The Laboratory Theater of Florida will be holding auditions for its spring shows on August 19th from 3-5pm. Auditionees will be considered for both mainstage productions and staged readings. Please prepare comedic and/or dramatic monologues not to exceed 2 minutes each. Auditionees without a monologue will be given a side to read. Please bring a headshot and resume. Auditionees will be seen on a first-come, first-seen basis.
Shows and character descriptions are as follows:
CRIMES OF THE HEART
By Beth Henley
Jan. 5 – 20, 2018
Nominated for the Tony Award for “Best Play,” this heart-warming play begins with the Magrath sisters (Meg, Babe, and Lenny) coming together in their grandfather's house in Mississippi. The catalyst for their reunion, however, is a doozy – Babe has shot her abusive husband. Having been raised in a household filled with dysfunction, each sister has dealt with the repercussions of her choices in life, including past resentments, past relatives, and past relationships.
"CRIMES OF THE HEART...should sting the tear ducts as often as it tickles the funny bone." - NY Times
"From time to time a play comes along that restores one's faith in our theatre…" —NY Magazine
MEG (female): 27 years old, the middle sister; as an 11-year-old child, she discovered the body of their mother (and that of the family cat) following her suicide; this traumatic experience provoked her to test her strength by confronting morbidity wherever she could find it, including poring over medical photographs of disease-ridden victims and staring at March of Dimes posters of crippled children; at the beginning of the play, she returns to Mississippi from California, where her singing career has stalled and where, she later tells Doc, she had a nervous breakdown and ended up in the psychiatric ward of the county hospital.
THE MUSICAL COMEDY MURDERS OF 1940
By John Bishop
March 9 - 31, 2018
The creative team responsible for a recent Broadway flop (in which three chorus girls were murdered by the mysterious "Stage Door Slasher") assemble for a backer's audition of their new show at the Westchester estate of a wealthy "angel." The house is replete with sliding panels, secret passageways and a German maid who is apparently four different people- all of which figure diabolically in the comic mayhem that follows when the infamous "slasher" makes his reappearance and strikes again.
“…an amusing little romp that pokes fun at the theater and film worlds” – Chicago Reader
Helsa Wenzel (female): German maid of the Grossenknueten estate
ElsaVon Grossenknuen (female): the financial backer of many musicals, Elsa summons the group together in an attempt to find out who murdered her "friend" Bebe McAllister. She is extremely eccentric, and her grandfather was a spy. She claims that espionage runs in her blood.
Michael Kelly (male): an undercover cop. Kelly's tough, no-nonsense attitude puts him at odds with the zany Elsa and the dramatic types that visit.
Patrick O'Reilly (male): claims to be an Irish tenor. Eventually, O'Reilly claims to be "Tony Garibaldi" an undercover cop with a Bronx accent -- only to reveal himself as a Gestapo Agent named Klaus Stansdorff, sent to find German defectors.
Ken De La Maize (male): a "typical" director, speaking of theater as a "pure art." he also has an annoying habit of name-dropping, constantly citing the various celebrities he has worked with over the years.
Nikki Crandall (female): considered a typical chorus girl, Nikki is smarter than she appears.
Eddie McCuen (male): Directly based on Bob Hope, Eddie is the out of work comedian. He's afraid of everything and uses humor to mask his true cowardly nature.
Marjorie Baverstock (female): a Broadway producer. Think New York upper class Broadway groupie. She constantly flatters everyone around her, and speaks in elevated language; her "new word" is "divoon."
Roger Hopewell (male): composer and Bernice's writing partner; the two have had a string of Broadway hits. The American Fop, Roger enjoys teasing Ken about his artistic ways, but flares up whenever someone insults his musical style. he also knows how to deal with Bernice's many quirks.
Bernice Roth (female): is Roger's writing partner. Bernice is very odd and emotional, frequently losing her composure and screaming. Think hippie meets gypsy meets drunk uncle(aunt).
VISITING MR. GREEN
By Jeff Baron
April 13-28, 2018
Having almost hit 86-year-old widower, Mr. Green, Ross Gardiner (a young executive in the corporate world) is charged with reckless driving. He must now complete a form of community service visit Mr. Green every week for the next six months. Though both men are quick to resent these forced visits, their conversations soon reveal family secrets and past hardships. A story of acceptance and open-mindedness, replete with charm and poignancy.
"...this is a two-person gem." - Denver Post
There is a level of intelligence and compassionate understanding here which exceeds what we expect to find in the category of sentimental comedy entertainments... - Talkin' Broadway
Ross Gardner (Male) - Conventional, young, corporate executive. Strong stage presence needed.