Audition Details

The Ohio State Department of Theatre Autumn 2018 Auditions

Productions: The Wolves, Her Naked Skin, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-TimeInterACT, Lab Series

DATES: Monday, October 1st and Tuesday, October 2nd
TIME: Starting at 5:30 PM
LOCATION: New Works Lab--Rm. 2060 (Drake Performance and Events Center, 1849 Cannon Drive, Columbus, OH 43210)

The Ohio State University Department of Theatre welcomes and encourages diverse casting opportunities for artists of any race, ethnicity, heritage, color, culture, country of origin, age, gender, sexual orientaiton, physical or cognitive ability, and body shape. You do not need to be a theatre major or minor to participate. All Ohio State students and affiliated persons are welcome to audition.

Scripts

Scripts for all shows are available to sign out for 2 hours in the theatre department main office (DR1089). For additional production details, follow the links highlighted above. (Links will become active when season is officially announced to the public.)

Academic Credit Requirements

Cast members in The WolvesHer Naked Skin, and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time will earn 3 credit hours in TH 4000.08.

Cast members in InterACT will earn 3 credit hours in TH 3921S.

How to Audition

You will be able to sign up for a time starting at 5:00pm on the day of your choosing (either 10/01 or 10/02) at the check-in table outside of the New Works Lab. You will fill out an audition form after you have signed up. People will be seen in the order in which they sign up. Please note: the cut-off time for signing up is 8:00pm for each night. No exceptions.

Callback Notices

Callback notices will be announced on Tuesday, October 2nd, sometime after 11:00pm. They will be emailed directly to anyone who auditioned as well as posted on the glass entrance doors near the south loading dock of the Drake Performance and Event Center. It is the actor's responsibility to check his/her email or the south glass doors for the callback notices.

Callbacks will occur in the Drake Performance and Event Center, Rm. 0107 on 

  • Wednesday, October 3, 6:00pm
  • Thursday, October 4, 6:00pm
  • Friday, October 5, 6:00pm
  • Sunday, october 7, 11:00am

Each show will be assigned callbacks on one of those dates. Assignments to be determined.

Final Cast Lists

Cast lists will be posted after 1:00pm on Monday, October 8th in the 1st floor hallway on the call boards between rooms DR0101 and DR0107.

Audition Requirements

To be considered for all shows, prepare 1 monologue (memorized from a play or a film) no more than 2 minutes in length.

Auditionees will automatically be considered for all productions. You will have the opportunity to indicate that you have scheduling conflicts with certain productions.


Production Information

The Wolves

By Sarah DeLappe
Directed by Elizabeth Wellman
Roy Bowen Theatre
Rehearsals begin January 7.
Rehearsals occur M-F, 6:30-10:30pm and Saturdays, noon-5:00pm
Performance dates and times can be found on the theatre website.

Synopsis
Left quad. Right quad. Lunge. A girls indoor soccer team warms up. From the safety of their suburban stretch circle, the team navigates big questions and wages tiny battles with all the vim and vigor of a pack of adolescent warriors. A portrait of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for nine American girls who just want to score some goals.--Synopsis by Samuel French, Inc.

Her Naked Skin

By Rebecca Lenkiewicz
DIrected by Tom Dugdale
Thurber Theatre
Rehearsals may begin as early as January 7.
Rehearsals occur M-F, 6:30-10:30pm and Saturdays, noon-5:00pm
Performance dates and times can be found on the theatre website.

Synopsis
London 1913. Militancy in the Suffragette Movement is at its height. Thousands of women of all classes serve time in Holloway Prison in their fight to gain the vote. Amongst them is Lady Celia Cain who feels trapped by both the policies of the day and the shackles of a frustrating marriage. Inside, she meets a young seamstress, Eve Douglas, and her life spirals into an erotic but dangerous chaos. This play is set at a crucial moment when, with emancipation almost in sight, women refuse to let the establishment stand in their way.--Synopsis by Samuel French, Inc.

