Beck Center in Lakewood is thrilled to announce auditions for our opening Studio Theatre production of the 2018/19 season:
“Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf ?”
by Edward Albee
Directed by Don Carrier
Appointments for audition times are now being taken by calling the Beck Center at 216-521-2540 x10
Open Call Dates:
Monday, June 18th beginning at 5PM and Tuesday, June 19th beginning at 5PM
Winner of the 1963 Tony Award for Best Play. The Broadway production of this play was a shattering and memorable experience and proclaimed the author as a major American playwright. “This is a Big One.” —NY Journal-American. “…a scorching, scalding, revealing and completely engrossing drama.” —Women’s Wear Daily. “…a brilliant piece of writing.” —NY Herald-Tribune
THE STORY: George, a professor at a small college, and his wife, Martha, have just returned home, drunk from a Saturday night party. Martha announces, amidst general profanity, that she has invited a young couple—an opportunistic new professor at the college and his shatteringly naïve new bride—to stop by for a nightcap. When they arrive the charade begins. The drinks flow and suddenly inhibitions melt. It becomes clear that Martha is determined to seduce the young professor, and George couldn’t care less. But underneath the edgy banter, which is crossfired between both couples, lurks an undercurrent of tragedy and despair. George and Martha’s inhuman bitterness toward one another is provoked by the enormous personal sadness that they have pledged to keep to themselves: a secret that has seemingly been the foundation for their relationship. In the end, the mystery in which the distressed George and Martha have taken refuge is exposed, once and for all revealing the degrading mess they have made of their lives.
“Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf” Opens on Oct. 5th and Closes on Nov. 4th, playing Friday and Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoons.
Rehearsals will likely begin in late August or very early September.
Director Don Carrier seeks four extraordinary actors for this seminal piece. Actors auditioning for George or Martha should be able to convincingly play mid 40’s to early 50’s. Actors auditioning for Nick or Honey should be able to convincingly play mid 20’s to very early 30’s.
At least 2 AEA contracts are available for this production (Special Appearance:Tier One) No health or accumulated weeks are available for these contracts. Non Equity actors receive a stipend for their participation.
What To Prepare:
Please prepare one (1) contemporary monologue (1960 to present day) not to exceed 2 minutes in length. This should be memorized. No alternative sides will be provided for this open call.
Please arrive at the theatre 15 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment time to fill out some paperwork. If possible, please bring a headshot and resume’ .
Callbacks are tentatively scheduled for Saturday afternoon, June 23rd, but there may be some flexibility.
If you have further questions, please write Beck Center Artistic Director Scott Spence at firstname.lastname@example.org