UMass Theater Auditions for "What of the Night?"

Event Details

September 10—September 11, 2018 6:00 pm-10:00 pm

Curtain Theater

UMass Amherst Campus

Handicap access available
Free admission

Auditions Sept. 10 & 11, 6-10 p.m., in the Curtain Theater, with callbacks Sept. 12 & 13, 6-10 p.m., in the Curtain Theater.

Sign up for an audition slot:

PERFORMANCE DATES: Nov. 29 & 30, Dec. 1, 5, 6, 7, 8 at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 8 at 2 p.m.

SHOW DESCRIPTION: This production is a cycle of four linked short plays by Maria Irene Fornes, one of our greatest and most influential living playwrights. She presents a thrillingly dangerous dystopian vision that spans 60 years, tracking an extended family of desperate characters whose lives are intertwined as they try to eke out a precarious living in the city's violent underground. This Pulitzer Prize-nominated play is Fornes’ incisive exploration of the human hunger for survival by any means.
This event is part of Celebrando Fornés/Celebrating Fornés, a year-long effort to raise awareness of Fornés’ legacy and her impact on American theater.

AUDITION DETAILS: Seeking a racially diverse cast. Also seeking a singer and a saxophonist.

PLEASE READ THE ENTIRE SCRIPT BEFORE AUDITIONING. It can be accessed in PDF format in our audition folder.

Performers are required to prepare suggested monologues from the script of What of the Night? for the auditions. Actors auditioning for more than one character must perform separate monologues assigned to each character. PDF format of monologues are also available in audition folder. 

MONOLOGUES - for First Round of Auditions 

1] CHARLIE – p. 178 “Try to understand, Birdie. …I can’t stand it if you leave. Birdie.”   &
             p. 221 – 222, “I hope that if he took something…have to leave.”
2] BIRDIE – p. 172, “In the home there…she sees me out of here.”/ p. 174, “Yeah. She’d put our head…I  
                      paid her off.”      &
        p. 231, “Now they’re calm, but… Ray…”

3] PETE/JOSEPH – [Two Characters will be played by same actor]
               p. 177, “Yeah! You stay there…no one can mess with me.”     &
                                p. 217, “What do you say, Ray?... Haven’t I thought you to love yourself?”

4] NADINE -- p. 165 – 166, “I’ve lost the habit of talking…one way or another, Pete?”
5] LEAH/REBA – [Two Characters will be played by same actor]
   p. 234 – 235, “She fainted…Would you like a little liqueur?”

6] RAINBOW –   p. 185, “That’s right…And, I told him that.”     &
   p. 180, “I got it … It is a good watch.”

7] GRETA /The Angel – [Two Characters will be played by same actor] 
 p. 189 – 190, “I lash out at you…What else can you talk about?”  &
                           p. 190-191, “My Beloved, … Forever yours, --Rainbow.”
8] RAY -- p. 202 – 203, “Animals are beautiful…unworthy of her own life?”      &
                 p. 227 – 228, “I thought you … Helena…poor Helena.

9] HELENA -- p. 218, “He told me he always wished for a son…I had been a boy.”  &
                  p. 195,    “You are wild… it’s a bitter thing.”

10] Singer – Patsy Cline’s “Leaving on your mind” / “Melancholy baby”

11] Saxophonist – Patsy Cline’s “Leaving on your mind” / “Melancholy baby”

For Callbacks:  actors will be invited to improvise assigned scenes from the script in collaboration with fellow actors.      

Our audition and production process will honor a safe and respectful space for participants, upholding values of consent and communication.

Script and monologue are posted in the audition folder; you will be asked to prepare 2 monologues from the script and there will be scene improv at the callbacks.

You can find the PDF with each character's monologues in the Audition Information folder; simply look for the document with that character's name.

A link to sign up for an audition slot will be posted around the start of the school year; please check back then.

Event Category

Theater Theater Auditions