Auditions will be held Monday May 20th 8:15-10:30 pm
and Tuesday May 21st, 6:30 pm-10pm
Appointments are required. Please sign up for a time slot here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090D4CA9A82EA02-open1
PLEASE NOTE: All roles are open in regards to ethnicity.
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. You may be also be asked to read sides at the general auditions.
We encourage everyone to audition, even if you’ve worked with Open Book before. If you’re unable to attend the auditions you may send a headshot and resume with a letter of interest and ALL CONFLICTS to: email@example.com or mail to Open Book Theatre, 1621 West Road, Trenton, MI 48183.
Open Book is a non-equity theatre. Actors will receive a $550 stipend for their work.
Callbacks for specific shows will be held:
The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence: Sunday, June 2, 8-10pm
Miss Bennet: Tuesday, June 4, 7pm
Frankie and Johnny: Tuesday, June 18, 7pm
This Random World: Sunday, June 2, 6-8pm
Marjorie Prime: Monday, June 17, 7pm
Still have questions? Scroll down below the available roles for our FAQ section.
OUR SEASON and AVAILABLE ROLES
Sept 13-Oct 12, 2019
By Madeleine George, Dir. Krista Schafer Ewbank
Watson: trusty sidekick to Sherlock Holmes; loyal engineer who built Bell’s first telephone; unstoppable super-computer that became reigning Jeopardy! champ; amiable techno-dweeb who, in the present day, is just looking for love. These four constant companions become one in this brilliantly witty, time-jumping, loving tribute (and cautionary tale) dedicated to the people—and machines—upon which we all depend.
Note: all roles play multiple characters in multiple time periods.
Watson, 25s-45s. Loyal, overconfident and disarmingly intimate. A century’s worth of Watsons, determined to improve the lives of others: Dr. Watson, sidekick to Sherlock Holmes. Thomas A. Watson, sidekick to Alexander Graham Bell. Watson, the supercomputer that beat Ken Jennings on Jeopardy! Josh Watson, an amiable guy who fixes computers.
Merrick, 30s-50s. Ambitious, calculating and passionately heartless. Bumbling modern politician. Brilliant Victorian inventor with a troubled love life.
Eliza, 25-45. Brilliant, needy and tenaciously inquisitive. Brilliant visionary programmer with a tumultuous love life. Plucky midcentury radio host. Victorian damsel in distress.
Nov 15- Dec 14, 2019
By Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon, Dir. Sarah Hawkins
A sequel to Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice set two years after the novel ends, MISS BENNET continues the story, only this time with bookish middle-sister Mary as its unlikely heroine. Mary is growing tired of her role as dutiful middle sister in the face of her siblings’ romantic escapades. When the family gathers for Christmas at Pemberley, an unexpected guest sparks Mary’s hopes for independence, an intellectual match, and possibly even love.
Note: while all characters in Miss Bennet will be speaking with a British RP dialect, it will not be required for the general audition. (it will be required at the callback)
Mary Bennet – 20-30s. Finally coming in to her own, she is no longer the plain, boring girl she once was. She is intelligent, curious, and lively, but her family only sees her as a future spinster. She does not suffer fools. She wants to live. (Proficiency in piano is a plus, but not a requirement)
Arthur de Bourgh – 20-30s. A studious, unsociable, only child who has never been around women or large families. He is a loner who prefers books to people. He has recently inherited a large estate and has no idea what to do next.
Elizabeth Darcy – 20-30s married to Mr. Darcy. Confident, charming, and witty. She makes a fun and surprising lady of the house. She is best friends with her sister Jane.
Fitzwilliam Darcy – 30-40s. A loving, generous, and smart husband. He is quiet and vigilant and thus sees what others often miss. He knows what being lovelorn is like.
Jane Bingley – 20-30s, married to Mr. Bingley. She is 7 months pregnant with her first child and is sweet and optimistic as ever. The kindest heart in the house.
Charles Bingley – 20-30s. Gracious, happy, and ever focused on the love of his life, Jane. A good friend and always ready with a smile.
Lydia Wickham – 17-25. Flirtatious, youthful, self-centered. Her marriage to Mr. Wickham is a sham but she will not admit this. She is the person you want to have at your party: energetic, engaging, unstoppable.
