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Actors needed for Staged Reading of Comedy Classics

CATEGORY: Performer

Gallery Players
Brooklyn, NY


Dominic Cuskern

Job Details


The Gallery Players in Park Slope is seeking actors for an upcoming weekend of staged readings which takes place on Saturday October 21st and Sunday October 22nd. We are calling the weekend "Do I Hear a Laugh?" Non-equity. No pay but small stipend. Producer, Dominic Cuskern.

The plays being read are: "The Rivals" by Richard Brinsley Sheridan, directed by Michael Blatt; "Arms and the Man" by George Bernard Shaw, directed by Gabrielle Giacomo and "An Ideal Husband" by Oscar Wilde, directed by Laura Livingston.

There will be several rehearsals for each play in order to work out the staging. But the weekend consists of three script-in-hand-performances. There is a stipend of $25 for each play an actor gets cast in.

Actors should be able to handle heightened language. Credible English accents are a plus but not determinative. It is possible the Shaw play may not be doing English accents. Good acting is the deciding factor.

IMPORTANT: We strongly encourage actors of all races and ethnicities to apply. We are definitely interested in non-traditional casting.


The RIVALS:(Being read on Saturday, October 21st at 2PM)

Sir Anthony Absolute, a welathy baronet, 40's upwards
Captain Jack Absolute, his son
Faulkland, friend of Jack
Bob Acres, a friend of Jack
Sir Lucius O'Trigger, an Irish baronet, mid-30's - 40's
Fag, Captain Absolute's servant
David, Bob Acre's servant
Thomas, Sir Anthony's servant
Lydia Languish, a young wealthy heiress
Mrs Malaprop, Lydia's guardian, 40's and upwards
Julia Melville, in love with Faulkland
Lucy, Lydia's conniving servant

AN IDEAL HUSBAND:(Being read on Saturday, October 21st at 7.30PM)

Lord Arthur Goring, play's hero, an idle bachelor
Sir Robert Chiltern, a member of the House of Commons, late 30's, early 40's
Lady Chiltern, his icy wife
Mrs Chevely, intelligent manipulative
Baron Arnheim, mysterious figure from Chiltern's youth
Lord caversham, Lord Goring's father, 50
Lady Markby, pleasant, conservative
Mabel Chiltern, Sir Robert's sister, lovely, funny young woman
Phipps, Lord Goring's imperterbable butler
Viconte de Nanjac, attache at French Embassy, amusing. French accent useful here
Tony Trafford, Mabel Chiltern's dull admirer
Mrs Marcgmont and Lady Basildon, pretty, charming eccentric young women

ARMS AND THE MAN:(Being read Sunday, October 22nd at 3PM)

Captain Bluntschli: professional soldier from Switzerland, 34, realistc
Raina Petkoff: romantic idealist of 23
Sergius Saranoff: haandsome young Bulgarian officer
Major Petkpff: inept 50 year old father of Raina
Catherine Petkoff: Raina's mother, looks and acts like a peasant
Louka: the Petkoff's female servant, young, attractive
Nicola: realistic, middle-aged servant

CALLBACKS will be held at the theatre on Monday, October 2nd and Tuesday, October 3rd for "Arms and the Man" and "An Ideal Husband" and on Monday, October 9th and Tuesday October 10th for "The Rivals." Callbaks will be in the evening.

Please email a taped monologue. It can be contemporary or classic, comic or serious: whatever shows you off at your best.
Don't feel you need to send in a monolgue with an English accent. We will tackle that at callbacks. Time is of the essence so get the monologue to us pronto.

Email your monologue to: [email protected]

IMPORTANT: all submissions must be received by 11.59PM on Sunday, September 24th.


Oct 2, 2023 - Oct 22, 2023


$0.00 – $0.00 per hour



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