Yesterday, we announced auditions for the remaining three characters in Turtles. There were specific actors who I had in mind for Bella, Foos, and Finn--all three actors were people I had worked with in the past and had admired on stage, and I was so grateful when they said, yes.
For the two female character actors and the Latino man, we will be looking for some specific characteristics.
First, for the women, we encourage all ethnicities and ages. It's important that we find actors who will give a range of experiences. One of the several reasons I wrote Turtles the way I did was to give women a chance to express what it's like to be told by a man that you're no good, or what it's like to get hit on because you have a flat tire by the side of the road and a man perceives you as being helpless, and he'll fix your flat if you'll fix his. (nudge, nudge, wink, wink.) It's important to be able to explore those situations through the lenses of actors who have different life experiencs.
For the Latino (and we're looking for a Latino, not a white actor who can "play" Latino) age is important, but not as important as an actor who can portray this enigmatic character.
For all the actors, we'll be looking for people who want to work on new work. We don't want actors who see their role in a production as just remembering lines and blocking. We need people who will be active participants in the creation of a new piece of theatrical work. (We asking this from our designers, too.) There will probably be maybe two workshops prior to rehearsals. This will give us time: Time for me to examine things like structure, for the designers to start to see the play on its feet, and for actors to work on their character. We need this play to percolate in our collective subconscious.
For a little more information, go here. You can read a bit more about the background of the play, and there is an older draft of the script that I encourage you to read beforehand. While it is an older draft, it will give you a sense of the play. (I am doing a lot of rewriting, especially in Act II.)
Also, to better understand Boston Public Works, you can check out the site you're on right now.
And here are the details:
A new play by John Greiner-Ferris and the inaugural production of Boston Public Works, directed by Jeffery Mosser.
April 12, 1-5pm
April 13, 1-5pm
April 14, 7-10pm (if necessary)
At the Factory Theater
791 Tremont Street
Boston, MA 02118
Seeking versatile artists to fill the following roles:
- JESUS: Latino, 20-something, looks good in a tight pair of jeans and a darn good mechanic
- VARIOUS CHARACTERS: (2 ACTRESSES): POLICE OFFICER, FIRST YAHOO, STEVE, EL DIABLO, VERNON, SECOND YAHOO, EMANUEL
-Auditions will consist of a prepared one-minute monologue followed by readings from the script.
-Appointments should be made with Amy West for an audition time at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Characters that are pre-cast:
BELLA: Good mother to FINN and FOOS
FOOS: Fifteen year old daughter of BELLA
FINN: Nine year old son of BELLA