Anne de Bourgh – 20-30s Only daughter of the late Lady Catherine de Bourgh. Lived in her mother’s very large shadow, never having to ask for anything or speak for herself her entire life. Judgmental and impatient, just like her mother.
Jan 24- Feb 22, 2020
By Terrance McNally, Dir. Wendy Katz Hiller
A critical and popular success, this bittersweet comedy combines poignancy and laughter as it traces the unlikely romance that begins to develop between two middle-aged “losers.”
NOTE: this play contains mature sexual content
Johnny: Late 40’s. From the script: “Johnny’s best feature is his personality. He works at it. He is in good physical condition.”
The role of Frankie has already been cast.
April 17- May 16, 2020
By Steven Dietz, Dir. Krista Schafer Ewbank
We want to believe that serendipity brings us together, but is that just a myth?
Mining the comedy of missed connections, THIS RANDOM WORLD asks the serious question of how often we travel parallel paths through the world without noticing. From an ailing woman who plans one final trip, to her daughter planning one great escape and her son falling prey to a prank gone wrong, this funny, intimate, and heartbreaking play explores the lives that may be happening just out of reach of our own.
Scottie Ward: Female, 70+ – she is private, quite withheld, intelligent, dry-witted, formal, but not a classic matriarch; she is sassy, feisty, enjoys a full, enriched world beyond the knowledge of her children.
Tim Ward: Male, 29 – his girlfriend has broken up with him, his work is not going well, he is trying to figure things out, at his sister’s suggestion he puts a fake obituary into the paper and then can’t seem to take it back
Beth Ward: Female, 38 – Scottie’s daughter, generally obsessed with controlling her life, and her death; her defense is her best offense, she is appealing, likeable.
Bernadette: 30s Scottie’s aide, she is competent, reserved, but has energy and determination
Rhonda: late 20s Bernadette’s young sister, has become mystical since her mother’s passing, wants to believe in more than just this life.
Claire: 29 – Believes in ghosts, misses her past
Gary: 35-45 – A little self-righteous. Wants to live his best life, now.
A Man: flexible age – mysterious. confused.
June 26 – July 25, 2020
by Jordan Harrison, Dir. Wendy Katz Hiller
It’s the age of artificial intelligence, and 85-year-old Marjorie — a jumble of disparate, fading memories — has a handsome new companion who’s programmed to feed the story of her life back to her. What would we remember, and what would we forget, if given the chance? In this richly spare, wondrous new play, Jordan Harrison explores the mysteries of human identity and the limits — if any — of what technology can replace.
Director’s Note: Don’t be too concerned about the ages mentioned in the script. I may be casting somewhat younger. I have noted my ranges in parentheses.
Marjorie: 85 (60’s-80’s) A strong woman who is fighting dementia and the losses she has experienced in life. Friendly with Walter and Jon, she has a more complicated relationship with her daughter, Tess.
Walter: 30ish (20’s-30’s) Walter is a “prime”: a very realistic interactive hologram of Marjorie’s husband (at a younger age). For the vast majority of the play we should be unable to tell that he’s anything but a kind, friendly, helpful human. On occasion he will give himself away when asked something he hasn’t been programmed to know, but this is very matter-of-fact, not ashamed or apologetic.
Jon: 55 (40’s-50’s) Tess’s husband and Marjorie’s son-in-law. Helpful and concerned. Very much in love with his wife. Has a dry sense of humor.
Tess: 55 (40’s-50’s) Marjorie’s daughter and Jon’s wife. Not really sure about the new technology being used. Struggles with her relationships–particularly with her mother and adult children. Cares deeply about others and later in the play deals with her own depression.
Open Book Theatre Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation, age, handicap, religion, national origin or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.
answered by Artistic Director, Krista Schafer Ewbank
Who is directing the shows?
Directors are listed with each show above.
Is anything precast?
The role of Frankie in Frankie and Johnny. Everything else is available.
You know me, should I come to the generals?
Do all the directors for the shows you’re interested in know you? 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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 unavailable for rehearsals for me). Attach a headshot and resume. 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 email@example.com. 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’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. BE SURE TO LET US KNOW YOUR CONFLICT with the callback when you are there for the generals! 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 $550 for all roles, paid on the closing night of the show.