Mint Theater Company | New York, NY
$395 / week
By Ferenc Molnar
Directed by Davis McCallum
• EPA Rules are in effect.
• A monitor will be provided.
Performers of all ethnic and racial background are encouraged to attend.
1st Rehearsal: January 6, 2015
1st Performance: February 3, 2015
Equity actors, men and women, for various principal roles.
Male, late 30s. Juhasz is a good-natured man, generous to a fault, and has a really really really hard time sticking up for himself. He only sees the good side in everyone, and claims that’s because the good side is the only side anyone ever shows him. He looks at you with such trusting benevolence that it makes you want to punch him in the face. Or fall in love with him. He is the proprietor of a small haberdashery in Fin de siècle Budapest, where he’s happy to stay after hours waiting on indecisive customers. His wife is in love with his chief clerk, and he’s the last one to know. Shel Silerstein’s Giving Tree comes to mind. Huge heart, comic chops, utter commitment to the truth of the scene even when playing the most extreme given circumstances.
Male, late 20s/early 30s. Oscar is the chief salesman at a haberdashery owned by Juhasz and his wife Adele. Oscar and Adele have fallen madly in love, but haven’t acted on it out of respect for Juhasz. Oscar is young, ambitious, utterly selfish, and has a very nervous disposition. If this were Vienna, and not Budapest, a little bit of that newfangled Freudian therapy probably wouldn’t go amiss. Taut, passionate, funny, inner compression. Woody Allen meets Adrian Brody.
Male, 50s. Distinguished, entitled, charming, The Count is Juhasz’s great patron, and set him up here with the haberdashery. He genuinely likes his former employee, and wishes him well. He also wishes he could spend more uninterrupted time with the young stockgirl, Paula. Having never worked a day in his life, he has the free time necessary to come up with the idea of blending two of the world’s great cheeses – Camembert and Roquefort. He is like a large gorgeous Rhodesian Ridgeback.
Male, 60s. Faithful older salesman at the haberdashery, sees everything going on among the staff and doesn’t miss a trick. Wants to protect Juhasz and the shop from being taken advantage of, but how do you protect a grown man who’s so thoroughly naïve about the world around him? Phillip loves opera and wants quite badly to get out of work in time to make it to the opera house for the First Act of Lohengrin. Maybe he’s little, or round, and has a mustache, or a sweet bald head. Like the Mole from Wind in the Willows. The kind of old man you see reading Russian novels on the bus. A mensch.
Male, 30s. Dynamic and transformational character actor who can play both an Austro-Hungarian Baron in Act I, and an alcoholic clerk at the end of the three day bender in Act II with similar comic precision, and utter truthfulness.
Male, Late 20s/Early 30s. Dynamic and transformational character actor to play an uneducated young man working in a haberdashery in Act I, and a high-strung and demanding Aristocratic customer at the same haberdashery in Act III. Comic sensibility, and yet the ability to invest in bizarre and heightened language and circumstances without turning it into a joke.
DOMOKOS/THE OLD GENTLEMAN
Male, 60s. Dynamic and transformational character actor who can play both long-suffering servant in the Count’s Cheese factory in Act II, and an Aristocratic customer at a fashionable Budapest haberdashery in Act III with similar comic precision, and utter truthfulness.
Female, 20s. Paula is smart, and a winner at all games of office and sexual politics. She grew up very poor, lives with her mom, and works as a cashier at the haberdashery. She sees the Count as her meal ticket, and attracts his interest, and then an offer to move to his country estate. While she is succeeding at this game, she realizes that Janusz is quietly and utterly dedicated to her happiness, and is inspired by the selflessness of his love for her. Funny, quick thinking, a survivor who likes to be in control. Good talker, skillful liar, big heart.
Female, 60s. A central European Grande Dame.
Female, 30s. Dynamic and transformational character actor to play an unfaithful wife in a haberdashery shop in Act I, and an unhappy and high handed customer at the same haberdashery in Act III. Comic sensibility, and yet the ability to invest in bizarre and heightened language and circumstances without turning it into a joke. A coiled spring, with fast inner tempo.
UNASSUMING LADY/PATIENT LADY
Female, 40s. Dynamic and transformational character actor to distinguish two customers at the same haberdashery in Acts 1 & III. Stylistic facility, comic sensibility.
DELIVERY BOY/THOROUGH YOUNG LADY
Female, 20s. Dynamic and transformational character actor to play a fresh-faced delivery boy in a newsies cap in Act I, and a customer paralyzed with indecisiveness in Act III. Comic sensibility required, and yet also the ability to invest in bizarre and heightened language and circumstances without merely sending it up.
Equity Principal Auditions
Friday, September 12, 2014
9:30 AM to 5:30 PM
lunch 1 to 2
Actors' Equity Association Audition Center
What to Prepare:
165 West 46th Street
New York, NY 10036
Sides will be provided at the Audition.
Minors must be accompanied by an adult
Sides and Script will also be available at the Mint website after September 9 for download/view: