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Anti/Social- A Comedy

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 ANTI/SOCIAL:  A Comedy

to be performed at the InspiraTO Festival, Toronto:

Produced by WATERCOURSE THEATRE


Producer: Catherine Frid


Director: ML Dodick


Written by Catherine Frid & ML Dodick


Our website: 

https://www.watercoursetheatre.com/auditions.html



THE STORY:


Welcome to Aleesha’s world, her Social Work paper is due –
​and Aleesha desperately needs to find the perfect “Human Subject” to write about.
Enter a woman who’s a panhandler in the City Park. Perfect!
If only Aleesha could convince her to co-operate.
Things get messy – and then there’s the Police Officer…



PRODUCTION INFORMATION:


PLAY REHEARSALS

  • There are 10 Play rehearsals (rehearsals are approx. 1.5 - 2 hours)
  • Play rehearsals begin in March 2020 and continue until the end of May 2020.

 

TECH & CUE-TO-CUE REHEARSALS

  • There are 2 Tech rehearsals at Alumnae Theatre (Thurs. May 21 at 1:00pm, and  Sun. May 24 at 11:00am).
  • And there is 1 Cue-to-Cue "dress rehearsal" at Alumnae Theatre (Wed. May 27 at 1:30pm).
  • Tech Rehearsals & Cue-to-Cue “Dress Rehearsals” will be at Alumnae Theatre, 70 Berkeley Street

 

PERFORMANCES 

  • There will be 7 performances
  • Performances will be at Alumnae Theatre, 70 Berkeley Street, Toronto
  • Performances will run May 28 - June 6, 2020
  • The play is 10 minutes long and is a part of a 1-hour show, comprised of 6x10-minute plays.


AUDITION DATES/TIMES:


Auditions are by appointment.

AUDITIONS 


Tuesday, March 3, 2020
4:30pm - 8:30pm

Wednesday, March 4, 2020
4:30pm - 8:30pm

CALL BACKS


Thursday, March 5, 2020
6:30pm - 8:30pm

 

A copy of the play will be on reserve at the Information Desk, 5th Floor Arts, Toronto Reference Library 789 Yonge St.



COMPENSATION:

This year, the InspiraTO Festival works on a profit-sharing model. 
Our show's 3 Actors will share equally with the Director and Producer in the play’s profits from InspiraTO. 


 
CHARACTER BREAKDOWN:


ALEESHA: Stage age is early-20s. Any ethnicity. Any gender.
Seeking an excellent comedic actor.
​She’s like Alexis from the TV series Schitt’s Creek.
And Aleesha livestreams her life on Social Media – she’s a Social Media star.


 
WATERCOURSE THEATRE encourages submissions from all ethnicities & genders.
 
WHO CAN BE CAST:

  • Non- Union Actors can be cast
  • “Apprentice  Members” of ACTRA/Equity can be cast.

 
Please Note:
“Full Union Members” of ACTRA/Equity are not able to be cast in this production.


 
TIME COMMITMENT:


Please assess whether you are able to make this time commitment before you audition.
The success of our production requires actors who are able to give this their full attention.

Thank you -
WATERCOURSE THEATRE


 
HOW TO APPLY:


Please submit your Resume and Headshot to:
WatercourseTheatreCasting@gmail.com

  • Our Team will contact you to schedule an Audition
  • Audition Sides will be emailed to you ahead of the Audition
  • Auditions will be held in Downtown Toronto, audition location will be confirmed in our response email
  • Please bring your headshot and resume to the Audition

The Government Inspector

February 12, 2020 | Karen | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

The Scarborough Players:

The Government Inspector

adapted by Jeremy Hatcher

 

 From the original by Nikolai Gogol

 

Produced by special arrangement with

Dramatists Play Service Inc.


Directed by Marisa King. Produced by Todd Davies 

 

**Non-Paying, Non-Equity**

 

SHOW DATES: Evenings May 29, 30,

June 4, 5, 6, 11 & 12 at 8 p.m.


Matinees are May 31, June 7 and 13 at 2 p.m.

 

The Play: What happens when a rumour spreads that a Government Inspector is arriving undercover in a small Russian town? No one knows who it is so the citizens spiral into a panic of corruption and greed to impress a visitor newly arrived. Is he the Inspector or is he not? This spirited and uproarious adaptation of Gogol’s original is witty and satirical with a contemporary feel.

