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Auditions

A Bright Room Called Day

by Tony Kushner

Directed by Kaitlyn Chantry

Overview

A Bright Room Called Day will be performed November 3, 4, 9, 10, 11 at 8pm, and November 5 at 2pm, at Chelsea Theatre Works in Chelsea, MA. Please read on for information on auditions, the cast of characters, a show synopsis, and a tentative rehearsal schedule.

Audition Information

General Auditions:

  • Tuesday, September 5, 7-10pm
  • Wednesday, September 6, 7-10pm
  • Thursday, September 7, 7-10pm

Callbacks:

  • Sunday, September 10, 12-8pm (exact times TBD)

Location:

Auditions will be held at Chelsea Theatre Works, 189 Winnisimmet St., Chelsea MA.

Preparing for auditions:

  • Sign up for a one-hour audition slot using this form.
  • Please fill out this audition form and bring it with you to the audition.
  • Please bring a headshot and resume to the initial audition, if available.

Please prepare two contrasting monologues totaling four minutes or less. Do not use monologues from the show.

If you need to cancel or change your audition slot, you can do so directly through the sign-up form. For any questions or to request more information, please contact Vilas Sridharan (vilas@longwoodplayers.org) via email as soon as possible.

Cast of characters

10 total: 6 female, 4 male

The following character descriptions are taken from the script. 

Agnes Eggling Mid- to late-thirties. Bit player/character actress in the German film industry
Gregor Bazwald Early- to mid-thirties. Homosexual who works for the Berlin Institute for Human Sexuality.
Paulinka Erdnuss Mid-thirties but looks a little younger. Actress in the German film industry; a featured player on her way to becoming a minor star.
Annabella Gotchling Mid-forties. Communist artist and graphic designer.
Vealtninc Husz Mid-forties. Cinematographer. Hungarian exile. Missing an eye, he wears spectacles with one lens backward.
Rosa Malek Mid- to late-twenties. Minor functionary of the KPD (Kommunistische Partei Deutschlands).
Emil Traum Mid- to late-twenties. Slightly higher ranking functionary of the KPD.
Die Alte A woman, very old but hard to tell how old - somewhere between seventy and dead-for-twenty years. White face and rotten teeth. Dressed in a nightgown, once white but now soiled and food-stained.
Gottfried Swetts Ageless. When he looks good he could be thirty, when he looks bad he could be fifty or more. Distinguished, handsome, blond, Aryan.
Zillah Katz Contemporary American Jewish woman. Thirties. BoHo/East Village New Wave with Anarcho-Punk tendencies.

Synopsis

The play is set in Germany in 1932 and 1933, and concerns a group of friends caught up in the events of the fall of the Weimar Republic and the rise to power of Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party. The plot is centered on a woman named Agnes Eggling, a middle-aged actress, and all of the action takes place in her apartment.  The action is occasionally interrupted by scenes featuring a narrator who believes that the modern-day president is becoming too much like Hitler.

The play was based on Bertolt Brecht's 1938 work The Private Life of the Master Race.

Rehearsal Schedule

Rehearsals will begin September 18 and will be held Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday evenings from 7-10p and Sunday afternoons from 2:30-5:30p.

Depending on your role, you may not be required to be present at every rehearsal. The schedule will be planned with care to ensure that you are only called when needed for that particular night’s scene work. Please be sure to list all conflicts on the audition form.