The Chatham Community Players is set to begin their 92nd Season with the Pulitzer Prize winning play, “Angels In America: Millennium Approaches” by Tony Kushner.
The open auditions will be held on Monday, June 17th and Tuesday, June 18th at 7:00 p.m. at The Chatham Playhouse 23 North Passaic Ave. Production dates are October 11 – 26, 2013 with rehearsals to begin mid-August.
This emotional, poetic, political epic play by Tony Kushner is set in the 1980s against a backdrop of greed, conservatism, sexual politics, religious identity and the discovery of AIDS. A love story and political drama, the story centers around a group of separate, but inextricably connected individuals whose relationships are disintegrating as the AIDS crisis starts. Harrowing, uproarious, and magical, Angels in America is a fiercely theatrical modern morality play and a landmark of the American stage.
Director Bob Pridham asks that actors be familiar with the script. He is seeking eight actors to fill the major roles, where they will also play all thirteen additional roles in the play. Auditions will start with cold readings from sides provided in small groups. Sides are available on the Chatham Players’ website two weeks prior to the auditions. To access sides, visit their website at http://www.chathamplayers.org/auditions.html .
ROY COHN – Approx. mid to late 50’s Vast personality, overwhelming energy. Crass, vulgar, wickedly bright, sharp as an ax and just as lethal. High-speed, high-efficiency talker, he wields humor at anyone’s expense, and is nobody’s fool. Funny, loud, dangerous, deadly. And about to meet his maker. He will not go without a fight.
JOE PITT – Approx late 20s to 30’s, corn-fed or fresh-faced or choir boy or Eagle Scout or All American boy-next-door or what have you. Boldly naïve and impossibly winning and quietly desperate for something he doesn’t understand and can’t quite name. Chief clerk, Federal Court of Appeals, Second Circuit.
HARPER PITT – Approx late 20s, Joe’s wife, lost, wandering, an agoraphobic with a mild valium addiction and otherworldly visions.
LOUIS ARONSON – Approx. late 20s-early 30s smart, quick, steady, but about to be tested in ways he cannot anticipate, and will struggle mightily.
PRIOR WALTER – Approx. late 20s-early 30s, Lou’s partner, loving, camps it up with the best of them, a bit outrageous, just diagnosed and dying, terrified but spoiling for a fight.
HANNAH PORTER PITT – Approx. mid 50’s to 60, Joe’s mother, no fuss, no nonsense, honest, direct, plain-spoken, tough as nails.
BELIZE – Approx late 20s-early 30s, registered nurse and former drag queen, blazingly candid and dead-on funny, wit cracks like a whip
THE ANGEL – Radiant. Magnificent. Supreme. The Continental Principality of America.
The Chatham Players have an open call casting policy. ALL roles are open, none are precast, and everyone is encouraged to audition. Any questions, please call Leslie Reagoso at (973) 769-3886 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. For directions or additional information, visit www.chathamplayers.org.