Actors, Answer the Call – Audition for BLT’s ‘Dead Man’s Cell Phone’ Aug. 18-19


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Burien Little Theatre will be holding auditions for the comedy “Dead Man’s Cell Phone” Aug. 18 – 19 at their theatre at 14501 4th Ave SW in Burien.

Written by Sarah Ruhl, BLT is seeking actors to portray two male characters in their 30s to 50s, and four female characters in their late 20s to 70s.

Actors of all ethnicities are encouraged to audition.

SYNOPSIS:

Jean is sleepwalking through her life until she answers a dead stranger’s cell phone. It turns out to be a wake-up call that sends her on a date with the dead man’s brother, a drinking binge with his wife, a mysterious rendezvous with his mistress, and a trip to the afterlife and back. This film noir-tinged surreal comedy by playwright Sarah Ruhl, Pulitzer-Prize finalist for her play The Clean House, traces one woman’s accidental quest to make a few people feel a little bit better about themselves. Dead Man’s Cell Phone is also about how we memorialize the dead and how that remembering changes us, and the odyssey of a woman forced to confront her own assumptions about morality, redemption, and the need to connect in a technologically obsessed world.

Performances will be held at Burien Little Theatre from Sept. 28 – Oct. 21.

Rehearsals begin in late August.

$100 stipend provided.

Directed by Maggie Larrick.

Auditions are at Burien Little Theatre on Saturday, Aug. 18 from 1 to 4 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 19 from 6 to 9 p.m. Callbacks are Monday, Aug. 20 from 7 to 10 p.m. Burien Little Theatre is located at 14501 4th Ave SW in Burien.

To audition, please prepare two contrasting short contemporary monologues (serious/comedy) totaling 3 minutes maximum. Bring resume and headshot. Callbacks will consist of cold readings from the script.

Please make audition appointment: audition@burienlittletheatre.org or by calling 206-242-5180.

CHARACTER LIST:

  • Jean – 30s to 40s. Pretty in a quiet way. Awkward, nervous, but longs to connect with people. Good-hearted, imaginative and knows how to spin a tale when needed. Becomes more self-assured as the play progresses.
  • Gordon – 40s to early 50s. Dead. Mysterious. People love him even though they don’t know quite why. Knows what he wants and expects to get it. Has a wonderful (and lengthy) monologue at beginning of Act II.
  • Mrs. Gottlieb – 50s to 70s. Gordon’s mother. Holds herself in high esteem. Can be brash, cruel, outspoken. Can also be exceedingly well mannered. A bit overly dramatic at times.
  • Hermia – 30s to 40s. Gordon’s widow. A former star of the Ice Follies. Uptight, nervous, straight-laced—until she has a few drinks in her. Lonely. May be doublecast as The Other Woman.
  • Dwight – 30s to 40s. Gordon’s brother. Works in a stationery store. Hiding in the shadows of his older brother. Quiet, passionate, sensitive, caring. Knows how to listen.
  • The Other Woman – 20s to 40s. Mysterious, dominating, vain, direct, and sophisticated. A true femme fatale straight out of a B movie. Requires two different accents: one an unidentifiable worldly accent and the other optimally an Eastern European accent.
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