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Breakdowns

Breakdowns

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Center Theatre Group 2015-2016 Season EPA

Monday, September 28, 2015
10am-6pm (lunch from 1-2pm)
EPA rules in effect - sign-up begins at 9am

Location: Music Center Annex, 601 West Temple Street (corner of Temple & Grand), Los Angeles, CA

Parking: Music Center Garage on Grand Avenue ($8/day) or street parking

Preparation: 3 minutes total - strict time limit  

2 short (1 minute) contrasting CONTEMPORARY monologues or 1 (2 minute) monologue; preferably from a published play (NO original compositions, NO classical monologues)

MUST bring Picture and Resume, stapled together

For more information, visit www.actorsequity.org.

Productions at MARK TAPER FORUM 2016 SEASON and KIRK DOUGLAS THEATRE 2015-2016 SEASON

MARK TAPER FORUM 2016 Season

THE MYSTERY OF LOVE & SEX
Written by: Bathsheba Doran
Directed by: Robert Egan
January 12 - March 20, 2016

FATHER COMES HOME FROM THE WARS (PARTS 1, 2, 3)
Written by: Suzan-Lori Parks
Directed by: Jo Bonney
March 8 - May 15, 2016

DISGRACED
Written By: Ayad Akhtar
Directed by: Kimberly Senior
May 17 - July 17, 2016

MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM
Written by: August Wilson
Directed by: Phylicia Rashad
August 2 - October 16, 2016

THE BEAUTY QUEEN OF LEENANE
Written By: Martin McDonagh
Directed by: Garry Hynes
October 11 - December 18, 2016

KIRK DOUGLAS THEATRE 2015-2016 Season

THE OBJECT LESSON
Written by: Geoff Sobelle
Directed by: David Neuman
September 2 (first preview) - October 4, 2015

KANSAS CITY CHOIR BOY
Music and Lyrics by: Todd Almond
Directed by: Kevin Newbury
October 15 (first preview) - November 8, 2015

STRAIGHT WHITE MEN
Written and Directed by: Young Jean Lee
November 20 (first preview) - December 20, 2015

WOMEN LAUGHING ALONE WITH SALAD
Written by: Sheila Callaghan
Directed by: Neel Keller
February 9 - April 3, 2016 

ENDGAME
Written by: Samuel Beckett
Directed by: Alan Mandell
March 29-May 22, 2016

Character Breakdowns:

THE MYSTERY OF LOVE AND SEX
Howard: Late 40s-early 60s, Caucasian, man.  Howard is a born and bred New Yorker and author of 27 popular detective novels.  Howard’s religion (Judaism) is important to him, although he often uses it as an excuse or as a tool in arguments.  Stubborn and a bit grumpy, Howard cares deeply for his daughter Charlotte. 

Lucinda: Late 40s-early 60s, Caucasian, woman.  Lucinda and Howard are married.  Lucinda is a free spirited, wealthy southerner who was disowned by her family for marrying the New York Jew she fell in love with in college. She is a leading lady with grace, beauty, poise and a lot of fire.

Charlotte:  20s, Caucasian, woman. Charlotte is trying to figure out who she is and to come out as a lesbian.  Her love for her best friend Jonny is unconventional.  Charlotte is very free-spirited, smart, tough and very much like her mother Lucinda.

Jonny: 20s, African-American, man.  Jonny’s childhood was rougher than Charlotte’s, as he grew up with an ailing single mother, and has found solace and relief in his Christian faith.  He studies English in college and is fascinated by Howard’s oeuvre, but finds the detective series to be racist, sexist, and homophobic. 

FATHER COMES HOME FROM THE WARS (PARTS 1, 2, 3)
The Oldest Old Man: 60s, African-American, man.   He has taken on the role of Hero’s father. Although the Oldest Old Man is frail, he is authoritative, stubborn and full of life.  He acts as a father figure for the slave population on the whole, but his strongest relationship stands with Hero.

Penny: Late 30s - 40s, African-American, woman.  Penny is married to Hero. Penny is a strong, fierce woman with a slight edge and wildness to her. She is beautiful, smart, and steadfast in her love for Hero.

Smith: Late 30s-early 40s, Caucasian. Although he appears to be Caucasian, he is indeed an African American man. He is soulful, educated, and compassionate. He abhors the values of the South and his ideas about human ownership.

DISGRACED
Amir: 40s, South Asian, man.  Amir is a clever and talented litigator, married to Emily.  He wears fine clothes and speaks in a perfect American accent, but underneath his well-starched exterior, he is very angry and volatile.  Although Amir was raised Muslim, he does not practice and is quick to rage and resentment over his religion.   

Emily: Early 30s, Caucasian, woman.  Emily is a successful artist who has recently become very interested in Muslim art. She is a warm, compassionate person who knows how to design a dinner party.  Emily seems to relate to Islam more than her husband Amir.  

