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Open auditions are held for each Allens Lane Theater (ALT) production. ALT encourages and practices non-traditional casting. Callbacks may be scheduled at the director's discretion. If you would like to ad your resume and headshot to our talent file, which is available to all directors, please send to ALT, 601 West Allens Lanereet, Philadelphia, PA 19119. Auditions may be attended by other directors for the purpose of observing potential talent for future productions.
Allens Lane Theater promotes non-traditional casting when possible.
2017 - 18 ALLENS LANE THEATER
Rasheeda Speaking by Joel Drake Johnson
Nov. 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26 Dec. 1, 2, 3
Directed by Scott R. Grumling
Attention women! Are you sick of the lack of prime opportunities (roles) in many plays that audition in the region? Now is your chance to audition for two (one African-American, one Caucasian) complex, profound, and choice leading roles in a play. Better yet, this production will be a Regional (Philadelphia) premiere. So you can be the first in the local theater scene to put your personal stamp on these two roles from a recent critically acclaimed off-Broadway hit.
Characters (1M, 3F)
- Ileen Van Meter (Female Lead, Caucasian, Age 35-55): office worker for Dr. Williams; promoted and reluctantly enlisted by the doctor to gather observations on Jaclyn so he can replace her; a somewhat timid woman with a good heart who starts to unravel as the play goes on.
- Jaclyn Spaulding (Female Lead, African-American, Age 35-55): office worker for Dr. Williams; she is determined to keep her job and will act and behave in any way she needs to in order to defend herself; should be able to move between comedic and dramatic moments fluidly.
- Dr. David Williams (Male Supporting, Caucasian, Age 35-45): doctor who doesn’t feel Jaclyn’s work is adequate and wants to replace her; professional and good-looking.
- Rose Saunders (Female Featured, Caucasian, Age 65+): a patient of Dr. Williams; she thinks that Jaclyn is rude and abrasive to her and becomes easily flustered.
The Story: Blending awkward workplace comedy with intense racial tension, this workplace thriller examines the realities of so-called "post-racial" America when two middle aged female co-workers - one black, one white - are driven apart by the machinations of their boss. A chilling power struggle ensues that spins wildly out of control. An acidic depiction of race, power, and friendship, this dark comedy will keep you in its claustrophobic grip until its final moments.
Audition Dates: by appointment only; walk-ins will be seen as time permits; Monday, July 17th 7:00 PM - 9:45 PM, Tuesday, July 18th 7:00 PM - 9:45 PM; callbacks, if necessary, Saturday, July 22nd 11 AM - 1:30 PM.
Audition Location: Allens Lane Theater, 601 West Allens Lane, Philadelphia, PA 19119.
Audition Format: Readings from the script; 1-2 minute monologue for those auditioning for Ileen and Jaclyn only.
Pay: A small stipend will be paid at the end of the run.
Contact: To schedule an audition time Email your headshot and resume to email@example.com. Questions about the audition can also be directed to that Email address.
Other Information: Those auditioning for the roles of Ileen and Jaclyn need to have minimal to no rehearsal conflicts between the dates of September 10 and the show opening on November 17. A cast read-through will be held mid-August and actors will be expected to begin work on memorization prior to the first rehearsal in September. Rehearsals will generally be held Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday evenings from 7:15 to 10:00 PM or Sunday afternoon from 2:00 to 5:00 PM. Please bring your calendar to the audition and be ready to make note of ALL conflicts you have during the period of September 10 through November 16th. Allens Lane Website: www.allenslane.org.