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JANUARY IS NATIONAL AUDITION MONTH!
(or at least it’s audition month at Chicago Street Theatre!)

 

Bedtime Stories (as told by our dad) (who messed them up)

by Ed Monk
Directed by Nancy Haller and Kelley Weisenbacher

Auditions are January 10 at 6pm and January 12 at 4pm *YOU DO NOT NEED TO ATTEND BOTH DAYS*

Performances are March 1, 2, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17

It’s Dad’s turn to tell his three rambunctious kids their bedtime stories, but when he gets fuzzy on the details, the classics get creative: a prince with a snoring problem spices up The Princess and the Pea, The Boy Who Cried Wolf cries dinosaur instead, and Rumpelstiltskin helps turn all that pesky gold into straw. You may think you know your fairy tales, but not the way Dad tells them.

CAST: 6 female, 4 male, 5-10 either (willing to be gender neutral on most roles). VARIOUS AGES 11 and up. Must be amenable to accepting double roles. Those auditioning will be asked to read from the script. No need to prepare anything.

  • Dad

  • “The KIDS”: Wally, Ashley, Katie

  • Various Fairy Tale Characters


And then on January 20th from 2 to 5pm, get a double dose of delectably dandy and daring auditions for Boeing Boeing and Danny and the Deep Blue Sea. (Auditionees may audition for one or both).

Boeing Boeing

by Marc Camoletti, Beverley Cross, Francis Evans
Directed by Mary A. Bird Matern and Craig Golbesky

Performance dates: April 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27

This 1960’s French farce adapted for the English-speaking stage features self-styled Parisian Lothario, Bernard, who has Italian, German, and American fiancées, each a beautiful airline hostess with frequent “layovers.” He keeps “one up, one down, and one pending” until unexpected schedule changes bring all three to Paris, and Bernard’s apartment, at the same time.

Characters:

Bernard: Male. 30’s+. American. An American architect living in Paris; handsome, well-educated, charming; engaged to three air hostesses whom he manages to keep in the dark about one another by managing their visits on a strict timetable; takes boyish pleasure in the success of his devious doings, until his careful planning starts to fall apart, deflating his confidence.

Gloria: Female. Must appear as if she’s in her 20’s-40’s. American. Bernard's American fiance; air hostess for TWA; epitome of a go-getter American woman; has a vigorous appetite for food and love; completely adorable and supremely confident, but she might punch you if you dared call her "cute"; New York accent. Must be able to work in high heels while doing physical comedy.

Gabriella: Female. Must appear as if she’s in her 20’s-40’s. Italian. Bernard's Italian fiance; air hostess for Alitalia; sultry and full of fire, she is much smarter and more self-reliant than she first appears; Italian accent. Must be able to work in high heels while doing physical comedy. 

Gretchen. Female, Must appear as if she’s in her 20’s-40’s. German. Bernard's German fiance; air hostess for Lufthansa; has an intense Teutonic passion that can spin on a dime-one moment she might be soft and cuddly, and the next barking out orders and breaking furniture; inspires equal amounts of lust and fear in those around her; German accent.  Must be able to work in high heels while doing physical comedy.

Berthe: Female. 40’s+. French; Bernard's long-time live-in maid and cook; although devoted to Bernard, she is tired of keeping up with Bernard's revolving-door lifestyle, and by play's end she has been pushed as far as she will go; dry and fantastically sarcastic; never afraid to say what's on her mind; French accent. Berthe is always exhausted and exasperated. Very physical role.

Robert: Male. 30’s+. American. Bernard's schoolmate from back in Wisconsin. Robert hasn't seen Bernard in many years, and shows up unexpectedly at Bernard’s Paris home. He is shy, small-town, Midwestern, and sweet- a nerd by today's standards; views Bernard's whirlwind juggling act of three fiances with awe and admiration--until he gets wrapped up in it himself and his anxiety spins out of control.

Audition pieces:

Robert/Bernard/Gabriella

Robert/Gloria/Berthe

Robert/Bernard

Robert/Berthe

Gretchen/Robert




Danny and the Deep Blue Sea

by John Patrick Shanley
directed by Justin Treasure

Performance dates: May 17,18,19,24,25,30,31, June 1

Set in the Bronx, NY, this iconic play, written by Pulitzer Prize winner John Patrick Shanley collides us with two of society's beautiful, yet dysfunctional city misfits. After a chance encounter in a forgotten bar, their defenses dissolve and a spontaneous night of heart-thumping confession, love and chaos unfolds. With no easy way out, both are forced to dive deep in order to find a forgiveness that offers the rare chance of a more hopeful future. This is an explosive, deeply affecting play, exploring the issues of personal alienation and the redemptive power of love.

Characters:

Danny (25-35): From the Bronx. Street tough and animalistic in nature. Danny is a walking dichotomy, a lion with a poet's heart. He is struggling with the possibility that he killed a man with his fists. Internal longing for a deeper, soulful connection and purpose.

Roberta (25-35): tough, sexy, hardened, self-loathing, vulnerable, reckless, guilt-ridden, not highly educated, very Bronx, intuitive, with native intelligence.