Cast Breakdown
These are not intended to be complete character descriptions. As always, you should feel free to make your own choices. Please note there are several additional ensemble roles not listed in the breakdown (the script names over 40 characters). If you are cast in the production, you may be called upon to play multiple roles. Please be sure to read the play. Thank you in advance for your preparation! I’m excited for your audition!-- TD

  • ASQUITH – 60s. The Prime Minister. A powerful, arrogant politician who does not give the suffrage movement the credit it deserves.
  • SEELEY, BIRRELL, GREY – 50s. Cabinet members to the Prime Minister.
  • POTTER – 30s. A prison guard. Impatient and compassionless.
  • FLORENCE – 70s. One of the oldest and most passionate suffragettes. Political, fiery, outspoken, sure of herself, and deeply committed to the cause.
  • MRS. SCHLIEFKE – 60s. An older suffragette who sometimes questions her commitment.
  • CELIA – 40s. Upper-class woman committed to the suffragette movement who has a romantic relationship with Eve. Stubborn, smart, defiant. Trying to understand not just the movement but her place in society and the world. Sensual and compassionate, even if these qualities are sometimes buried. A writer by trade and married to William Cain, with whom she has seven children.
  • EVE – 20s. Lower-class and less cultured than Celia, with whom she has a romantic relationship. Fragile and reserved initially, unaware of her own power, which she gradually reveals later on. Introspective. Something of the poet’s or artist’s temperament about her. Loves deeply.
  • BRIGGS – 20s. A terse, humorless, female prison guard. The suffragettes see her as a betrayer.
  • VALE – 30s. A physician who oversees forced feedings of the suffragettes and refuses to stop administering them. If he feels remorse, he doesn’t show it.
  • HARDIE – 50s. An MP (Member of Parliament) who is outspoken about the brutality of the forced feedings. An advocate for the suffragettes.
  • BROWN – 40s. Coarse man who contests the suffragettes’ public speeches and tries to attack them.
  • HUNT – 40s. Brown’s companion.
  • CHARLIE – 20s. Working-class hotel manager who defends the suffragettes and later engages in a one-night stand with Celia.
  • KLEIN – 40s. A psychiatrist who attempts to persuade Celia to plead insanity to protect herself.
  • WILLIAM – 40s. Celia’s husband who initially supports her involvement with the suffragettes but later condemns it. More empathetic and compassionate than any of the other men in the play. Pained by the increasingly strained relationship he has with his wife. Lashes out when he feels wounded.  

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Based on the novel by Mark Haddon
Adapted by Simon Stephens
Directed by Kevin McClatchy
Roy Bowen Theatre
Rehearsals may begin as early as January 7.
Rehearsals occur M-F, 6:30-10:30pm and Saturdays, noon-5:00pm
Performance dates and times can be found on the theatre website.

Synopsis

15-year-old Christopher has an extraordinary brain: He is exceptional at mathematics but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. He has never ventured alone beyond the end of his road, he detests being touched, and he distrusts strangers. Now it is 7 minutes after midnight, and Christopher stands beside his neighbor’s dead dog, Wellington, who has been speared with a garden fork. Finding himself under suspicion, Christopher is determined to solve the mystery of who murdered Wellington, and he carefully records each fact of the crime. But his detective work, forbidden by his father, takes him on a thrilling journey that upturns his world.--Synopsis by Dramatists Play Service

InterACT Theatre Project

Directed by Elizabeth Wellman
Performance Dates:

  • College of Public Health, Date/Time TBA
  • New Works Lab, Friday April 19 and Saturday, April 20

In partnership with the University Center for the Advancement of Teaching, the InterACT Theatre Project company devises and produces one to two different interactive theatrical experiences for a variety of audiences across campus that focus on challenges related to diversity, inclusion, teaching, and learning. If you are interested in collaborative new work, improvisation, and/or community engagement, we'd love to see you at auditions!

This semester, 10-12 company members will work collaboratively as an ensemble to research, devise, and perform an interactive new work that utilizes a variety of theatrical techniques, including improvisation in character. Former cast members come from a wide range of majors across campus including Biology, Engineering, Italian, Social Work, English, Political Science, Psychology, Business and Marketing, Strategic Communications, Aviation, Veterinary Sciences, Art, Dance, and Theatre.

All InterACT cast members enroll in Theatre 3921S for 3 credit hours. ALL rehearsals take place during scheduled class time. InterACT members CAN also be cast in main stage productions without conflict. Follow “The Interact Theatre Project for Social Change” on Facebook or @ InterACT_OhioSt on Twitter for more information.

The Lab Series

The Lab Series is a student-driven, department-nurtured production series. Productions can occur in a variety of campus spaces, including the New Works Lab. Emphasis is on innovative work that functions on a zero budget model. The pieces presented will include a mix of student written pieces, new renderings of classic or obscure works, and community- building events. Performances begin at 7 p.m. and are free, first-come, first-served. Visit http://theatre.osu.edu/labseries for more information.


After reading all of this information, you may send additional questions to Production Manager Sherée Greco.

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