Auditions for romantic comedy “Handle with Care” (BAT’s Holiday show)

Auditions for the romantic comedy “Handle with Care” at Burien Actors Theatre

From the writer of BAT’s hit production Church & State, this delightfully fresh holiday show is a romantic holiday comedy dusted with magic.

Ayelet, a young Israeli woman with little command of English, reluctantly travels with her grandmother to America at Christmastime. Circumstances both hilarious and sad bring Ayelet together with Josh, a young man who has little command of romance. Is their attraction an accident, or destiny generations in the making? “Hilarious and heartwarming”—NY Times. A Northwest premiere.

As is typical in a Jason Odell Williams script, Handle with Care has a heart and depth that required attention and a careful balance of comedy and drama. The script also 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.

Burien Actors Theatre is thrilled to be casting Jason Odell Williams’ Handle with Care. Performances are at BAT in Burien from Nov. 23 through Dec. 16, 2018. Showtimes are Friday and Saturday nights at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.

Rehearsals begin Oct. 14 at BAT on Monday through Thursday evenings, plus Saturday afternoons or Sunday afternoons or evenings, exact times to be determined, until tech week.

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

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

$200 stipend provided.

Auditions are at Burien Actors Theatre on Thursday, July 5 from 7 to 10 p.m. and Saturday, July 7 from 1 to 4 p.m. Callbacks will be at Burien Actors Theatre on Sunday, July 8 from 6 to 10 p.m. If any of these dates is problematic for you, let us know to see if we can work around it.

Auditions will be in 10-minute slots. 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 HERE.

Character Descriptions/Requirements

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

Ayelet (30-39): Israeli. Lovely, but has lost her smile. Wounded by a breakup last year, but not quick to cry. Practical. Focused. Searching for more from life, but afraid to admit it. Speaks Hebrew (pronunciations and dialect coaching provided).

Terrence (30-39): American with a Virginia accent. Works as a delivery guy for DHX. Kind of a screw-up, but very well-meaning. Not an idiot, just not worldly. A solid good guy. Funny without meaning to be.

Josh (30-39): American. Jewish heritage. Attractive with an innately charming-shy-funny way about him. Tends to talk more quickly when nervous. Used to be an English Lit teacher at Virginia Tech, but quit after his wife died. Though wounded by his loss, he doesn’t like to dwell on the emotion and never becomes overly weepy when talking about her. Speaks a few Hebrew words (pronunciations and dialect coaching provided).

Edna (70-plus): Israeli. Ayelet’s grandmother. Loves life. Loves to smile. A ball of vitality, vigor, and energy. Believes in true love and comes to America to seek her lost love. Speaks a few Hebrew words (pronunciations and dialect coaching provided).

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