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Current Audition Notice

FALSETTOS
by William Finn and James Lapine
Produced by Winnipeg Jewish Theatre & Dry Cold Productions
Directed by Mariam Bernstein
Audition dates: September 6 & 8, 2017

About the play:
Falsettos is set in 1979 and 1981 America: the dawn of the AIDS epidemic during an uncaring Reagan Administration. Running the gamut from zany comedy to gut-wrenching loss, Falsettos is the story of an eccentric and dysfunctional — yet loving — Jewish family in New York.

Initially, Marvin seems blessed with the perfect family. He has Trina, his caring wife and Jason, his precocious son. Nevertheless, the family is broken apart when Marvin comes out and leaves Trina for a man called Whizzer. In her search for clarity Trina ends up romantically involved with the family psychiatrist Mendel. All the while, their son Jason is stuck in the middle as he prepares for his Bar Mitzvah. Although the family is a bundle of neuroses, we care deeply about them and empathize
with their struggles. Included in the mix are a lesbian couple, Dr. Charlotte and her non-Jewish caterer
girlfriend Cordelia. When Marvin’s lover Whizzer is diagnosed with AIDS, the entire family — non-traditional as it may be — must put aside their issues and come together.

Contract Dates:
First Rehearsal – on or around April 9, 2018
Previews – May 2 & 3, 2018
Opening – May 5, 2018
Closing – May 13, 2018

Roles to be cast:
MARVIN: Mid 30s. High Baritone.
Smart, funny, and charming. He struggles to reconcile his desire for a happy traditional family with his love for WHIZZER. Despite his deep love for his son, Marvin is quite self-absorbed, wanting to have it all at no personal cost.

WHIZZER: 20s or 30s. Tenor.
Extremely handsome, athletic, confident, warm and likeable. HIV positive. Despite a tempestuous relationship with MARVIN, Whizzer is the most well adjusted character in the piece.

JASON: Should read as 10-13. Unchanged voice.
Marvin’s and Trina’s son. Jason is highly intelligent but awkward. His impending Bar Mitzvah, his father’s homosexuality, his parents’ divorce and the entrance of WHIZZER into his life leave him confused, angry and trying to sort it all out. Strong acting and singing skills required.

CORDELIA: 30s or 40s. Vocal Range: Belter, with a good high A.
The other ‘lesbian from next door’ – Cordelia is Dr. Charlotte’s devoted partner. She runs her own kosher
catering business and is very keen on making a nice home, but also wants to be useful and valued for her contribution to the world.

Please submit a headshot, resumé and cover letter indicating for which role you would like to be considered to falsettoswpg@gmail.com by 5 PM on AUGUST 21, 2017.

Additional Information:
– Copies of the script are available for perusal from WJT. To request a copy of the script please e-mail
info@wjt.ca.
– Both CAEA members and non-CAEA members will be considered. Electronic submissions only. Only those selected for an audition will be contacted.

Ethno-cultural mandate or ethno-cultural casting statement:
Winnipeg Jewish Theatre and Dry Cold Productions encourage submissions from artists of all backgrounds regardless of race, age, or orientation.

Audition Information

Winnipeg Jewish Theatre holds two types of auditions: general and play-specific.

We hold general auditions for both Equity and non-Equity actors. For actors who have auditioned for us in the past, it is not necessary to schedule another general audition. Actors are free to submit their resume and head shot at any time, and it will be kept on file.

With play-specific auditions, WJT will publish notice of which plays and parts are being cast. While we feel it is of vital importance to cast locally, some productions lead us to audition and cast in other cities as well.  If you have any questions about auditioning for WJT, please contact our infoline at 204-477-7515 or info@wjt.ca.

Play submissions

Winnipeg Jewish Theatre requests that playwrights interested in submitting their work for production consideration send a letter of inquiry, along with a synopsis, to WJT’s Assistant Producer at info@wjt.ca. Due to the volume of submissions we cannot reply to all individuals who send their plays. Please note that WJT typically produces plays with a cast size of five or smaller. We plan our seasons several years in advance, so plays that are submitted without commission will likely not be programmed for, at minimum, the next three years. 

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