Call for Artists and Performers
STUPID FUCKING BIRD
A Co-production between The Theatre @ Boston Court and Circle X Theater Co.
by Aaron Posner
Directed by Michael Michetti
Casting Director: Julia Flores
Monday, March 31, 2014
12pm – 8pm
One hour break for dinner 4pm – 5pm
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note we will NOT accept online submissions, nor will we take rain checks or make appointments at this email address.
FOR ALL CHARACTERS: Please bring a headshot and resume and prepare a one-minute contemporary monologue. Character descriptions listed below.
Actors of all races and ethnicities are URGED to audition for all roles.
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 99-seat (Non-union okay)
RATE: $400 one-time rehearsal stipend, plus $25 per performance
Rehearsals Begin – May 13, 2014
Tech – June 13 - 15, 2014
Dress Rehearsals –June 17 & 18, 2014
Previews Begin – June 19, 2014
Opening – June 28, 2014
Runs through July 27, 2014 with possible extension through August 10, 2014 TBD
Performance Schedule: Thurs-Sat evenings, Sunday matinees (one added Wed. evening performance on July 23, 2014)
In this irreverent remix of Chekhov's The Seagull, an aspiring young director rails against art created by his mother's generation, a nubile young actress wrestles with an aging Hollywood star for the affections of a renowned novelist, and everyone discovers just how disappointing life, art, and growing up can be. Chekhov's characters still ruminate on love, revolution and the pursuit of happiness, but this time with a lot more snark as the subtext bubbles to the surface. With music, meta-theatricality, and mad humor, playwright Aaron Posner beats The Seagull to a bloody fucking pulp.
Conrad Arkadina: Male, 20’s. Passionate young artist - an author, poet, performance creator who is struggling to find new forms of creative expression. Childish and petulant, argumentative and fiery but still attractive in that tortured artist way, he feels everything very deeply. Too deeply. He desperately craves the love and approval of his mother, the famous actress Emma Arkadina, and is madly in love with Nina. [Konstantin in “The Seagull”]
Emma Arkadina: Female, 40’s-50’s. Conrad’s mother, a very famous actress of stage and screen. Glamorous and beautiful, and striving valiantly to cling to her youth, she is charismatic with a big personality and has a quick and often caustic wit. She dotes on her brilliant lover, the renowned author Doyle Trigorin. She’s a pretty terrible mother, her love for Conrad mostly masked by her competition with him and her narcissism and insensitivity. (Role calls for nudity, see script for description and context) [Arkadina in “The Seagull”]
Nina Zachery: Female, 20’s. A beautiful and luminous aspiring actress. A neighbor of Dr. Sorn, she is a disarming contradiction of youthful naïveté and calculated ambition. She is in love with Conrad, but pursues Trigorin both out of attraction to his brilliance, and for the boost he can give her career. Her openness and radiance at the beginning of the play give way to a shockingly raw, damaged and fragile young woman in the final act. (Possible partial nudity, see script for description and context) [Nina in “The Seagull”]
Doyle Trigorin: Male, 40’s-50’s. A brilliant, acclaimed and celebrated author, and Emma’s lover. He is highly intelligent and well spoken, and has a confidence that borders on arrogance. But beneath that is a vulnerable, misfit kid who didn’t get laid enough in his youth and is trying to make up for lost time, and who becomes disarmed by the charm and beauty of Nina. Unquestionably attractive because of his fame, brilliance and self-assurance, but not necessarily conventionally handsome. (Role calls for nudity, see script for description and context) [Trigorin in “The Seagull”]
Dr. Eugene Sorn: Male, 60. The owner of the lake house where the play takes place, he’s Emma’s brother and Conrad’s uncle, and a compassionate admirer of both of their talents. The eternal observer, he’s a patient listener, a confidant to all, and he has suppressed his own needs in support of those he loves. By the end of the play, he looks back on a life lived as a witness rather than a participant with regret. [a conflation of Dorn and Sorin in “The Seagull”]
Dev Dylan: Male, 20’s. Conrad’s best childhood friend, the hanger-on or second banana. An always-broke, simple, good-natured, video game-playing schlub. Probably a distinctive physical type - either overweight or skinny, or maybe prematurely balding. Totally in love with Mash. Sings, and possibly also plays a musical instrument. [Medvedenko in “The Seagull”]
Mash Amberson: Female, 20’s. Always wears black, in mourning for her life. With edgy armor and acerbic humor that masks fragile vulnerability, she gives in to life’s disappointments and eventually marries Dev, despite her unrequited love for Conrad. A writer of knowing and sardonic songs, she sings and plays ukulele (will teach if actress doesn’t play ukulele). [Masha in “The Seagull”]
Also seeking understudies for all roles; understudies are guaranteed two performances outside of the regular run, and are paid a one-time $200 rehearsal stipend, plus $25 per performance.
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