Auditions

Natural History Register
By Jennifer Camp
Audition Date(s):
Tue, July 27, 2021 at 7:00pm
Production Dates: October 1, 2, 7, 8, 9
Directed by: Susan Jami Paschkes

Actors should prepare a 1-2 minute monologue in the play genre of their choice as best represents the role[s] they are seeking.

Sides available upon request.

*Unvaccinated auditioners should remain masked unless actively auditioning.

If you have any questions, please e-mail the team at [email protected]



Please click on the "Register" link on the right to sign up to audition for this show. You are not required to register ahead of time and can show up that night, but we recomend that you do register.

Four stories that take part in various areas of the New York Museum of Natural History: "The Theodore Roosevelt Rotunda"; "Birds of the World"; "Ocean Life" and "The Big Bang".

(Note: Actors may be cast in more than one act.  Character ages may be flexible)

 

The Theodore Roosevelt Rotunda

Two lonely people whose limbos intersect when they encounter each other in a vast, grand space.

Ben, mid to late forties, a video games designer.  A loner.  Kind of a geek.

Lillian, also mid to late forties, British, teaches literature.  A loner too but more sophisticated.

 

Birds of the World

A couple who survived poor parenting learn the power of love through the gift of raising a child.

Phillip, late forties.  An international consultant.  Emotionally closed off.

Claire, also late forties.  A bird-watcher.  Married to Phillip.  Also emotionally closed off but trying not to be.

Buddy, twenty-one, Claire and Phillip’s son.  Open and loving.

 

Ocean Life

A young man tries to shift from shock to survival as he tries to make sense of his lovers’ tragic disappearance.

James, mid-twenties.  Sincere and honest but a little cynical – with good reason.

 

The Big Bang

The Universe gets really small in an instant due to a chance meeting under the dome in the Hayden Planetarium.

Richard, late forties.  Volatile and emotionally overwrought.

Barbara, also late forties.  Richard’s ex-wife.  Volatile too but usually only around Richard.

Spencer, late twenties.  Barbara’s new boyfriend.  Laid-back and easy-going unless provoked.

 

 

This moving and funny piece is comprised of four stories which are set at the New York Museum of Natural History. The play centers around four rooms, The Theodore Roosevelt Rotunda, in which Ben and Lilian resolve to meet one another; Birds of the World, where we meet Phillip, Claire and their son Buddy and learn about their lives; Ocean Life wherein James elegizes his lost love; and The Big Bang, where we find a love triangle between Barbara, Spencer and Richard is about to explode!

Please click on the "Register" link on the right to sign up to audition for this show. You are not required to register ahead of time and can show up that night, but we recomend that you do register.

For more information or questions, please e-mail the production team at [email protected]
Poe Register
By Louis DiPilla III
Audition Date(s):
Mon, July 26, 2021 at 7:00pm
Production Dates: October 22, 23, 28, 29, 30
Directed by: Alice Weber

Sides available upon request.  Send request to [email protected]

*Unvaccinated auditioners should remain masked unless actively auditioning.



Please click on the "Register" link on the right to sign up to audition for this show. You are not required to register ahead of time and can show up that night, but we recomend that you do register.

Age ranges are approximate and may be adjusted based on the auditions. Most actors will fill multiple roles.

 

EDGAR ALLAN POE – Ability to play ages from 20’s thru 40’s

Tortured literary genius looking back on his life as a result of a tragic event.

 

DR. MORAN/JOHN ALLAN/MAN 1- 40 – 60

Dr. Moran – Edgar’s experienced ego centric attending physician.

John Allan – Edgar’s domineering and unsympathetic adoptive father with whom he has a tempestuous relationship. Scottish accent a plus.

Man 1 – Ruffian that stalks Poe.

 

ORDERLY 1/DAVID POE – 30 – 60

Orderly 1 – Attends to Edgar while in the hospital.

David Poe – Edgar’s ne’er do well, self-absorbed biological father.

               

ORDERLY 2/SGT. O’CONNOR/MAN 2 – 20 – 40

Orderly 2 – Attends to Edgar while in hospital.

Sgt. O’Connor – Police detective investigating the events leading up to Edgar’s illness.

Man 2 - Ruffian that stalks Edgar.

 

ELIZABETH POE/MRS. JANE LOCKE- 20 – 40

Elizabeth Poe – Edgar’s biological mother.  A revered actress and singer. Singing ability is a plus.

Jane Locke – Busybody society woman that sponsor’s Edgar’s lecture in Providence, RI.

 

EDGAR as a child – 5-10

A child that plays with his mother during the act break of a musical. Small role no lines.

 

FRANCES ALLAN/MISS. SARA WHITMAN – 20 – 40

Frances Allan – Edgar’s lovely but ailing adoptive mother. She loves Edgar as her own but must run interference between Edgar and her husband John Allan.

Miss Sara Whitman – A poet that swoops in to rescue Edgar after the death of Virginia Clemm. She is briefly engaged to Edgar.

 

VIRGINIA CLEMM POE – 13 – 25

Edgar’s younger cousin that he marries when she is thirteen years old. She loves Edgar deeply but dies at a young age. Edgar mourns her the rest of his life.

 

ELMIRA ROYSTER – 35 - 40

Edgar’s first love. She married another man at a young age after Edgar proposed to her. They reconnect in the last years of his life. She is reluctant to set a marriage date.

 

Edgar Allan Poe is celebrated as one of the best writers and literary critics in American history. His poetry and short stories still spawn imitations and adaptations attempting to recreate the eerie and mysterious mixed with deep melancholy that he so deftly created. What if anything in his life experience made him capable of tapping into feelings that still touch readers almost 172 years after his passing? What was the cause of his mysterious death, that to this day is still disputed?

This “ World Premiere” play takes place while Poe was being treated in the Washington College Hospital in Baltimore Maryland where he would die four days later. He is brought into the ward delirious and uncommunicative. In the throes of his illness Poe has a series of flashbacks where he relives events in his life. These events reveal the tragic losses, his creative successes, his troubled upbringing, and the lack of the love he craved during his short life, while giving a glimpse into how these experiences effected the art he left behind.

Some of his works are recited in part and in whole during the production.

Please click on the "Register" link on the right to sign up to audition for this show. You are not required to register ahead of time and can show up that night, but we recomend that you do register.

For more information or questions, please e-mail the production team at [email protected]