General Auditions will be May 23rd and 24th.
Appointments are required. Please sign up for a time slot here: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/4090D4CA9A82EA02-open
Everyone is welcome at General Auditions. If you have worked with us before you are welcome to skip generals, and send an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) stating your interest in specific shows and we will keep you in mind for our callbacks (see dates below). INCLUDE YOUR CONFLICTS FOR BOTH CALLBACKS AND THE SEASON . However, you are also welcome to come and be seen at generals, particularly since we have new directors who may not be familiar with your work.
For general auditions actors should prepare 2 contrasting monologues, no longer than 3 minutes total length. Please bring a headshot and resume and be prepared to give conflicts.
Open Book is a non-equity theatre. Actors will receive a $400 stipend for their work.
Callbacks for specific shows will be held:
Wed June 6, 7pm Fool for Love
Thursday June 7, 7pm Doubt
Saturday June 9, 2pm Ada and the Engine
Sunday June 10, 2pm Wonder of the World
Sunday June 10, 6pm Curious Incident
Still have questions? Scroll down below the available roles for our FAQ section.
OUR SEASON and AVAILABLE ROLES
Ada and the Engine Sept 7-Oct 6, 2018
By Lauren Gunderson, directed by Krista Schafer Ewbank
As the British Industrial Revolution dawns, young Ada Byron Lovelace (daughter of the flamboyant and notorious Lord Byron) sees the boundless creative potential in the “analytic engines” of her friend and soul mate Charles Babbage, inventor of the first mechanical computer. Ada envisions a whole new world where art and information converge—a world she might not live to see. A music-laced story of love, friendship, and the edgiest dreams of the future. Jane Austen meets Steve Jobs in this poignant pre-tech romance heralding the computer age.
Ada Byron Lovelace – (18-36) Curious, funny, brilliant, aware. Tries to be a “good girl” but just cannot help her curiosity and love of all things impossible. A woman of our time stuck in hers. She has the mind of a mathematician and the heart of a poet. She sings.
Charles Babbage – (40-60) Can be a charming and debonair host, and also a short-tempered grump. He is brilliant but competitive. His salons are the hot ticket in London and he loves being the smartest man in any room.
Lord Byron – (36 )– A charming man, darkly funny, unpredictable, emotional, brooding but self-aware. A poet (doubles with Lord Lovelace) He sings.
Mary Sommerville – (40-60) – friend of Charles Babbage and mentor of Ada Byron. Brilliant and respected science writer. Pragmatic, sharply friendly, someone who will tell you when you’re wrong (doubles with Lady Anabella Byron)
Anne Isabelle Byron –(35-55) Ada’s mother, harsh, strict. She has had a hard life largely due to Ada’s father, and projects his sins onto Ada (doubles with Mary Sommerville)
Lord Lovelace – (25-45) – A gentleman who becomes Ada’s husband. A proud man. A wanting man. Serious, supportive… to a point. (doubles with Lord Byron)
Doubt, A Parable Nov 2 – Dec 1, 2018
by John Patrick Shanley , directed by Wendy Katz Hiller
In this brilliant and powerful drama, Sister Aloysius, a Bronx school principal, takes matters into her own hands when she suspects the young Father Flynn of impropriety. An engaging examination of the grey areas between suspicion, certainty and doub
Sister Aloysius: female 50’s-60’s
Father Flynn: male 30’s-40’s
Sister James: female 20’s
Mrs. Muller: African-American female 30’s-40’s
Wonder of the World Jan 11-Feb 9
by David Lindsay-Abaire, directed by Sarah Hawkins
Nothing will prepare you for the dirty little secret Cass discovers in her husband’s sweater drawer. It is so shocking that our heroine has no choice but to flee to the honeymoon capital of the world in a frantic search for the life she thinks she missed out on. It’s a wild ride over Niagara Falls in a barrel of laughs as Cass embarks on a journey of self-discovery that has her crossing paths with a blithely suicidal alcoholic, a lonely tour-boat captain, a pair of bickering private detectives and a strange caper involving a gargantuan jar of peanut butter, all of which pushes her perilously close to the water’s edge.