Isaac: 40s, Caucasian, man.  Isaac is a curator at the Whitney and a friend of Emily’s, married to Jory.  He is intelligent, self-confident, and well-travelled.  Isaac is Jewish and an equal match to Amir in arguments. 

Jory: Mid-late 30s, African-American, woman.  Jory is one of Amir’s co-workers.  She too is intelligent and commanding; perhaps slightly more masculine than her own husband Isaac.  She is the only mother in the play.  Jory speaks with authority, and to the point.   

Abe: 22, South Asian, man.  Abe feels far more connected to his religion than his Uncle Amir and advocates for the Imam at his Mosque, who is on trial for terrorism.  He moved from Pakistan to American when he was 8-years-old.  Lively and youthful, Abe works to be an all-around “American” (changes his name, wears American clothes), but his values shift over the course of the play.

MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM
Sturdyvant: Mid-50s, Caucasian, man.  The owner of the studio.  Sturdyvant refuses to put up with Ma Rainey’s needs and lets those problems fall to Irvin.  His immediate response to almost anything is anger.

Irvin: Mid-50s, Caucasian, man.  Tall and fleshy.  Irvin prides himself on his knowledge of African-Americans and his ability to deal with them. Irvin is Ma’s manager and claims that he knows how to handle her, however Ma and Sturdyvant both use him like a doormat. 

Cutler: Mid-50s, African-American, man.  He plays guitar and trombone and is the leader of the group, possibly because he is the most sensible; the father figure of the band.  His playing is solid and almost totally unembellished.  His understanding of his music is limited to the chord he is playing at the time he is playing it.  He has all the qualities of a loner except the introspection.

Toledo: Mid-50s, African-American, man.  The piano player.  In control of his instrument, he understands and recognizes that its limitations are an extension of himself.  He is the only one in the group who can read.  He is self-taught but misunderstands and misapplies his knowledge, though he is quick to penetrate to the core of a situation and his insights are thought-provoking.

Slow Drag: Mid-50s, African-American, man.   The bass player.  Perhaps the one most bored by life.  He resembles Cutler, but lacks Cutler’s energy.  He is deceptively intelligent, though, as his name implies, he appears to be slow.  He is a rather large man with a wicked smile.  Innate African rhythms underlie everything he plays, and he plays with an ease that is at times startling.

Levee: Early 30s, African-American, man.  Strong fire-cracker personality. His temper is rakish and bright.  He is an intelligent hot-head, clearly calculated to shift control of the situation to where he can grasp it.  He plays trumpet.  He plays wrong notes frequently.  He often gets his skill and talent confused with each other. 

Ma Rainey: Mid-50s, African-American, woman.  Short and heavy.   Ma Rainey’s manner is simple and direct, and she carries herself in a royal fashion.  She expects to be treated with the utmost respect and will not tolerate otherwise. 

Policeman: Early 40s-early 50s, Caucasian, man.  The Policeman almost arrests Ma Rainey; in his mind, he is just doing his job.  

Dussie Mae: 20s, African-American, woman.  Dussie Mae’s greatest asset is the sensual energy which seems to flow from her.  She is quite naïve and she will be accompanying Ma Rainey and the rest on their tour.    

Sylvester: 30s, African-American, man.  Smart, talented and skilled actor.  He is Ma’s nephew, an Arkansas country boy, the size of a fullback.  Sylvester looks uncomfortable in his new suit and coat.  Most of the time, he stutters when he speaks.

THE BEAUTY QUEEN OF LEENANE
Cast (4 Roles)

THE OBJECT LESSON
Cast (1 Roles)

KANSAS CITY CHOIRBOY
Cast (2 Roles)

STRAIGHT WHITE MEN
Cast (4 roles)

WOMEN LAUGHING ALONE WITH SALAD
Guy: Any Ethnicity. Late 20s. He is cute, scrubby and completely confused by the women in his life. He is privileged and dissatisfied with his life and the people around him. While he says a lot of nasty things, he must come across as charming.

Tori: Any Ethnicity. 20s. Very thin woman whose food obsession is ruining her life and relationship. Tori is sweet and bubbly, but underneath has a dark edge and sarcastic wit. She appears to be naïve and innocent, but can change on a dime. Must have strong comedic timing.

Meredith: Any Ethnicity. 30s. Smart, sexy, confident woman with curves. Meredith is a Betty Paige type with an infectious personality. Meredith dances, flirts with men, and flaunts her full-figure to its advantage. Great comedic chops is a must. She is sharp and witty, but has strong emotional depth and vulnerability inside.

Sandy: Any Ethnicity. Late 50s – Early 60s. Smart, classy, poised woman who is terrified of aging. Sandy is the mother of Guy and is completely unaware of the damage she is causing herself with her beauty regimen. She has strong comedic timing and must be able to play a man in the second act.

ENDGAME
Cast (4 roles)