UMass Theater productions are cast throughout the year; check here for audition information.
Time and place maybe subject to change; updates will be posted as they become available.
Sign up sheets for auditions are posted on the Department of Theater Call Board outside Fine Arts Center Room 112 about a week before auditions. Scripts, where available, can be accessed as read-only documents at the links provided below. Call (413) 545-3490 if you have further questions.
Fall Audition Workshop
Saturday, September 12 from 2-4 p.m. in the Curtain Theater.
Anyone planning to audition for UMass Theater shows this year is encouraged to attend. Led by department faculty member Gina Kaufmann
Recommended for anyone thinking about auditioning for department shows.
2015-2016 Fall Auditions — Marie Antoinette, Donny Johns,and Love and Information
WHEN: September 14th and 15th from 6:30-10:30PM, callbacks September 16th and 17th 6:30-10:30PM
LOCATION: Fine Arts Center, Rand Theater
WHAT TO PREPARE: Please prepare one contemporary monologue (sixty seconds or less). In addition, please become acclimated with the sides for one or more roles. Auditionees are strongly encouraged to read the full play to get a feel for its language and rhythm.
Non-speaking roles are available—individuals with movement and dance backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. (Those interested should sign up for an audition slot, regardless of whether or not they plan to read for a role.)
MARIE ANTOINETTE: Queen of France
YOLANDE DE POLIGNAC: a false friend
THERESE DE LAMBALLE: a true friend
MRS SAUCE: a shopkeeper’s wife
LOUIS XVI: Marie’s husband
JOSEPH: Marie’s brother
AXEL FERSEN: A family friend Marie is attracted to
MR SAUCE: a shopkeeper
**please note that some roles may be doubled**
A note from the author:
I tend to write for the musicality of the line, not grammatical correctness.
A double slash (//) indicates either an overlap or a jump – i.e., no break between the end of one character’s speech and the beginning of the following speech.
Speech in parentheses indicates either a sidetracked thought - or footnote - within a conversation, or a shift in emphasis with no transition.
When a ? is followed by a lowercase word that means you ask the question and keep talking without taking a beat after the question mark.
Sometimes sentences will abut with no period or punctuation
This means you just keep talking without taking a beat for a period a comma.
A STOP is a pause followed by either a marked shift in tone or tempo (like a cinematic jumpcut) or no change in tempo whatsoever – somewhat like putting a movie on pause and then pressing play.
Louis: p.17 “You have to grow up” - end of scene
Fersen: p.19 top of scene - p.24 end of scene
Marie/Joseph: p.24 top of scene - p.30 “I guess.”
Marie/Revolutionary: p.113 “When’s my trial” - p.118 “I’m not rational”
Sheep: p.105 “You look exhausted” - p.111 “Wake up.”
Polignac: p.34 top of scene - p.37 “You really are.”
Lamballe: p.49 “There’s an autobiography” - p.51 “You’ll see.”
Mr. Sauce/Mrs. Sauce: p.80 top of entrance - p.84 end of scene
Link to google drive, script (READ-ONLY): https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0B5jcFOaxZwKOfktqWjBVbFBreGpXSnphUE90Y21vZGVfWXd6bzFkRWx2MEplTGdqa3VfZEE&usp=sharing
WHEN: September 14th from 6-10PM, callbacks September 16th 6-10PM with additional callbacks possible on Sept. 17. THERE ARE NO AUDITIONS FOR DONNY JOHNS SCHEDULED FOR SEPT. 15.
LOCATION: Fine Arts Center, Curtain Theater
WHAT TO PREPARE: Please prepare 32 bars from a song of your choice, preferably from a contemporary American musical. Accompanist will be provided. You will also learn a part of a song from Donny Johns to sing in a small group.
WHEN: October 5 and 6 from 6:30-10:30 p.m., callbacks October 7 and 8 from 6:30-10:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Fine Arts Center
WHAT TO PREPARE: We are looking for a diverse ensemble of 15 actors who are willing to commit to full energy, group oriented rehearsals. Each actor should be prepared to explore multiple roles. Actors should be dressed to move, as the audition will include physical explorations. We encourage actors to prepare a short presentation of any musical, dance or other skill they are passionate about. Actors will be asked to perform cold readings of the play, with instructions given directly from the director.
This is a fast-paced, vibrant play, full of life. Come prepared to live, explore, discover and enjoy.
What would visitors from another world think if they looked at the race history of America?
In Collidescope 2.0, an alien species attempts to make sense of a subject fraught with
inherent misperceptions, ironies and contradictions. Collidescope 2.0 is an imaginative piece originally created by the world-renowned Ping Chong + Company.