 

ROLES:


Ages listed are a guide for how the character should appear onstage, not necessarily the age of the actor.


The following roles will be doubled:


Innkeeper’s Wife/Corporal’s Widow
Waitress/Locksmith’s Wife
Abdullin/Constable/Imperial Messenger
Pentelaeyev/Constable
Chernaeyev/Constable


The Constables are non-speaking roles.

 

Russian accents are not required.


Mayor (M) (40s-70s) – Self-important, pompous, venal. The Mayor is terrified at thethought that his little fiefdom of greed and corruption might be brought down by some random official from Moscow. Almost diabolical in his scheming and planning, he will stoop to any level and sell anything or anyone to ensure that he holds onto his power and influence and the luxury these afford him. He is the consummate large fish in a small pond.


Hlestakov (M) (20s-30s) – Low-level government clerk trying to prove something to his father. A man-child, completely spoiled and self-absorbed, vain, pompous, has an eye for the ladies. Ability to sing and play piano/guitar/ukulele is an asset.


Osip (M) (20s-70s) – Hlestakov’s manservant. Much smarter than Hlestakov, fed up with being his servant but needs the money, very dry humour, would love for Hlestakov to have an unfortunate accident


Postmaster (M) (20s-70s) – Self-important, likes to lord it over the other villagers that he has unfettered access to their mail and thus their secrets


Judge (M) (50s-70s) – Completely corrupt and at the Mayor’s beck and call. Only interested in maintaining his lifestyle and his power, easily swayed to whatever point of view is most convenient at the time


School Principal (M) (30s-70s) – Defensive of his school but just as corrupt as the rest of the bunch, ready to do whatever the Mayor demands


Hospital Director (M) (30s-70s) – As corrupt as everyone else, willing to compromise everything to go along with the gang


Dobchinsky (M) (20s-70s) – Self-important Country Squire. Yin to Bobchinsky’s Yang, joined at the hip and always wanting to be the first to spread news and gossip whether it’s good or bad


Bobchinsky (M) (20s-70s) – Self-important Country Squire. Yang to Dobchinsky’s Yin, joined at the hip and always wanting to be the first to spread news and gossip whether it’s good or bad


Doctor (M) (30s-70s) – The smartest of the bunch but plays dumb very well


Abdullin (M) (30s-70s) – Has more self-respect than most characters in the play but, in the end, only out for himself (doubles as Constable and Imperial Messenger)


Pentelaeyev (M) (30s-70s) – Tailor with many grievances but not above bribing the mayor when it works to his advantage (doubles as Constable)


Chernaeyev (M) (30s-70s) – Draper who has grievances but has also been guilty of bribing the mayor (doubles as Constable)


Imperial Messenger (M) (30s-70s) – A dignified government functionary (doubles as Abdullin)


Svetsunov (M/F) (20s-60s) – Chief of Police, a toady, goes along with whatever the Mayor wants


Anna Andreyevna (F) (30s-60s) – Mayor’s wife, vulgar, vain, hates her husband but enjoys the trappings of her position. Attracted to almost anyone of the opposite sex, cares little for her daughter apart from the wealth she might attract


Marya (F) (20s-30s) – Mayor’s daughter, smarter than her parents, hates her mother but defers to her father out of misplaced affection, desperate to get away from the small town life she leads, can give as good as she gets


Grusha (F) (40s-70s) – Mayor’s servant, simple, salt of the earth, good sense of humour

Waitress (F) (40s-60s) – Simple, plainspoken, gruff, doesn’t tolerate fools (doubles as Locksmith’s wife)


Locksmith’s Wife (F) (40s-60s) – Has suffered much but not worried about pointing the finger for her troubles at her neighbours (doubles as Waitress)


Innkeeper’s wife (F) (20s-30s) – Daughter of the Waitress, slovenly, sullen, hates her mother (doubles as Corporal’s Widow)


Corporal’s Widow (F) (20s-30s) – Desperate to unload her woes on someone else but revels in being worse off than her neighbour (doubles as Innkeeper’s wife)


BOOKING AN AUDITION


AUDITION DATES:

Monday, February 24th, 2020 7:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
Tuesday, February 25th, 2020 7:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
Wednesday, February 26th, 2020 7:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.


