a student, and when another professor pursues Mimi. Comedy-drama.

Character list:

Mimi Chung: Female, 20, college student of mixed-race (part Chinese) parentage,
budding Buddhist

John Kelly: Male, 20, pre-med college student, intellectual

Sam Goldstein: Male, 20, college jock

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