Call for Artists and Performers

Auditions

With Love and a Major Organ by Julia Lederer
directed by Jessica Kubzansky
Casting Director: Julia Flores

OPEN CALL: Monday, June 19, 2017
2pm – 8 pm

No appointments - auditioners will be seen on a first come, first serve basis. You will arrive and sign in for a time slot. No phone calls please. If you have a question, please email us at: audition@bostoncourt.com

Please note we will NOT accept online submissions, nor will we take rain checks or make appointments at this email address.

We strongly encourage all ethnicities to submit

FOR ALL CHARACTERS

Please bring a headshot and resume and prepare a one-minute contemporary monologue. Character descriptions listed below.

LOCATION

Boston Court Performing Arts Center
70 N. Mentor Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91106

Parking lot is located behind the building but please enter through the front of the building into the lobby. There is also nearby street parking available.

CONTRACT

AEA Los Angeles 99-Seat Theatre Agreement

RATE

Actors and understudies will be paid as hourly employees based on the current Los Angeles County minimum wage. At the time of this production, the minimum wage for our organization will be $10.50 per hour.

SCHEDULE

  • Rehearsals Begin: 8/22/17
  • Tech: 9/21 – 9/24/17
  • Dress Rehearsals: 9/26/17 & 9/27/17
  • Previews Begin: 9/28/17
  • Opening: 10/7/17
  • Runs through 11/5/17 with possible extension through 11/19/17
  • Performance Schedule: Thurs-Sat evenings, Sunday matinees (one added Mon. evening performance on 10/23/17)

SHOW DESCRIPTION

A young woman gives her actual beating heart to a man she’s been obsessed with on the subway, who happens to be a perfect stranger. When he disappears and her limbs begin to fall asleep she embarks on a quest to retrieve her heart. Whimsical, quirky, and wildly original, the play pushes on love in the age of technology when our ability to always be connected can make us feel even more isolated. With Love is an eccentric, edgy comedy about what it costs to give your heart away, and what happens when you discover you actually have one.

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN

  • Subway Rider (Anabel): Female, any ethnicity, could be late 20s to late 30’s. Passionate, open, deeply quirky, wears purple plaid, a person who feels everything and is yearning to know someone else intimately, deeply, eagerly seeking a passionate human connection. In love with what is retro, tactile, interactive. Not great with boundaries, but incredibly generous, and willing to give her heart away, literally, to make a connection. Her passion is either a superpower or a danger. Without her heart she is bewildered, bereft, angry, and indifferent by turns. It’s clear she needs her heart to truly function.
  • George: Male, any ethnicity, could be late 20s to late 30’s. George is Mona’s son, and when he was very young, Mona, fearing a repetition of her own heartbreak, gave her son a heart made of paper, and he has been even, regular, unadventurous, content, barely aware that there is any other way to be for many years. He has only a vague dissatisfaction with the status quo tickling at the edges of his mind. When a complete stranger gives him her actual beating heart, George suddenly discovers what a wide swath of the world, experiences, and range of human emotions he has heretofore been oblivious to. Now, Anabel’s heart having awakened him, he starts to see the world, his life, and most especially his relationship with his buttoned-up mother, very differently, and is forced into the uncharted waters of seeking an emotional connection with another human being. So from neutral to emotional is his range.
  • Mona: Female, any ethnicity, 40 to mid 60s. A woman who long ago was so badly hurt that she started taking naps to numb the pain, and eventually all her limbs went numb and she didn’t notice because numb was so much better than feeling. Mona is George’s mother, and she wanted to protect her son so badly that when he was very young she made sure he had a heart made of paper so it couldn’t bleed and break in the same way. And ever since her life with her son has been uneventful and even-keeled, and Mona has limited her contact with other people to connecting with them almost exclusively through her computer. Only recently has her Googleshrink been encouraging her to meet other people, and even then she is doing that online only, until Anabel, who is lost without the heart she has given to George, shows up on Mona’s doorstep seeking shelter until she can remember where she lives, and George starts to reprove her for his childhood, and Mona begins to re-meet the consequence of giving your actual beating heart away. She begins very buttoned up, dry, and regimented, and is forced to crack open by her encounters with the other human beings who insist on messily inserting themselves into her life.
  • Also casting Understudies for all roles.

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