CALLBACKS: (IF NEEDED) Saturday, February 29th – 1:00p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
(CALLBACKS ONLY: PLEASE BE PREPARED TO BE AVAILABLE FOR THE FULL 3 HOURS)


Requirements: Please prepare a comedic monologue of no more than one minute…something you love. Please be prepared for some redirection of your monologue; there may also be cold readings from the play. Please bring a recent photo (photocopy will do) and resumé.


Those asked to return for callbacks will be emailed a few scenes to review. There will be mixing and matching of the actors by the artistic staff.

 

Please read the play.

 

A copy of the play will be on hold at

the 5th floor Information Desk,

Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge St.

 


                           Auditions must be booked in advance

 


TO REQUEST AN AUDITION, SEND AN E-MAIL TO audition4sp@gmail.com


OR by phone (416) 439-1104 -

Please leave your name & number VERY clearly.
By email or telephone please indicate your preferred audition date and time(s).
Please note: Email is the most efficient way to book an audition.
Auditions are booked in 10 minute slots. Please indicate the role(s) in which you are interested.


Auditions and Rehearsals will be held at 780 Birchmount, Unit 5 (west side of Birchmount, south of Eglinton, beside the Alison’s Fine Foods. TTC accessible by #17 Bus from Warden Station or any Eglinton West bus from Kennedy Station). However, Eglinton is under construction and traffic is very slow from Kennedy. Some north/south streets like Birchmount and Warden can be closed at Eglinton causing transit to re-route. Please check with TTC for updates.


First read-through will be Sunday, March 8th at 5:00 p.m. with rehearsals beginning on Tuesday, March 10th at 7:30 p.m.


Most rehearsals will be held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, 7:30-10:30 p.m. and Sundays, 5-9.


All actors will be required on Sunday, May 17th which is the Victoria Day long weekend. However, there will be no rehearsals Easter Sunday, April 12th.


Some dates and times can be flexible as needed.


Some rehearsals and all performances are at Scarborough Village Theatre, 3600 Kingston Road (at Markham Road)).


Scarborough Players is an inclusive community theatre company and encourages all interested individuals from all backgrounds to audition. 

Those auditioning must be Non-Equity performers and understand that this is a non-paying production.


We do not enter into any contracts or agreements with CAEA or ACTRA.

Comic Potential

February 6, 2020 | Karen | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

Comic Potential by Alan Ayckbourn

The NAGs Players

Directed by Brian Russell

Show datesMay 14,15,16 & 21,22,23, 2020 at 7:30 pm (The 2nd weekend is Victoria Day long weekend, so actors must be available for those dates.)

Show & audition locationTranzac Main Stage, 292 Brunswick Ave (at Bloor St W), Toronto

Audition dates: Tues. Feb. 11th, 2020 from 7-10 pm. Call backs are Thurs. Feb. 13th, 2020 at 7 pm.

The auditions will consist of reading sections of the script and interacting with other actors in various roles. A prepared monologue is not required.

Please contact auditions@nagsplayers.com to lets us know you will be attending.

Please also include headshots and resumes if you have them. While not essential, they could be useful.

Rehearsals are generally held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 6:30 pm, and Sunday afternoons at 1:30 pm.

You must be able to make all the dates for the Tech Rehearsal, Dress Rehearsal and show dates before applying for an audition.

NAGs Players is an inclusive community theatre company, and encourages all interested individuals from all backgrounds to audition.

This is a non-equity, non-paying production

 

A copy of the play is on reserve at the Information Desk, 5th floor, Arts Dept. Toronto Reference Library.  789 Yonge St.