WHEN: November 16 & 17, 6:00-10:00 PM, Callbacks on November 18, 6:30- 10:00 PM
WHERE: Rand Theater
WHAT TO PREPARE: We will cast a diverse ensemble of 12-15 actors who will play a range of roles. We will audition working groups up to 20 people in two-hour blocks of time each night. Actors in groups will read and discuss material and related concepts, then stage sections of the text that they will present to the larger group. You should wear comfortable clothing that allows for movement and you should be able to contribute as a collaborator in a group setting.
*Rehearsals begin in March 2016 and cast members must be available for rehearsals for part of Spring Break, March 16-19, 10:00 AM- 7:00 PM
Link to further information (READ-ONLY): https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0B5jcFOaxZwKOfnlRdkFIWjltUDFjWjlhZG80eG1jZWRBNlN2aWxNVWw2ZlZ3cFNzUjBJUVk&usp=sharing
Sign up for an audition block on the UMass Theater Callboard, or email Stage Manager Alex Oms, email@example.com
It isn’t every day you get to be so intimately a part of creating new work. In Play Lab, playwrights (Kim Euell and Stephanie Swirsky) work with a dedicated team to mount staged readings of two brand-new works, followed by a lively conversation between audience and artists. Those performances and discussions will transform not just how audiences see and experience the act of artistic creation, it will shape the future of the plays that are performed!
WHEN: January 25 & 26, 6:00-10:00 PM, Callbacks on January 27 & 28, 6-10:00 PM
WHERE: Room 204, Department of Theater, Fine Arts Center
WHAT TO PREPARE: Those auditioning are asked to prepare a short (30 seconds to a minute) contemporary monologue and may be asked to perform cold readings from the play. (Child actors may perform a short monologue, speech, or poem.) A full script will be made available [on the callboard/on the website] prior to auditions. Callbacks will include readings from sides chosen by the artistic team and will be provided following the first round of auditions.
The Dance by Kim Euell:
STEPHEN, a visual artist, African American, a youthful 30. This role requires an actor with experience/familiarity with spoken word poetry.*
SISHA, a dancer and aspiring choreographer, African American, age 24.
MARK, an attorney/activist, Caucasian, early 30’s.
KEVIN, one of Stephen’s students, African American, age 9.
THE MUSE/DANCER, Stephen’s muse, African American. She has no dialogue, only movements.**
*In addition to a monologue, those reading for the role of Stephen are asked to prepare either a short excerpt from the script's spoken word scenes or a spoken word piece of their own choosing.
**Those interested in the Muse/Dancer role are asked to contact firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more. Dancers, choreographers, and actors with movement training are all encouraged to apply. The play includes hip hop and West African dance.
The Dance summary:
Set in the San Francisco Bay Area in the nineties, against the backdrop of Nelson Mandela's historic visit, The Dance explores the art and relationships of two young artists and an activist attorney as they struggle to define their identities, ideals and commitments in a rapidly changing world. Reflecting the zeitgeist of the times, The Dance merges movement, music, spoken word poetry and dialogue in this story of betrayal and forgiveness.
Kim Euell's plays have been developed and performed in theaters around the nation including Portland's Imago Theater, The LA Theater Center, Detroit's Plowshares Theater, Center Theater Group's Mark Taper Forum, Hartford Stage, San Francisco's Lorraine Hansberry Theater, Actors Theater of Louisville , Seattle's Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center and The Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Penumbra Theatre's production of The Diva Daughters DuPree was named Outstanding New Show of the Year by the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Kim has taught playwriting workshops nationally and overseas. She is currently the UMASS Visiting Artist in Playwriting.
What Actually Happened Was by Stephanie Swirsky:
OLIVIA, 19, always sees the best in everyone, to her own detriment. Loyal to a fault.
ERIC, 19, prides himself on always being the smartest guy in the room. Hates himself.
EMILY, 19, a focused student who will probably work for a non-profit one day, but then quit to go to law school.
CONNOR, 19, a genuine guy who knows how to be everyone's best friend.
MEREDITH, 19, forever optimistic, tries hard to be a good friend.
PETE, 19, a nice quiet guy who mostly keeps to himself, also plays
TRAVIS and WILL.
What Actually Happened Was summary:
What Actually Happened Was is a hyper-naturalistic exploration of millennial college courtship in an age of dick pics and emojis. At the center of the story is a rape and its complicated fallout between two best friends: Olivia and Eric.
Stephanie Swirsky writes about illness, death, grieving, and Jewish identity with humor, levity, and a sense of romantic adventure. Her plays have been developed or produced at The Brick Theater, The Flea Theater, INTAR, Luna Stage, Theatricum Botanicum, and WordBRIDGE, among others. Stephanie received her BA from New York University and her MFA in Dramatic Writing from the University of Southern California.