TAKING SIDES by RON HARWOOD
Directed by Stephanie Coltrin
AUDITION DATE: Tuesday, 22 August 2017
AUDITION TIMES: 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. (Lunch from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.)
APPOINTMENTS: EPA Rules in effect.
1006 East Main Street
Ventura, Ca 93001
Karyl Lynn Burns- Producing Artistic Director
Stephanie Coltrin-Beyries- Director
Preview Performances 10/25, 10/26, 10/27
Opening Night: 10/28
Performances: 10/25-11/12 (Performances Wednesdays at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., Thursdays and Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.
Reading from the play. After 8/15, click the link below for sides:
ABOUT THE PLAY:
TAKING SIDES takes place in the American Zone of occupied Berlin, in 1946 where the American portion of the De-Nazification Tribunal has convened to take over the questioning of Wilhelm Furtwängler, one of the outstanding conductors of his time. Furtwängler was at the height of his career in 1933, just as Hitler became Chancellor of Germany. As the terrors of Nazism spread, many of Furtwängler's colleagues fled the country, whether out of protest or persecution, but Furtwängler mysteriously chose to stay. Did he stay to do as much good as possible in the face of evil, or did he stay to serve Hitler, of which he was later accused?
Rubicon Theatre Company is seeking Equity and Non-Equity actors for the Taking Sides by Ron Harwood.
WILHELM FURTWÄNGLER (male, 50s-60s) A brilliant German orchestra conductor, no longer able to work due to the American investigation into his actions during the war. Controversial, erudite, intelligent, passionate, proud and arrogant. German dialect required.
EMMI STRAUBE (female, 20s) Major Arnold’s secretary. Sensitive, and often shocked by Arnold’s brusque manner. Reticent about sharing her experience of the war, but we discover that her father took part in a plot to kill Hitler. German dialect required.
TAMARA SACHS (female, 30s-40s) Determined to help prove Furtwangler helped Jewish musicians out of Germany. Forceful, insistent yet vulnerable and suffering from the loss of her husband, who was executed during the war, which has caused her to look older than she is. German dialect required.
HELMUTH RODE (male, late 40s) Formerly a second violinist in the Berlin Philharmonic. When called in for questioning he struggles to defend his actions during the Nazi control of Germany. Often appears meek and becomes vulnerable to Arnold’s manipulations. German dialect required.
LIEUTENANT DAVID WILLS (male, 20s) Major Arnold’s new assistant- born in Germany, but raised in the United States. Thoughtful, considerate, with a deep appreciation for art and music. He thoughtfully considers the reasons for people’s actions rather than judging a person on the actions themselves.
The Role of Major Arnold has been cast.
Directed by James O'Neil
SPT-8 for Equty, stipend for non-Equity
James O’Neil- Artistic Director Emeritus/Director
Karyl Lynn Burns- Producing Artistic Director
Stephanie Coltrin-Beyries- Casting Director
Rehearsals February 20, 2018-March 16, 2018
Preview Per/ormances March 14, 15, 16
Opening Night: March 17
March 18-April 1 Performances Wednesdays at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., Thursdays and Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.
Please prepare (2) contrasting Shakespeare monologues totaling no more than TWO MINUTES.
Rubicon Theatre Company is seeking Equity and Non-Equity actors for Shakespeare’s King Lear. All actors must have a strong command of classical text.
Mercurial by nature, confused by age, and blind to his weaknesses, decides to divide his kingdom amongst his three daughters only one of whom loves him enough to speak the truth. Thrown into a rage, the king exiles his youngest daughter, turns on his best friends, and becomes increasingly irrational. When his eldest daughters manifest their true natures and betray his trust with their manipulative machinations, Lear’s world collapses with tragic consequences for all. An epic and hauntingly unforgettable story of love, greed, madness and reconciliation.
GONERIL (Female, 40-50) Lear’s eldest daughter. Ambitious, aggressive and fearless in her manipulation. Feigns the role of the dutiful daughter, but capable of betraying anyone who stands in the way of her goals.
DUKE OF ALBANY (Male, 40-55) Goneril’s husband. Moral and honest. In the dark with regards to his wife’s plotting. When her plans are revealed, he feels a duty to stand up for what is right.
OSWALD, (Male, 30-40) Goneril’s steward, equally cunning and cowardly. Willing to do anything to win. The actor playing Oswald may also double with other roles.
REGAN (Female, 40-50) Lear’s second daughter. Appears more empathic to her father, but is craftier than her sister about hiding her own self-interest. Thoroughly capable of seizing an available opportunity.
KING OF FRANCE (Male, 30-40) Cordelia’s suitor and then husband. Masculine, strong and eminently capable. Will be doubled with other roles.
DUKE OF BURGUNDY(Male, 30-40) Cordelia’s second suitor. Rejects Cordelia when Lear advises that there will be no dowry. Will be doubled with other roles.
CORDELIA (Female, 20-30) Lear’s youngest daughter who loves her father deeply but is unwilling to sacrifice integrity for status. Loyal and kind but with a profound strength of conviction.
EARL OF KENT (male, 40-50) Lear’s courtier and adviser. Blunt, selfless, and loyal. Straightforward with Lear in a way that others are unable to be. His honesty secures his banishment, but he returns in disguise to serve as the king’s unknowing protector.
FOOL (Male 25-70) Possesses wit, a sharp intellect, and sometimes a sadness or anger in his humor and observations. Dedicated to the king and upset about his recent loss of power.
EARL OF GLOUCESTER (Male, 50-70) One of Lear’s most trusted and trustworthy advisers. Comfortable with his station in life. Has integrity, but his somewhat reckless personal past continues to complicate his life. His moral center and overly trusting nature are the cause of his downfall at the hands of his son, Edmund.
EDGAR (Male, 30-40) Gloucester’s elder son. He is the favored son with all of the privileges that legitimacy brings. When wrongfully accused of plotting against his father and banished, he disguises himself as a vagrant to survive and ultimately find vindication and clear his name.
EDMUND (Male, 30-40) Gloucester’s younger and illegitimate son. Amoral, cunning, and devious. Power-hungry and manipulative. He has managed to maintain a place in his father’s household and earn his trust. Keen to ruin his legitimate brother’s name and take his place as the family heir.
CURAN (Male, 25-35) A gentleman of Gloucester’s household, loyal and trustworthy. Will be doubled with other roles.
ENSEMBLE (Male and Female, 25-60) to play Old Man, Knights, Gentlemen, Servants, Messengers, Doctors, Captains, Herald, Attendants and peasants of the realm.
The role of King Lear will be played by George Ball. The role of the Duke of Cornwall will be played by Joseph Fuqua.
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