DESCRIPTION

A sensation in London and New York, this is one of the funniest and most inventive plays by Britain’s grandmaster of comedy. Largely set in a television studio in the foreseeable future where actors have been replaced by low cost androids (known as “actoids”), this hilarious satire and touching romantic comedy tells the story of Adam, an aspiring writer, and his relationship with Jacie Triplethree (JC333), one of the leading “actoids” on an appalling and terribly cliched television soap opera. When Adam discovers that Jacie can not only carry on a conversation but, due to what she calls a fault in her programming, also has the ability to learn from experience and has a creative imagination, he begins putting together a pitch to build a new television series around her. But the studio, including villainess department head Carla, will not hear of it. Adam soon finds himself falling in love with Jacie and the two of them embark on a quest that takes them into the heart of the city where comedy and tragedy seem to be at every turn. A story filled with both humour and heart, Comic Potential explores the notion that if comedy, laughter, and love are what separates humans from machines yet is mostly subjective, does that make it a fault in the human being experiencing it? And can it be taught?

CHARACTERS

Adam Trainsmith (male, age 20-35) A pleasant and affable dreamer. He has an appreciation for the classics of American cinematic comedy and an earnest desire to bring it back.

Jacie Triplethree (female, age 20-35) An “actoid”, which is to say an android programmed to serve in a variety of low-budget TV series, she has begun to develop human qualities, the most prominent of which is a sense of humor.

Chandler Tate (male, age 40-60) A once proud director of American films now reduced to ordering around robots and technicians instead of actual actors. Bitter and sarcastic with a scathing tongue, he’s nonetheless inspired by this chance to bring back the golden age of comedy.

Carla Pepperbloom (female, age 30-55) A power hungry corporate executive with a taste for younger men and no sense of humor. She’s used to getting her way and not particularly fond of being challenged.

Prim Spring (female, age 25-40) A computer programmer responsible for programming the various actoids. Polite, perhaps even to a fault, and a tad bit skittish under pressure. Currently involved in a lesbian relationship with her co-worker Trudi.

Trudi Floote (female, age 20-35) The on-set technician, she’s in charge of the more mechanical aspects of the actoids and overall studio environment. A bit more jaded and cooler under fire than her life partner, Prim.

ENSEMBLE ROLES

This is a play that requires various actors to take on multiple smaller speaking roles of various character types. Three or four people (both male and female) will be cast in these roles and they will be divided up into as many as four roles per person. All of these roles will be cast based on the number of people and who we have audition:

Doctor/Farmer: A soap opera actoid featured in two distinct roles, LM05623 plays the Doctor who delivers bad news in very “soap opera” style, before a glitch causes him to mix up his vowels. He also plays the Farmer, a supporting actor in Adam’s dream project.

Mother/Farmer’s Wife: A soap opera actoid playing two distinct roles, CW77502 plays Mother who sits weeping while the Doctor gives the tragic news about her son. She also plays Farmer’s Wife, a supporting actor in Adam’s dream project for Jacie.

Dress Shop Assistant: A snooty and snobby dress shop assistant who is left aghast by Jacie’s antics.

Prostitute: A threatening and agitated sort who threatens Jacie in her hotel room, thinking that Jacie is trying to steal her business.

Man in Dress Shop: A rich but exasperated customer who has to deal with his high maintenance girlfriend in both in a department store and a hotel restaurant.

Girl in Dress Shop: The spoiled and high-maintenance girlfriend of Man in Dress Shop, never satisfied, yet expressing amazement in the boutique and the restaurant when she sees things that seem out of the ordinary.

Turkey: A seedy, aggressive, and violent but ultimately cowardly pimp.

Lester Trainsmith: Head of the TV studio, Lester is Adam’s uncle and is aided by his assistant Marmion who does almost all of his speaking for him. A man of steel and purpose who is used to getting what he wants.

Hotel Desk Clerk: Questions and queries Adam and Jacie with both suspicion and intrigue.

Hotel Waiter 1: Efficient in preparing tables and drinks in the restaurant eventually revealing a nasty and bigoted side.

Hotel Waiter 2: Takes part in the smooth arrangement of tables and drinks in the restaurant scene.

Son: Soap opera actoid LJM 54823, reacting with true “soap opera style” stiff upper lip dignity to the bad news about his state.

Marmion: Lester’s assistant and translator who speaks for Lester via a futuristic earpiece. Fastidious but easily flustered when others become confused as to whether he is speaking for himself or for Lester.

Technician: Helps lead Jacie away in a very poignant moment of the play.

Arts Department, Toronto Reference Library

416-393-7157

trlarts@torontopubliclibrary.ca

Scripts available for reading on a first-come basis

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