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"The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail" - Open Call - Holmdel, New Jersey

Audition Details

Casting ID #
1608737
Submission Type
Open Call
Location
Holmdel, New Jersey - 07733
Union
Non-union
Rate/Pay
$0.00
Release Date
1-20-2020
Audition Date
2-2-2020
Expiration Date
2-1-2020
Casting Category
Theatre - Non-Equity
Market(s)
New York City, NY | Philadelphia, PA

Audition Description

This timely production examines the core concepts of civil disobedience through the lens of one of the most influential thinkers of the 19th century. The play will be performed in modern dress with actors playing multiple roles, stepping seamlessly in and out of both character and the physical audience.

Monologues are not necessary, but welcome IF they demonstrate facility with character. Sides will be provided.

Actors of of all ethnicities are strongly encouraged to audition.

  • Role #1 - Henry David Thoreau

    A defiant, young, Harvard educated protagonist in this play's imaginative interpretation of the historical Henry David Thoreau. A leading thinker in the Transcendentalist tradition who wrote the book "Walden", Henry is deeply passionate about resisting both the United States government's war in Mexico and its segregationist policies in the North. He is imprisoned for refusing to pay his taxes because he does not want to contribute funds that will end up furthering what he sees as the slaughter in Mexico. The play explores key moments in Henry's life as he spends a night of introspection in jail.
    Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role
    Talent specs:
    Gender: Male
    Ethnicity: Any
    Age: 25 - 35
    Expiration Date: Feb 1, 2020
  • Role #2 - Ralph Waldo Emerson

    Deacon Ball / Ensemble. One versatile Actor plays both of these roles, representing the polar ends of the authority in Henry's life.
    Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role
    Talent specs:
    Gender: Male
    Ethnicity: Any
    Age: 51 - 60
    Expiration Date: Feb 1, 2020
  • Role #3 - Emerson

    Henry's mentor, a deeply respected, famous scholar, lecturer and founder of the Transcendentalist movement. Henry argues that Waldo is too concerned about public opinion to speak out, as Henry does, against segregation and the war. Waldo is modeled on the real historical figure Ralph Waldo Emerson, whom the real Henry David Thoreau knew well and was a leading thinker in the Transcendentalist movement.
    Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role
    Talent specs:
    Gender: Male
    Ethnicity: Any
    Age: 51 - 60
    Expiration Date: Feb 1, 2020
  • The authoritarian, highly traditional head of the school board that eventually fired Henry for his resistance to their strict curriculum and corporal punishment policies.
    Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role
    Talent specs:
    Gender: Male
    Ethnicity: Any
    Age: 51 - 60
    Expiration Date: Feb 1, 2020
  • Henry's beloved brother. Henry's intellectual equal and one of the few people Henry ever let close to him. He is thoughtful and passionate, and the only person Henry seems to love with unbridled affection. John dies from an infection caused by a rusty razor blade, a death that Henry sees as pointless and meaningless, and which he connects to the deaths of soldiers in war
    Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role
    Talent specs:
    Gender: Male
    Ethnicity: Any
    Age: 25 - 40
    Expiration Date: Feb 1, 2020
  • Role #6 - Bailey

    Henry's cellmate in the jail, an uneducated man who is accused of arson and awaiting a trial. He is deeply impressed by Henry's intelligence. Henry eventually persuades Sam, the constable, to give Bailey a speedy trial.
    Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role
    Talent specs:
    Gender: Male
    Ethnicity: Any
    Age: 25 - 40
    Expiration Date: Feb 1, 2020
  • Role #7 - Mrs. Thoreau

    Lydian Emerson / Ellen Sewell / Edward Emerson / Ensemble. One versatile Actress will play all three of these formative female influences on Henry.
    Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role
    Talent specs:
    Gender: Female
    Ethnicity: Any
    Age: 18 - 45
    Expiration Date: Feb 1, 2020
  • Role #8 - Mrs. Thoreau

    Henry's mother, who worries about her son getting into trouble more than anything else, and doesn't seem to have a moral compass. She fears shame more than she fears wrongdoing.
    Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role
    Talent specs:
    Gender: Female
    Ethnicity: Any
    Age: 18 - 45
    Expiration Date: Feb 1, 2020
  • Role #9 - Lydian

    Emerson's wife. Lydian and Henry have a deep mutual affection for one another that approaches attraction, but they are both too loyal to Waldo to ever act on it.
    Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role
    Talent specs:
    Gender: Female
    Ethnicity: Any
    Age: 18 - 45
    Expiration Date: Feb 1, 2020
  • Role #10 - Ellen

    A beautiful young woman to whom both Henry and John are attracted. Curious and intelligent, she was as close as Thoreau ever came to a traditional relationship.
    Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role
    Talent specs:
    Gender: Female
    Ethnicity: Any
    Age: 18 - 45
    Expiration Date: Feb 1, 2020
  • Role #11 - Edward Emerson

    Edward Emerson (Voice Only): "Waldo" and Lydian's young son. Henry's pupil.
    Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role
    Talent specs:
    Gender: Male
    Ethnicity: Any
    Age: 18 - 60
    Expiration Date: Feb 1, 2020
  • Role #12 - Sam Staples

    Henry Williams / Ensemble. One versatile Actor plays both of these roles. Sam: The constable who reluctantly takes Henry to jail. He follows orders even when he does not wish to. Though he is not a bad man, he is a deeply compliant one.
    Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role
    Talent specs:
    Gender: Male
    Ethnicity: African American
    Age: 25 - 45
    Expiration Date: Feb 1, 2020
  • Role #13 - Henry

    The freed slave whom Henry meets at Walden.
    Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role
    Talent specs:
    Gender: Male
    Ethnicity: Any
    Age: 18 - 60
    Expiration Date: Feb 1, 2020

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