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*OPEN CALL AUDITION NOTICE FOR TWO PRODUCTIONS *
A Walk in the Woods
AUDITION LOCATION: Theatre Jacksonville, 2032 San Marco Blvd, 32207
DATE: Monday, September 27, 2021
TIME: 6:00: Doors open for registration, to complete audition cards and receive & study character sides.
6:30pm: Onstage readings will begin.
If unable to attend, please submit a video monologue prior to 8pm on September 27 to Info@TheatreJax.com.
A Walk in The Woods
By Lee Blessing
Directed by Mike Beaman
Rehearsal dates: Be prepared to provide schedule conflicts from October 15, 2021- February 6, 2022
Performance dates: January 21, 22, 27, 28, 29, February 3, 4, 5 at 7:30pm; January 30 & February 6 at 2pm
SYNOPSIS: The place is a “pleasant woods on the outskirts of Geneva” at the height of the Cold War, 1982, where two arms negotiators, a Russian and an American, meet informally after long frustrating hours at the bargaining table. They continue these informal meetings as the talks drag on and the seasons change. Through their absorbing and revealing conversations, we become aware both of the deepening understanding between these two wise and decent men and also of the profound frustration that they increasingly feel. In this unexpectedly humorous play, both men know, as their friendship grows, that the elemental differences in their two systems of government will continue to exacerbate as long as the real power rests in the hands of those burdened by the bitterness of the past.
“…a work of passion and power with the ring of political truth.” — Time Magazine
ANDREY BOTVINNIK: 57, a career Soviet diplomat. He is a jovial, wry, cynical bear of a Russian, with a taste for American pop culture (country-western music, Mickey Mouse) and a desire to personalize the bargaining sessions with declarations of friendship and frivolous small talk.
JOHN HONEYMAN: 45, an American negotiator. He is a formal, humorless, sanctimonious Mr. Deeds - a prissy Felix to Mr. BOTVINNIK's gregarious Oscar.
By Wendy MacLeod
Directed by Joe Kemper
Rehearsal dates: Be prepared to provide schedule conflicts from January 1-March 13, 2022
Performance dates: February 25, 26, March 3, 4, 5,10, 11, 12 at 7:30pm; March 6 & 13 at 2pm
SYNOPSIS: March 2019, Irene and Peter just want to celebrate their special anniversary out on the town in a trendy Palm Springs restaurant. Stephen, their very neurotic waiter, will not, however, bring them their food, making everything go horribly and ridiculously wrong. Will the marriage survive the service? Will Irene and Peter ever get their spanakopita? This absurdly long dinner will have them re-evaluating everything from their choice of entrees to their future as husband and wife! This delicious comedy is definitely for every hopeless romantic who has ever experienced high “hangry” tension while waiting for a good meal.
“…a tasty recipe for a great night at the theater.” — BroadwayWorld.com.
IRENE: Peter’s wife, 40s-50s, a pitch-perfect mediator, who more or less functions as the "straight man," working to placate the waiter without sending her husband over the edge.
PETER: Irene’s husband, 40s -50s, is impatient and exasperated. Watching Peter come unglued was a big reason the show works.
STEPHEN: waiter, 40s, the waiter is an over-the-top character, a lovable but terrible waiter, carries the audience along on a wave of amusement. He has a way of making extremely dramatic situations seem natural, so we accept the waiter at face value.
NOTE: For all productions, character ages are stage ages, not the age of the actor.