KIP HARRIS: Cass’ husband. 30s-40s
LOIS COLEMAN: An alcoholic with a barrel. 50+
KARLA: a dabbler. 50+
GLEN: Karla’s husband, also a dabbler. 50+
CAPTAIN MIKE: Captain of the Maid of the Mist. 30s-40s
BARBARA/HELICOPTER/PILOT/WAITRESS/JANIE: Female, any age
Ability to play a musical instrument is a plus.
note: the role of Cass has been cast
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime March 15-April 13
based on the novel by Mark Haddon, adapted by Simon Stephens, directed by Adriane Galea
15-year-old Christopher has an extraordinary brain: He is exceptional at mathematics but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. He has never ventured alone beyond the end of his road, he detests being touched, and he distrusts strangers. Now it is 7 minutes after midnight, and Christopher stands beside his neighbor’s dead dog, Wellington, who has been speared with a garden fork. Finding himself under suspicion, Christopher is determined to solve the mystery of who murdered Wellington, and he carefully records each fact of the crime. But his detective work, forbidden by his father, takes him on a thrilling journey that upturns his world.
Fool for Love May 17-June 15
By Sam Shepherd, directed by D.B. Schroeder
May and Eddie have a past, ever since high school. Between an old man’s tales, and the arrival of a “man” this night in a run down motel sheds a burning light on the lengths we will go to for love.
OLD MAN- world wise and weary, he has secrets to keep and can spin a good yarn.
MARTIN- rugged and tender, a man with good intentions. 30-50
note: the roles of May and Eddie have been cast
Unable to attend? Actors are always welcome to mail headshots and resumes to us, and we will keep them on file.
Open Book Theatre, 1621 West Road, Trenton, MI 48138.
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answered by Artistic Director Krista Schafer Ewbank
Who is directing the shows?
Directors are listed with each show above.
Hey… I thought there was something about one of the directors not being there for part of the generals? What am I missing?
A change in schedule means all our directors will be there for all the time slots. Hooray!
Is anything precast?
The role of Cass in Wonder of the World, and the roles of May and Eddie in Fool for Love. Everything else is available.
You know me, should I come to the generals?
Do all the the directors for the shows you’re interested in know you? If not, it might behoove you to come to the generals. I might recommend several actors for a role, but a director is going to have their own ideas as well. Come in and show them what you can do. It can’t hurt to be fresh in our brains.
I cannot come to the generals, but I’m very interested in your shows. What can I do?
Hooray! You’re a working actor! We get it. Send an email (email@example.com) stating your interest in specific shows and we will keep you in mind for our callbacks. INCLUDE YOUR CONFLICTS FOR BOTH CALLBACKS AND THE SEASON (like “I’m out of the country these dates, I’m completely unavailable for X shows, and Saturday mornings are completely unacceptable for rehearsals for me). Attach a headshot and resume, unless you are 100% sure I have your information. Make sure we have your contact information. And did I mention to be sure to INCLUDE YOUR CONFLICTS?
I talked to you and told you I’m interested, that’s enough right?
No. Please, please, please send me an email. Not a text. Not an IM. An email. Send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Include your conflicts. I have a folder with all of the correspondence, and I will share it with the other directors. I need your information to come to me, IN THIS ONE PLACE. Don’t make me remember. Write it down and send it to me. Thank you.
I already sent you an email, but I didn’t include my conflicts. What should I do?
Send another email. Include your conflicts for both callbacks and the season.
I’ve worked at Open Book before. How much of this applies to me?
If you’ve worked at Open Book before it’s because I think you’re a fabulous actor and person. There’s a good chance I want to work with you again, if the project is right. But not all the directors for next season know you. A general audition or an email expressing interest is helpful, even if you’re fresh in MY brain.
I’m unavailable for the callbacks for the show(s) I’m very interested in. What do I do?
If you can come to the generals, come then, and gear your audition towards that show. There’s a good chance we can have you do a reading from the show with someone else. Let us know your availability to be seen at other times, particularly around our other already scheduled auditions and callbacks. We make no promises that we can see people at other times… but if we know your interest and your conflicts we might be able to make something work if we want to see you read.
Who makes the casting decisions?
The directors for each show. I make recommendations, discuss casting with the directors, and I reserve veto power. But ultimately casting is in the hands of the individual directors. It’s their vision, and their rehearsal room.
Can you hire Equity?
We are unable to offer Equity contracts at this time.
What’s the pay?
We offer a stipend of $400 for all roles, paid on the closing night of the show.